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Studio Live USA

PROFESSIONAL RECORDING AND VIDEO STUDIO

Studio Live USA is central Florida's premiere recording and mixing studio, offering stereo and surround mixing, a full live stage for video production and several different audio engineering training programs. 

Studio Founder and musician/engineer/producer David Mikeal had been making records for about 40 years when he found himself looking for a place to build a new studio. When he saw that this location was available, the dream became reality, and Studio Live USA was designed and built.

David has teamed up with Mixing The Band's Sean Shannon to expand the studio's capabilities and serve more clients and students. Sean has a long history of record production and world touring, and is the founder of The Ear Training Kit. Dave and Sean have made a commitment to providing a powerful and comfortable studio experience at Studio Live USA.

Central Florida recording, mixing video production

Our Services

STUDIO TRAINING

Recording Connection

Learn to record, mix and produce music through several of our audio engineering training programs.

Experience in a real world working environment is crucial for your career preparation, and mentored training in a big commercial studio is getting harder to find. Dave Mikeal at Studio Live USA saw the need for hands-on studio training, so training is offered in-house.

Recording Connection

THE MIXING WORKSHOP™

In-studio mixing and ear training course

The importance of having competent mixing skills cannot be overemphasized if you are seeking a career in audio. Check out several of our programs.

The Mixing Workshop™ takes the audio training a step further than a classroom and provides focused ear training with mixing practice so you can improve your critical listening skills and competency.

The course is designed to get your ears trained and improve your mixing skills in a short period of time. You’ll get right to mixing on day 1, and soon you will be mixing with greater confidence.

Equipment

At Studio Live USA, we use top quality equipment to help you look and sound your best.

Whether you are a producer, a record label, or a local artist working your way up, we can meet your needs for music and video production, and deliver that big sound only the right mics, rooms, and equipment can provide. If you are a student or up-and-coming engineer yourself, learn to mix on our vintage and state of the art gear in one of our trainings.

ROOMS

The rooms have been purposely built into a freestanding building for private large format recording and mixing. Designed into the plan was clean power, great sound, and plenty of space, and this careful attention to sound quality and comfort makes this studio one of the premiere recording facilities in central Florida.

The Control Room

The control room is where the engineering of the recording, mixing, and mastering takes place. This is where the big mixing console and rack gear lives. There's plenty of room to mix, and there is enough room to track instruments and vocals in the control room if desired, with comfortable seating and room to spread out so you can create your masterpiece.

High ceilings, strategic design, and custom treatments give our control room a neutral, natural sound. Mixes done in this room translate accurately to playback systems in the real world.

The Live Room

The live room is designed for live recording of large groups, including orchestras and choirs, and sounds fantastic for drum tracking with the in-house DW Collector's Series drumset.

A grand piano and a 1959 Hammond M3 with Leslie, many modern and vintage amps, and many other instruments round out the studio's arsenal.

The live room includes a full-size stage with a drum riser and modern truss lighting system with moving lights for concert tour preproduction rehearsals and artist videos.

MIXING CONSOLES

The centerpiece of the studio is our Amek Recall Rupert Neve Series mixing desk. This 64 channel board sounds rich and full, with Neve-designed preamps and EQs and extremely flexible routing and recall capabilities.

Fitted with Supertrue and Showtime automation, the console can save your mixes for later recall, including 12 auxes, software dynamics (gates/compressors on channels), excellent monitor switching, and 8 stereo channels plus aux returns.

For Pro Tools automation and mixing, we have the Control 24 mixing surface for Pro Tools 10HD.

  • Rack Hardware
  • Interfaces/Clock
  • Computers
  • Workstation Software
  • Plugins
  • Microphones
  • Monitors
  • Tape Decks
  • Video
  • Rehearsal/Video Stage
  • Instruments
  • Drums – Kit 1
  • Drums – Kit 2
  • Guitars
  • Amps and Cabs

Online Services

The great sound of Studio Live USA can be on your project even if you are not in central Florida or it is not convenient to get here. We provide musicians, vocals, recording and mixing, mastering, and specialty services like vocal tuning, drum editing and replacement, reamping, Pro Tools transfers, composition, music creation, editing, and many more services online.

LONG DISTANCE SERVICES

The easiest way to work over long distances is by utilizing free online file transfer services. You send us your project, and we send files back to you.

Take advantage of today's digital recording and internet capability to put professional musicians on your tracks, have your songs professionally mixed, or use the team at Studio Live USA to help add impact to your sound.

If you are an at-home producer, use our studio to get that big sound after you've laid down the tracks.

