Women-Owned and Led Studios, Sound Companies, and Services
Five Thirteen Studios Phoenix, AZ
CATHERINE VERICOLLI: Owner, engineer, manager, and the one who will most likely talk to you about scheduling, rates, and whatever other questions you may have about booking a project at Fivethirteen. Catherine has headed all console installations and outboard wiring since the studio’s first console and 2″ machine in 2006, and is more or less an analog purist. She also co-edits pinknoisemag.com and teaches a few classes at The Conservatory Of Recording Arts and Sciences in her spare time, if you believe in things like ‘spare time.’
Thomas Henry Reid Music Foundation, Inc. – Tasmania
(THRMF) is a non-profit professional mixing, recording and mastering studio for females. THRMF aim is to address the gender imbalance in the field of sound engineering by empowering, building confidence, encouraging and supporting musically professional females in the art of sound engineering; by addressing a range of barriers girls and women experience in the audio industry. Through nurturing the female artist talents to allow them to be empowered in the production of their own and others’ music.
imaginit music – Toronto
Canadian owned and operated company that believes music creation, production and performance contribute to the well-being of all. The epicenter is a coach house studio in Toronto, Canada – a unique environment for writing, recording, rehearsing and studying music from around the world. Founder/Director Lisa Patterson custom designs on-site studio services to meet individual needs of artists, songwriters and performers, as well as off-site curation and moderation for music industry organizations. imaginit music is committed to humanitarian work through it’s initiative ‘The Citizen Suitcase Arts for Refugees’.
Boom Box Post – Burbank, CA
A boutique post-production sound studio founded on a passion for design. Co-Owned by Kate Finan and Jeff Shiffman We are just as comfortable designing laser sound effects with the newest iPad synthesizer app as we are setting up a vintage microphone to custom-record a new monster vocal. Our sonic toolbox is deep, and with a culture founded on company-wide creativity and direct designer-to-client interaction, we have the ability to aggressively meet every project’s needs with speed, passion, and technical ease.
SOUND EFFECTS DESIGN & EDITORIAL
RADIO PLAY EDITORIAL
FULL-SERVICE DIGITAL CONTENT PACKAGES
Planetwood Studios – Los Angeles
CATHARINE WOOD, Owner/Producer at Planetwood Productions, LLC holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art from Colorado College. Planetwood Studios offers services for music recording, music, mixing, and mastering, custom composition, audio post mixing, and more.
Amaculent – Los Angeles
Owner and Operator Ali McGuire is a producer, recording and mix engineer. Ali offers services for Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Vocal Editing, and Production.
Deane Creative – Los Angeles
Shannon Deane is a Los Angeles-based audio engineer, specializing in sound design/editing/mixing for film, TV, web content and more. Originally from Austin, TX, she attended The University of Texas, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film with a concentration in Audio Production. More than 15 years experience in audio post production, and 20 years experience in music performance, recording and composition.
Noctvrnal Los Angeles.
Co-founders Helena McGill and Anna Wozniewicz are visual storytellers with a background in sound design for narrative film. After noticing a lack of female entrepreneurs in audio production, the duo decided to launch Noctvrnal in January 2017 and have since expanded into the XR and immersive tech space.
Noctvrnal is bringing immersive sound design to the forefront of virtual and augmented reality by pushing the boundaries of current techniques to create a more visceral experience. The team is passionate about creating new worlds through sound, and their work has been featured at MIT, USC, and VRLA.
Neato Mastering – Oakland, CA
Piper Payne is the owner and chief engineer of Neato Mastering. Piper has mastered music for many artists, including Madame Gandhi, Geographer, Kat Robichaud, ANML, Elletrodomestico (Jane Wiedlin/Go-Go’s), Sioux City Kid, Battlehooch, Psychic Twin, Mars Today, Fritz Montana, Tumbleweed Wanderers, The She’s, Pine & Battery, Beautiful Machines, Headlander (video game), Emily Afton, Alexis Harte, Deer Park Avenue, Abbot Kinney, American Lions, Alta View, Bed., Travis Hayes, Vela Eyes, Higuera, Hundredth, New Diplomat, Brendan McCreary, Crashing Hotels, Eagle Wolf Snake, Moetar, Bad Form, Gardens, The Boys After, Sabertooth Zombie, Makeunder, MC Rai, Gay Paris, Real Numbers, Shawna Virago.
