10 Best Recording Studios in Oregon

If you are ready to record your new mixtape or need a place to start your podcast, check out these 10 great recording studios in Oregon.

From world-renowned facilities to intimate artist-owned studios, there is a perfect space for every project. And with Oregon's rich musical history, you can be sure to find some of the best engineers and producers in the business.

So whether you're looking to capture that classic analog sound or want to try out the latest in digital technology, these 10 studios have got you covered.

10 Best Recording Studios in Oregon

Mississippi Studios

Mississippi Studios

Situated in the center of Portland’s Mississippi District. It has an all-season roomy patio that lets you enjoy the music before, after, or during any show. Jim Brunberg is the owner of Mississippi Studios and he has over 20 staff working with him. They offer the following services:

  •  Audio & Video recording
  • A/V, Electrical, and Lighting (see complete specs here)
  • Private reservations & private events

iv. Online booking of events is via Etix (T&Cs apply)

v. Tickets for events can also be booked on-site at Etix kiosks located at Bar Bar and Show Bar (Revolution Hall). Their ticketing and valid ID requirements are on their website.

Mississippi Studios

Website:

https://mississippistudios.com/

Email:

[email protected] (for booking requests & artist information)

[email protected] (to send a photo and a short bio of the artist and music for website publicity including press kits and materials).

Location:

3939 N. Mississippi Ave Portland OR 97227

Hallowed Halls

Hallowed Halls

– Hallowed Halls (HH) has a rich history behind it dating way back to 1919 when the building was opened to the public as ‘The Arieta Library”. It has also served as a home for the department of community justice and Community Action Agency until 2011 after the library closed in 1972.

– Greg Allen created HH in dedication to honor his mother who was a passionate musician and music therapist. They offer mastering, turnkey full-service sound stage for music videos, and voice-over plus audiobook high fidelity recording.

Hallowed Halls

Here’s a snapshot of some of their services and fees

DurationRatesPerks
Mastering6 mins & under$501 Round Revisions, Meta Data Entry, DDP File Creation.
6 to 10 mins$701 Round Revisions, Meta Data Entry, DDP File Creation.
10 mins & over$1001 Round Revisions,  Meta Data Entry,  DDP FIle Creation.
Sound stage and video productionHourly$50220 Power Capable Easy Load In + Out (Day rates available)
Voice-over and AudiobookHourly$120Includes experienced sound Engineer; includes all equipment.

– They have a massive 1.6K square feet of open space with 18-foot ceilings lined with 10-foot windows for weddings and events with an artistic, and elegant vibe that is totally Portland.

– They have studios A & B with over 30 pieces of equipment and a collection of powerful microphones for recording sessions.

Studio Rates with or without Engineers

Studio A (no engineer)$50Per Hour
Studio A (including house engineer)$80Per Hour
Studio B (no engineer)$35Per hour
Studio B (including house engineer)$50Per Hour

Website:

https://hallowedhalls.studio/

Email:

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Phone Number 

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Location:

4420 SE 64th Ave, Portland, OR 97206

Featherlight Recording Studios

Featherlight Recording Studios

– Located on Manzanita Lane, Bend, Portland Oregon, this recording studio is a place for singers, songwriters, bands, and basically anyone with creative media content.

– They will transform your creative ideas into radio-ready productions. “No spin! No Hypes! Just results!” A song by one of their artists was recently featured on Sony Playstation Universe – AAA game ‘Days Gone” A killer.

Services offered: 

  • Writing
  • Co-writing
  • Arranging
  • Recording
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Publishing information 

– Here’s one Google Business review from a client: “Featherlight Studio is in a word [sic] Incredible, not only a beautiful recording studio but it’s owner Steve Hartwell {…}.” 

– They also have a proven track record to help writers pitch their ideas and artists/groups craft legitimate products.

– Featherlight Studio has worked with over 60 companies and gifted artists who have been continually successful in their various endeavours.

Website:

https://www.featherlightstudio.com/home

Email:

Phone Number:

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Location:

19546 Manzanita Ln, Bend, OR 97702

Black Diamond Recording Studios

Black Diamond Recording Studios

– Black Diamond has the space and equipment to record solo artists and groups. It's situated 15 minutes east of Downtown Portland.

– The studio is running an Antelope Audio + Avid HDX System with a total of 56 analog inputs and 56 analog outputs and they are setup for Source Connect, VOIP, and remote sessions.

– Black Diamond has vaulted ceilings they say is “one of the largest, if not the largest rooms in Portland isolation rooms” including a vocal booth built out of 4-inch Auralex studio foam.

