Rick Millward - Songwriter's Studio
Call 615.585.3775 or studio@rmillward.com

All services - $15/hr.

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I have worked in full size studios, most notably at Music Annex and also helped build Tres Virgos Studio which became Tarpan when it was sold to Michael Narada Walden. Both are state of the art facilities. Since moving to Tennessee I've done some soundtrack work for Nashville Public Television's "Tennessee Crossroads" show, which garnered two EMMMY nominations as welll as tracks for HorsepowerTV on Spike Network. My studio is a typical Mac set-up, but one thing I have that's not so typical is a Soundcraft Ghost board. It has terrific pre-amps and transparent eq. I love the retro "big board" look. The space is set up to work in a relaxed and comfortable environment that brings out the best in an artist. The way I usually work is to start with guitar and bass to a click. Once we have the basics I'll work on my own to add real drums and whatever else is neeed and charge about an hour per track. For violin, mando, pedal steel or dobro I have some players available at extra cost, or you can bring in your friends to do overdubs. I can do bands but I have some limitations so call me and we'll see if we can make it work.
Overdub/Mixing Room
Tracking Room

Soundcraft Ghost
JBL 4411 Monitors
JBL N24 Monitors
MOTU 828 A/D Conversion
8 Channel Analog Synth

SONOR Drumset
Boss Guitar Preamp
Blue Tube Preamp
AKG 414
MXL 991/V67
CAD E200
MXL Ribbon Mic
Earthworks Mic
AKG D112



"Chokehold" - Tiffany Hilliker

We've been working with this prolific singer/songwriter to develop her sound beyond her piano/vocal performances and it's lead us into some great experiments. Tiffany has a unique professionally trained voice and her songs are deeply personal. She performs alone and also in several bands including a Beatles tribute act.

Birmingham By Morning" - Jason Courson

Jason is a multi-insturmentalist, guitar, harp, dobro, and violin player with a strong southern rock and blues background who, though new to Nashville, has in a short time established himself as a sought after player here in town, including a regular Tuesday night showcase at the Tin Roof off Music Row. His EP will be coming out in 2015. This is another live guitar/vocal with Jason adding some harp and guitar overdubs.

Birmingham Artist Jason Courson

The Simpletons "Cat In The Hat"

We don't normally do rock bands, we're more set up for singer/songwriter and acoustic music, but The Simpletons are friends of ours and so we did a rare full band session. You can hear all the songs and learn more about the Simpletons at their band page http://www.reverbnation.com/thesimpletons7
They are a 3 piece so we put Curt (drums) and Shawn (bass) in the tracking space and Nate, the guitarist and singer in the control room. We recorded all the basic tracks in one session and it was loud and rockin' the whole time. We also shot a bit of video and made a short movie. They are a smokin' live band and 2015 is looking great with live shows and more recording.

"Grain Of Sand" from Ed Munter and the Masters of Now

This track is a bi-coastal collaboration with a Los Angeles based band that visited Nashville. We love the hypnotic groove and creative use of sound effects; you can hear samples of animal sounds among others punctuating the track. After laying down the initial guitar vocal we layered another 10 tracks of instruments and effects to make a dense but articulate bed for Ed's wonderful lyric and delivery. Overdubs were sent from LA via Dropbox as well as a sax solo from Paul Sandberg out in Nevada. This is a shortened version of a nine minute track. Ed and The Masters of Now regularly perform in California with a national tour planned.

First track in the remodeled space! Mark Haining with Misha demoed his song "Downtime"

Mark and Misha have been playing regionally and have a uniique sound highlighted by Marks bluesy growl and Mischa's pure tone. They came in and played a few songs live, just vocals and acoustic guitar. Then we added guitars, drums and some backups...a quick mix and voila! Since they didn't play to a click we had to follow the natural flow of the performance which really was like playing live. Plans are to come back and do more polished versions but I think this track has cool loose vibe that really shows off their chemistry.

Here's a sample of some tracks of my own:


Songwriter's Studio Terms and Conditions
A minimum session is 3 hours. Session billing begins at the scheduled time and includes set up and preparation for recording. Please arrive on time. We keep a time sheet in 15 min. increments and will go “off the clock” at our discretion for technical problems or other breaks. Otherwise the session will run uninterrupted until the agreed upon end. Time spent mixing, rendering, mastering, backups and burning CD/DVD copies is billed at the regular rate.
Setup time is billed at the regular studio rate. Generally, for a guitar demo session it takes about 15-30 mins. to set mics, tune up, check levels and create a new project for the session. For band sessions it will take additional time to set up drums and other instruments. It may take several hours to properly prepare a band set for recording, including tuning drums, and test recordings, so be prepared for that possibility and discuss it with us before the session.
Payment is cash at the conclusion of the session. No materials will be released to the client until payment is made in full for all services. Payment is acknowledgement that the services were fully satisfactory.
Should the client cancel there will be no penalty. We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel a session without penalty should circumstances arise that interfere with our ability to perform services. These include but are not limited to: weather, illness, technical issues and unforeseen events.
Client will bring his own instrument ready to record unless otherwise arranged before the session. Guitars should have fresh strings and fully functioning electronics. We have instruments available and charge a $10 fee per session each for acoustic or electric guitars. Please let us know ahead of time if you will be using our instruments so we can put fresh strings on them for you. Our instruments are a Guild D30 Acoustic and Fender Stratocaster. We also have a Fender Squire Precision Bass. We generally record instruments direct through a guitar preamp, and can accommodate a client’s amp if desired.
We have headphones available, but prefer clients to bring their own if possible.
All session files are deleted from our hard drives 3 months after project completion unless otherwise specified. Please bring a backup storage device for your files. Clients will not be notified when files are deleted from our hard drive. A Mac compatible Firewire or USB drive is required for backup or we can burn a DVD (4.2Gb). A typical session can generate up to 5Gb of storage. Our operation file format is the .caf format. We will output .wave files of all your tracks if requested at the regular studio rate. We are not responsible for files lost due to equipment malfunction, non-payment, or other circumstances.

Feel free to bring your own food and drink into the studio; however, please refrain from bringing them into the control room and keep them in the studio or lounge. We do not go off the clock for meal breaks unless arranged in advance.

We will be happy to perform on client tracks if requested and charge extra for doing so for a negotiated amount over the hourly rate. However, we do not guarantee satisfaction and reserve the right to suspend playing after a reasonable time if we feel we are not meeting the client’s requirements. In any event the time spent will be fully billable.

We will do our best to perform to your expectations however no warranties are either expressed or implied for services offered and we shall not be liable for damages of any kind. Rates, policies, and equipment may change without displayed, written or verbal notice. Client agrees to indemnify us and hold harmless from any claims, costs, losses, detriments and expenses incurred by client. Client affirms that he/she is the rightful owner or assignee of material to be recorded/reproduced. We are not responsible for copyright violations, talent or creative royalties, mechanical reproduction licenses, or any other liabilities for such material or services.