We can add guitar tracks, double tracks, backing vocals, power up your drum tracks or lay down a drum track, add percussion, fix vocal tuning issues, add the character of the Amek Rupert Neve Series console and our rack rack gear to your tracks, or professionally edit and produce your project.

Contact us to get set up or for more details.

SERVICES AVAILABLE ONLINE

  • Instrument tracks - guitar, bass, piano, organ, drums, keys
  • Vocals
  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Surround Mixing
  • Fixing and finishing your projects
  • Drum Production
  • Vocal Production
  • ADR
  • File Transfers
  • Tape transfers
  • Reamping
  • Editing
  • Composition
  • Songwriting

Video/Broadcast

At Studio Live USA, we do live video and even have our own TV show to help you with publicity. We can also do live video streaming.

RATES

Studio Live USA offers package rates for most professional services, and hourly rates are available as well. Special rates are available for off-hours bookings, band demos, singer demos, and voice overs.

Studio Live USA also offers music production, musicians, songwriting, film scoring, and more, so pricing can be tailored to your needs and budget.

Visit the Services page or call for a custom quote.

AUDIO RECORDING

General Hourly Studio Rate - $75/Hr

Block Rates*:

Buy a 5 hour block for $325, get one hour FREE!

Day Rate: 10 Hours - $600/Day

20 hours or more - $55/Hr

Unsigned Bands / Artists / Singers

3 Song "Band demo" rate - 3 songs Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered in one session - $299

1 Song "Singer demo" (1-2 hours) - We record the vocal and mix it with your track - $99

Special: 5 Songs in 5 days "Band EP" - Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered - $2500

"Off Hours" and "Lockout" rates - available on request

"Album Rates" - customized for each artist, call for quote

*All recording rates include engineer. 3 Song Band demo rates require completion in one session.

Mixing

Mixing rates are based on mixing time in the Amek/Neve control room, the level of complication of the mix, urgent deadlines, etc.

There are 2 ways we set prices for mixing:

1. Flat Mix Rate per Song, or

2. Hourly or Block Studio Mix Rate

Contact us for a custom quote.

Mastering

Professional Mastering - $75/song, 5 or more songs $60/song

Mastering is where the final stereo mixes are processed to a final quality of sound, with competitive levels and tone on par with big label releases. A group of songs can be level and tone-matched, with fades, CD text, and a put on a master CD for replication. We can master the album so the songs sound like they are on the same record, or a single can be mastered by itself.

Note about studio bookings: A deposit of 50% is required to book a session and reserve that studio time for you. If you must cancel or reschedule your session, a 48 hr notice with a reschedule date is required upon canceling a booked session, or you will forfeit your deposit with no refund.

Mobile/Location Recording

Requirements for event recording vary depending on the equipment required and scope of the event. The price includes editing and mixdown in the world-class control room at Studio Live USA by one of our experienced mixing engineers.

Please contact us for your specific needs and details so we can give you an estimate on cost.

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VIDEO RECORDING

We offer in-studio videos for bands and artists, and the studio is available for other video assignments, including documentary and behind-the-scenes type videos, song videos, concert videos, and more.

Our engineers and camera people are among the best available, and come with years of experience. You can also shoot the video yourself if you have the capability.

VIDEO RECORDING

We offer in-studio videos for bands and artists, and the studio is available for other video assignments, including documentary and behind-the-scenes type videos, song videos, concert videos, and more.

Our engineers and camera people are among the best available, and come with years of experience. You can also shoot the video yourself if you have the capability.

Video Rates

General Video Editing: $75/hour

Use The Room Special - Video Shoot - Your Camera Person - $299

This is a 3 hour shoot in our live room with the stage, truss lighting, backline if needed, and full live sound system. You perform to your pre-recorded track. We provide an engineer for playing back the track, and you provide the camera person and the track.

GOLD video package - Video Shoot - Our Camera Person - $499

This is a 3 hour shoot in our live room with the stage, truss lighting, backline if needed, and full live sound system. You perform to your pre-recorded track. We provide an engineer for playing back the track, and the camera person. You provide the audio for the track playback. You receive the raw video footage from the shoot so you can edit the video

DIAMOND Video Package - Pro Tools Multi-Track Plus Video, Our Camera Person - $649

This is a 3 hour shoot in our live room with the stage, truss lighting, backline if needed, and full live sound system. You play onstage, and we record you on Pro Tools HD in the control room through our Amek/Neve console. Bring a hard drive to the session, and you will receive the raw video files and the raw multi-track Pro Tools sessions so you can mix and edit the sound/video that way you want.