4th Street Recording celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014, it also celebrates a newly installed vintage API console, and its 12th RIAA Gold/Platinum award with The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather.” Ownd and Operated by Kathleen Wirt.
4th Street Recording feels like a cozy home in a friendly little beach town, but offers all the big city benefits of Santa Monica’s Bayside District, simply put, 4th Street Recording is a good place to stay for a long time. And, as the staff will advise, “If you don’t take a walk down to the ocean at sunset, you’re not using the full facility. SoundGirls Members receive a discount. Check Member Benefits for details.
Women’s Audio Mission – San Francisco
The studio has a vast collection of amazing audio gear and microphones and has previously hosted projects by Alanis Morrissette, R.E.M., Timbaland, and Radiohead. WAM’s unique studio is home to a rigorous internship and training environment that cultivates women recording engineers and producers and provides a low-cost, high-quality recording environment for independent artists.
Cat Alley Studios – Las Vegas
Cat Alley Studios is a specialized facility for sound recording, mixing, and audio production of instrumental and vocal music.
Co-Ownded by Maya Sprouse Ferreira is the co-owner and co-founder of the Las Vegas based studio, Cat Alley Studios. Maya has worked in various areas of the music and entertainment industry from PR to symphonic conducting. With a BA from Paul McCartney’s school in Liverpool, and a MM from Berklee College of Music, after initially starting a DMA degree in conducting, Maya’s path changed focus and turned instead to where their passion truly lies: music technology.
23db Productions – New York
Fela Davis co-founded 23db Productions with Denis Orynbekov
Recording, Mixing & Mastering – 23dB Productions’ audio services specializes in producing radio-ready, master-level recordings for our clients and provides full-service record production. We give all clients the potential for world-class sound with an array of equipment that is extremely versatile.
We take pride in consistently producing high-quality recordings ready to hit the airwaves. Fela and Denis are expert sound engineers and are ready to take your audio production needs to the next level.
The Lodge Mastering – New York
Jungle City Studios – New York
Jungle City Studios a professional recording space with an amazing selection of vintage equipment, and top-of-the-line modern equipment and software, and you have the formula for success. Studio founder/engineer Ann Mincieli has invested ten+ years’ experience as Alicia Keys’ engineer/album coordinator/studio director, and work with artists ranging from Coldplay to Usher and Jay-Z, to re-invent the destination studio.
Mix Music Master Brooklyn, NY
Owned and Operated by Rivita Goyle. She has produced, mixed and mastered projects originating from countries such as Barbados, Nicaragua, Africa, England and more. Rivita has also produced several music videos, having won the Indian Music Video Award for her Music Video Listen and numerous nominations at film festivals across the globe for her work.
Funkadelic Studios – New York
Beyond rehearsal and recording, Funkadelic provides other great features to benefit the career musician. It’s a one stop shop offering discounts for teaching sessions, open mic nights, weekly jam sessions, affordable event space, and internship opportunities. Equipment repairs, gear rental and gear storage are a few more of the services we provide! Here at Funkadelic, we understand what music is really about: a feeling, a groove, a dream, and most importantly, the people who create them. Owned and Operated by Dawn Orlando
MONOLisa Studios – New York
Opened in January 2013 by recording engineer, Denise Barbarita,
MONOLisa is a the perfect environment for your needs, from basic tracks to final mixdown.We specialize in recording, mixing and producing music for bands and artists of all genres.
Knack Mastering Ringwood, NJ
Knack delivers world class masters to large record companies with seriously tight production schedules as well as indie labels and artists with seriously tight budget constraints.
Knack is owned by Kim Rosen a GRAMMY® nominated mastering engineer. The mastering room at Knack is a world-class listening environment, with analog and digital gear carefully chosen for its sound quality as well as its versatility.
