ModernTone Studios is a professional recording facility in Lafayette, CA. It features a control room, live room, vocal booth and three isolation booths in various sizes, each meticulously tuned to sound incredible.

Recording sessions include a producer / engineer and grant access to ModernTone’s instrument collection, that features 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 over is perfect for walking or cycling.

We would love to help you with your project! Call, text or shoot us en email with some info on your vision and what you are looking to record. If you have any demos, please attach or include a link.

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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

Universal Audio Apollo 8P (x2) – Total of 16 UNISON Preamps
Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamic 8-Channel Mic Preamp
Avid Pro Tools 11 (loaded with plugins!)
Apple Mac Pro (8-Core/64GB RAM/1TB SSD/RAID)
Yamaha HS-7 Active Studio Monitors
Yamaha HS10W Subwoofer

AKG C 414 XLS ST (Matched Stereo Pair)
Blue Bluebird
Rode M5 (Matched Stereo Pair)
Rode NTK
Royer R-121
Sennheiser MD 421 II (x2)
Shure SM57 (x2)
Shure SM57 (Granelli Audio Labs G5790 Right-Angled)
Shure SM58
Shure Beta 52A
Yamaha Sub Kick SKRM-100

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
Taylor 210E Acoustic
Yamaha FG800 Acoustic (x2)
Yamaha Classical Guitar
Bohemian Oil Can Guitar

1965 Silvertone 1484 Twin-Twelve Head
1986 Marshall JCM 800
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier (Rev G)
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)