Shine On Studio

Oakland, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My career started in the promotions department at There I was exposed to the inner workings of the music industry. I made connections in radio, television, and print media for many different area of the industry. This experience has allowed me to gain valuable experience and knowledge that is typically unavailable to the general public and even seasoned musicians. My skills can help produce exceptional recordings and musical compositions that will stand out and become timeless classics.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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.


Oakland, CA 94605

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30 Reviews
  • Anthony W. Jul 26, 2017
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    Thoroughly enjoy working with David! Great engineer and creative directions for music. I always come out of the studio satisfied with the music.
  • Merle K. Oct 19, 2016
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    Great job
    Great job, at the last minute. Whew! MK
  • Austin N. Oct 1, 2016
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    Superb Experience
    David was professional, efficient, and awesome with all of our picky requests in our songs. Perfect for first time recorders. Defiantly going back for future projects.
  • Rexx I. Oct 23, 2015
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
  • Markus C. Apr 19, 2015
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
  • Shane L. Mar 21, 2015
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    Great time, learned a lot. David answered all of my questions.
  • Kevin G. Mar 12, 2015
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    Very nice studio and professional atmosphere
  • Mallory H. Jan 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. Mar 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.

  • Dan P. Jan 19, 2015
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Slinkyleo E. Dec 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
  • Vyacheslav Z. Dec 16, 2014
    its very great to see some talented master work done i very appreciate it much .thanks again.
  • Scott M. Dec 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.
  • Gregory B. Nov 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!
  • Riley W. Jul 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!
  • Aaron S. Jul 21, 2014
    Thanks, Good job mastering my song.
  • Jarad F. Jul 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.
  • Scott W. Jul 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.
  • Justin B. Jul 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!
  • Jordan E. May 9, 2014
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    Excellent studio. Amazing environment. Great music feedback and outstanding.
  • Klauztrophobik P. May 7, 2014
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Melvin S. Apr 5, 2014
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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!!!
  • Vivien L. Feb 16, 2014
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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!
  • Joseph Q. Feb 2, 2014
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
  • Christa M. Jan 14, 2014
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    I really enjoyed my experience with David. He was great and always communicated promptly and answered all of the questions I had.
  • Kyle R. Dec 11, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Soraya D. Oct 16, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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!!!!
  • Dylan B. Sep 27, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Subho M. Aug 25, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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. Aug 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.

  • Sheryl B. Aug 18, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Josh D. Jul 19, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    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


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We have standard hourly rates. For clients that want to invest a little more time into their projects, we have a studio membership. The membership consists of a monthly fee that includes reduced rates for members. The hours will accrue on the account until they are used, so you can sign up for a membership now and use the hours that build up on the account later in the year. This is a great way to budget a recording session and spread out the investment. Members will also receive promotions on studio services and events that are not available to the public. Visit our site for full details.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to meet with a client at the studio to get an idea for the project and the direction it will take. It's good to get everyone on the same page so that when production start, the process is efficient and the creative ideas can contribute to the production process.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I currently teach audio production for the Recording Connection school based out of Los Angeles, CA. Students come to me to learn the essentials needed for professional audio production. I have 1on1 lessons with students to get them up to speed on the critical aspects of recording and mixing. Once a student completes my courses, they're prepared and skilled to work as an audio engineer. We're working with Pro Tools HD10 on our studio production. 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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
All things just worked out and I started working in audio production freshman year of college at the college radio station. I learned from some of the best engineers in the Bay Area and developed my own style to recording and mixing.
What types of customers have you worked with?
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.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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 production. There is nothing better than a happy client. Check out our website for links to all the clients that have recorded at the studio.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.