Kim now has a growing client list that includes producers and engineers such as Ryan Freeland, Ed Cherney, Joe Henry, Paul Q. Kolderie and independent and major artists from around the world. Kim’s mastered six Grammy® nominated albums. One winning in the Best Folk Album category as well as two nominations in the Best Engineered Album/Non-Classical category.
Music Recording Studio in Wilmington – Recording. Mixing. Mastering. Since the 1970’s, Karen Kane has produced and/or engineered over 200 full-length album projects and has engineered hundreds of live sound shows. Currently, she runs her own audio production studio, Karen Kane Music Productions in Wilmington, North Carolina. Besides music recording, mixing and mastering, her recording studio in Wilmington is also where she teaches Audio Engineering and Music Production. In 2012, she expanded her teaching career by joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as the Instructor for the Recording Technology program
Studio Divine – Ashland, OR
Owner Sylvia Massy is as famous for her radical recording techniques as she is for her award-winning projects with Johnny Cash, Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince and others. And in pro audio’s great tradition of mentoring, Massy often shares her techniques and experiences via a lively social media presence, industry events, her book Recording Unhinged, and her former “Gear Stories” column in Mix.
Bread Truck Audio – Portland, OR
The Bread Truck is a mobile recording studio. Recording people where they live and where they play, where they feel at home or where they escape from it all to focus on the music and leave the rest of the world behind. To record great live music and share the unique experience of a performance that will never happen again. To travel to locations where music can’t permanently live and park there for a while and become a place – a pop-up venue – for people to gather, listen, connect.
The Bread Truck is Co-Owned by Petra Manis and Sean Flora. Petra Manis is a lifelong musician and music fan. She cut her teeth mixing front-of-house and monitors at one of Portland’s best music venues, the Alberta Street Pub. She is also proud to volunteer on the audio team at the Pickathon music festival and continues to mix live sound for local bands. She is also the head of the Portland Chapter of SoundGirls.
Blue Honey Studios – Philadelphia
Owned and operated inside of the South Philly residence of Beth Langley and Tiffany Teich. Both hold Bachelors Degrees of Science in Show Production and Touring as well as an Associates in Recording Arts from Full Sail University. Blue Honey Studios is made to be a creative space for local artists and musicians to create, collaborate, learn, and have a dope time. We offer a studio/creative space, recording equipment and software, production, mixing, recording, and free hang time with our 1 year old Lab mix, Blue. Our rates are designed to keep our space available to any artist struggling or not. This studio was created by women with the intention to give other women the opportunity to make music in a place they feel they can create to the best of their ability.
Accessible Recording – Pittsburgh, PA
Madeleine Campbell is a studio and live sound engineer working to foster an accessible recording space in Pittsburgh, PA. Offering sliding scale payment plans and maintaining rates that are affordable to artists with no label support. Facilitating free hands-on learning opportunities for folks of all ages seeking to learn more about sound. Providing free childcare to any artist in need.
Recording, Mixing and Mastering Music studio that supports inclusivity and non-violence.
Jessica De Leon owns and operates Lion Light Music and is the founder of Comparte tu Luz a non-profit organization that focuses on using music and art to inspire a positive social change. Provides workshops, create artistic social media content and community projects.
Cedar House Audio Productions Seattle
We bring a combined 30+ years audio production experience to every project we produce. Co-Owned by Suzie Brutke-Smurdon and Lyssa Browne . Cedar House Audio Productions specializes in the Spoken Word. Whether it’s an audiobook, an audio tour, a podcast, voices for video games, or any other kind of Spoken Word audio; we translate your story from the page to the listening ears of the world.
Resonant Mastering – Seattle
Rachel Field is co-owner and Mastering Engineer at Resonant Mastering in Seattle. She works on all genres, and with a wide variety of local and international artists including Whitney Mongé, Fauna Shade, Old Coast, Jericho Hill, Ryme, The Fucking Eagles, and Anomie Belle. Resonant Mastering utilizes top flight mastering-specific analog gear and outboard digital processing for a variety of possible results. Resonant Mastering is co-owned by Rachel Field and Ed Brooks.
