Raytown Productions

Raytown Productions Transform Your Songs Into an Immersive and 3-D Soundscape, While Retaining Focus, Presence And Impact.
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Raytown Productions is a mixing, mastering and production studio in Alexandria, VA operated by Bobby Balow. Services include recording, mixing, mastering, and production of your music. Building significant momentum on the east coast, Bobby has been composing and performing music for over 15 years and understands the needs of a recording musician. Bobby connects with artists to ensure the vision of each song has been captured and brought to life. Bobby produces music ranging from dub, hip hop, and indie to rock, death metal, and even reggae, allowing him to work with many diverse musicians. A project is never too abstract! If you have an idea, it can reach its greatest potential at Raytown Productions. With low prices and great results, a professional demo or full length album will be created and stand apart from the scene. Let your ears be the judge: listen to some of our audio samples now! Raytown Productions offers free revisions for the first 10 days upon receipt of your first mix check, ensuring you will receive a professionally polished product that you are completely happy with!

Mission: Raytown Productions provides online mixing, mastering and production services to transform your songs into immersive and 3-D soundscapes, while retaining focus, presence and impact.You focus on creating, we focus on mixing. Get more music out to your fans sooner with our fast and pro mixing and mastering services.

11/23/2019
Behind the Scenes with Our Cadence

Behind the scenes music writing session with Our Cadence. That Taylor Guitars acoustic sounds so killer! Don't know about that accordion though ... 🤣

So much talent in one picture! Just finished dinner with such an incredible group of #producers on the last night of the...
11/13/2019

So much talent in one picture! Just finished dinner with such an incredible group of #producers on the last night of the #urmsummit2019. I can't wait to see what this group will accomplish in the next year. Cheers to all of you!

Learning from the one and only @kalajianofdoom from @rogueplanetmastering. Dropped some knowledge bombs today that will ...
11/11/2019

Learning from the one and only @kalajianofdoom from @rogueplanetmastering. Dropped some knowledge bombs today that will be life-changing for my workflow! #urmsummit2019 #mastering #masteringengineer #audioeducation #lifelonglearner #hustlehard — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2Kb5fuH

Kicking it with the talented @rywol in #vegas for the #urmsummit2019 recording engineering and producing #music conferen...
11/10/2019

Kicking it with the talented @rywol in #vegas for the #urmsummit2019 recording engineering and producing #music conference. Feels good to reunite and catch up! — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/34XlDaj

Had lunch with the one and only 🤘 Glenn Fricker 🤘 @spectremediagroup #producer #metal #musiciansofinstagram — view on In...
11/09/2019

Had lunch with the one and only 🤘 Glenn Fricker 🤘 @spectremediagroup #producer #metal #musiciansofinstagram — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/33xN4XT

The suit wouldn't fit in the personal item (#spiritairlinesproblems), so hopefully this will work! #urmsummit2019 #urmmo...
11/08/2019

The suit wouldn't fit in the personal item (#spiritairlinesproblems), so hopefully this will work! #urmsummit2019 #urmmostmetalshirt — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2X4tgZP

Less than 24 hours before I head to the #URMSummit2019 where hundreds of other #producers from around the world hang out...
11/07/2019

Less than 24 hours before I head to the #URMSummit2019 where hundreds of other #producers from around the world hang out for 5 days with workshops, meet and greets, talks, and demonstrations (oh yeah, and lots of 🍻)! I've met so many incredible recording engineers here the last 2 years and can't wait for what this year brings.
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So to get to my point... there is a tradition of lookin' fancy the first night. Should I go all out with a bow tie?!?

#musicproducer #entrepreneur #lifelonglearning #audioengineer #NTM #URM

I think I'm most happy when making #music. #audioengineer #drums #recordingstudio
11/03/2019

I think I'm most happy when making #music.

#audioengineer #drums #recordingstudio

Giving away all my vocal editing 🎤 and tuning (pitch correcting) secrets for rock and pop punk music in this video! Let ...
11/02/2019

Giving away all my vocal editing 🎤 and tuning (pitch correcting) secrets for rock and pop punk music in this video! Let me know what you learn in the comments!

https://youtu.be/rVzSBFHz59U

Enjoy 🤘

#tutorial #musicproduction #howto #rock #autotune

Happy Halloween 🎃 Music themed this year! Who am I? #bluemangroup #drums #drummer #happyhalloween
11/01/2019

Happy Halloween 🎃 Music themed this year! Who am I? #bluemangroup #drums #drummer #happyhalloween

I thought we were screwed about 5 min before this pic was taken... Back in January, I was sent to Austin Texas to engine...
10/31/2019

I thought we were screwed about 5 min before this pic was taken...

