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

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!

2017.03.20 // Packed House

This month's schedule has been EXTREME. We've had virtual zero open days, and we're ecstatic about it. We've had Electric Enzymes charging through tracks for their full-length, Short Stories starting pre-production for a new release, Stereo Summer coming back from the dead to work on some new tracks, and Steal Away working on more demos, not to mention a ton of live sound and performance gigs. No down time and it rules!

April has a handful of open days, and May is pretty open at the moment! Let's book and make some magic happen for your new tracks! Shoot us an email or call us today!

2017.02.11 // New Gear & New Hours!

Clarity is rapidly growing in the last six months, and we could not be any more excited!

This month, we've decided to dive into the world of high-end amp modelers in an effort to boost our studio hours! We've picked up a brand new Kemper Profiling Amp, and are stocking it full of killer amps courtesy of friends and our very own collection. We'll be profiling new amps every month in an effort to keep our studio sounding fresh!

If you're not familiar with the Kemper, it's the absolute best amp modeler in existence today. The difference between your favorite amp and a Kemper profile of your favorite amp is virtually indistinguishable. We know that's hard to believe, so here's a link to Rob Chapman (whose amp knowledge surpasses nearly everyone's) being fooled three consecutive times about whether he was playing his amp or a Kemper profile of it. This thing is incredible, and we've already begun archiving all of our in-house amps.

Fear not, analog enthusiasts. Our collection will continue to grow, and we'll always have our amps available for use! The biggest advantage of the Kemper is low-level monitoring (meaning not blaring out of a half-stack) - we can now track later at Clarity!

As a result, Clarity's hours have expanded by anywhere from two to four hours a day. We're now open for tracking at noon every day, tracking as late as 1AM on weeknights and Sundays, and midnight on Saturdays. Pretty neat, isn't it?

Anyway, enough rambling. Our February and March schedules are slammed, but we've got a few days open here and there. Let's get you in here to make some noise, eh?

2017.02.02 // Updated Samples

Quick update: New samples are available! Head on over and check them out! The top of the list is generally the newest stuff, most of which is now being mixed and mastered exclusively at Clarity! 2017 is going to be a gnarly year, and we're very excited for the increase in work flow! Book some time in March & April and let's keep it up!

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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 at Clarity Recordings took us under his wing and gave us a comfortable, friendly, and professional recording experience. He is versatile, affordable, and truly loves music, which definitely shows in his work. This studio's ever expanding catalogue of cutting edge equipment keeps attention to detail the mail focus. I recommend this San Diego based studio for any artist or band that cares deeply about their craft."
Cory Crummel
February 5, 2017
"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