CIVIL RECORDING STUDIO IN DENTON, TEXAS
MICHAEL BRIGGS, OWNER AND ENGINEER
In addition to recording at the studio, I also do mobile and location recording for any type of music, from classical recitals to recording bands at practice spaces to live shows at venues. Click here for more info.
I have the most experience (over 14 years total) with recording various types rock bands, but any and all genres are welcome!
Genres that I have worked with include: rock, metal, screamo, emo, indie, folk, tech-death, hip hop, electronic, noise, pop punk, shoegaze, jazz, noise rock, psychedelic, math rock, hardcore, folk punk, etc, etc.
Many bands that I record with prefer to track all instruments live and overdub vocals. Civil Recording is proud to offer live full band tracking including drums, up to two guitar amps and a bass amp all at the same time with isolation between all amps for maximum sonic quality and full control in the mixing process. All players are typically in the same live room with the drummer and listening to everyone’s amps in custom headphone mixes.
I feel that for most (rock) bands that is the best way to capture the true feeling of the music and the band playing live. Everything just feels more natural and the timing feels better when everyone can be in the same room and make eye contact with the drummer, etc. This also normally goes much more quickly than tracking everything separately and most records are made in 2 days. The first day is normally full band tracking with drums and then the second day is any fixes/overdubs, vocal tracking and then any misc extras/tweaks that you might have in mind. I will then do the initial mix on my own over the span of a couple of weeks (rush mixing is avail) and then send it to you to take your time to listen to on whatever system that you normally listen to music on and you are comfortable with. You can then send me any revisions that you’d like and we can go back and forth with that until you’re 100% happy. I’m not satisfied until the band feels that the mix is awesome and perfect. You’re also welcome to come in and we can finalize the mix in person if you’d prefer and make any small tweaks together in the studio. There’s no extra charge for quick final mix tweaks sessions.
We can also take our time and track all instruments separately if you would prefer. For example we can record the drums first to a click with or without a guide/scratch guitar/bass track and then once we get drums done, we can fill in everything else and make sure all takes are as perfect as you want them to be. I’m more than happy to work this way if you would prefer. Let me know if you have any questions at all about the recording process.
The standard rate for tracking in the studio is $200/day (approx 8-9 hours).
Hourly sessions are available for $25/hour ($50 minimum).
Mobile recording rates vary based on the project. Please contact me for details.
Mixing and mastering is currently only $100 for all songs recorded (will likely go up soon).
I don’t charge by the song and there is no limit to the amount of songs that we can do in a session.
Civil Recording is a fully digital and modern home-based studio featuring 24 tracks of ins and outs and up to 9 individual, custom headphone mixes for each player when recording live. Civil features dozens of various microphones of various types as well as an assortment of keyboards, guitars, drums and various noise makers.
You can see some of the individual gear pieces that are available for studio use below. Not all gear below is housed in the studio at all times so please contact us in advance of your session if you would like to use something in particular to ensure availability.
|Category||Make||Model||Type / Size||Notes||Owner||Sort|
|Amp / Head||Gretsch||6159||Tube||2x12 Combo||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Gallien-Krueger||1001RB||Solid State||700 watts||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Peavey||Mace||Tube||160 watts||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Verellen||Meatsmoke||Tube||300 watts||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Sunn||Beta Bass||Solid State||100W||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Randall||RG80ES||Solid State||100W||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Hiwatt||DR103||Tube||150W||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Traynor||TS-50B||Solid State||50W||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Traynor||TS-200||Solid State||200W||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Carlsboro||50 Top||Tube||50W||24/03/2017||1|
|Amp / Head||Sunn||Coliseum 880||Solid State||~300W||24/03/2017||1|
|Cabinet||Dietz-style||1 x 15||400 Watts||24/03/2017||2|
|Cabinet||Vox||4 x 12||280 watts 8 ohms||24/03/2017||2|
|Cabinet||Avatar||4 x 10||700 watts 4 ohms||24/03/2017||2|
|Cabinet||Marshall||1960a||4x12||800W 8 ohms, loaded with EVs||24/03/2017||2|
|Cabinet||2x12||150W 8 Ohms||24/03/2017||2|
|Cabinet||Avatar||1x12||200W 8 Ohms, EVM-12L||24/03/2017||2|
|Electric Guitar||Hagstrom||II||Made in Sweden ~1967||24/03/2017||3|
|Electric Guitar||Dean||Custom Zone||24/03/2017||3|
|Bass||Squier||P + J Bass||Upgraded Pickups||24/03/2017||5|
|Pedals||Arc Effects||Big Green||Fuzz||24/03/2017||6|
|Pedals||Proco||Rat||90's big box reissue. Lm308n chip||24/03/2017||6|
|Pedals||Tronographic||Rusty Box||TS-50B preamp||24/03/2017||6|
|Pedals||Lone Wolf Audio||Left Hand Wrath||HM-2 Variant||24/03/2017||6|
|Pedals||Lone Wolf Audio||Minotaur||Klon clone||24/03/2017||6|
|Pedals||Sanford and Sonny||Bluebeard||Big Muff||24/03/2017||6|
|Keyboard||Yamaha||VSS-30||Digital voice sampler||24/03/2017||7|