Introduction: Wildplum Recordings is a music production studio located in Oakland, CA. The studio focuses on acoustic music in its many forms: from folk, folk rock, roots, alt-country, blues, and pop through classical ensembles and solo instrumental. Yes, it's a specialist facility, but you wouldn't take your vintage Mustang to a Chevy shop would you?
At Wildplum, we recognize that in any recording project, it is the performance that is paramount. Thus, our first priority is you, the musician. We offer highly personalized service and a relaxed, intimate, comfortable atmosphere, together with the finest in digital and analog equipment -- all aimed at helping you reach your creative peak.
Wildplum has been recording music for over 25 years, everything from punk-folk to classical guitar. Making records is different from making "recordings" or "demos". It requires finding the sweet spot in the music. An experienced engineer can apply all the minute details worked out in past sessions and, without thinking about the process, help create something new and exciting. He or she knows that there is a difference between recording an acoustic guitar for a folk song and for an alt-country song, or between a solo break in a pop song and a solo classical guitar piece.
Getting a good sound goes beyond just plugging things in; it's about having the experience and ability to listen to the sound of an instrument and knowing when and where to move the mic; it's about knowing whether a take is a good take or not; it's about being able to really hear the balance of a mix and knowing what needs to be done to make it shine, be it an EQ change or an effect or whatever; and being able to determine if a vocal take could be done "one more time with feeling". From the engineering side, that's where the magic is in making records.
In addition to music recording and mixing, we also do remote recording, mastering, audio editing, sonic restoration work, as well as voice overs and narrations. See our web site for details.