DBW Productions

Woodland Hills, CA

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About this pro

Run by music producer and multi-instrumentalist, David Chamberlin, DBW Productions is a full service music production studio. Located on a private lot in Woodland Hills, CA. The studio features 4 rooms with 10 foot ceilings and a tuned control room. We specialize in singer/songwriters and can provide complete production services all in-house. We'll do anything from a simple demo to a full length CD and help guide you through the process every step of the way. With over 70 completed CD projects and 1000's of recordings to date we have the knowledge and experience to make your recording project a reality. We also feature mixing and mastering services.

Location

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Background check

Complete

Years in business

22

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

11 Reviews
  • Chris B. Dec 17, 2015
    Dave is not only a hard working engineer, he is a very talented and versatile musician, which made him the perfect one-stop shop for several albums. A great collaborator who loves to experiment but also one of those rare creatives who can stay focused while keeping things fun. A total professional who takes great pride in his work and an absolute joy to work with.
  • Wendy C. Nov 27, 2015
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    David was fantastic to work with. He helped produce audition material for a jr. High level competition, but was just as professional and detail oriented as if were producing a professional piece. Couldn't have asked for more!
  • Cindy L. Nov 21, 2015
    I have been working with Dave for at least 20 years now and have known him for over 25 years. I have recorded 4 CD's with him, and I am totally satisfied with every one of them. Dave is an exceptional musical talent, and so versatile that it makes recording with him super fun and easy! He is always up on the latest technology and truly cares about whatever project he is working on, giving his full attention to detail and even explaining what he does technically, which is great for a non techy person like myself. The studio is beautiful, comfortable, and very professional, and add Dave to that mixture and you have absolute magic. Thanks Dave, I'll be back soon!
  • Howard R. Nov 21, 2015
    I've used Dave MANY times for creating tracks, mixing, mastering and recording. He is multi-talented because he not only is a superb recording engineer, but he also is a musician himself. He's played guitar on some of my tracks and the most recent one he sang the lead vocal for me. He is quick and super easy to work with. When you want the job done right the first time, call DBW!
  • Howard S. Nov 18, 2015
    As a songwriter who has recorded at DBW many times, I can honestly say that you will not find a better production service. Dave is a top-notch musician and engineer who also has outstanding collaborative songwriting chops. You will be more than satisfied. I give DBW my highest personal recommendation.
  • Destiny O. Nov 16, 2015
    Dave is exceptional! We have always enjoyed working in his impeccable studio with the latest and greatest upgrades! The peaceful, safe and beautiful atmosphere, helps set the mood for the best take- every time. Dave is not only an extraordinary recording engineer but an exceptional musician with an understanding of all musical genres. Dave helps see our vision through to the end- on every song and delivers our songs on time- every time. He has a great sense of humor so working with Dave is always enjoyable. And we must say that we are always awed by his attention to every detail; he strives for perfection, even after a six hour session! It's just one of the many things that sets Dave apart. Thanks Dave!
  • Scott M. Nov 15, 2015
    David and I have worked together on 10 CDs over almost 2 decades. I was very, very lucky that I found him. He is quite a talent.
  • Charles M. Nov 13, 2015
    My experience was great recording at the DBW production recording studio. David is an expert engineer and really knows his system inside out. I would recommend recording there to all who are interested.
  • Gloria S. Nov 13, 2015
    Dave has always been there for us to bring our songs to life. We have recorded a number of albums with him and can always rely on him to create something wonderful!
  • Michael O. Nov 13, 2015
    DBW Productions can definitely make steak out of hamburg. My first song recorded at DBW was professionally done and airplay ready. The station manager of our local Christian station WNPQ was so impressed with the production quality he put it into immediate rotation lasting up to one year. Great job Dave!
  • Andrew K. Nov 13, 2015
    Great studio, gear... immaculately tuned room (for mixing and mastering).... But the most important part is the talent and experience David brings to the table.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to know what kind of recording project you have in mind prior to booking a session just to make sure I'm the right guy for the job. That means having a phone conversation or personal meeting prior to the session. I'll be happy to go over any questions or concerns you might have as well as help give you a realistic estimate on costs. Every project I do is different. Some things are just a simple voice over recording and others are a full length CD. Once we establish what it is you'd like to do we go from there.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've studied music since the age of 5, starting on guitar, then piano and Clarinet. I was first chair Clarinet in our high school band at the age of 14 as well as worked in an active bar band playing guitar. I played in a Florida with the rock band "Dorian Gray" who featured then drummer Jani Lane (who later became the singer for the multi-platinum band Warrant). I studied music at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. After school I worked as a full time guitar teacher for many years while starting learn how to record and produce music. I've now been recording full time since 1995. I play many instruments which include:Guitar, Piano, 5 string bass, mandolin, Dobro and lap Steel, harmonica, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Lead and Backing Vocals, and, various hand percussion instruments.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My base price is $75/hour for the studio. Rates will decrease to $70/hour if we book 3 hours or more. Assuming I'm "producing" and creating the instrumentation (guitar, keyboards, drums, etc) I charge an al a carte fee of $160/song for everything. This fee is only charged once per song, even if I'm still adding instruments on another day. When you book a studio you typically hire outside musicians. Most studio musicians get $100/hour. I'm basically your "on call" studio musician that is all set up ready to go for one flat rate!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I first started teaching myself how to program drums and record my own songs on a four track machine (kids, we used cassette tapes back then). At some point I started recording friend's demos. As I improved I started "Dave's Demos" out of my apartment in Van Nuys, followed by my first real studio, DBW Productions. I'm now working out of my 3rd studio and eat and breath music and production. I consider myself quite technical but with a huge artistic side.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have a very broad range. I have an award winning Native American Flutest named "Golana" who I've done 8 CDs with, I have an alternative country artist, Richard Burr who has topped the charts in Europe, I have an up and coming young singer/songwriter named Destiny who was the first person to be signed to Mark Burnet's (producer of the show The Voice) music division and many, many others who are all unique. I'm able to conform to many styles of music and get into a project pretty easily. After all, it's only music;-)
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I just worked on a classic rock project that allowed me to go back to my musical roots of music of 60's and 70's. This was an era where people committed to recording and didn't rely on technology. One of the fun things I got to do was play guitar using a violin bow in tribute to Jimmy Page! The whole 12 song CD project took about 6 months to complete. This is with recording once a week, maybe twice if we were lucky.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't let money be the final deciding factor. Sometimes someone who charges more per hour will do a better job at directing you and recording a superior product. Make sure you like them as a person and don't commit to anything long term. I'd rather just record one song with a new client so that they can get their feet wet and see how it feels to them. I have a lot of return business and have done multiple (big) projects with people, which I think speaks for itself.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The most asked question I get asked is: "how much is it to record a song?" I have an extensive FAQ on my website that I tell people to read that helps walk them through basic recording questions as the answer to this is; "It depends". It's like asking an architect how much it costs to build a house;-) I need to know the type of song it is in terms of production and what you need from me in terms of my musical contribution. If you can send me an example of something commercial that you'd like to emulate that will better help me give you a realistic answer.