Back in January, I was sent to Austin Texas to engineer and record a band called Our Cadence. This was a once in a lifetime experience. We rented a bunch of gear and converted a mansion into a studio for a week.

Last week, the band came to DC to put the finishing touches on the album. There was one vocal phrase that just didn't have the right feeling. But the tracking was finished, and we didn't have the mics we used to record vocals because they were rare Neumann mics.

Thank God we thought to use the Slate Digital Virtual Mic system and we were able to recreate the same sound and vibe that we captured in Texas, but this time in the studio. Thank you Steven Slate, you saved the album 🤘 #audioengineer #vocals #studiolife

[SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC]Been almost a year in the making, and for GOOD REASON. You better check this banger of an EP when i...
10/25/2019
Dear Spring

[SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC]

Been almost a year in the making, and for GOOD REASON. You better check this banger of an EP when it drops on NOVEMBER 26th! So honored to be trusted to mix and master this masterpiece. 🤘🤘

Our EP "Nature Meets Nurture" arrives on Tuesday, November 26th just before Thanksgiving. We hope you're as excited as we are.

Click the link to pre-save on Spotify and get notified the moment the songs go live. We love you all.

10/24/2019
How we saved this song by Our Cadence

How we saved this song.

When we tracked this guitar, there was so much tube sag from slamming the amp, that it would swell in then out and ruined this really important part of the song. We couldn't get anything to work right, and tried compressors, limiters, envelope shapers, and even automating this section by hand. That still didn't do the trick. But for whatever reason, this random vocal plugin by Waves Audio saved the day.

Album coming out soon. You are not ready 🤘

The boyz are back in town! Finalizing that new @ourcadence album! #newmusic #newmusicalert — view on Instagram https://i...
10/18/2019

The boyz are back in town! Finalizing that new @ourcadence album! #newmusic #newmusicalert — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2Bkx8eT

This is what happens when you pursue your passion no matter what the obstacles. So proud of you JT Roach . I can tell yo...
09/21/2019

This is what happens when you pursue your passion no matter what the obstacles. So proud of you JT Roach . I can tell you first hand, that you are an #inspiration to many (including myself) and proof that it is possible to make your dreams come true. Cheers to you and I look forward to watching you rise to the top! #makingmoves #songland #onerepublic

24/7 got music on my mind! #hiphop #producerlife #studiolife #producer
09/19/2019

24/7 got music on my mind! #hiphop #producerlife #studiolife #producer

09/14/2019
Becoming Bristol

New single dropped today by Becoming Bristol! Gotta check this one out, sooooo catchy!
Mastered by yours truly here at Raytown Productions!

Friends and family - we are incredibly proud to introduce our newest single “Premonition”.

We’ve put in hundreds of hours into this one - Long nights in Britt’s shed “studio”, mixing on Tyler’s monitors, building our own music video set, trying to get the lighting on manny just right, covering Jack in red chalk..

We hope you folks enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Check out the music video and listen on Spotify/Apple/Amazon
here —> https://ampl.ink/goK3w

Big thanks to Colton Brown for directing the music video! He’s a killer videographer, cunning photographer, and all around great guy.

09/12/2019

Time for another round of "where is that guitar honk" feat. Dear Spring🎸😂
New single coming soon 😎

Making shelves that that look like acoustic  panels for the #studio.#DIY
09/06/2019

Making shelves that that look like acoustic panels for the #studio.
#DIY

The crew will be getting back together in November at the #URMSummit2019! Can't wait to kick it with my boys again. #sta...
08/02/2019

The crew will be getting back together in November at the #URMSummit2019! Can't wait to kick it with my boys again. #stayclassy #nosmalltime #producers

07/29/2019

Sound on. Listen to this masterpiece. Vocal production perfection. So proud to be chosen to produce and mix this album. #comingsoon #newmusic

07/28/2019

🎤[Rap Vocal Chain] 🎤
How do these vocals sound?

