HardGarden Studio was established in 2005 as the culmination of owner/engineer Jonny Tindall’s lifelong passion for music production; both his own & that of the amazing artists he’d had the joy of working with both on-stage & in studios throughout his decades-long career. The current incarnation of HardGarden Studio is a small, yet well-equipped & intimate environment designed specifically with independent, up-and-coming or student performers in mind; a creative space where you’d yearn to spend time.
From the standpoint of the performer; recording can often be a daunting task; at times distilling the energy of a live performance into something lesser. Because of this, Jonny set sights on developing a studio experience & recording techniques where creativity flows easily, yet cost & time factor in less. Whether you’re an independent recording artist, full-band or voiceover specialist looking to produce demo or long-play material from start to finish, HardGarden is the home for you
Mac Pro Master Computer
PreSonus Quantum Thunderbolt Interfacing
PreSonus Digimax DP88 Digital Preamp
PreSonus Faderport 16 Control Surface
M-Audio Oxygen Midi Controller
PreSonus Studio One | PropellerHeads Reason
Arturia | Analog Lab
Slate Digital | Slate Trigger 2
Eiosis | Lexicon MPXi Native
Melodine | Notion
[& many, many more]
Perhaps the most critical stage of the production process, performance capture and audio quality are tantamount to the creation of a professional-quality recording. From advanced mic techniques to gain-staging & performance coaching…each leads to the finest representation of your creativity & drive.
Using state-of-the-art tools & techniques, as well as years of experience in performance, production & recording, we guide the artist toward their best performance as well as assist in tonality, composition, orchestration & recording decisions that will yield the best results in the final mixdown process.
Need a recording of a live performance? Want to record in a wine cave? Guess what? We can help! Our production expertise & relationship with local venues allows us entry to exclusive recording locations, or we can tap the front-of-house board at your next gig & bring multitrack audio back to the studio for editing & mixdown. WE LOVE LIVE!
Achieving a transparent, yet completely balanced final mix can be a never-ending task for any performer or audio engineer. A trained ear, cued toward detail & artistry is necessary to achieve the sound & feel you’re after. From noise-reduction & gating, to quantizing, triggering, equalization & post-production effects; every step of the mixdown process adds a tapestry of color to your blank sonic canvas.
Applying each of these techniques methodically & tastefully should always be a partnership between mix engineer & performer, but we feel it’s our responsibility to guide you through this daunting process, avoiding pitfalls that would otherwise leave your creations sounding flat & lifeless.
Whether recorded in-house or on the live stage with HardGarden Studio, or in your own studio environment, every mix benefits from a dive into the ocean of mastering. Balancing individual & comparative track levels, ensuring tonal similarity, between songs, ensuring consistent loudness & meeting industry standards for your release, all require two factors: a trained ear & specialized analytical tools. At HardGarden Studio, we offer both.
Boasting a state-of-the-art process that allows adjustments to your HardGarden Studio mix during the mastering process, we offer a level of flexibility most mastering desks can’t.
With all of your music successfully recorded, it’s time to start thinking about marketing! Logos, cover art, photography, liner notes, posters, lyric sheets, disc images, booklets, jackets, hats; anything you can dream of to support your craft & see your name in lights…right? Maybe your social media presence or website needs an upgrade too?
At HardGarden, we’ve got a solution for that too! We love design & brand development & have the tools to develop your band, release & ongoing presence into a cohesive message that your millions of fans will recognize for years to come. Click the button to the right to visit our design page to see examples of work we’ve done in support of artists & businesses for years.
You’re finished! Everything is mixed, mastered & sounding pristine! Your artwork pops! You’ve got a plan & the release party is scheduled. So, what’s next? Publishing, digital distribution & physical replication…that’s what!
We can walk you through each of these stages and help get your music out into the world the easy way! Whether you solely wish to publish and distribute online, or press cd’s or vinyl, our partnership with reputable online publishing & replication houses like CDBaby and DiscMakers makes this process a breeze.
Want to submit your music for consideration for the big screen or radio & collect the royalties.? We can help with that too!
HardGarden Studio began with live shows & will always root itself in performances before an audience. It’s the foundation where we began to create & manipulate music for the masses.
