Crab Shack Music LLC
Crab Shack Music LLC

Crab Shack Music LLC

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Introduction: My name is Jack Kilby, I'm a full-time professional musician and Alexandria native. My home recording studio, Crab Shack Music, is capable of recording up to 18 channels live for larger groups, as well smaller overdub sessions or mixing. I want to make the recording experience as comfortable for you as possible. We are open to all genres! Vintage equipment including the rare Wurlitzer 112A, Wurlitzer 140B, and Fender Rhodes 73 electric pianos, Vox Jaguar Continental, and Slingerland drums from the 1960’s.

Hired 7 times

Serves Alexandria, VA

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5 years in business

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  • Vocal and Bass Recording

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  • Instrumental & Vocal Overdubs

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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Scott I.
Jun 6, 2019

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Got some vocals recorded at Jack's studio. He had great equipment/an awesome setup and a good ear for mixing them. Came out sounding great. Would def recommend.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Singing only (pre-recorded instrumentals) • Pop • 1 track • 5 minutes or fewer • Mixing • Mastering

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Omar B.
Jan 13, 2019
Jack Kilby is a highly professional engineer/producer, musician and music teacher. He's friendly, knowledge, and extremely competent in the studio. Because he's also a multi-instrumentalist, recording at the Crab Shack becomes value added because he understands both music and audio. I also love the fact that the Crab Shack is a fully outfitted analog and digital studio. It makes it a one stop shop when recording your projects. I wholeheartedly recommend the Crab Shack as a studio and Jack as an engineer/producer, musician and music teacher.
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Gabriel H.
Jan 4, 2019
I play in a rock band that wanted to record our first album. I knew Jack mutually through the local music scene and was made aware of his studio, and it seemed like a great place to record some tracks. He was super communicative, flexible when we wanted to change locations to get drums, and worked with our schedules super well. He also was fantastic at getting rid of any unwanted “blips” and issues caused by punching in tracks, which came in handy. The audio quality and quality of the equipment in general was great. I would absolutely recommend working with Crab Shack Music.
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Eliza S.
Oct 15, 2019

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I had such a great experience working with Jack. He is such a perfectionist and has really gone the extra mile to make sure my songs sound the best that they can sound. He also played some amazing drum parts on my songs. The overall vibe of the studio is super laid back and comfortable, too. I would recommend Crab Shack to anyone!

Details: 18 - 25 years old • Singing and instrumentals • Pop • Country • Alternative • 3 tracks • 11 - 15 minutes • Mixing

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Max P.
Mar 3, 2019
My band recorded five tracks with Jack, and the quality of his engineering and knowledge of the tools used to do so met all of our demands. Jack not only provides a laid-back environment to bring your music to life, but is also willing to take the measures to help you reach your goals himself. Whether you’re looking to lay down some solid tracks in the exact way you want it or just to get a quick project done with some solid expertise to back you up, this is your man.
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My "daily" rate is $500, which is 1 hour set up 8 hours tracking. Hourly rate is $70

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I want to identify their needs make them feel comfortable so we can capture the best performance!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have my Masters in Music and I have been a recording engineer for big bands, smaller jazz combos, vocal and instrumental overdubs, as well as mixing. I have been fortunate to befriend great engineers who I've learned a lot from to develop my skills.

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