Clarity Recordings - Professional Recording Studio San Diego CA California El Cajon La Mesa Santee Lakeside
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Studio Updates

2017.12.01 // Extended Specials

We still have a handful of openings this month, and a couple weeks free in January! We want to fill those slots, so we've extended our specials from the previous post through December 15th! You can book for any time in the future, but all payments or deposits must be in by then! Let's make some noise, friends. :)

2017.10.31 // Spooky Specials (For the Holidays!)

Happy Halloween, internets!

Clarity is gearing up for a solid holiday season! We've got a few openings in both November and December, and we'd love to fill them with new artists looking to take their sound to the next level. To help you get in the musical spirit, we're bringing back our (spooky) Holiday Specials!

Track two full-band, full-production recordings for $400. Includes full tracking, track and vocal production, mix and master! Price valid if paid in full by December 5th!

Track a five-song EP for $1000! Includes full tracking and production input, complete vocal production, full mix and master for all five songs! Price valid if a 50% deposit is made before December 5th!

These are excellent deals on our normal rates, and even more so when compared to other studios! Let us make your music sound polished and professional for a fraction of the price! Contact us and book some time today!

2017.09.20 // Drums and More Drums

Drum life is in overdrive mode at Clarity! We've had an influx of projects wanting to enlist our drum tracking and editing services, which we love! We've had a blast tracking a wide variety of genres the last couple weeks, and we've got more this weekend - six minute prog-metal songs to be exact. Let's do this!

Sometime in the last month or so, we picked up some awesome new toys. A new large condenser in the form of an Audio Technica 4050, a killer quality mic that's already shining on vocals and acoustic tracks in the short time we've had it! We also snagged a couple of new synthesizers from Roland - the JD-XI and the AIRA System 1! Between the two of them, these synths can cover nearly any sound you can think of, so let's get some electronic backing in your next tracks! :)

The studio is crazy busy as we're in the midst of a ton of albums in various stages of completion, but we're always down to take on more work! Let's chat about your next project!

2017.08.21 // Non-Stop Action

Whoops! Been a minute since we updated! Clarity has been SLAMMED this Summer. (That's a good thing!) Half a dozen EPs, a pair of full-lengths, and a TON of singles have been coming through our doors. We're extremely happy with the work, and keeping on top of all of it has been a blast!

We've had the pleasure of working with Nowhere Safe, From Chaos & Heaven, Justin Linn, Wes Maharas, Pat Hilton, Johan Malo, Tommy Traina, and Short Stories all summer long.

We're keeping things tight, working on new releases with Monica Petruzelli, BJ Jezbera, The Bet, Malaysian Bat Experience, Stereo Summer, Reformations, and Malison through this month and next month!

Somehow, despite relentless booking, we've also managed to re-organize and renovate the ENTIRE live area. Clean and clear with a fresh coat of paint on all walls, and brand new acoustic treatment installed to make this place feel even more at home for the bands who trust us to bring their sound to the world.

The studio is flourishing and we've got all of you to thank. The support has been nothing short of overwhelming. Thank you! Let's keep it growing and make it even louder! ;)

If you see even the smallest opening in our schedule to the right, contact us and make it yours. Let's make some music together. <3

2017.06.20 // The Upgrade Machine

Amidst a sea of new business, we somehow continue to make insane upgrades to the studio and gear collection!

This month, we've taken a MASSIVE leap forward with a long-anticipated interface upgrade. We move away from our time-tested classic Digidesign 003 and into the future with a PreSonus Studio 192. The biggest changes are to scalability. Last summer, we upgraded our I/O to allow for 16 channels of live tracking, and with the 192, we're officially moving on to 24 channels of live tracking.

(We'll be upgrading our snake accordingly very soon. Don't you worry.)

