Stillwaters Studios has evolved over the years, keeping the focus of Peace through Music. We started out as a residential recording studio with guest accommodations for artists to spend several days recording. We still offer this service but Stillwaters is growing in the direction of live sound and live recording. The focus of this studio is to promote music and events that are joyous and inspirational. Events include weddings, parties, fundraisers, concerts that promote peace and kindness in the world. We support all races, religions, gender identifications, and music styles. We simply do not record hate and fear.
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The owner, recording engineer, and producer is Jeff Wolf, a retired music, math, and science teacher and a long time musician. He has worked as a studio drummer on many projects and recorded in studios ranging from someone’s garage to Omega Studios in Rockville, MD. Jeff has played in many kinds of bands including rock, big band, jazz quartets, string quintets, bluegrass, and R & B. He has played in and conducted the pit orchestra for over 60 different shows in musical theater. Starting with a degree in voice, he sang solo gigs in churches for many years and conducted choirs. Needless to say, his background in music is varied, giving him an understanding and appreciation for your style, whatever it may be. Stillwaters Studios opened in 2005 in Jeff’s home and has been expanding ever since. Jeff and staff have run sound all over Virginia, DC, and Maryland, specializing in live theater and events such as concerts and weddings.
Aaron Percy has also joined the staff. Aaron is a long time sound engineer, graduating top of his class at Omega Studios in Rockville, MD. He also is a certified Protools instructor. Aaron is the lead production and recording engineer for Levine School of Music is available at Stillwaters Studios by appointment. Aaron is also available for video recording with multiple cameras and editing capabilities.
Location: Stillwaters Studios is located in Marshall, Virginia in the beautiful horse country and foot hills of the Shenendoah mountains on the lake. The 12 acres includes places to walk and observe nature, sit and meditate or just sit. We are 20 minutes from Shenendoah National Park where you can hike and create, one hour from downtown Washington DC. where you can be a tourist and minutes from the quaint towns of Leesburg, Warrenton, Winchester, and Manassas. Each has Civil War attractions and antique shops and great restaurants. When you are not recording, there is much to do or simply relax. The closest airport is Dullas, about 50 minutes away. Regan National is about an hour away. We will pick you up at the airport if you wish.
Equipment: The studio is digital using ProTools Le processed by a 6 core Mac Pro computer. Other equipment includes Avalon preamp, Twin Joemeek preamp for acoustic guitars, Focusrite preamp and compressors, all running through the Midis M32 and into Dynaudio Monitors. Our instruments include Kurzweil K2600 and Korg keyboards, Ludwig drums, A Zildjian cymbols, an assortment of Latin hand percussion equipment including congas and bongos, a Gibson songwriter deluxe and other guitars. For capturing the sound, we use Neumann TLM 103, AKG C414, MXL 993, SM57, SM58, SM7B microphones. No need to lug all the amps. Just bring your favorite guitar. We can produce the sound you want.
Accommodations: If you chose to spend the night our home is a spacious two floor English Tudor with the studio temporarily on the second floor. The new larger first floor studio is being constructed. There is one isolation booth for a singer and a drum room in addition to the main studio. Our size accommodates individuals and groups up to 6. I have recorded a 15 piece orchestra in my living room which has a 17 foot ceiling with great natural reverb.
Cost has been a major stumbling block for many artists, especially those just starting out. Having worked in several big expensive studios, I know the pressure of the clock ticking off the dollars at rates from $80 an hour to $500 an hour. If you make a mistake, you have just increased the cost of the CD and decreased your creativity. That is not the way we like to operate here. Stillwaters Studios wants to help you produce your song, period. Studios fees and rooms are negotiable. Call for estimates.