About

Located in Dixon, California, just over a half hour from both Sacramento and the Bay Area, Pleasant Valley Recording Studio offers a comfortable atmosphere in which to record, edit and mix music. Lifetime local Matt Dudman, founder of Pleasant Valley Music, has been recording and performing for over three decades, with expertise in recording, editing, packaging, promoting, producing and engineering acoustic, country and rock music, as well as voiceovers and jingles. Matt is a college professor in music recording, and he is also available as a studio session musician on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, keyboards.

With the use of an acoustic environment designed with the help of Chips Davis, top-notch equipment and years of experience, Pleasant Valley Recording can provide you with the quality you desire.

Contact:

Matt Dudman
530-400-3872

Info@PleasantValleyMusic.com

Sample Recordings

We record all types of music! Here are a few examples...

Recording Cost/Process

"How Much Does it Cost to do a CD?"

Of course, the cost all depends on how many songs you do, and how perfect you want them to be. I’ve actually done an entire CD in a weekend, and that was pretty cheap (and rough), and I’ve done full budget projects that take many months and are perfectly radio-ready. So the range could be from less than a grand for a 15 song recording and (way) up. My rate is $60/hr. But remember, 500 CDs sold at $15 each is $7,500 to you!

"What is the the process?"

Pre-tracking. This is where you rehearse. A lot. Maybe with a metronome, and/or without the vocals, if that’s how you want to record the initial tracks. Also get your instruments in tip-top shape.
Tracking. Often rhythm tracks are recorded first, then vocals and solos are overdubbed. Most mistakes can be fixed.
Editing. You may like the basic rhythm from the first take, but want to use the guitar solo from the third take. And so on. This is where we put together all the best parts.
Mixing. Here we add effects (reverb, e.q., etc.) and balance all the volumes.
Mastering. The last stage (before reproduction) is to make all the songs sound good together as one project, including putting them in order, etc.
Reproduction. Once ‘the baby is born’, you need to send it, with the artwork, to the reproduction plant, or to iTunes, etc.

"How long does it all take?"

If your band is well rehearsed you might record the basic tracks for up to 12-14 songs in a weekend (a couple of long sessions). You’d need about another session each for fixes/overdubs and then mixing. Usually people have edit or mix change requests, and that goes pretty fast and can be done remotely. Mastering can be done in less than a full day. Most of the process is flexible, and we can proceed in a way that is convenient for you.

At Pleasant Valley Music, you will get a professional quality result in a fun and relaxed
atmosphere, at a reasonable rate.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s create a snapshot of your music that will last forever!

Services

Things we can help you with

Website

Website

our graphic designer is also qualified to make professional a quality website for you

Artwork Design / Photography / Text

Artwork Design / Photography / Text

professional quality graphic design, band pictures, and even liner notes.

Mastering

Mastering

Although it’s better to have “a new set of ears” on your project at the end, if you’re on a very tight budget we can do basic mastering.

Mixing

Mixing

our equipment and discerning ear will get us to a great sounding mix.

Editing

Editing

our equipment lets us fix most mistakes, and even experiment with different arrangements.

Instruments

Instruments

We have lots of guitars, and some keyboard sounds, a drum kit, etc.

Musicians

Musicians

We have a roster of musicians for any part of your recording.

Recording

Recording

We have great microphones and professionally designed, great sounding rooms

Production

Production

We can help you pick, arrange, and best execute the songs, or as simple as “Matt, what do you think of that take?”

Testimonials

Thanks so much Matt for making us sound good

Bob Schwartz, Oak Grove Family Band

Bob Schwartz, Oak Grove Family Band

Matt, you made me sound like we recorded in Nashville! Thanks for making me sound good. Great job!!

Jeff Nielsen, professional recording and touring drummer

Jeff Nielsen, professional recording and touring drummer

Words cannot express how impressed I am with the drum sound. The cymbals recorded nice and clear and each drum’s respective tone is clear and present, warm. rich and round with out being overbearing in respect to the rest of the mix. The drum mix itself, sounds almost as though I am sitting behind the kit.

Chris Eynon, Bottom Dwellers

Chris Eynon, Bottom Dwellers

Our recording experience was awesome last night. Your customer service is impeccable. From the snack spread to proactive latency issue solving to providing guitar stands before we even thought to ask. You are very on top of your [stuff] and totally out of the way. We were able to focus completely on our performances without any distractions. This process really couldn’t be more pleasant.

Mark Eagleton, (SAMMIE award winning) Bottom Dwellers

Mark Eagleton, (SAMMIE award winning) Bottom Dwellers

thanks for your attention to detail and producer input

Tom Bekeny

Tom Bekeny

I realized on my way home after our session that recording at your studio felt very relaxed. It was more like a practice or jam than your typical stressful recording situation.

Jim Mintun, High Country

Jim Mintun, High Country

Matt, you kicked the heck out of last night, man.  Just listening back to the recording sounded better than anything we’ve ever done ourselves. Thanks SO much for doing that with us, and providing a killer session.  We really appreciate it greatly.

Ivan Sohrakoff, (Sammie award winning) Bottom Dwellers

Ivan Sohrakoff, (Sammie award winning) Bottom Dwellers

Matt did an excellent job, great input all the way around, he has a good set of ears, I’m impressed.

Jim Nunally, Record Producer and Recording Studio Engineer

Jim Nunally, Record Producer and Recording Studio Engineer

“Best recording experience I’ve ever had. … You really get a nice sound out of the instruments.  … I don’t think I ever experienced recording as actually fun before. … Matt’s done as good a job as any producer I’ve worked with. … You are a skilled guy.”

Butch Waller, High Country

Butch Waller, High Country

The atmosphere is very laid back and easy going, and they have a really nice collection of vintage mics.

Bottom Dwellers

Bottom Dwellers

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