Nick Diener has been recording bands since 2002 when he first acquired an 8-track recorder and some mics. Through years of basement demos, touring in his band The Swellers, and eventually recording in some of the country's top studios, he learned skills that can't be taught at any school. With a natural knack for song arrangements, melodies, harmonies, and keeping things in time and in tune, music production became second nature and an obvious career choice. Growing into his new home studio space and having recorded dozens and dozens of bands from around the continent, the goal remains clear: offering incredible, commercial-quality recordings to artists at an affordable price. A good recording is the best foot in the door and was probably a huge part in Nick's band signing to a major label.
Nick's lower level of his home in Saginaw, Michigan has been converted into a professional recording studio with both a comfy hang-out space/control room and a newly constructed, acoustic-treated live room with hardwood floors that sounds great for drums, vocals, acoustic instruments and more. Show posters, weird lamps, random toys, and an impressive guitar rack keep artists inspired and entertained.
In addition to just recording bands, Nick offers pre-production, which is a great resource for anyone who wants that extra ear to help "cut the fat" on their songs and get the greatest possible arrangement. It's amazing how sometimes the smallest tweaks can turn a throw-away song into the best track on the record. Lyrics, melodies, drum parts, and transitions are just a few of the things that are analyzed. This can be done in person at the studio, or even long distance via e-mail and phone.
The digital age is full of sterile sounds and fake sounding instruments, but Nick likes to keep an element of "old school" in his recordings. He lets drummers actually play their drums and makes sure that microphones are doing their job to be create that awesome warmness or over the top high-end. Time is taken to get the best performances out of every musician, because if it sounds bad going in, it won't sound much better coming out. A record can come out as raw or as polished as the musician wants.
The studio is in close proximity to several nice, secure, priceline-able hotels as well as a mall, restaurants, cinemas, etc.
Record A Song
A song recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered, ready to be released. Everything included.
Producer By The Day
A full 10 hour day working with this producer.
Mix A Song
Get your song mixed including three rounds of giving your input for revisions.
|YEAR||ARTIST||RECORD TITLE||RECORD LABEL||CREDIT|
|2015||Forest Green||EP||P / E|
|2015||Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio)||Split||Pee Records||M|
|2015||Dan Cribb||Split||Pee Records||M / W|
|2015||Dan Cribb and The Isolated||As We Drift Apart||Pee Records||P / E / W|
|2015||Lights Over Bridgeport||TBA||P / E|
|2015||Fire At The Marquee||TBA||P / M / E / MA|
|2014||We Were Kids||Somewhere Back Home||P / E|
|2013||The Swellers||The Light Under Closed Doors||No Sleep||P / W|
|2013||Lights Over Bridgeport||Prayers and Eulogies||P / E|
|2012||The Swellers||Vehicle City Blues 7"||Side One Dummy||W|
|2012||We Are The Union||Youn Can't Hide The Sun||Paper and Plastick||P / E|
|2012||The Swellers||Running Out Of Places To Go||No Sleep||P / E / W|
|2011||The Swellers||Good For Me||Fueled By Ramen||W|
|2009||The Swellers||Ups and Downsizing||Fueled By Ramen||W|
|2007||The Swellers||My Everest||Search and Rescue||W|