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Scott Llamas is a leading Bay Area producer and recording artist.
Recent Success: In the last five years, Scott has been the most featured producer on Live 105's Sound Check and has had 5 artists featured on AP Magazine's "100 You Need to Know" . Scott's work has also: generated offers and deals from Arista, Hollywood, Elektra, Polygram, BYO, Fat, MegaForce and others; been featured on MTV's Viva La Bam, Road Rules, Made and others; received strong reviews in national and local press such as AP Magazine, CMJ, Magnet, Revolver, AbsolutePunk.net, SF Chronicle, SF Weekly and many others; charted radio for college and commercial specialty charts; won multiple spots to play countless tours and festivals and been played on the radio about a million times.
Scott's solo project DEFLATOR MOUSE charted college and commercial specialty radio on multiple releases, was chosen by SPIN and CMJ magazine for their compilations, was featured at SXSW 4 years in a row and was heralded as "better than 90 percent of the competition" by AP Magazine (the nations third largest music magazine).
Recent Artists Produced: The Action Design (Featuring M from Tsunami Bomb), Picture Me Broken (MegaForce), Big Brother and the Holding Company, Finish Ticket, Jesse Brewster, Love Equals Death (Fat Wreck Chords), Facing New York (Five One Records), Uriah Duffy (Lyrics Born and White Snake), Krickie, Scene of Action, Letters Make Words, The Downer Party/Two Seconds, Nothington (BYO Records), Tragedy Andy, Panda (Dizzy Balloon), Fighting The Villain, Goodbye Gadget, The Sick (The Edge Records), Arnocorps (Anticulture), Air Show Disaster, Two Left Feet, The Texas Thieves (Dr. Strange), Deflator Mouse, The Silent Film Stars (Thought Riot/Anti Flag), Harrington Saints (Longshot) and many, many others. Scott has also been used as a Pro Tools consultant for Carlos Santana for each of his three studios.
Producing Recording Mixing Mastering
Producing, Recording, Mixing and Mastering all bill at the same rate.
- $60 per hour
- $450 per 8-hour day.
- Discount rates are available for bands or engineers who want to record themselves.
What's the difference between being recorded and being produced?
Recording is getting a great sounding recording of your music with all the songs and parts the way you usually play them. Of course, I can make suggestions as we go, but without knowing the songs in advance, I might not notice something that I would have suggested changing until it's too late. For example, once we track the vocals, I might realize we should have used a different drum pattern but it would be too late because all the instrumentation will have been already tracked.
However, with production, we can catch these things in advance of the recording and make sure that the version of your song we record is the best it can be. This is done by playing the songs for me in advance of the actual recording (either in a separate session or at the beginning of the first day of recording). This allows me to get to know your songs and make suggestions before we get started so that we begin our recording process on the best possible foundation. I've had more than 50 bands played on commercial radio over the last several years and this is where it starts.
RECORDING GEAR, DRUMS, GUITARS and AMPs:
RECORDING/MIXING: There are a lot of cheap Pro Tools versions out there starting as low as $200 but this studio is one of the few Bay-Area studios using the top-od-the-line HDX Pro Tools System with the HD Analog Interface. We are also loaded with all of the best HD plug-Ins (mixing effects) such as Waves and McDSP as well as the top virtual instruments by Pro Tools, AIR, Reason, Native Instruments and many more.
PREAMPS: I use vintage Neve 31105 and Focuswrite pre-amps. (If you don't know pre-amp makers, Neve is widely regarded as one of the best pre-amp manufacturers in the world.)
MIC's: The Studio's mic list includes: a Neumann tim 103 for vocals and acoustinc instruments (Neumann is the most popular high-end vocal mic in the industry.), Senheiser 421 and Shure Beta 57's (guitars/bass), Shure Beta 52 (kick drum), CAD Equitech E100s (rooms), Audio Technica Pro 25's (overheads), AKG C1000 (hi-hat), Shure Beta 57 (snare) and Shure 57's for everything else.
PLAY THE RIGHT GEAR: if it doesn't sound good before your record it, then no quality of recording is going to make it sound good. If you don't have top-of-the-line great, don't worry: we do :) we have the following available for your use:
DW Maple Collector's Series 6-piece
(22" kick 10", 12", 14" and 16" toms, 7x14" snare, 5000 series single or double pedal)
Ludwing maple snare 7x14"
Ziljan and Paiste Cymbals
Gibson Les Paul (Jimmy Page re-issue),
Fender American Stratacaster,
Custom Wayne Charvel Telecaster
Fender American P-bass;
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier w/ Mesa recto cab (choose between Celestian vintage 30 or black shadow Celestian 75w speakers);
Marshall JVM 2007!!!!! (this is the new pimp Marshall head that has 4 different tube configurations: Plexi, JCM 800, 900 and 2000. believe it or not, each channel sounds better than the original.). w/ Marshall 1965 cab (choose between Celestian vintage 30 or green back speakers);
Groove Tube Solo combo amp (great for vintage "vox-style" tones);
The undisputed best bass head in the industry: the all-tube Ameg SVT Classic, with custom David Eden cab;
Axiom Pro Controller
Reason 4.0 and a long list of the best Digidesign virtual instruments.
Beautifully pitched tracking room with high ceilings and non-parallel walls. Best drum sounds ever.
Tracking room. Alternate angle.
More mics than we need for amazing sound. Including: Neumann TLM 103, C-1000, CAD 300's, Audio Technica pro 37's,
Sennheiser 421, Beta 52, 57's and SM 57's
Neve Pre Amps, Pro Tools HDX 16x16 Analog (The $12,000 version, not the "Pro Tools" your buddy has :) ), A custom built 2.7ghz 24-core computer that has twice the power of the most powerful Mac tower available, all the best
Plug-ins (effects),Virtual Instruments, Reason 5.0 and keyboards.
The best recording starts with pro sounds. Marshall JVM, Mesa Dual Rectifier, SVT Classic (Bass), Les Paul
Standard, Custom Charvel Tele, American Fender Strat and P Bass,
Takamine Acoustic, Takamine Nylon string, Yamaha Weighted Keyboard, Midi Controllers, pedals, doo dads and more. . .
You can't sound good without great drums! DW Maple Collectors Series 6 peice (American made from '92) (22" kick, 10", 12", 14" and 16" oms,
4" x 7" snare), Ludwig maple snare, Ziljan and Paiste cymbals
Iso booths stocked with custom sounds to choose from. Marshall with Mesa cabs with Celestian
vintage 30, Greenbacks and Black Shadow speakers and David Eden bass
Perfectly-treated vocal booth. Smooth and silky, or loud and screamy!
1000's of records. . .
Featuring actual sunlight and not in a parking lot!!!!
Need help? I got it!
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