Located in rural Greencastle, PA, Basement Music is a full-service, computer-based recording studio offering a secluded, get-away-from-it-all place for clients to record acoustic music without the distractions of kids, traffic, or anything else that might be preventing you from realizing your desire to release your own CD. Neal Walters is the engineer in the studio, does the graphics design, and Coleen Walters does the cooking, keeps the books, advises on graphics design, and makes sure you have the pillow of your choice. We also help out with guitar, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, concertina, mandolin, or bass accompaniment if you need us. Coleen is also quite adept at dealing with Harry Fox and other copyright issues.
We operate much
like a bed and breakfast with a studio attached. You pay for
the studio time and your meals and sleeping accommodation are
provided free of charge. We've done nearly 100 CDs since we
opened the studio in 2000. You can hear some of the results
on our Basement Sampler CD (available on
our products page). Some endorsements from our past clients
are listed below as well.
involved in the dulcimer and autoharp communities for nearly
40 years and many of our clients have come from within that
community, but we've also recorded string band, gospel, jazz,
types of music with an acoustic focus. Our list of satisfied
clients is steadily growing.
use Cubase and Wavelab as our primary recording tools.
is done using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, and other software as appropriate. We
have some excellent instrument and vocal mics and experience
with many software plug-ins that help to make the music all
you want it to be.
Call us or E-Mail
us for an information packet with more details about what you
can expect if you choose Basement Music for your next project. Here is a sampling
of cover art and client comments from work we have done to date.
Music studio 'package' includes old source material galore
in the basement. One flight up was my sunny bedroom and the
cozy kitchen where Coleen cooked us really tasty and healthy
meals. A half mile walk down the road, I discovered an orchard
with wonderfully old and knarly pear trees. I'm not sure
I'll be able to record anywhere else again."
Coleen Walters ... graciously opened their home to me
for the recording of this project and navigated me through
adventure. I appreciate your expertise, insight, patience
and good taste. It has been my privilege to work with you."
honors awarded to Neal Walters, Chief Project Audio Engineer,
whose commitment to excellence is interwoven in all aspects
of this CD's production: recording, mixing and mastering,
and graphics. Special commendation awarded to Coleen Walters
who 'fueled my body and fed my soul', each and every recording
session. Her extraordinary fabric collection yielded the
beautiful Indonesian Batik yardage that became the anchor
for this CD's backdrop."
"A special piece of gratitude to Neal and Coleen Walters who, besides giving us wonderful advice, held our hands (not while we were playing) and fed us, perhaps too well."
thanks to Coleen Walters for her wonderful cooking and hositality
Walters for his technical assistance and guidance."
of thanks to Neal and Coleen for their guidance, good meals
to Neal and Coleen for their patience, skill, great advice,
wonderful food, and friendship."
Coleen and Neal Walters backup musicians would be a gross
understatement. With Coleen on bass and Neal on guitar, steel
guitar, autoharp, mandolin, concertina, fiddle and dulcimer,
their unique sound and suggestions for arrangements are the
backbone of this recording. And, Neal's expertise at recording
and the mixing board put the finishing touches on what has
been a dream of mine for years. Thank you, Coleen and Neal."
to Neal and Coleen Walters for tireless hours of recording,
editing, cooking, and creating an awesome environment for
note of praise goes to Neal Walters whose combined contribution
of musical talent and expertise has provided the backbone
to making this project a reality."
to Coleen and Neal Walters at Basement Studios for engineering,
production, patience and, equally important, catering."
thanks to Neal and Coleen Walters, whose home we invaded
to make this recording. It's no small thing to feed two growing
boys three meals a day! Thank you for opening your home to
us, as well as your hearts, for your seemingly infinite patience,
and for making us look and sound as good as possible. Special
thanks to Coleen for providing a bass accompaniment"
It's been a long time coming and never could have been accomplished without the incredible help of Neal and Coleen Walters.
Thanks so much for a great first experience solo. I am continuing to think about the two days, the prep, the idea, and will probably write a memoir about the whole process. Maybe that will go to Carrie and Mark too. Not only was the recording a rich experience but the accomodations and meals, the setting, the friendship, are all part of the memory too.
The things I miss:
The recording experience was great! I'm already looking forward to the next time we'll record a CD, it was comfortable, no rush, no guilt . . . Neal, thank you again for being so patient with us! We are SOOO thrilled with the CD, the sound, the graphics, everything is beyond our expectations!
• your warm hospitality that made me feel like I was at home
• the fun and laughter and good stories
• the delicious meals eaten outside
• the wonderful view and the folly
• the fireflies
• the birds, weasel, cats, cows, etc.
• the sounds of the kids playing
• the sound of the wind chime
• your cozy house
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