Shadybrook Studio

Producer / Engineer

"Dark Overlord"

Dee Kaph

(Jaymz Bethell)

Over the course of twenty or so years, Jaymz has amassed a portfolio of somewhere around 400 tracks encompassing everything from progressive trance to triphop to industrial to indie folk to hiphop to ambient to rock and roll to classical and everything in between under various monikers, contracted to various artists and for a variety of labels.
 

SPECIAL OFFER

For bands/artists looking to cut a quick demo, I will bring my mobile 12-track recording rig and all the gear necessary to your jam space, record your song and then take it back to the production studio and turn it into a polished track for $300 inclusive.


 

Shadybrook Studios

Recording, Engineering & Production

Every recording project is different, but there are essentially three ways we can do this:

  1. Basic day rate.
  2. Project retreat.
  3. Contract production.

 

Option 1: Day Rate/Session Recording

If you're in the Kamloops area and can arrive at the studio each day of recording on time ready to lay down some tracks, then the basic rate at this time is $325/day (10hrs) or $200/half day (5hrs), including time for set up, tracking, monitoring, some basic production work, mixdown.. plus a couple of breaks along the way to eat and chat (for those longer sessions).

This will get you a day's worth of unfettered access to a senior producer/engineer with 20+ years experience in the music industry, a professional recording rig, and any/all of the mics and instruments we might have on hand at the time (it's always changing).

Artists are expected to organize and bring their own performers and primary instruments (except piano) along with any accessories they feel they need to make the sound they are going after - guitars, pedals, percussion bits, etcetera.

Mastering is NOT included, neither are session players.

 


 

 

Option 2: Project Retreat

Shadybrook offers a unique recording experience for artists that simply can't be found in any other commercial studio.

It is a getaway, a country BNB and recording studio and a production suite and a family home all wrapped up into one.

Making a record is not about "playing music", but of capturing performances and feelings and moods. After many years of working with many talented artists I've dialed in my technique, which is based on the simple recognition that the best performances are not captured "on the clock" but rather in fleeting moments, unexpectedly.

When an artist comes to make a record at Shadybrook, they become a part of the family - me and my three kids, the golden retriever (Lily), two cats (Smoky & Bandit)... plus you. We get up in the morning and send the kids off to school and then have some coffee and eat breakfast, read the news, chat about whatever strikes your fancy (I have a degree in Philosophy so it can get interesting), and when we're ready we move into the studio and spend the day going through your songs and capturing those perfect moments as they happen.

We cook and eat together, listen to records have some drinks and play badminton in the park-like back yard together.

Later on we listen to the recordings and work on the production as late into the night as we can stand - the kids have grown up in a recording studio so they aren't bothered and there's no neighbors to complain no matter how loud we get on a Tuesday night at 2am.

It's an immersive experience that nets beautiful results.

A creek winds its way through the back yard past the bee hives and an outdoor stage is nestled into the trees where the legendary Shadybrook Sessions take place. Artists stay in the furnished guest room  with a fridge and living area complimenting the artist suite.

Whether you come with your own band or you need extra help to flesh out your creative vision, I have the resources to make it a reality, whether by drawing upon my network of professional session players or by contributing as a blend of performer and composer myself.

Each project is considered and negotiated differently based upon the scope of its needs.

 

 


 

 

Option 3: Contract Production

If you've already captured the audio in high quality, have the individual tracks and are looking to have your song professionally mixed and produced with "all the bells & whistles" or "remixed", then you can add a "Produced by Dee Kaph" sound to your track and byline to your liner notes for around $200/song + 4% of sales.

A few things:

  • Stems need to be provided as individual instrument tracks in .WAV format in at least  44.1/16.
  • Besides being "CD Quality", it needs to have been professionally recorded - no clipping, no signals lingering around just above the noise floor, dogs barking in the background, etc. If it sounds like it was recorded on your iPhone using garage band then it'll sound like a more complete garage band recording when I'm done. My policy is to not put my name to something I feel like I have to apologize for.
  • The performances need to be tight - if I've got to spend 5 hours cleaning up 16 different drum tracks just to keep the mix from flying off into left field before I can even start my actual job then I'll likely turn down the project. A little touch up here and there is normal, but going through and fixing every 1/16th is not reasonable.

 

For any of these options, payment is due 50% down at the time of booking and the remainder upon delivery of the finished product.
Mastering is not included.
If what you're looking for doesn't fit into any of the above categories, drop me a line and we can discuss a package tailored to suit your needs.

Here are a few of my favorites from over the years to give you a little bit of an idea of the variety of things I've worked on: