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Surgeon of Sound (SOS) Studio offers audio recording services at an acoustically-treated home studio in Novato, CA, as well as live on-location recording in the San Francisco Bay Area. I use Protools and pro-level gear to produce high quality demos, EP's, CD's, mulitrack sound for video, voiceovers, and other miscellaneous audio services. As a customer you will find a friendly atmosphere and quality sound recording and mixing services at affordable rates.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

What's happening in 2012

Surgeon of Sound has been busy and growing since last year. After recording a group of very talented singers at Napa's Silo's Club, I recorded Sherie Friedlander in a live Brazilian show at the Seafood Peddler in San Rafael, and most recently the terrific Marin jazz combo C-JAM. Look for C-Jam audio files on this site in the near future.

There seems to be an unmet need for live recording at the local level. Many bands, singers, and jazz groups want to record in a live setting and not in a studio. While there are many good live sound engineers, I've noticed that there is a need for multitrack recording - not just a stereo feed off the board - in this situations that is best handled by a separate recording person. I can attend to the recording levels, bleed, mic selection etc. while the live sound engineer attends to what the audience and the performers are hearing. I've had to buy some additional gear to tap the individual mic and instrument feeds. The final result is often very good sonically and has the unmistakable energy of a live performance. There are also some editing and mixing challenges that are educational for me such as dealing with bleed, feedback, room sound, etc. Overall I've found that with jazz and it's related genres, this type of live recording yields superb results in terms of recording.

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 Davey Pattison - Legendary voice of Gamma, Robin Trower, and Gamma+, songwriter, guitarist

"Ramon is great to work with, completely unflappable!"

Phil Rountree - Singer, guitar and bass player in The Role Models and Sweet Harmony (Novato, CA)


Sherie Friendlander - Jazz/Brazilian singer (Novato, CA)

"Over the past two years, I have done several recordings at S.O.S. studio in Novato. Ramon has been a delight to work with and is very knowledgeable and helpful. He delivers the service as well as the finished product. I highly recommend him!

 Dennis Hagerty - singer/songwriter (Novato, CA)

"Ramon - cool, calm, collected plus a great ear and fast on the draw equals a super professional engineer. Truly, it's comfortable recording my tunes at your studio. Thanks for your patience"

Steve Schoen - singer/songwriter (Corte Madera, CA)

"Ramon did a great job recording a live concert for me. He brought the equipment he needed and was able to interface with the live sound engineer seamlessly. Having the ability to mix the live sound after the concert was wonderful and gave me a very nice recording of the performance. Highly recommended!"

Maye Cavallaro - singer/producer/faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory (Berkeley, CA) 

"Surgeon of sound studios has great equipment and a great engineer to go with it. Ramon is easy to work with and makes sure you get the most out of every session"

   Jordan Kulp - San Marin Senior and leader of Ridgeway Space Station ban (Novato, CA)