About the Studio
The Grey Brick Recording Studio is a full-service recording studio located near San Diego in Lemon Grove. We strive to provide the premier affordable recording experience for the San Diego area.
The studio boasts excellent acoustics, with a well treated room for mixing and tracking drums and a spacious professional vocal/isolation booth, as well as an extensive collection of high-end equipment to make your sound shine. Our fully-equipped studio, attention to detail, and above-and-beyond service allow us to deliver big studio, radio-ready results while staying within your budget.
At The Grey Brick, we know how serious you are about your music, and we apply the same dedication to our craft. We use our musical and technical knowledge and expertise to make your project the best it can be. Our comfortable, laid-back atmosphere is a great low-pressure setting to get creative and bring your music to life. Our main focus is working with bands and singer-songwriters, but we have also worked with most other types of music and other audio projects.
Tracking - Mixing - Mastering - Editing - Producing - Guitar/Bass/Drums/Keys Performance - Audio Books - Mixing for Film
About the Engineer
Peter Duff is a recording engineer, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter with a passion for music and audio. Peter has a bachelor's degree in music and recording, and has been recording and producing bands and solo artists since 2009. In addition, Peter plays guitar in Hard to Hit, a Pop-Punk band signed to Manic Kat Records.
His musical journey began with the trombone and saxophone in school bands in the Sacramento area where he grew up. After falling in love with electric guitar in middle school and playing in rock bands during high school, he decided to pursue music professionally and moved to Southern California to study at Cal Poly Pomona. In 2014, Peter moved to San Diego where he currently works full time as a recording engineer.
Because of his experience as a performer and his formal music education, Peter understands recording from the perspective of the artist and engineer. He strives for a big sound focusing on clarity, energy, and excitement while staying true to the music and the artist’s sound and vision. Peter values and respects the privilege of being entrusted with presenting other people’s art, and loves to be able to take part in other people’s music.
"I can't recommend Peter and the Grey Brick Recording Studio enough. Peter is a great guy and is a pleasure to work and hang out with. His studio gives him the tools he needs to make your music come to life in ways that you wouldn't have imagined yourself. In the studio, it becomes immediately apparent that Peter takes his work very seriously, while still maintaining a comfortable and fun environment. I can't recommend it enough!"
"I was blown away by the beautiful equipment and Peter's skill. He seriously knows his stuff and is really able to grasp what the artist wants to convey through their music. We were on the same page throughout the entire process, because he knows what he is talking about and has the musicians' best interest in mind."
-Eliza Rose Vera
"I'm speechless, these are the rare moments where you meet a person that can bring your vision to a reality, moments like that are unforgettable. Thank you Peter."
"Peter is clearly a not just a sound engineer, but also a musician & a producer. It is evident that he takes passion & pride in his work as he very diligently & professionally works to get the finished product you are looking for. If you want to get your recordings/mixes where you want them to be call Peter @ The grey brick recording studio."
"Peter was able to help take my music to new heights. When we were finished, I couldn't believe what was coming through the speakers. The studio is a great, laid back environment and the expertise of Peter Duff is a force that will drive any music into the direction it needs to go!"
Pro Tools 12.7
Propellerhead Reason 10
Plugins by UAD, Waves, Slate Digital, FabFilter, Native Instruments, Softube, SyncroArts, Celemony and more.
Universal Audio Apollo Quad
Vintech x73i (Neve 1073)
Universal Audio 4-710d
Focusrite OctoPre MkII
Warm Audio WA76 (1176)
Rupert Neve Designs DI
Mackie MR8 MK2s
Avantone Mix Cubes
Gibson SG Standard
Fender Modern Player's Tele
Fender Highway One Strat
1958 Gibson C-1 Classical
Schecter CV-4 Bass
1968 Conrad 4-String Bass
MXR Carbon Copy
Tiki Tone Ali’i Mele boost/drive (super rare #002)
1980s MXR Chorus
Electro Harmonix Micro Pog
Empress ParaEQ with Boost
MXR Studio Compressor
Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
Pigtronix PGS Special Edition Creamsicle
NOC3 Effects Pure Drive
Tech 21 Hot Rod Plexi
Mooer Mod Factory
TC Electronic Sentry
Lewitt LCT 940
Slate ML-1 VMS
Nuemann KM 184 x2
Slate ML-2 x3
Audio Technica 4081
AKG C414 B-ULS
Shure SM-57 x3
Shure Beta 56a
Shure Beta 52
Avantone CK-1 x2
MXL R40 x2 (upgraded transformers)
Yamaha NS10 "Sub Kick"
The Kracken Sub Kick
Mesa 5:25 Express +
Fender '94 Twin
1970s Ampeg V2
1964 Ampeg Jet J-12
DIY Fender Deluxe Clone
1980s Yamaha GIII212
1980s Ampeg SS35
Fender Bassman 250
Vintage 30, C12H-90, and Mesa Black Shadow Speakers
Yamaha P-155 Digital Piano
Yamaha Reface CP Electric Piano
Yamaha Reface YC Organ
Roland GAIA SH-01 Synth
1950's Hammond s6 Chord Organ
Gretsch Catalina Club four piece drum kit with Tama Starclassic snare and Sabian AAX cymbals
Lots of virtual instruments from Native Instruments, Propellerhead, and Waves
Do you offer internships or have positions available?
Unfortunately we do not offer internships or need extra help.
Can you mix my song if I recorded it using software other than Pro Tools?
Yes. You just need to be able to export time-aligned WAVs of each track in your session. If you are unsure of how to do this please contact us and we can help walk you through the process. If you recorded in Pro Tools you can also just send us the entire session folder containing the session file and audio files sub folder.
What file format should I use when sending a song to mix or master?
Our preferred file format is 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV.
Can I pay with a credit card?
Can I pay in installments?
Yes. Visit www.squareinstallments.com/gbrs for more info.
Do I pay upfront or after the project is completed?
Payment for tracking is due on the day of the session. Payment for mixing is due in full upfront. If you are working on a larger project it may be possible to split the total up into a couple payments. However, all projects must be paid in full before any final files can be delivered.
What's your deposit policy?
A small deposit is required to reserve studio time. Deposits are non-refundable if a session is cancelled or rescheduled with less than one weeks notice.
Other questions: (619) REC-8070 firstname.lastname@example.org