Shine On Studios, LLC

Shine On Studios, LLC

Oakland, CA

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“Immortalize Your Music”


Music is my passion. My audio production skills and techniques are some of the most unique in the world. I take great care & pride in recording and/or mixing every project from the ground up to develop a unique sound.

About Shine On Studios, LLC

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Shine On Studio offers Pro Tools HD and professional recording.

We specialize in:
• Mixing and post-production.
• Pro tools HD vocal and music recording
• Red book CD mastering
• Pro tools lessons and tutoring

Clarity is essential for quality audio. If you want your music to sound as good as the professional musicians, then you need to get professional recording and mixing. All Shine On Studio engineers have extensive experience working with all genres of music.
We have 14 years of experience producing and engineering, so we will offer you quality production and a unique approach to producing your music. Call today for further details.

We have isolated rooms for tracking. We have plenty of space to accommodate bands of all sizes and have an intimate and creative setting to fuel the artist's inspiration.

Quotes and consultations are always free. Please contact the studio for further information and booking.


6171 Hillmont Dr.
Oakland, CA 94605

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  • 5/5 stars March 21, 2015

    Great time, learned a lot. David answered all of my questions.

  • 5/5 stars March 12, 2015

    Very nice studio and professional atmosphere

  • 5/5 stars January 23, 2015

    Working with David Hughes at Shine on Studio was a really wonderful experience. David is incredibly knowledgable and helpful in the creative process. He's quick to answer the phone and respond to emails. The quality of the final product was top notch. In addition, the studio itself is an awesome space to work in. I would highly recommend Shine on Studio!

    David H. from Shine On Studios, LLC replied to this review on March 5, 2015:

    Mallory, It was a pleasure to work with you. Please contact me if you need any assistance with your website setup. Thank you for choosing Shine On Studios.

  • 5/5 stars January 19, 2015

    I recorded a couple songs with Dave. He's a cool guy who knows his stuff! He's got a really solid and professional setup and he's accommodating to the artist's wants. I would recommend his studio! Just be careful getting in and out of the driveway. I found it's easier to drive a bit past it and back in, then you can cruise out of there with ease when you leave.

  • 5/5 stars December 18, 2014

    David Hughes at Shine On Studio He is well experienced and knows what he is doing and gets the job done in good time and makes the tracks come live is the best and the master of mastering comes highly recommended Thanks

  • 5/5 stars December 16, 2014

    its very great to see some talented master work done i very appreciate it much .thanks again.

  • 5/5 stars December 16, 2014

    David is great to work with. He has plenty of experience,and will bring your music to life! I have used his services several times and he always delivers professional industry quality masters.

  • 5/5 stars November 8, 2014

    I've worked with David @ Shine On Studios on several occasions, and the quality of work is outstanding. Professional, courteous service with expert knowledge in his craft. The rates are more than affordable for an individual or group on a budget. Thanks!

  • 5/5 stars July 26, 2014

    David is professional, quick and has great feedback. I've mastered LOTS of tracks with him lately...and honestly he's now my go-to guy for all my teams mastering needs!

  • 5/5 stars July 21, 2014

    Thanks, Good job mastering my song.

  • 5/5 stars July 18, 2014

    I gave David a track to master and it took a short period of 3 days to get it. The quality was great, it was on time, and I was impressed with the service.

  • 5/5 stars July 18, 2014

    David helped master my compositions. He did the mastering in a short turnaround, delivering on time, and the quality of his mastering was professional and sharp. He also gave positive feedback onto how to improve my mixing. Really recommended.

  • 5/5 stars July 18, 2014

    Thank you David!! I was very pleased with the songs you mastered for me. Delivered promptly and they sound great! Thank you!! Will definitely use you again in the future!

  • 5/5 stars July 11, 2014

    It was great working with David. I've never recorded at a studio before and David made the experience a lot easier and stress free for me. He was very open to ideas during the recording and the mixing and I hope to work with him again in the near future.

  • 5/5 stars May 9, 2014

    Excellent studio. Amazing environment. Great music feedback and outstanding.

