"Craig gets the job done every time. He once told me there is only room out there for great, and he delivers."
"Craig Smith is a brilliant producer, songwriter, musician and sound engineer. Working with him at Bluebell Recording and Mastering was a fantastic experience. I was thrilled with both the recording process and the finished product!"
"Much like a great chef (a drop of this, a pinch of that), Craig takes the time to make each track taste just right. Each song comes with it's own flavor. Mmmm that's good listenin'."
"We couldn’t have done it without Craig! He did an amazing job producing us a high quality recording of our song and helped fine tune every small detail to make it better than we thought possible."
"I’d like to put Craig’s ears on just for a second…he’s done an incredible job as a producer and all ‘round musical collaborator bringing the sounds and songs in my head to life."
"It has been awesome working with Craig! From our first day in the studio until our final mix it’s been a fantastic experience. Craig is like a musical magician and has made our songs better than we ever thought possible. Looking forward to working with him again."
“My goal is to make your recording experience as magical and heartfelt as possible, so your music or project sounds better than you ever imagined it could.”
My passion to create music and grow in my chosen profession has only deepened since I was a kid.
I started writing songs in my mom’s basement when I was 15. In retrospect, they were terrible, but I was determined and (soon after) I got a 4-track tape recorder and started laying ‘em down. I immediately fell in love with the recording process. From the birth of an idea to realizing that idea through music, then recording it and listening back to it endlessly – I knew it was all I ever wanted to do.
Since 2006, I’ve had the pleasure of producing and engineering music for a variety of artists, singers, songwriters and bands. The diversity of sounds and influences has helped me develop a unique skill set that transcends genre and medium, with recent work including various commercial projects, several albums and CD’s, as well as the title track of a full-length feature film (Septic Man, 2013).
But the million dollar question is: “Why would you want to work with Craig Smith rather than doing it yourself on the computer or hiring someone else?”
In addition to the 20+ years I’ve spent honing my abilities and expertise in the music biz, I am a songwriter who truly gets how much emotion, sacrifice, energy and dedication it takes to create your art. As a student of music with an insatiable appetite for new styles, I am always pushing forward in search of “that sound” and I understand the importance of the art of dynamics when recording music. My musical aptitude spans a dozen instruments and has been enriched by collaborating with some of the country’s finest songwriters and musicians.
My only goal is to make your recording experience as magical and heartfelt as possible, so your music or project sounds better than you ever imagined it could. I’ve got the passion, the tools and the ability to make your music come to life and I look forward to the journey.
So – why mastering??
Mastering is the last step in the creative process before your project is manufactured to CD and/or sent for distribution, such as for iTunes or radio. In the studio, you are recording songs one at a time, resulting in different peak volumes and varying EQ’s. With skillful management of compression, EQ and gain, your music will be given consistency and your tracks will have a more polished, vibrant sound. Most importantly, mastering gives your music a focus, bringing out the rich highs and booming lows needed to distinguish your sound from others.
Mastering can’t really be taught; it’s a skill that needs to be developed over time as it’s highly dependent on acute and knowledgeable listening. The attention to detail required for mastering is different than that used in the production of music and specific mastering techniques are often applied to distinct genres. For example, hip-hop has a characteristic feel independent of country or rock and understanding these subtleties is an integral component of effective mastering.
I’ve spent years refining my craft as a mastering engineer and I have the best tools for the job. Music is a bouquet of sweet vibrations and in the end it has to feel right. There is no substitute for audio mastering – it has to be done properly. Don’t let your hard work be heard by the masses without it!
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The studio is located in lovely Wasaga Beach, Ontario, on the shore of Georgian Bay. We are equipped with some rare gems, ranging from vintage analogue gear to modern, cutting edge software. Please find an in-house equipment list below:
Digital: Mac, Pro Tools, Cubase, WaveLab , Waves ( Plugin’s: API, Neve, Ultramaximizer L2 & L3, SSL) DigiDesign 003 & Presonus Firestudio Workstation interfaces.
Monitors: Yorkville YSM1p, Tannoy Reveal, Yamaha HS7.
Hardware: Universal Audio 1176, 710 Twin Finity, Fat Man Compressor, Summit Audio TD-100 Tube Direct Pre-amp, and TLA-50 Tube Leveler, DBX Tube Preamp & Compressor, TM-Audio (Neve 1272 preamps), Art 341 15 band EQ.
Mics: Many microphones by some of the finest mic producers, such as Neumann, Sennheizer, AKG, Rode, Sure, Audio Technica, and more.
Analog: Sony TC-766 Reel-to-Reel Tape Machine
As well, there are many guitars (Gibson Les Paul, ’63 Gretsch 6176, ’62 Gibson J45, ’70 Martin D35), Keyboards (Yamaha, Wurlitzer), bass guitars (Fender, Ibanez), Guitar amps, Drums (Yamaha 5-piece Beech Custom), and lots of other knick knacks and gadgets.