Whether you need pre-production consultation services, an engineer to take the helm onsite, a recordist to capture the performance for posterity, tour management or live-sound reinforcement, HardGarden Studio offers numerous packages & services to complement events of any size or shape.
Whether you’re producing a corporate video, radio spot, podcast, short film or Hollywood blockbuster, HardGarden Studio can provide original compositions, soundtrack, scripting & voiceover performances to make your project stand out in a market flooded with content.
Simply provide us your storyboard, rough-edited video or broadcast content…we’ll take it from there. Crafting original scores, themes & brand feel is a particular passion here & they’re projects we can turn around quickly, so your content is in front of your audience, where it belongs.
We’re all for training the next generation of performers, artists, engineers & producers. Have you always wanted to understand how to mix live sound or capture recordings in your own home studio?
HardGarden Studio welcomes students of all ages & experience levels; offering private & group instruction in-studio or via skype or facetime. We also offer design consultation & complete installation services for home studios, professional studios, live sound reinforcement, home theater & pro-audio. Whatever your desire, to learn, to build, to grow, we’d love to assist you in your journey.
From in-studio overdubbing, live performance capture, soundtrack composition, voiceover & so much more,
HardGarden Studio offers flexible recording solutions for any project, style or genre.
Listen below & enjoy recent work from many of our studio & community-based clientele
[copyright for all recorded work is the property of the respective performer or owner]
Testimonial from HardGarden Studio’s Incredible Clientele
The Anchor & The Bell, Afrolicious, Autumn Sky, The Bad Jones, The Bell Boys, Brian Cline Band, Brant Roscoe, Bruce Brown, David Correa, Elusive Soul, Go By Ocean, grass child, Howell Devine, Indian From Pluto, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nancyjoy Evans, San Geronimo, Ramble, Secure The Sun, Tommy Hill, Tommy Odetto, Trebuchet, Trevor Hall, Vivianna Chan & hundreds more
Andaz Hotel Napa, Blue Note Napa, Ca’ Momi, Copia Napa Valley, Culinary Institute of America: Greystone, DeVille Theatre Vacaville, JaM Cellars Ballroom, Latitude 38 Entertainment (BottleRock Napa Valley), Live in the Vineyard, Metreon SF, Monsters Ball, Napa Valley Exposition, Napa Valley Rocks!, Sapphire Beach Club, Sky & Vine, Silo’s, Uptown Theatre Napa, Zodiacs Petaluma
Andretti, Amuse Bouche, Ca’ Momi, Clif Family/Velo Vino, Far Niente, Folie á Deux, Kelly Fleming, Ma(i)sonry, Melka Wines, Napa Cellars, Peju Province, Robert Mondavi, Quivira, Raymond, Round Pond, Saint Supery, Sutter Home, Trinchero Napa Valley
Ca’ Momi, Eiko’s, Empire, Goose & Gander, La Condesa, Napkins, Oenotri, Oxbow Public Market Napa, Saint Thomas Restaurant Group, Sapphire Beach Club, Sunshine Market, Uva Trattoria
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena & Calistoga, Brown’s Valley Elementary., Caring Choices, Cycle For Sight, NV Arts Council, Napa High, Napa Valley Community Foundation [NVCF], Napa Valley Firefighters Association [NVFFA], Napa Valley Grapegrowers [NVGG], National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws [NORML], Northwood Elementary, Porchfest Winters, Silverado Middle, Stonebridge School, Vichy Elementary, Vintage High
Bar Hop Napa, Blue Note Napa, Elusive Soul, Fior di Sole, Forsythe Engineering Consultants, grass child, LizFrankStyle.com, Lo*Cal Productions, Party Beyond BottleRock, Paradise Pie, Porchfest Winters, Roscoe Inc. General Contractors, SeaSalt, Silo’s, Soda Canyon Store, Saint Thomas Restaurant Group [STRG], Tommy Hill Music, Tommy Hill & Rumba Tribe, Vichy Elementary
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STAY TUNED…HardGarden Studio is moving from Saint Thomas to Saint Croix in mid-September. Bookings for recording, mixing, mastering, graphic design, & web development are available now…