  • 4/5 stars May 7, 2014

    David is a good guy with a deep and rich understanding of the music industry. He has his way of doing things and accommodates for your needs. However being a producer, he was unable to give me the stems (split tracks of a song), which is what I needed without demanding a premium price. I was naturally disappointed but understood the difficulties in his workflow.

    Still, I bounce questions of David from time to time about audio production and engineering. He is responsive and gives me honest advice.

    Despite the difficulties I encountered with Shine On Studios, I would still recommend my future clients to record with him in his studio but I will also be giving a word of caution to all my producer friends, who work with stems like I do.

  • 4/5 stars April 5, 2014

    I am a member of a growing team of musicians/songwriters attempting to take on the music business. Due to our lack of musical contacts we were limited and needed some outside assistance. Eventually we were linked to Shine On Studios.
    The owner, David was very resourceful, patient, and definitely knows his craft. We will difinately do business here again!

  • 5/5 stars April 5, 2014

    This review is based on my vocal recording session at Shine On Studios with David Hughes.
    The session started on time.The vocal recording went very smoothly and David Hughes really knows his quipment. The studio singer (recommended by David Hughes, himself) did an outstanding performance. The equipment that Shine On Studios uses is of superb quality and can give studios of major record labels a run for the money for a fraction of the cost. I highly recommend Shine On Studios to anyone wanting to have the best quality vocal recording without breaking the bank. I can't wait to try my instrument tracking and mixing/mastering on my next time at the studio.
    David Hughes is trully what we need as independent Producers, Singers, and Songwriters here in The Bay Area. So stop procrastinating everyone, it's your turn to shine!!
    Simply put, it's FANTASTIC!!!

  • 5/5 stars February 16, 2014

    I went into Shine On Studio knowing very little about the recording/mixing process. David is very knowledgeable in this field, and was with us every step of the way. He made sure that our recording tracks and the effects were exactly what we had in our mind. Even when our session went beyond the pre-set time, he was happy to work with us to perfect the tracks - we even did additional work over e-mail after I listened to it at home. I would definitely go back in the future for any recording projects!

  • 4/5 stars February 2, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 14, 2014

    I really enjoyed my experience with David. He was great and always communicated promptly and answered all of the questions I had.

  • 5/5 stars December 19, 2013

    Great experience working with my man David ! Very knowledgeable with the board and protools ! Got some great work done for my Ep dropping April 18. Check it out !

  • 5/5 stars December 11, 2013

    This review is long overdue, but better late than never. I came to David with 11 songs that I had recorded with very basic recording equipment and I was really just looking for a professional touch-up of all of my rough mixes. I ended up booking three mixing sessions and a mastering session at Shine On Studio over the span of a few months. He was very professional and makes you feel right at home in his studio. I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive to get someone else to mix a collection of songs that I had been mixing myself for almost 5 years, but he completely fulfilled my original vision and did an excellent job at maintaining the sound that I had in mind. He was very generous with his time and made sure that I was happy with the product every step of the way. If you’re looking for someone to take your music to another level, give David a call at Shine On Studio.

  • 5/5 stars November 12, 2013

    I'm a singer/songwriter, soulful old guy. I have so many terrific songs that I feel I just have to make a CD. Shine On Studio offers a great environment and David is a pleasure to work with. I'm looking forward to our next session!

  • 5/5 stars November 12, 2013

    This studio is awesome! David was great to work with! The mixes that he did for my instrumentals was amazing! This is now my official go to studio!! Highly recommended!

  • 5/5 stars October 16, 2013

    David is an amazing producer!!! Patient, gives great advice- truly enjoy working with him. The studio is so nice, I always feel super relaxed there, and it is just an awesome music space. Highly recommend Shine on Studios!!!!

  • 5/5 stars September 27, 2013

    Getting the job done is only one aspect of business; being enjoyable to work with is another. David Hughes accomplished both gracefully. The music industry is full of talent but unfortunately not a lot of professionalism. Working with David Hughes was absolutely refreshing. Not only did he master my track impeccably, but he was fantastic at communicating, honest, flexible, personal and sincere. I've been recommending him to all my friends in the music industry and urging my buddies in sound engineering school to copy his business model and work ethic. If it sounds like I'm gushing, well, it's because I am.

