Midtown Studios Nashville

Midtown Studios Nashville

Home for 25 years!

The studio began as a way to do demos for Warner/Chappell Publishing. My partners, when we started, were Monte Powell, Van Stevenson, Dave Robbins, and Tim Dubois (not a bad gang to hang with!). This little group connected me directly to “Restless Heart”, “Diamond Rio”. “Blackhawk”, :Exile”, Arista Records and most of the success I would have for another 30 years!

It also enabled me to pioneer many recording technologies such as digital hard disc recording, digital mixing, microphone design, and audio software. The list of albums recorded, not only by me, but by others at MTV include: Diamond Rio, Blackhawk, Keith Urban, ZZ Top, Exile, Michelle Wright, Alabama, Steve Warner, Vince Gill, The Delevantes, Hank Williams Jr., Leann Rimes, Shania Twain, Faith Hill,  Aerosmith, Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Leroy Parnell, Trace Adkins, Whiteheart, Pam Tillis and on and on!

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North Dakota’s Newest Grammy Winner

North Dakota’s Newest Grammy Winner

By news@grandforksherald.com 

Successful Nashville music producer and engineer Mike Clute has always been proud of his Tolna, N.D., roots. But since Feb. 13, he can claim to be part of a much more exclusive list: North Dakotans who have won Grammy awards.

Clute’s Grammy was for his role as producer and engineer for Diamond Rio’s “The Reason,” which was named Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album. That makes Clute part of a Grammy-award winning group from North Dakota that includes the late, great songstress Peggy Lee; blues artist Jonny Lang; and Greg Nelson, another Nashville producer who was born in Bismarck.

A month after claiming the golden gramophone statuette, Clute was thrilled, amused, philosophical and looking to the future during a telephone interview from his home in Nashville.

“Winning a Grammy is a nice ego boost and everything like that. But like any recognition you receive, you kind of think, ‘Am I done now?’ It’s kind of like what do you do when you’re the ex-president,” Clute said, laughing. “What do you do next? I guess the thing is to get another one now.” Continue reading

PRODUCTION

PRODUCTION

Major or Independent Artists. All connections and advantages awarded a Successful Veteran Producer are used to further the Artist’s Career. Songwriting, Song choice, Performance, Appearance, and Direction are all included. The belief is that All aspects of the Artists capabilities effect Creativity and future Success of any project. All logistics are handled including, Musicians, Studios, Charts, Mixing, and Mastering. Also all materials and archiving is included. Rate and Point structure is negotiable. Unsigned Artist pitch projects are billed per side and per day for Engineering.

ENGINEERING

ENGINEERING

The job of a Recording Engineer is not only to record audio, but to Edit and Mix it in such a way as to make the Audio sound the best it possibly can. During a Session, listen to audio from both a Musical and a Technical perspective, looking for ways to adjust the Equipment, recording Levels and the Performance of the Artist in such a way that the recorded Product sounds as intended. All Engineering is billed at a Day-rate and includes Transportation and Housing (if not local).

NEW ARTIST CONSULTATION

NEW ARTIST CONSULTATION

This includes Critical listening and review of prior Recordings, Videos, Live Performance, and any other material that the Artist feels represents them best. Recommendations to improve Performance, Song choice, Creativity, Writing, Appearance, and how to best attain their Goals, are given. The service is billed at a flat-rate and includes at least Two 3 hour meetings and Private listening and Critique time.

CAREER GUIDANCE

CAREER GUIDANCE

Much the same process as New Artist Consultation but for others desiring a Career in Music. Includes Critical listening and review of Recordings, Videos, live Performance, and any other material that represents them best. Recommendations to improve Performance, Creativity, Writing, and how to best attain their Goals, are given. The service is billed at a flat-rate and includes at least two 3 hour Meetings and Private listening and Critique time.

LIVE SOUND

LIVE SOUND

Mixing FOH for Concerts, Tours, or special Showcase Events is available. Experience mixing live shows around the World, ranging from world-wide TV Broadcast Productions, to 80,000 seat Festivals. Live mixing rates are billed per day and include all transportation and housing costs.

SYSTEM DESIGN AND CORPORATE CONSULTATION

SYSTEM DESIGN AND CORPORATE CONSULTATION

To help create better Products, critical Listening and Review, or creation of Solution for audio Needs or Problems. Years of studio Experience and a EEE background enable a powerful Perspective for Developing answers for many situations. Compensation is negotiable for each situation.

