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3 years in business
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I am currently working with Stephen Babula, owner and operator of SMB Recordings, and thus far it has been an extremely positive and enjoyable experience. Steve is recording my narration for an audio book project, and he is consistently encouraging, patient and easygoing. I am looking forward to continuing my work with him, and would recommend him to anyone without any hesitation.Jan 18, 2017Verified
I have worked with Steve at SMB Recordings on and off for years and my experience has always been top notch! Steve has great gear, a strong instrumental background, and is a whiz in the studio. He also has a great ear and is extremely creative on all aspects of recording, engineering, and production. The attention to detail with Steve is one of a kind and the recording atmosphere is very inviting and comfortable. If you want a great recording, and/or need something mixed or produced this is the guy to go to! You won't be disappointed with SMB. I will be using Steve again for my next project early this spring!Jan 16, 2017
Excellent equipment and the perfect engineer My experieance at SMB studios was definatley one I will never forget!Dec 31, 2016SMB Recordings's reply
Thanks so much Gianni! It was great working with you too.
I came to record one track, and ended up recording an entire album! Steve's gift as a producer, engineer and project manager are unmatched in my experience. His musical background and knowledge is vast and eclectic, from rock to pop, singer-songwriters and everything in between. He is an incredible listener both in conversation about the project and when trying to get the 'right take' musically. Steve will truly help bring all of your creativity out of you without being pushy in any way. He's flexible with schedules and his rates are great. I can't say enough good things about SMB Recordings. He's a patient engineer who knows how to use all of his excellent equipment to the full. Technically speaking, he gets an amazing vocal sound, and has a huge array of high quality digital instruments to work with. Also, the newly renovated studio has space to record large groups in a live setting as well as a very comfortable control room for listening and reviewing takes. I have to say that I found my voice at SMB Recordings and I think you will too.Jan 4, 2017
Steve was able to get the ideas and sounds I imagined down In ways others simply couldn't. He understood what I was trying to accomplish and his creative influence really helped when it was needed. In addition to being very professional, he's a great guy who's presence adds a very positive vibe to the creative environment in his studio.Jan 5, 2017
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My hourly rates start at $55. I am willing and do offer flat project fees as well, but that is determined on many variables which need to be discussed and agreed upon upfront prior to determining the fee.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I always prefer to have a conversation to discuss the project upfront and determine what the clients' needs are, expectations, budget and timeline. The goal is to make sure that it will be a good fit mutually and establish upfront, open communication to avoid anything that might hinder the project from going smoothly.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am primarily self-taught, but have now been recording, engineering and producing various local projects for over 10 years. I also have completed a few mentorship programs in other professional recording studios.