Soundtoys adds so much vibe and Soothe by Oeksound makes those bright vocals sit just right 😍

#rapvocalchain #crispyvocals

Where my hip hop #producers at?🤣
07/27/2019

Where my hip hop #producers at?🤣

Reppin my team so hard right now. #ateam #urm #nosmalltime #ntm #nailthemix #summit2017
07/27/2019

Reppin my team so hard right now. #ateam #urm #nosmalltime #ntm #nailthemix #summit2017

[Did you know we have a Blog?]Learn all our #mixing and #recording secrets for FREE. https://www.raytownproductions.com/...
07/20/2019

[Did you know we have a Blog?]

Learn all our #mixing and #recording secrets for FREE.

https://www.raytownproductions.com/blog/

Includes vocal chain presets, dialing in compressors, room treatment on a budget, our producer cheat sheets, and more! Seriously worth a quick look.

Be jealous🎹... Because I am 😂 My buddy scored a vintage #Rhodes Mark V in like new condition from the mid 80s the other ...
07/18/2019

Be jealous🎹... Because I am 😂 My buddy scored a vintage #Rhodes Mark V in like new condition from the mid 80s the other day. Some people have all the luck 🍀 Can't wait to record with it! — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2XKiMSK

🤬 PSA to Music Producers/Engineers Don't forget to back up your data! Even better, pay for a service to do it for you li...
07/14/2019

🤬 PSA to Music Producers/Engineers

Don't forget to back up your data! Even better, pay for a service to do it for you like Backblaze. It WILL crash when you need it the most. That is all. Happy music making!

#studiolife #producerlife #makingmusic

07/13/2019

[🤘New Music🤘]

Feels good to work on something really heavy again! Shout out to my boys in The Martyr Complex for their sick music video that dropped today from their debut album Construct. Show them some love by seeing them on tour, follow their FB and IG, and give their video a like on YouTube! Gotta give props to Nick Weston of SugarSkull Studios for engineering, recording, and co-production! Raytown Productions mixed, mastered, and co-produced this brutal monstrosity. Video shot and directed by Sergio Espino.

Enjoy 🤘

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Full Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA9NxwnsTYM

[THE AUTOTUNE TRAP]***Link Updated***What if you DON'T want your vocals to sound autotuned, but still perfect? Learn thi...
07/12/2019
Vocal Tuning Trick Using Cubase 9.5 [Clean & Transparent Vocals]

[THE AUTOTUNE TRAP]
***Link Updated***

What if you DON'T want your vocals to sound autotuned, but still perfect? Learn this important trick to hide all the evidence of pitch correction in our blog below!

Vocal Tuning Trick [Clean and Transparent]Posted by Bobby Balow | Feb 1, 2019 | Tutorials | 0 | How to pitch vocals cleanly without having a noticeable “Autotune” sound.Modern music production requires artists to perfectly tune their vocals. The issue is, pitch correcting vocals can take away fr...

The time has come for a long overdue #upgrade 💯 No more limitations for my #audio productions. Welcome to the family #AM...
07/09/2019

The time has come for a long overdue #upgrade 💯 No more limitations for my #audio productions. Welcome to the family #AMD #Ryzen #3900x 🔥🔥

07/07/2019

I just mixed a song and felt like I watched a movie.
This album is incredible.

[Virtual Mixing Session] What an incredible time we live in! We are on opposite sides of the country, but it feels like ...
07/04/2019

[Virtual Mixing Session] What an incredible time we live in! We are on opposite sides of the country, but it feels like @ourcadence are sitting right next to me while I #mix their new #album. — view on Instagram https://ift.tt/2KYS3Li

[Tuning The Studio]🎙️ These are stackable super chunk bass traps. They fit in the corners of the #studio and get filled ...
07/02/2019

[Tuning The Studio]🎙️ These are stackable super chunk bass traps. They fit in the corners of the #studio and get filled with dense insulation to tighten up the low end, making your track sound HUGE 💥💥💥 Shout out to Jon Tate for the plans! Did all the hard work for me 😂

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Let the #hustle begin. — view on Instagram http://bit.ly/2Km0e3Z
06/15/2019

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Let the #hustle begin. — view on Instagram http://bit.ly/2Km0e3Z

🎙️Editing #vocals for a band and needed clarification on when the vocalist should come in for the chorus. The band respo...
06/11/2019

🎙️Editing #vocals for a band and needed clarification on when the vocalist should come in for the chorus. The band responds with this.🏆🎼

If you are in a band, do whatever you can to make the mixing engineers job as easy as possible. The effort you put in ahead of time will be reflected in your final mixes, I promise!