PLATINUM Video Package - Pro Tools Mix + Edited Video, Our Camera Person - $1199

This is the same as the Diamond Package, but includes full editing of the video files and a professional mixdown of the mutitrack audio recordings. You receive the final video with the professional sound.

We also customize a package price for you if you have other requirements. Call to get a custom quote! Let us assemble your entire video or DVD to a finished product in-house.

Full Music Concept Video - One Song - From as low as $1500

Includes in-studio and on-location video shoots, please contact us for details and a custom quote.

Audition Videos - Submission "tape" for actors and singers - $75

Includes slate, video audition with sound, export for file transfer, 1 hour. Includes reader, coaching is 1 extra hour.

Please note: The 3 hour video shoots are 3 hours of shooting with a 15 minute load in and a 15 minute load out, unless other arrangements are made. Full backline is included and already on the stage if necessary. Additional cameras are available on request. Greenscreen video and photo shooting available on request.

REHEARSALS

Studio Live provides the premiere rehearsal room in central Florida, with full PA, monitors, and backline included.

Single Rehearsal - $100 for 3 hours

Recurring rehearsals - Call for quote

We provide one of the best professional rehearsal spaces in the area in a clean, smoke-free environment. Need more hours? Need to rehearse more frequently? Need to record your group? Ask us about working out a package price for you.

GUITAR, PIANO, AND VOICE LESSONS

Studio Live USA offers instrument and voice lessons.

Single Lesson booking - $35/half hour, $55/hour

Monthly Lesson booking - $30/half hour, $50/hour

*All lessons are one-on-one, and are paid in advance. Monthly lessons are paid monthly in advance.

Prices and specials are subject to change without notice. For more rate information or questions about any of our services, don't hesitate to contact us.

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  • May 25, 2018
    CLEAN ATMOSPHERE

    at Studio Live USA, there is plenty of space for support crew, writing, meetings, or just relaxing between takes.

  • May 25, 2018
    STUDENT TRAINING

    Studio Live USA offers in-house stage training and music instrument lessons

  • May 25, 2018
    THE MIXING WORKSHOP

    Get expert hands-on studio training, ear training, and learn to mix at The Mixing Workshop at Studio Live USA.

  • May 25, 2018
    MUSIC VIDEOS

    Great pricing is available for using our live stage, PA, and lights for your next video! The stage is available for rehearsals too.

  • May 25, 2018
    MICROPHONES

    At Studio Live USA, we use the best mics to get the best sound. Highlights: Neumann, AKG, Shure, Audio Technica, ElectroVoice.

  • May 25, 2018
    STATE OF THE ART SOFTWARE

    Utilize our wide selection of high quality software tools available for sweetening, fixing, and powering up sounds from SSL, Sound Toys, Eventide, Waves, Slate, and much more.

  • May 25, 2018
    BACKLINE INSTRUMENTS

    For recording music and video, Studio Live USA offers the best backline equipment including DW Drums, Marshall amps, a grand piano, and a vintage Hammond Organ with Leslie.

  • May 25, 2018
    QUALITY EQUIPMENT

    Studio Live USA uses top shelf sound equipment for recording and mixing. Neumann, AKG, LA2A, 1176, Distressor, tube gear, Eventide H3000, Lexicon PCM42, etc. Recording and mixing package pricing is available for labels and unsigned artists.

  • May 25, 2018
    IMPRESSIVE SOUND

    Part of Studio Live USA's outstanding sound comes from our choice equipment. The Amek Recall Rupert Neve Series console contributes that sought-after "big studio" sound.

  • May 25, 2018
    TWO WOLF

    Blackfoot founding member Greg T Walker and his band Two Wolf are laying down tracks at Studio Live USA with Sean Shannon engineering.

  • May 25, 2018
    JON MONTALBAN

    Studio Live USA founder David Mikeal is working on the surround mixes for Jon Montalban's upcoming 5.1 surround release.

  • May 25, 2018
    IMPELLITTERI

    Producer Sean Shannon is tracking Rob Rock's vocals at Studio Live USA for Impellitteri's "Nature of the Beast" CD (RCA Victor/Frontiers).

  • May 25, 2018
    DON HENLEY

    Studio Live USA is proud to be the studio of choice for recording horns on Don Henley's "Too Much Pride" from his solo album "Cass County" (Capitol Records) with David Mikeal.

  • May 25, 2018
    PAT TRAVERS BAND

    Filming and recording live in the studio this June for "Studio Live USA Presents": the Pat Travers Band. Also appearing in June on our TV show will be Mind of Fury. Stay tuned.

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