  • 5/5 stars September 1, 2013

    I am in the process of completing two projects at Shine On Studios with David Hughes. One for my daughter's original work and another for a worship song project for our national church. David came highly recommended to us as a certified expert in Pro Tools and as someone who goes the extra mile for his clients. In our experience, spending dozens of hours at Shine On Studio over the last several weeks, we have found this to be true. David is highly skilled at what he does, confident with all genres of music, has excellent equipment and works very well with people.

    He is fully invested in working with us to ensure that we are happy with the final product and that he has done all he can to make it his best. I really appreciate his attitude and commitment to excellence.

    His rates are very reasonable and he is not looking to keep people "on the clock" to make an extra buck. He loves his work and enjoys making others happy by fulfilling his clients' desires and dreams.

    I will continue working with David on future projects. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with "Shine On"!

  • 5/5 stars August 28, 2013

    Great studio to work with. David is patient and knowledgeable. He really works with the artist and goes above and beyond. The equipment is amazing and David makes a point to work towards the vision of the artist when mixing/mastering their music. Overall 5/5 in my book.

  • 1/5 stars August 25, 2013

    should have a minus star. Too bad place and wastage of money.

    DO not go to this place for any mastering and mixing and recording work. The engineer David is impatient very much inclined to the money. Do not know basics of mastering. It's your risk if you are going to this place.

    First we approached him for some Indian song work and over the phone he was quite confident but in the actual work he took the half proposed money as advance and did not give us the money back even after we could not achieve the mastering work.

    David H. from Shine On Studios, LLC replied to this review on August 28, 2013:

    The following is my perspective (the engineer in question) of what occurred between this client and the engineer:

    A consultation appointment was set up on a Sunday at 12pm. The client showed up at 1:15pm. We spoke in depth about the project and discussed a discounted rate for this project, based on the fact that there was very little work to do and they were on a tight budget. I mastered the first track and then set up an appointment for later in the week to finish the project.

    On the date the mastering project was scheduled to be completed, the clients arrived 3 hours late to their appointment. I was professional in greeting them and didn't charge them for the lost time. I informed them that since they were late to the appointment, there would not be enough time to finish the entire project during this session. We worked on a few more tracks and I made all the changes that the client requested. I also let them stay an hour past the time I'd allocated for their session.

    At the end of this session, the client did not have the funds to pay the remaining balance due, but insisted that the project be completed within the next 48 hours. I informed them that I had already booked clients for the next 48 hours. I also reminded them that, at the time the project was initiated, they had not mentioned a deadline. This client called three days later (and one day after the announced deadline) requesting a refund. When I refused to give them a refund, due to the fact that studios sell time and services and there is no way to recoup used time, the client became angry and short-tempered on the phone. After explaining that the client could come back to finish the project, but that no refund was possible (especially considering the services were rendered for a discounted rate), the client threatened to leave a bad review if I did not refund his money in full.

    I consider myself an honest business owner and I do everything in my ability to make clients happy and provide them with professional quality work.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my side of the story.

  • 5/5 stars August 18, 2013

    Super professional, knowledgeable, quick and easy. I had a project I needed to have completed ASAP, and David was very accomodating, patient and helpful, especially considering I'm definitely a studio rookie. Also, his fee was more than reasonable in any case, but all the more so given his dexterity when it came to all the editing, etc, and the superior tools he employed. Thanks a bunch, David! I'll be back.

  • 5/5 stars July 19, 2013

    Don't judge this studio by the rustic house it's been carved out of. The setup inside is amazing, from the high quality equipment to the great ambience and aesthetics. David Hughes is an awesome audio engineer, with years of experience. From hip-hop to Rock, he can work with any producer/artist/band from multiple genres. I recommend shine on studios to anyone. - J. DAWS

  • 5/5 stars March 30, 2013

    David Hughes is a bright light in the world of studio recording and music production. He is also a great artist to work with. Highly recommended.

    David H. from Shine On Studios, LLC replied to this review on April 1, 2013:

    Wow! Thanks for the review, Kevin. It's been an honor and a pleasure to work with you on your album.

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2012

    David H. from Shine On Studios, LLC replied to this review on October 19, 2012:

    Thanks, Dan. Hope to see you and the boys at the studio in the very near future.

