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My name is Michael Briggs and I'm an audio engineer from Denton, TX.
I have had the pleasure of working with over 300 artists on over 400 releases and over 2,100 songs.
Click here for discography. Click here to read testimonials from real clients. Visit Civil Audio on Facebook and Instagram.

I have over 17 years of experience with audio and have had the great privilege to work with hundreds of bands across many different genres. I'm honored to have been voted the "Best Sound Engineer" by the public at the Denton Arts and Music Awards.

Some of the bands I’ve had in the studio include: Tiny Moving Parts, Modern Baseball, La Dispute, Sarah Jaffe, Two Knights, Astronautalis, Amanda Palmer with Neil Gaiman, Lorelei K, Flesh Born, Ditch Prince, Nervous Curtains, Mimisiku, Innards, Tera Melos, The Happy Alright, Fair To Midland, Fishboy, Centro-matic, Thin Skin, Lost In The Trees, Pinkish Black, Mikal Cronin with Ty Segall, Claire Morales, New Science Projects, Never Friends, The Baptist Generals, Rei Clone, Better Now, and many more.

I often take a do-it-all approach for making a record: tracking, mixing and mastering. Civil Recording is the name of my studio in the heart of Denton, TX (just north of Dallas). The studio is located in the center of town near the beautiful town square and several great restaurants. Denton is a great town to visit and make a record in.

Mixing is my passion and in addition to mixing what I track, I am now accepting online mixing projects where you track it yourself at home or another studio and send me the multi-track to mix. Call or email for a rate quote. See the Mixing and Mastering pages for more info.

I currently host a radio show playing mostly local songs that I have recorded on KUZU 92.9FM and in the past I have managed a small record label, a DIY house venue, a non-profit coffee roasting company and a live performance archive website called the Violitionist Sessions.

I work with all genres of music, including rock, pop, hip-hop, punk, emo, electronic, noise rock, folk, classical, jazz, metal, avant-garde, screamo, pop punk, hardcore, etc etc. I try not to pigeonhole myself into just one genre and I enjoy working on it all. Take a minute to listen to some samples of my past work in the left hand column of the site (or the bottom on mobile).

I always give every project 100% and I'm not happy until you're happy. "Pretty good" is not good enough. The mix is not done until you love it.

Use the form below to send me the details of your project. Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to working together.


48+ ★★★★★ Star Reviews
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Jarrod Estes of Felt & Fur
Completely kills it!! Every artist who works with him will agree 100%! Extremely professional, knows what he's doing, and is very easy going. Every question I had about the process was answered in extreme detail, and most importantly, the final product sounds amazing! I tend not to trust a lot of people's ear because I'm a biased know it all musician like the rest of us, but Michael hears EVERYTHING I hear, so it was a breeze working with him during the mixing phase.
Poppy Xander of Starfruit
Michael Briggs is the kind of engineer you want, cool, calm, collected, logical, fast as hell on those keyboard shortcuts, with a great ear. Briggs really knows his stuff and it’s always great to come in and record at Civil Audio. Looking forward to more! (Also that pour over coffee... bonus!!!)
Dan Ceske of Sylvania Ave
My favorite part about working with Michael is how much he invested himself into my band's record, wanting to make it the best it could be. He has an amazing ear and great ideas. If you want to work with someone who cares about their work, go with Michael Briggs. Plus his cat is adorable.
Scarlett Wright of New Science Projects
A+ recording experience. Very knowledgeable and easy to work with. He really understands exactly what the artists are trying to achieve. I've recorded with Michael in 3 different bands, all vastly different genres and every recording session has been outstanding.
Dillon Stanley of Sylvania Ave
Michael is an amazing human and wonderful sound engineer! Best coffee in Denton hands down. He was super helpful in helping my band get the sound we were looking for and will be trying to send more bands his way. Super professional. Record with him.
Dustin Sheehan
He's basically the best in Denton. His style combines rapid-pace DIY experimentalism with carefully considered hard/software choices. His production style is a great fit for virtually any genre of music, whether you're an avant garde sound collagist, Jazz Improv artist, or 3-piece rock band. He's also always 100% sober to the point where friends and I have come to the conclusion that his drug of choice IS Audio Work. (Possibly supplemented with Cat Pets.)
Abe Hill of Rei Clone
Best recording experience in DFW. Michael Briggs is incredibly professional, easy to work with, and knows what he is doing. He offers very affordable rates, putting quality audio recording and mixing into the grasp of every musician. I wouldn't recommend anyone else.
Jo Higginbotham
Michael Briggs is both professional and patient. He shows care for the music being made and puts that care into the work. Definitely the best in Denton
Donovan Ford of Big Hand // Big Knife
The waiter is very friendly, the food came out quick, and they nailed my order (two eggs, scrambled, and hash browns in a ring with dry toast). Plus, what a deal! But, really, best place to record in Denton.
Al Rios of Special Guest
I've had the pleasure of recording with Michael lots of times over the years and he just keeps getting better and better. Recording can be mind-numbing and frustrating, but Michael makes it fun and rewarding. He listens to what we wanted and offers advice when necessary without being overbearing. It's the perfect balance between DIY recording and studio recording.
Lillian Cormack of Better Now
Michael does amazing work! My band has recorded with him four different times and each time has been better than the last. He also did our music video and it turned out perfectly
Sarah Ruth of They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy
Super efficient and super proficient! Always a great experience!!
Cody Daniels of Giant of the Mountain
Very professional, made us sound great, and worked with us to get the sound we wanted.
Kyle Pennington of Record Setter
I absolutely loved the two days we spent recording here! The experience was calm and relaxing while still being extremely productive. Michael always had great advice and ideas and was very patient throughout the whole process. He listened to every idea we had and worked hard to get the exact sound we wanted. The quality of the recordings were outstanding and it reflects the hard work and attention he put into each song.
Joseph Prein of Law of Jante
Excellent engineer, better friend. Michael is the cream of the crop and the king on the top when it comes to cranking off a record.
Joe Stobaugh
I am so thankful to have had the chance to record at Civil! I needed to record a commissioned piece that involved tracking a variety of instruments and also included two children as vocal soloists. This was the children's first time in a studio environment: Michael put everyone at ease right away and we all had an incredible experience all the way around. From booking the session to tracking and then mixing and mastering I had a tremendous experience and the final product sounds great! If you have the opportunity, don't miss the chance to create at Civil!
Nathan Stölzer of The Recessions
Such a stellar expirence recording with Michael! Meticulous, quick, and fun to work with!
Christopher Von Mises of Aztec Death
We recorded our first Aztec Death album here and I was quite satisfied with the experience. Not only will you get a quality recording on your record, but Michael Briggs is easy to work with. If you're looking for a place to record in Denton, you should do it here because you'll get a lot of bang for your buck.
Alek Walker of The Rotisserie Chickens
The band I play guitar in, The Rotisserie Chickens, had the opportunity to record our second album with Michael. He was kind, unbelievably patient, professional, and awesome to work with! Quality of the album is excellent and the mix/master is perfect. We definitely look forward to working with him again!
Ray Wood of The Ellen Degenerates
Best producer to work with hands down you get your money's worth. Oh and the coffee... AMAZING!
Kyle Farley of I Am Clark Kent
If your thinking about going anywhere else in Denton for recordings, think again. Super professional recordings and Briggs knows what he is doing and a great guy to work with.
James Jimmings of HOOF
Briggs is the man. A great place to record and the sound you get you will not be disappointed with. You will leave with a great product every time.
Zachariah Walker of Fun Button
You will be amazed at the quality and professionalism of Michael Briggs's work. You will want to give him way more money then he asks for.