Black Diamond Recording Studios

– For comfort, the studio has a green room located above the studio equipped with a full kitchen, full bathroom, laundry room, and two decks. Same-day booking is not feasible because the studio or an engineer may not be available. They accept  PayPal, Venmo, CashApp, Zelle, and Apple for deposits, which are non-refundable. 

Website:

https://blackdiamondstudios.net/wordpress/

Email:

[email protected]

Phone Number:

(503) 477-6523

Location:

1424 SE 162nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233

Portland Underground Recording

Portland Underground Recording

They specialize in mixing tunes using the latest software and analog summing; this has been their bread and butter for over 25 years. 

– Their areas of expertise cover mastering, autotune, editing, arrangement, and sound replacement; your tunes can be sent to them via Dropbox or Google Drive. 

– Heads-up! There are no “free samples for mixing” due to the amount of work involved. If you want a free lunch (like clips of recent mixes) visit their videos webpage. 

– A reference master is sent to you online after payment and mastering have been completed. And they follow up with revisions to ensure you're satisfied. Deposits equal to half of the session booked are required for all recording sessions within Portland, Oregon. This fee is refundable if sessions will be canceled, provided a 48-hour notice is given ahead.

Recording Rates

Recording Servicestandard studio rate$65 or $500Per day (engineer included)
Mixing ServiceSingle song mix$475
Mixing Service5 songs or more$400 each
Mixing Service10 songs or more$350 each
E-masteringSingle song mastering$75
E-mastering5 songs or more$60
E-mastering10 songs or more$50

Website:

https://portlandundergroundrecording.com/

Email:

[email protected]

Phone Number:

(201) 562-2487

Location:

2718 SW Kelly Ave. Portland OR, 97201  U.S.A

Studio at North Rim

Studio at North Rim

– This studio at North Rim offers the following services: live Video, streaming, podcasting, voiceovers, audiobooks, live Webinars, remote beaming, production, post-production, and creative.

– Located in the heart of Portland's Southeast Water District, it is co-managed by Mike DiNapoli (Program Director), and Adam Klugman (Creative Director).

– They have a Green Room where your guests can enjoy some comfort (coffee, snacks, drinks, WiFi, workspace) and watch the recording session on a 52″ flat screen.

– Their video recording studio can help you to broadcast presentations anywhere on the planet with the highest level of video quality and fidelity. If you need more reason to take their studio for a spin, consider this: Bosco Weitz, Kevin Carroll, and Olivia Klugman have used that facility too.

Studio at North Rim

Hourly Studio Rental – Includes Access to All Equipment and Rooms

Without Engineer$175.00
With Engineer
$250.00
Reduced Rate for Contracts of 50 Hours or More (without engineer)$100.00
Reduced Rate for Contracts of 50 Hours or More (with engineer)$175.00

Hourly Post Production

Audio Editorial$50.00
Video Editorial$75.00
Graphics$70.00

Hourly Creative Services – One Hour Free with Every Booking

Copy Writing$50.00
Directing$75.00
Produced Show Open – Flat Fee$500.00

Website:

https://studioatnorthrim.com/

Email:

Phone Number:

503.933.5116

Location:

80 SE Madison Street Portland, Oregon 97214

Cityview Recording

Cityview Recording
Cityview Recording

– Studio owner, producer, and recording artist Kevin McCarthy is still checking all the boxes after 35 years in the studio recording business.

– Located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, Cityview lays claim to the throne with its outboard equipment, world-class microphones, drums, and synthesizers. Not to forget its modern audio and sequencing software.

– Their systems are updated with the latest versions of every platform, and they provide over 100 tracks of pure, 24-bit sonic paradise. 

– Guess their latest toy? A custom TRIDENT 7824 Console w/Lundahl equipped with the famous 80B series EQ from the powerhouse TRIDENT consoles of the 70s and 80s. BOOM!!!

– If all that sci-fi-ish jargon doesn't impress you. Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, Rush, and Fleetwood Mac have used those consoles to recorded GREAT hits.

Rates

Recording session$50 ($200 minimum)Per Hour
Recording session$400Per 8 hour day
Recording session$2000Per 5 day week
Mastering (Audio Sweetening)$100 per song

Special pricing available for larger (full album) projects.

Website:

http://cityviewrecording.com/

Email:

[email protected]

Phone Number:

(503) 428-6201

Location:

42 Stoneway Dr NW, Salem, OR 97304

Sprout City Studios

Sprout City Studios

– Many things like recording, mixing, and liquid mastering make Sprout City Studio special, that's apart from their motto “albums are born Here, recording & mixing audio since 1997”.

– They're happy to give you a free tour of their studio and show you around. Caveat: you've got to book an appointment first.

– Their services include recording & mixing, production, voice-over and podcasting, voice production, workshops, gift cards, mastering, and classes. You can book a session via a calendar on their website.

