Sky Studios

Who We Are & Why We Do It

I wanted to write about who we are and why we do what we do, basically our DNA here at Sky Studios WNC. We are a locally owned recording - music studio in the Asheville, NC area. Our passion is making great quality music at an affordable price. We aspire to be the top recording studio in Asheville NC and don’t want to sacrifice quality for quantity of price. We pride ourselves on paying attention to detail and want to be an asset to the artist while bringing their project to life. Unlike many other recording studios we record in sections and have the artist sign off on each part of their project. This allows the artist to have full creative control over their project and ideas. It takes a little more time but it leaves endless creative possibilities. Music is a process and creativeness doesn't all come in one day. To track everything in one day really hinders the creativeness of everyone involved, from the artist all the way down to the producer and engineers. We strive to be on the side of the artist and not money. We believe in our artist and only want to add to their success and careers.

Why do we take this approach? Well…. when I was young in the music industry I got totally burned by a big studio for thousands of dollars and never want any artist to have to go through that. We know how hard musicians/artist/bands work and how their music is apart of who they are. It is not fair to sell them a lie take their money and forget about them after the final payment. For this reason we started Sky Studios WNC.

On the next blog I want to share a little bit about me personally and how I got here. I will also share our goals, dreams and aspirations, not only for our studio but for our artist.

Blessings, Brian (Owner, Musician, Engineer and Producer)

Making of Beautiful Surrender

We had so much fun bringing Dakota Blakely’s song Beautiful Surrender to life at Sky Studios WNC. Sky Studios serves Asheville NC and all the surrounding areas. Dakota is an Asheville based christian artist and worship leader. He was formerly a worship pastor at The Rock Church in Asheville NC. To bring his project to life we used all kinds of amazing gear and goodies. We started with vintage Gretsch drums that brought a larger than life sound. Then we laid down the bass tracks with a Fender run through an Ampeg bass rig. The guitars were tracked with a Telecaster and Kemper rig. Acoustic guitars were tracked with a Taylor and multiple AKG mics. The finishing touches were the keys and vocals. After layering multiple key tracks it really brought the whole mix together and made it pop. Vocals were the final stage and we had so much fun with them in the studio. Tacking was done on an Avatone C12 and sounded amazing. We pride ourselves on great gear and amazing tone. This is done through Protools 12, Universal Audio and a bunch of amazing plugins. We have Neve preamps, Neve Channel Strips, API Channel Strips, Universal Audio preamp and much more. We were so honored to work with Dakota and look forward to finishing the rest of his album this year.