That face when you open a session to edit and there are 53 layers of #vocal tracks. I need to start charging hourly 😂
06/08/2019

That face when you open a session to edit and there are 53 layers of #vocal tracks. I need to start charging hourly 😂

Coffee ✔️Looks like I'll have a productive month. Just got hooked up by Vigilante Coffee Co. A "normal" sized #coffee ba...
06/04/2019

Coffee ✔️

Looks like I'll have a productive month. Just got hooked up by Vigilante Coffee Co. A "normal" sized #coffee bag is on left for scale.

LET'S MAKE SOME MUSIC BABY!

Canada ain't so bad after all... Ran into this guy going through customs. Thanks for all you do @garyvee ! You are such ...
05/31/2019

Canada ain't so bad after all... Ran into this guy going through customs. Thanks for all you do @garyvee ! You are such an #inspiration. #entrepreneur #crushingit #motivation — view on Instagram http://bit.ly/2QBT7Vm

Just bought one of the best purchases for my #studio.It's a digital timer ⏲️ I know, I know, you were probably hoping fo...
05/29/2019

Just bought one of the best purchases for my #studio.

It's a digital timer ⏲️ I know, I know, you were probably hoping for some top secret #plugin or analog #compressor something and I just let you down. While these things are great and can make our job as a #producer or #mixingengineer easier, staying on task and on schedule is so important.

I set this for 1 hour when #mixingmusic to remind myself to take a break, rest my ears, and reevaluate where I can most effictively spend my time for the next hour. All too often, we as #musicians get caught up in a moment and distracted from what really matters. Before we know it, it's 3 AM and the song is still unfinished.

Sound familiar?

In a perfect world where time is limitless, a timer might be unnecessary. But we don't live in a perfect world, so time is everything! Especially when we have #music to write, songs to produce, bills to pay, and loved ones to be with.

Stop wasting time. Stay efficient and focused. Keep #CrushingIt. Cheers 🍻

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3507 Bunker Hill Rd.
Mount Rainier, MD
20712

General information

***Multi-track Editing and Mixing*** Raytown Productions has the capability to mix and master virtually any number of audio tracks with award winning analog gear and plugins. We also have the capability to remotely record from any location in the world. All you need is a microphone and an internet connection. Feel free to contact us if interested! ***Mastering*** Mastering is a crucial final step in the CD creation process. We offer competitive mastering services in our acoustically treated mixing and mastering suite making your music more impactful and “ready for the radio” without compromising its sonic integrity. We also focus on balancing the audio spectrum and establishing a clear stereo image to make your music immersive and 3-D. Contact us for a free consultation. ***Production Services*** Creative additions to your songs will help separate your band from the crowd. Pitch correction, harmony generation and alignment, restructuring, and rearrangements are at the heart of Raytown Productions. Poorly recorded drum tracks can be enhanced by blending or replacing with one or more of our drum samples from our vast library of drum sounds for all genres taking your music to the top of the charts. We offer reamping services to help make your bass or guitar DI tracks more powerful and thick. Bobby works with you to push your musical abilities to their limit. Having an outside ear to listen and offer suggestions about your music adds invaluable insight in the creative process and maintains a coherent vision for all the musicians. We also have tools to add harmonies, strings sections, pianos, bass drops, samples, live guitar, bass and drums, etc. We do it all: your imagination is the limit! Services Include: Transparent pitch correction, "Auto-Tune" effect, and harmony/melody generation Sample replacement of acoustic drums (snare, toms, kick) Timing realignment for perfect background vocals, doubles, drum tempo smoothing, etc. Programming or sequencing life-like drums spanning all styles of music Reamp services for electric and bass guitars (DI Track Required) Midi scoring and orchestration Track rearrangement and restructuring Swear or curse removal for radio play

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