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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.

Services Offered:

Tracking - Mixing - Mastering - Editing - Producing - Guitar/Bass/Drums/Keys Performance - Audio Books - Mixing for Film

About the Engineer

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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.

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.

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Mixing

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Mixing at The Grey Brick Recording Studio is not limited to our clients here in San Diego. Through online file transfers we have been able to work with artists in many different regions and even internationally. Wherever you are located, we can take your recordings to the next level. Please see our FAQ page for more info.

(All the songs above were also of course mixed by Peter Duff at The Grey Brick Recording Studio)

Testimonials

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"I highly recommend Grey Brick. I think my project was a bit of a challenge but Peter fell right into it. He is very intuitive, astute, listens well and has great ideas. It's a very comfortable and positive atmosphere and I'll be back. Oh, and the rates are very affordable."

-Edwin Stocke

 

"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!"

-Tyler Gill

 

"I am so excited to make The Grey Brick Recording Studio my new home for the days to come, because after the single I just recorded with them, I want to record ALL of my songs with them.  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."

-Hawk

 

"What can I say...I won't go anywhere else! Peter is a top notch recording engineer / artist and you more than get what you pay for! The gear is incredible and very up to date. He is very educated and has great input. I've recorded at The Grey Brick Recording Studio multiple times, both as a solo artist and in a full band setting. The quality of both the audio tracks AND studio video footage I've received has always been incredible. Great no pressure atmosphere. If you're a solo artist or a full band, talk to Peter before you do ANYTHING! You won't be disappointed!"

-Tyler Ray

 

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Gear

Software:

  • Avid Pro Tools 11
  • Propellerhead Reason 6.5
  • Plugins by UAD, Waves, Slate Digital, FabFilter, Native Instruments, Softube, SyncroArts, Celemony and more.

Interface/Preamps/Outboard:

  • Universal Audio Apollo Quad
  • Vintech x73i (Neve 1073) 
  • Universal Audio 4-710d
  • Focusrite OctoPre MkII
  • Warm Audio WA76 (1176)
  • Rupert Neve Designs DI

Monitors:

  • Adam A7Xs
  • Mackie MR8 MK2s
  • Avantone Mix Cube

Guitars/Basses:

  • Gibson SG Standard
  • Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute
  • Fender Highway One Strat
  • Ibanez Electric-Acoustic
  • 1958 Gibson C-1 Classical 
  • Fender Standard 5-String Jazz Bass
  • 1968 Conrad 4-String Bass

Pedals:

  • Strymon TimeLine
  • Strymon BlueSky
  • MXR Carbon Copy
  • Electro Harmonix Micro Pog
  • Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
  • Pigtronix PGS Special Edition Creamsicle
  • NOC3 Effects Pure Drive
  • Tech 21 Hot Rod Plexi
  • Mesa Throttle Box w/EQ
  • Mooer Mod Factory
  • Vox Wha
  • Boss GE-7

 

Microphones:

  • Lewitt LCT 940
  • Nuemann KM 184 x2
  • Audio Technica 4081
  • AKG C414 B-ULS
  • Rode NTK
  • Sennheiser md421
  • Shure SM-57 x3
  • Shure Beta 56a
  • Shure Beta 52
  • Avantone CK-1 x2
  • MXL R40 x2 (upgraded transformers)
  • Yamaha NS10 "Sub Kick" 

Amps:

  • Mesa 5:25 Express +
  • Fender '94 Twin
  • 1964 Ampeg Jet J-12
  • Fender Bassman 250
  • DT50 4x12 Cab (with Vintage 30s and C12H-90s)

Keyboards/Other Instruments:

  • 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
  • M-Audio Axiom 49 Midi Controller (version 2)
  • Gretsch Catalina Club four piece drum kit with Tama Starclassic snare and Sabian AAX cymbals
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FAQ

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?

Yes. 

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    thegreybrickrecordingstudio@gmail.com