  • 5/5 stars March 7, 2011

    Shine on Studio is an awesome studio, and Engineer David Hughes is a gift of risk, artistry, and brilliant daring in the studio. I love working with Shine On Studio-Kaylah Marin

  • 5/5 stars March 6, 2011

    Amazing quality for great prices!

    Had this song Mixed & Mastered there!

    Ultra friendly studio with amazing products!

    Book a session today, you will love it!

    - Gargeezy

  • 5/5 stars March 6, 2011

    I have been working with David since 2007. He has given me priceless training, advice and self confidence with respect to setting up my own small home studio, recording and mixing my productions. I highly recommend Shine on Studio.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Shine On Studio offers recording, mixing, & mastering services for musicians and commercial businesses. Our full-production recording facility can host live bands for demo recordings to professional albums. Our quality mics have been carefully selected by researching industry professional reviews from other engineers and producers. From beginning to end, Shine On Studio can help you get CDs made and help with merchandizing. Our staff are also musicians, so we know what you're going through and want to hep you every step of the way.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. An engineer that can listen to your project and enhance it without changing it is very important. Talk with the engineer and see if they are open to making YOUR creative idea improved with their help. Not all engineers are equal and some are helpful, while others can ruin a great audio project.

I will do my best to hear your audio and offer suggestions and take it in a direction that you see fit. Come down to my studio and we'll discuss the options that you feel are a good match for your project. With 10 years of recording experience in the Bay Area, my production skills have been finely tuned to offer you the very best in music production.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. M/S processing is very important for all audio production projects. Without the proper EQ and compression, an audio project can suffer greatly on multiple sound systems.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Constant education in the field of audio production is necessary. I've been reading and studying audio techniques for the past 15 years. I let my recordings and mixes speak for themselves.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love music. All types of music are welcome at Shine On Studio. I get a big kick out of helping young and emerging musicians produce and mix their creations.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. How long will it take to record or mix? It can take as long or as short as you like. Quality is our goal. Our engineers will help manage time and keep sessions moving at the pace of the artist.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. All things just worked out and I started working in audio production freshman year of college at the college radio station.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. Gearing up the studio to focus on live bands. New studio space is currently under construction and will be more spacious and able to host large groups. Our gear will be tweaked to the dark side for a heavier sound. Metal & Rock bands will be thoroughly impressed with our new sound.

Malki Means King just brought in their most recent project PARTY MUSIC for mastering. I've heard a lot of club and hip hop albums over the years, but I have to admit that this album is one of the best I've every heard. It has beats and lyrics that just get stuck in your head and you find yourself humming them tunes throughout the day. Check out Malki's site and give it a listen.

I've been mixing a bunch of Hip Hop albums, Nix Kuiper, Gargeezy, Xclusive and I've been able to give clients a mix that they're proud to release to their fans. There is nothing better than a happy client.

Check out our website for links to all the clients that have recorded at the studio.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. We've just added Pro Tools HD10 to our studio production. I've already completed the new training courses for this software. I've been certified in Pro Tools 7, 8, & 9. I like to know all options and the full capabilities of my software. I strive to learn more about audio production everyday. With the ever-changing world of digital media, this learning process will be an endless endeavor. I do teach private and group classes for learning audio production and Pro Tools Software. If you're looking for a few new techniques to have on your palette, give me a call and we can arrange a lesson package that will give you an edge on your production skills.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. A typical 4 piece band recording can take about 6-8 hours for recording and mixing 3-4 songs. The band should be well rehearsed and not need a lot of time to practice parts or need more than 2-3 takes for a particular section.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Learn the basics. The fundamentals of audio production can be complex at times and a solid knowledge of how everything is working will elevate you above the rest of the rookie engineers in the business.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. We've moved the studio to a new location in Oakland. This new facility offers more space and options for all our recording clients. The new studio has improved acoustic control allowing musicians and engineers more experimentation with sound. We also have a fireplace in the main room for added ambiance.

The new studio will also offer in-house instruments that can be rented during the recording session. There will also be the option of hiring professional musicians for tracking.

The new studio will also offer MIDI tracking for singer/songwriters to compose their own musical compositions and track vocal recordings. We will have an in-house engineer that can custom design a beat or musical arrangement to your personal liking.

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