The House of Jam

Beltsville, MD

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About this pro

David J. Hanbury, a respected engineer, producer and musician, and the proprietor of the House of Jam, has been recording music for over 30 years. The House of Jam provides a comfortable environment and a wide range of services to many artists (and businesses) in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area at an affordable price.


* Recording (includes engineer)

Because "watching the clock" creates a stressful environment for a recording session, we prefer to work hourly on each project. We have worked with many artists on different types of projects, including singles, EPs, demos, full-length albums, voice-overs, spoken word, documentaries, etc., and this system levels the playing field.

> The base hourly rate for an on-site recording is $50 per hour.
> An off-site recording is $70 per hour.

* Mixing:

This service is for in-house clients, and for those who have recorded their material somewhere else and is looking for a different take on the mix-down. Short projects (singles, EPs, demos, and short programs under 4 hours in length) are billed at a rate of $50 per hour. Recording projects exceeding 10 hours are negotiable.

* Mastering:

Our mastering services are billed according to the number of songs being mastered.

* Mastering Lite:

Our Mastering Lite service included with every session involves routing the final mix through our state-of-the-waves plug-ins, maximizing your sound. Mastering Lite does not involve complex equalization, compression and processing. The Mastering Lite service, though not as involved as the full mastering treatment described above, provides the indie artist with a competitive product for indie artists on a limited budget.

* Voice-over production: The House of Jam Studios is dedicated primarily to music recording; however, broadcast-quality voice-overs are offered at our standard hourly rate of $50. This rate includes consultation, rehearsal, recording, editing, and mixing/mastering.

* Voice-over recording: Voiceover work and voiceover talent are available for your session for an additional cost.

* MixAssist services mix evaluation: Our MixAssist services are billed at $100 per album/project (up to 14 songs/tracks, or a program up to 1 hour in length). Equipment consultation is billed at $50 per hour for any time beyond the one hour MixAssist session.

* Audio repair/restoration: Our audio repair/restoration services are billed at $100 per hour.


Beltsville, MD 20705

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12 Reviews
  • Scott A. Nov 12, 2014
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    I found David through thumbtack with a pretty clear idea in mind of what I wanted. I showed him the production level I was seeking and he got in touch with me right away. Upon arrival, I met his lovely dog Lucy. I instantly felt comfortable working in the space. Unlike other producers I've worked with, David never got frustrated and was always willing to redo anything I felt needed. A close attention to detail is another one of David's strong suits. Would recommend, and am going back for another session. Came away with what I had hoped for.
  • Stefan B. Jan 4, 2014
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    David is a genius when it comes to both mastering and editing. He has a great ear for what works and what doesn't, and helped me greatly through the recording process by contributing ideas. He works extremely fast without sacrificing efficiency. The studio itself is a very comfortable space that includes with the most lovable dog on earth. David's work has helped to make my audio quality 10 times better, and I hope to work with him again the future.
  • Gerald D. Dec 7, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    I'm an independent artist who makes his own music but does not own a accurate dead recording space for vocals. I came across Dave Hanbury through Thumbtack and was able to set up a session with in a days notice. I had an excellent experience recording with Dave. He is very knowledgeable in general and offered many great suggestions. He is super fast with the programs that he uses so you can make the most of your time. And the recording room was immaculately built from the ground up (zero leakage in and out - the studio is in a residential area with no complaints). I would highly recommend David for anyone seeking to work with an experienced engineer/musician in a great recording space for a fantastic price. Everyone that you interact with in the studio is very professional and friendly and you will feel like you are at home while there.
  • Sunset D. Oct 28, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    Dave is a remarkable talent with over 30 years of experience notched in his belt. He is Very easy to work with, provides a professional and clear understanding of the whole process. Implements wonderful ideas to better enhance your records. I would defiantly recommend him to anybody that wants top of the line recorded material!!
  • Stewart P. Oct 15, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    excellent !! I found the perfect studio !! I will use you guys forever !!... I found numerous studios easily... & picked the perfect one... developed a permanent relationship in a few hours !!
  • Greg C. Sep 17, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    David is great! Very professional, friendly, and extremely efficient and on point during recording and editing.
  • Ken D. Jul 21, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    Great Job. Professional, yet relaxed feeling. They fit my rush job into their schedule. The studio was ready when I arrived. The editing process was very fast and accurate - no wasted time at all. My client is very happy. I'd go back to House of Jam again.
  • Sandra R. Apr 27, 2013
    Audio Recording
    Verified Review
    It was a pleasure to work with David, he really put me at ease and explained the entire process before, during and after. I would definitely use his services again.
  • Dave Y. Nov 8, 2012
    This is one of those studios that really care about production. The crew puts there all into their (and your) work... with years of know-how and experience! Totally Recommended!
    Nick R. Nov 10, 2012

    Thanks Dave

  • Steven V. Nov 8, 2012
    My experiences at the 'House of Jam' have been and continue to be exemplary. Dave Hanbury, clearly an artist, has provided everything I needed to hit the ground running with awesome and flexible musical talent, advise and production help. My first recordings of my originals completely overwhelmed me! My recording experience prior to the HOJ, was limited to my own home demo recordings or previous 'bad' experiences in professional but 'sterile' studios only interested in booking my time. My ongoing project has been a continual and valuable learning process for me and with Dave's patient guidance and consistent encouragement, I am not only a singer/songwriter, I am now a producer!
    Nick R. Nov 10, 2012

    Thanks man.

  • Rob W. Nov 8, 2012
  • David T. Nov 7, 2012