Welcome to ModernTone. We’re a full-service recording studio and production house that brings people’s creative visions to life. Our team of professional musicians, producers and engineers combines classic recording techniques with a modern approach and style, that produces world-class sonic results. We record bands, singer-songwriters, instrumental music, narration and audiobooks.

The studio features a control room, live room, vocal booth and three isolation rooms in various sizes, each meticulously tuned to sound just right. We operate a hybrid analog/digital recording environment featuring all analog front-end (Preamps, EQ’s, Compressors) and a digital back-end (Pro Tools / Universal Audio).

Recording sessions include an experienced producer / engineer and grant access to ModernTone’s massive collection of handpicked hi-end guitars, amps, drums, and microphones. Our gear is finely tuned, setup, and ready to go. Fresh coffee, herbal tea and bottled water are available throughout your session.

The studio is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette, right off the freeway. We have a private parking lot, and street parking is plentiful. We are less than a mile away from Lafayette BART, and the way over is perfect for walking or cycling.

We would love to help you with your next project! Call, text or shoot us an email with some info and we’ll get back to you shortly. If you have any demos, please attach or include a link. Studio tours are available upon request.

Let’s make your vision a reality – today!

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Bands

ModernTone was built from the ground up to record bands. Whether you are looking to capture a live performance or layer tracks one by one, we’ve got you covered.

We have a wide selection of handpicked guitars, amps, pedals, drums, and keyboards in the studio, as well as hi-end mics, preamps, and recording equipment. The modular design of the spaces gives artists and producers endless creative options when tracking, mixing and mastering their music.

Our engineers and producers are experienced, super-fast and great at what they do. We will help you produce a fantastic sounding professional recording and make sure your recorded music is compatible with any audio standards and requirements. Finally, we will export your audio to any format/s and provide you with the masters as well as session files and other data for your records.

Singers Songwriters

ModernTone provides the perfect creative environment to produce and record your music. Whether you are going for a big polished production, an intimate sounding acoustic performance, or anything in between – we’ve got you covered.

During your session you will have access to our selection of handpicked guitars, amps, pedals, drums, keyboards, samples and other instruments – all there to inspire you and help bring your musical vision to life. Need a backing track or session musicians to play on your record? We can take of that, too!

Our producers and engineers are experienced, knowledgeable and great at what they do. We will take you from pre-production, arranging and tracking to editing, mixing and mastering. The result will be a warm sounding professional recording that is compatible with any audio standards and requirements. Finally, we will export your music to any format/s and provide you with the masters as well as session files and other data for your records.

Narration

The vocal booth at ModernTone is perfect for recording voice-over narration, audiobooks, podcasts, interviews, ads and speeches. We match handpicked hi-end vocal microphones with excellent sounding preamps and compressors to produce a warm, crisp and vivid audio recording.

Our engineers are experienced, super-fast and great at what they do. We will edit your recording to perfection and make sure your recording project is compatible with any standards and requirements. Finally, we will export your audio to any format/s and provide you with the masters as well as session files and other data for your records.

Instrumental

The recording spaces at ModernTone are perfect for recording any kind of instrumental music. Whether you are recording a classical piece, a jazz tune, or anything in between – we’ve got you covered.

The modular design of the tracking spaces offers a wide range of acoustic options for your recording. Our handpicked selection of hi-end mics, preamps, and recording equipment, capture every nuance of your performance and help you sound your best.

Our producers and engineers are experienced, knowledgeable and great at what they do. We will record, mix, and master your music to produce a warm sounding professional recording that is compatible with any audio standards and requirements. Finally, we will export your music to any format/s and provide you with the masters as well as session files and other data for your records.

Gear

Pro Tools 12

Universal Audio Unison System (Neve, API, SSL, UAD)
Universal Audio Analog Classics Pro Bundle
Universal Audio Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
Universal Audio Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb

Waves Silver Bundle
Waves SSL 4000 Collection
Waves API Collection
Waves Abbey Road Collection
Waves H-Series
Waves GTR3
Waves Tape, Tubes & Transistors
Waves CLA Classic Compressors

Soundtoys 5 Complete Bundle
Native Instruments Kontakt 6
Slate Trigger
XLN Audio Addictive Drums

Massive collection of sample libraries, single-hits and loops

Warm Audio WA7-3EQ (Neve 1073 Clones) x2
Trident S20 Dual Channel
Black Lion Audio Auteur
Classic API VP312 x2
Warm Audio WA-2A Tube Compressor
DBX 160XT Compressors x 2
Black Lion Audio Seventeen 1176
FMR Audio Really Nice Compressor

Universal Audio Apollo 16 Quad
Universal Audio Apollo 8P Quad MKII

AKG C 414 XLS ST (Matched Stereo Pair)
Warm Audio WA-87 (Neumann U87 Clone)
Audix ADX51 (x2)
Blue Bluebird
Rode NTK
Rode M5 (Matched Stereo Pair)
Royer R-121
RM BIV-1 Ribbon Microphone (Matched Stereo Pair)
Sennheiser MD 421 II (x2)
Shure SM7B
Shure SM57 (x3)
Shure SM57 (Granelli Audio Labs G5790 Right-Angled)
Shure SM58
Shure Beta 52A
Yamaha Sub Kick SKRM-100

Yamaha HS7 Studio Monitors
Yamaha HS10W Subwoofer
Mackie CR4 Reference Monitors
Shure SRH440 Headphones (x4)
Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Headphones (x2)
AKG K240 Headphones (x2)

1987 Gibson Les Paul Standard
1999 Gibson Les Paul Standard
1952 AVRI Fender Telecaster
1957 RI Fender Stratocaster
1959 Harmony Archtop
1962 AVRI Fender Jazz Bass
Danelectro 12 String Semi-Hollow
Danelectro ’56 Baritone Guitar
Taylor 210E Acoustic
Yamaha FG800 Acoustic (x2)
Yamaha Classical Guitar
Bohemian Oil Can Guitar

1965 Silvertone 1484 Twin-Twelve Head
1986 Marshall JCM 800
1994 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier (Rev G)
2008 Marshall Vintage Modern 2466
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (various mods) (x2)
Fender Blues Deluxe – Limited Edition (x3)
Orange PPC112 60W 1×12″ Cabinet

Ampeg Portaflex PF-500 Head
Ampeg PF-210HE Cabinet Stack

SJC Drums 3pc 2016 NAMM Exclusive Set in Blue Ripple Finish
Ludwig Keystone All-Star 2011 Limited Edition Set
DW Performance Series 3pc Set in Black Diamond

DW Maple Snare – 6.5×14
DW 9700 Straight/Boom Cymbal Stands (x4)
DW 5000 Hi-Hat Stands (x2)
DW 5000 Kick Pedals (x2)
DW 9000 Series Air-lift Thrones (x2)
DW 9000 Series Snare Stands (x2)

Yamaha P22 Upright Studio Piano
Yamaha P105 Digital Piano (88 Weighted Keys)
M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller
M-Audio Axiom 49 Key MIDI Controller

Have any questions?

We're happy to help. Drop us a line and let us know what's on your mind. We usually respond within an hour or two, but it can take up to a business day for us to get back to you.

ModernTone Studios
1018-B Almanor Ln.
Lafayette, CA 94549

7 days a week, 10am-8pm