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Affordable, Professional Recording Studio In Foresthill California.
Also Serving Roseville, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City & All surrounding Sacramento area Communities. 

The Cedar Room

$200.00 Deposit For Studio time & engineer


Hiwatt, Marshall guitar amps & Hammond A-100 with Leslie 122 & Leslie 21H (2 speed)

Mic Pre's include 1073, 1272 & api 7600's
Located In Beautiful Foresthill, CA

Protools 10HD

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Cedar Recording Room

Whether you're recording your next finished cd, or your first demo, the quality will be unbelievable! Located in the Foresthill area in Northern California, River City Recording serves Auburn, Roseville, Grass Valley, Nevada City and all surrounding communities. Capture the moment with the best gear available. The recording format is Protools HD. Complete with a custom workstation with mic pre's by Neve, BAE, API and more!
The main recording room has incredible, rough-cut cedar and is acoustically correct with Hickory floors. A Hammond A-100 and 2 speed Leslie speaker.
Mics include;
(4) Neumann U87A's
(4) vintage U87's
(1)Neumann  U89
(2) Earthworks qtc-40
(2) Audio Technica 4051
(2) Akg 414's, and many more.
Pre-amps include;
(2) Api 7600
(2) Brent Averill 1073 preamp/eq's
EQ's include;
(2) API 550A

 Compressors include;
(2) Manley Elop's
(1) SSL G-Series buss compressor
(4) 1176 Compressors 
(3) UREI LA-4,
(1) DBX 160A
Outboard Effects include, Lexicon 300L reverb system with Lark remote, as well as several other Lexicon effects units.
Plug-ins include the complete Universal Audio collection, Waves API & SSL packages, Antares Autotune and much more.
A fully mic'd studio drum set is available along with vintage instruments, amps and Guitars. Acoustic guitars include Martin D-41, Martin HD-28, Martin D-28. Top of the line electric guitars like Carvin's "California Carved Tops", Gibson Les Paul's, vintage Fender Strats and Telecasters and more.
Keys include a Yamaha "Motif" XS8 withy "Ivory II" software. 
The engineer is Rich Ayres who has performed with and co-produced works with Doobie Brother's Michael Hossack, Johny Barbata formerly of Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jefferson Starship, and Neil Young, and many more reputable people in the music industry. Rich has also recorded with legendary violinist Steve Kindler (Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck), and many more.
Rich Ayres Has produced and engineered in professional recording studios like Record Two in Mendocino, studios in the Malibu hills, & Winslow Court Studios in Hollywood. Rich Ayres is a seasoned engineer with a wealth of experience in all types of music. Rich now owns and operates River City Recording studio in Foresthill, CA and is ready to help bring out your best!
Services include all forms of recording, mixing, mastering and even cassette transferring to CD.

Choosing A Recording Studio That Is Right For You And Your Music


There are several things to consider when choosing the right studio for you and your music. The first and most important thing to consider is the quality of sound coming from the studio or studios you are considering. Many claim to have the gear and knowledge to produce music, but not all are able to deliver a top notch product for many different reasons. The mic's that the studio has to offer are  a very important part of the recording process. Preamps and outboard gear are also very important. Not everybody who wants to record is educated on these types of products, so again, listen to the examples that the recording studios you are considering have to offer. If they don't offer any sound clips, or if the sound clips they do offer aren't very good, move on to a different studio. Also, inquire about the experience of the engineer/producer. A few years of recording just isn't enough experience to be a top engineer. Look for someone with a wealth of experience in a variety of recording studios with a variety of different styles of music. If you like the quality you hear, and if the engineer is very experienced, you are on the right track. Budget is also a very important part to consider. Although some studios might appear to very inexpensive, if the end result isn't worthy and you have to record it again somewhere else to get the results you were looking for, then the "cheap" studio actually ends up costing you much more money in the long run. If you like what you hear, feel good about the experience level of the engineer/producer and feel comfortable in the studio, then you are probably at the right place!

What Is Pre-Production?


Pre-Production is any and all preliminary recording and rehearsal done prior to booking studio time at a professional recording studio. It is very beneficial to arrange parts, experiment with tempos, vocal harmonies, and any and all parts, in a pressure free environment prior to the recording session. The biggest benefit is that you will have most all of the parts pre-decided, so that when you are paying for studio time, that time will be spent getting the desired recordings, verses being overwhelmed with indecision during the recording session. Having the confidence of knowing that you have already selected the correct tempos and parts prior to the session, seems to make the recording a much more pleasurable and productive experience, as well as less expensive.

The Recording Process


The first step to recording a quality production is basic tracks. This is the process of recording the main instrumentation like drums, bass and guitar for example. Small bands or acoustic acts can record the basic tracks live in the studio, keeping studio time and cost to a minimum. After recording the basic tracks, the next step is the overdubs. This is the step that involves recording additional instrumentation, lead and harmony vocals. Things like solo guitars, midi/keyboards and percussion are also included in the overdub process. The next step is mixdown. After you have recorded everything, the mixdown blends all of the instruments and vocals, adding compression, equalization, reverb or delay if desired, to each instrument and vocal on an individual basis. Once each instrument and vocal sounds fantastic, we now decide on the level of each instrument and vocal. We follow the signal path every step of the way to make sure that there are no levels peaking anywhere causing distortion in the mix. Once the mix is complete, mastering is required to complete the project. Refer to the "mastering" page to learn about the final step in the recording process.

How To Research The Gear At The Recording Studios You Are Considering


There are several ways to research the gear that the recording studio or studios that you are considering have to offer. Look at the brands and models of the mic's, preamps, compressors etc., and then visit websites of companies that sell recording studio gear. Then look at the gear that another recording studio has to offer and do the same thing. If you start to see a pattern of one recording studio having more expensive gear than others, then it is safe to assume that the studio with the more expensive gear is probably able to give you a better overall recording than the recording studio with less quality gear. However, the best gear in the world, with a recording engineer/producer with little or limited experience, can give a less quality recording than an engineer with extensive experience even though he may have less gear. Websites like or can cover most brands of professional recording studio gear. You can read about the gear and what it does, and also get pricing to compare between different recording studios.

The Final Analysis

After all is said and done, listen to several recordings from the recording studios you are considering. If you have been convinced of the experience level, like the sound, feel comfortable in that recording studio, and the budget is in reach, then it is time to book some recording time. It would be wise to book just enough studio time for one song, so that you aren't commited in case you don't like how things are going once you've begun recording. If the one recording goes well, now it's time to put together a game plan to complete the whole project. Give yourself some financial cushion in case something takes a little longer than anticipated. A realistic projection is key to being able to complete your project from start to finish. 
River City Recording studio in Foresthill, CA, (Auburn area), is ready to record your CD or demo, as well as mix and master. We also do voiceovers and all audio recording productions! 

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