– Don't want to be the next Justin Bieber? Fine! Sprout City offers courses in fundamentals of sound engineering and immersive audio engineering if that's what rocks your boat. 

– They've worked with various artists in genres such as Rap, Indie, Rock, Punk, metal, voice, and Country music. You can check out their public playlist on Spotify. 

Website:

https://www.sproutcity.com/

Email:

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Phone Number:

541-687-0947

Location:

1697 W 11th Alley, Eugene, OR 97402

Brave and Fortune Recording Studios

Brave and Fortune Recording Studios

– Brave and Fortune Recording Studio will work with beginners, experts, brands, and businesses by providing songwriting, audio engineering, photography, and media editing services amongst others. 

– It has a 26 feet vocal booth that produces non-reflective sounds, removes external noise, and will comfortably contain three people.

Brave and Fortune Recording Studios

– Their 170-square-foot recording room has hosted performers that the Pacific Northwest could throw at them: bands, vocalists, electronic musicians, drummers, string quartets, harp players, poets … {deep breath}, everyone.

– They have an in-house audio repair specialist, engineer Feyton Brown, who has the skills to repair poorly recorded audio. Feyton has an arsenal of tools that have been used on movie sets to restore damaged audio.

– Social media marketing is another staple at the studio. You can subscribe to any one of their plans -bronze, gold, annihilator, and diamond.

Base Rate for Audio Services

Recording Session$60.00 Per Hour 
Mix and Mastering: $135.00 For mix and master bundle.

Video Editing & Photography Rates

Studio Photography$75
Commercial Photography$125
Video Editing$60.00Per Hour
Videography$600Half-day Shoot (4 hrs)
Videography$1,200Full-day Shoot (8 hrs)
In-Studio Video Recording$150.00Session Rate
Live Event / Field Video Recording$250.00One angle
Live Event / Field Video Recording$375.00 Two angles
Live Event / Field Video Recording$500.00Three angles

Website:

https://braveandfortune.com/

Email:

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Phone Number:

(503) 734-7385

Location:

4810 SW Western Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005

Track Town Records

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– Track Town is a studio that offers services in areas like music recordings, rehearsals, musician guid gatherings, performances, and they even allow musicians to use their mobile stage-in-a-box.

– Located in the Willamette Valley of Portland, Oregon, they have many isolation rooms to choose from, and a 700 square foot main room complemented by a 16-foot ceiling. The stuff of giants.

– The amount you’ll be paying to use their space varies on what you plan to use it for and the personnel that will be required. You can also book an appointment to tour the studio before putting your money where your mouth is. 

– All their engineers work independently, so make sure to send them a booking inquiry so they can give you relevant information regarding that. 

– The booking inquiry process is pretty straightforward, nothing complicated. All you just have to submit is your name, email, subject line, and your message. 

Studio Rates & Booking

$40Singletrack recording
$40-$60Multitrack recordings/bands
$20Space rental
Stage-in-abox
$300Per day
$500Per weekend

Website:

https://tracktownrecords.com/

Email:

[email protected]

Location:

870 W 2nd Ave Unit A, Eugene, OR 97402

Tips For Choosing The Right Studio

There are many different types of music studios, and the one you choose will depend on your needs and budget. Here are some tips for choosing the right studio:

  • First, decide what type of music you want to record. Music studios specialize in different genres, so you'll need to find one that specializes in the type of music you're recording.
  • Second, consider your budget. Music studios can range in price, so you'll need to find one that fits within your budget.
  • Third, think about the location. Music studios are usually located in cities, so you'll need to find one that's convenient for you to get to.
  • Fourth, ask for recommendations. If you know someone who's recorded music before, ask them for recommendations on which studio to use.
  • Finally, take a tour of the studio. Once you've narrowed down your options, schedule a tour of the studio so you can see if it's a good fit for you.

Don't Forget Your Recording Session Essentials…

1. Game Plan

game plan

You should go in there with a plan of what you want to achieve. This will make it easier on both you and the engineer, and will help keep things moving along.

2. External Hard Drive

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Get yourself an external hard drive. This way, you can take your sessions home with you and have a backup in case something goes wrong.

3. Powerbank

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You never know when you're going to need a power bank. It's always better to be safe than sorry!

4. Snacks and drinks

snacks

Stay hydrated and fueled up so you can perform at your best.

If you are a musician in Oregon, you are in luck! As the state is FULL of amazing recording studios near you in Oregon, wherever you are. If you are studio hopping or visiting the state from out of town, then you may find these other posts about top studios useful!

Check them out:
Top 7 Best Recording Studios in Portland, Oregon
Top 7 Best Recording Studios in Eugene, OR

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