This guide offers a listing of recording studios in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota region. Below, you'll find a PDF checklist of services offered by the studios listed. Following that checklist is the listing itself, complete with contact information, descriptions of the studios, and images.
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Twin Cities – Minneapolis
Description: “Blue Bell Knoll is a boutique recording studio operated by Minneapolis-based engineer & producer Neil Weir.” The purpose of Blue Bell Knoll is to “provide an artist-friendly environment where bands can record inexpensively yet still have access to high quality equipment and experienced engineering.” The studio records “everything from non-mainstream rock music to solo acoustic projects and experimental material.” Neil is committed to making the sort of recording the band/artist is looking for and believes in “getting sounds right at the source.” The studio offers a variety of high quality vintage and contemporary equipment, including vintage tube microphones, high quality conversion, and classic preamps and compressors. The goal is to maximize results while minimizing stress in the process. Neil believes “each band's chemistry is unique and…[wants] to capture it in the most flattering way possible."
Description: “Vibe, humor, and privacy are important to us. We respect all of our artists equally regardless of genre, stature, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or outlook. While we can accommodate a very wide array of projects, we focus on high level production and music creation. From worldwide superstars to underground jazz freaks, we believe our good taste attracts the best of the best. While we strive to match amazing talent with amazing recordings, we also see the value in working with developing artists in an effort to fast track them toward a successful career. As one of the few studios in MN to specialize in electronic and pop music, we prefer to build close working relationships with our artists being that these genres are time intensive and detail oriented. We believe that our contribution to each recording exists for the life of the project, not just the session. So if an artist is looking for collaborators with their best interests in mind, Humans Win may be the best fit.”
Description: “I love helping people get the music out of their heads and into reality. Signaturetone Recording has a great selection of house amps, guitars, and drums, as well as a fantastic mic locker and gear selection. From VO work to full albums, I put my full effort into everything I do, so let me know what I can do with you!”
Description: “Wild Sound has been providing pro recording services for over 20 years. We have the experience and drive to make your project the best and offer competitive pricing. We also offer some of the best gear around including a Steinway grand, Hammond B3, vintage mics, top of the line outboard gear and an SSL console. We have five great sounding rooms all with wood floors and the best acoustic treatments. Call or email for a free tour. Estimates and project rates are available.”
Description: “Winterland Studios has two of the most fully equipped studios in the Midwest. Our services include: album production, recording, mixing, mastering, voice-overs, and transfers…National, Gold & Platinum album credits…(Read on) [expand title=""]Some of the artists who have recorded with us include: Lenny Kravitz, James Blunt, Alanis Morissette, Keane, Sara McLachlan, R. Kelly, J. Cole, The Black Eyed Peas, Big Sean, Twista, etc.” Built by professional studio designers, Winterland Studios offers great isolation, floated floors, and a live drum room.
Description: Sacred Heart Studio is located in the Central Hillside area of Duluth in the historic 1800's former Sacred Heart church. The studio offers both analog and digital recording services, and its equipment includes, among other items, in house drums, guitar amps, a Yamaha grand piano,
a Baldwin baby grand, and a Felgermaker pipe organ.
Description: “Sparta Sound is a recording retreat, 200 miles north of the Twin Cities. Owner/operator Rich Mattson has been working in his own home studios since 1991 (beginning in Minneapolis with Flowerpot Studios). The overhead for operating this space is kept low. In return, rates are lower than average, and you still receive professional care for your recording project in a wonderful environment with a very open-minded operator.”
George Latimer Central Library
90 W 4th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-266-7000 (ext. 5 for recording studio reservations)
The George Latimer Central Library offers basic recording services. The library has a 4-person editing suite and a 2-person isolation booth, and with limited space, they do not allow large instruments or equipment. The studio is equipped with headphones, microphones, instrumental software, and more, and patrons have access to an iMac with GarageBand and Avid Protools 12.3. Patrons may reserve the space for up to two hours.