Discography – major label

Discography – major label

1985, Undivided, First Call, Engineer,
1986, Big Picture, Michael W. Smith,  Engineer,
1987, First Hand, Steven Curtis Chapman,  Engineer,
1988, Fine Line, Wayne Watson, Engineer,
1989, Circle Back Home, Tom Kimmel, Engineer,
1989, Fast Movin’ Train, Restless Heart, Engineer,
1989, I 2 Eye, Michael W. Smith,  Engineer,
1990, Michelle Wright, Michelle Wright, Engineer, Mixing,
1990, New Kind of Love, Michelle Wright, Engineer, Mixing,
1990, Still Standing, Exile, Engineer,
1991, Best of Restless Heart, Restless Heart, Engineer,
1991, Chasin’ the Sun, Lionel Cartwright, Engineer,
1991, Diamond Rio, Diamond Rio, Engineer, Mixing,
1991, I Am Ready, Steve Wariner, Engineer,
1991, Justice, Exile, Engineer,
1991, Over & Over, Margaret Bell, Engineer,
1992, Close to the Edge, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer,
1992, Everywhere, Greg Trooper with the Flatirons, Engineer,
1992, Now & Then, Michelle Wright, Engineer, Mixing,
1992, Same Girl, Twila Paris, Engineer,
1993, Down the Road, Larry Stewart, Engineer,
1993, Dude Mowrey, Dude Mowrey, Producer, Engineer,
1993, True Believer, Ronnie Milsap, Engineer, Mixing,
1994, Blackhawk, BlackHawk, Producer, Engineer,
1994, Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer,
1994, Keith Whitley: Tribute, Various Artists, Engineer, Mixing,
1994, Love a Little Stronger, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer,
1994, Mama’s Hungry Eyes: Tribute to Merle Haggard, Various Artists, Engineer, Mixing,
1994, Take Me As I Am, Faith Hill, Producer, Engineer,
1995, Brett James, Brett James, Producer, Engineer,
1995, Long About That Time, Delevantes, Producer, Engineer,
1995, Strong Enough, BlackHawk, Producer, Engineer,
1996, Alive, Curnutte & Maher, Producer, Engineer,
1996, Another Man’s Sky, Royal Wade Kimes, Producer, Engineer,
1996, Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer,
1996, IV, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes,
1996, Star of Wonder: Country Christmas Collection, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer,
1996, What I Do the Best, John Michael Montgomery, Mixing,
1997, Greatest Hits, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer,
1997, Love & Gravity, BlackHawk, Percussion, Producer, Engineer,
1997, Peace in the Valley, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer,
1997, Postcards From Along the Way, Delevantes, Producer, Engineer,
1997, Reasons Why, Michelle Wright, Producer, Engineer,
1997, Shelly Streeter, Shelly Streeter, Mixing,
1997, Stone Country: Country , Various Artists, Producer, Engineer,
1997, There’s More Where That Came From, The Great Plains, Producer, Engineer,
1998, Fearless, Karen Staley, Producer, Engineer,
1998, Greatest Hits, Restless Heart, Engineer,
1998, Lackey, Lackey, Producer, Engineer,
1998, Unbelievable, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer
1999, Everywhere, Greg Trooper with the Flatirons, Engineer,
1999, Happy Texas, Original Soundtrack, Producer, Engineer,
1999, Super Hits, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer,
1999, Superstar Country Hits, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer,
2000, Enjoy the Ride, Marshall Dyllon, Producer, Engineer,
2000, From Out of the Blue, The Sky Kings, Producer, Engineer,
2000, Greatest Hits, BlackHawk, Percussion, Producer, Engineer,
2000, Greatest Hits, Michelle Wright, Engineer, Mixing,
2000, Rockin’ Country Party Pack, Confederate Railroad, Mixing,
2000, Ultimate Country Party, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer,
2001, Crackerjack, Curnutte & Maher, Producer, Engineer
2001, Dream Large, South 65, Engineer,
2001, One More Day, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer,
2002, Completely, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer,
2002, Mindy McCready, Mindy McCready, Producer, Engineer,
2002, Pictures, John Michael Montgomery, Mixing,
2002, Running Horse, Poco, Producer, Engineer,
2002, Spirit Dancer, BlackHawk, Producer, Engineer,
2002, Totally Country, Various Artists, Producer,
2003, Mr. Snowman, John Michael Montgomery, Mixing,
2003, Stained Glass Window, Mila Mason, Producer, Engineer,
2003, Totally Country, Vol. 3, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer,
2003, Very Best of, John Michael Montgomery, Mixing,
2004, Platinum & Gold Collection, BlackHawk, Producer, Engineer,
2004, Set List, Duane Steele, Producer, Engineer,
2006, Greatest Hits II, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer,
2006, Smells Like Texas, Brandon Kinney, Producer, Engineer,
2006, Gold, Poco, Producer
2007, 16 Biggest Hits, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer
2007, The Star Still Shines, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer
2007, Life’s a Dance, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer
2007, Mary, Did You Know?, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer
2007, Super Hits, Blackhawk, Producer, Engineer
2008, Be Yourself, Melinda Schneider, Producer, Engineer
2008, Celebration in Song, Olivia Newton-John and Friends, Producer, Engineer
2008, Disney Adventures in Country, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer
2008, I Will Always Love You, Various Artists, Producer, Engineer
2008, Smells Like Texas, Brandon Kinney, Producer, Engineer
2009, The Reason, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer
2014, LIVE, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer
2015, I Made It, Diamond Rio, Producer, Engineer

HPUMC Dallas TX

HPUMC Dallas TX

Highland Park Methodist Church at SMU in Dallas.  2014-hpumc-campus

The fourth largest Methodist church in the US with about 5,000 in attendance weekly. The whole facility has 5 different Worship centers in the main Campus and two more Satellite campuses off site. It’s really an Amazing church and a Whole lot more! Day school for children, great Special-Needs department, a Wonderful outreach program including a “Carpenters for Christ” mission which has already completed Over 300 homes, and a huge music department filled with staff from Traditional, Youth, and Contemporary styles. Rev. Paul Rasmussen leads the congregation and is an inspirational motivator.

I am part of the Contemporary service called “Cornerstone” . It’s an incredible place with great folks in the Tech area, and “Rock Star” pastors. It is a Great facility with Yamaha CL5 at FOH and Nuage in the broadcast studio. Five camera Production of the service with a “state of the art” Video production Studio, and not to be forgotten, Lighting system, featuring GrandMa2 console with 3 projector EP system. The system’s Lab Gruppen amplifiers are fed from BSS London Blue with Dante cards, for a L/R hang of Clair Brothers i208 line array boxes and five of their dual 18 boxes.

It’s a great place to be for both the mind and body! The future is vast in terms of online content and production of live music and worship of all forms.