What does all of that mean? We can officially tracking large scale live sessions at Clarity! Gnarly developments on the way with this. ;)

Additionally, we snagged a pair of super rare vintage channel strips, the Auditronics 501. These strips produce awesome vintage color via their original preamps, and the EQ chain on them is incredibly versatile, and sounds amazing on almost everything they touch. We're excited to add them to the lineup!

Topping off the new gear acquisitions, we somehow came up on a Yamaha T100, a 100w version of the Yamaha T50s that live at Clarity. More clean headroom, and the same distinctive overdrive and gain that we love so much about the T50s! We also picked up a sexy new Fender PJ Special P-Bass! Both of these are, of course, available to all who track here!

July is wide open at the moment, and we'd love to make music with you.
Contact us and let's get loud.

2017.05.28 // More Firepower!

We're EXTREMELY proud to say that May 2017 was our busiest month EVER! We finished the month with only ONE unfilled day, which is insanity. Our schedules have been jam packed and we're hoping to keep it going!

That said, we've added some excellent pieces to our arsenal this month! Racked and ready to go are a first-gen Focusrite ISA428 and for a classic sound found in the Neotek boards in the 80s and 90s, we've added a Sytek MPX-4A! Eight more channels of pristine analog goodness for some of the best tone you can find anywhere on a budget. We've now got 28 channels of analog pre - more than we can use at any time! How crazy is that?

Clarity is going to keep growing, collecting, and making noise. How about you? Need to get your sound down? Want to be a part of our history? We want to be a part of yours! Send us a message and let's chat!

2017.04.25 // Heating Up

Clarity is wrapping up another jam-packed month! We've been busy with near-endless tracking in April, which is just the way we like it!

We're slapping the finishing touches on the new Electric Enzymes full-length this week, and starting work on a trio of singles with Pat Hilton! Short Stories is diving deeper into tracking on their new album, details coming soon.

Next month, we get to start tracking a brand new EP with the boys of From Chaos and Heaven and kick off Nowhere Safe with their debut release.

Looking to track? We've got some weekdays open in May.
Get at us and let's make it happen!

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About Clarity

Clarity Recordings is a multi-engineer recording studio with professional grade recording gear and years of experience in engineering, production, and songwriting. We focus on quality over quantity and do not rush projects. We believe that music can and will write itself if given the proper environment, and we do our best to provide that environment. Clarity Recordings is a studio for musicians who want to take their music to the next level while operating on a budget. Please see our Services page for a full breakdown of services and rates.

Availability
Our schedule for the next two months. Booked dates may be half-days, so check with us if you only need a couple hours.
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Scheduling changes constantly, so please check back often, and if you're interested in an open date above, contact us as soon as possible.

Studio Hours

As a recording studio in a residential neighborhood, our tracking hours are a little different than other studios. Make sure they work for you.

M-F: 12PM - 1AM
Sat: 12PM - 3AM
Sun: 1PM - 1AM

Note: We mix and master beyond these hours a lot of the time. These are mostly for audible, loud instrument tracking. (Drums, amplified guitars, brass, etc.)

Accolades

We've been lucky enough to work with artists who have been featured with these organizations / publications.

Billboard Music Charts - Heat Seekers

San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs)

Orange County Music Awards (OCMAs)

Reviews of Our Work
"Sean helped me with releasing my first full length album. We did everything from production, post production and even album art and CD album design. As someone that grew up with similar music interests, it made working with him so much easier and was pretty much on the same page with what I had envisioned with my music. Thanks so much for all the help!"
Michael Timog
February 15, 2017
"Sean is the best guy in San Diego to work with. Over the past five years or so i've gotten to work with some awesome producers and engineers around San Diego and LA, and at the end of the day, my experience at Clarity has trumped all other experiences. Sean has such a strong understand of music and theory that no matter what your genre is, Sean will know how to work with you and help take your songs to the next level. Over the last two months my band has been recording a full-length at Clarity and thanks to our producer/engineer, I'm confident it will be our strongest release!"
Robb Laffoon / The Wild Young Hearts
December 20, 2016