Black Saloon – London
Mandy Parnell’s mastering studio. This is a studio with unrivaled experience in the art of mastering great music! Her 24 years of experience have allowed her to discover and develop her philosophies in analogue and digital audio while working with an amazing array of artists.
She has been nominated and won numerous awards, Grammy, Tech Awards, MPG and various others. She is also an active member of the AES, Grammys, APRS, and MPG, and lectures on mastering and the music industry across the globe.
Palm Bay Music – Ramsgate
Palm Bay Music is an independent record label, music publisher and recording studio located in Ramsgate. The experienced team have worked within the music industry on both sides as artists, writers, producers and engineers. This has given us a fresh perspective and inspired us to do things in a new way. We believe freedom, creativity and transparency are essential to the future of nurturing new talent.
LJ Studios – Surrey
LJ studios is a full service audio post production facility covering everything from dialogue and sound effects editing, sound design, foley and voice over recording, music composition and arranging through to final mix and deliverables. Owned and operated by Lucy J. Mitchell a freelance sound editor and dubbing mixer. Lucy is experienced in dialogue, sfx & foley editing, ADR & Voice Over recording and full post mixing. Credits include BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ and ‘EastEnders’, Amazon Prime’s ‘The Collection’ and National Geographic’s ‘David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals’. I have Protools 12, iZotope’s RX4 Advanced & an extensive sound effects library.
Katie Tavini is a mastering engineer from Manchester, working in Brighton. Katie began working as a producer and engineer in 2009 before a piece of advice changed everything for her. “I was looking to improve my mixes,” she recalls. “Someone told me that if I wanted to do that I should learn to master. Whether it was good advice or not I took it. I loved what I discovered and never looked back.” Mastering clients have included Decca Records, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Abi Wade and Sonic Boom Six. As well as working as a mastering engineer, Katie also hosts Red Bull’s Normal Not Novelty engineering workshops, and has a monthly column in Pro Sound News Europe.
Audio for the Arts – Madison
A full-service recording and audio production company offering audio expertise and friendly, professional services to a wide variety of clients. Co-Owned by AudreyMartinovich. Audrey’s interest in recording was sparked from her time spent training as a soprano opera singer who, through experimenting with recording voice lessons, fell in love with engineering. Most of her initial experience was gained running sound for local bands and working with directors on sound design and film-scoring projects. Clients include TDS Telecom, Comedy Central, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and The Nursery Movie.
Sound Companies and Event Services
SoundGirls Productions – Southern California
PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL SOUND SYSTEM RENTALS, CREW AND GEAR, WHILE OFFERING REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE TO WOMEN STARTING IN AUDIO BY MATCHING AN INDUSTRY VETERAN WITH AN INTERN FOR EACH JOB. Established by Karrie Keyes & Daniella Peters.
B4 Media Productions – Orlando, FL
B4 Media Productions is owned and operated by Beckie Campbell. B4 Media Productions provides audio, video, lighting, production management, stage management, technical directing, crews, and training.
Western Audio Engineering – New Zealand
Western Audio offers professional live sound production services for all sizes of events and tours. Established in 1993, Western Audio is 100% locally owned and operated. Whether it is music, theatre, festival, sporting, or corporate we have the experience to help you achieve your goal. Western Audio is the leading d&b audiotechnik rental partner in New Zealand. Western Audio is co-owned by Andy Craig , Richard McMenamin, and Gil Craig
Gil Eva Craig is an independent Audio Engineer and Music Producer working in professional audio for the last 18 years. Gil got her start as a recording engineer in 1996 and still owns and operates her own mixing and production studio, The Secret Beehive. She has co-produced an album with Charlotte Yates and has done sound design and written original music for several theatre productions. Her passion though, is live sound, and she currently is the FoH Engineer for The Wellington Ukulele Orchestra and works for the family business, Western Audio Engineering.
Indigo Productions – Buffalo, New York
Live Event Production Company Since 1978 Providing staging, lights, sound, video, lasers and more.
Kathleen A. Cross began producing and directing theatrical productions. Eventually Kathy and husband Joe would take the show on the road touring the east coast with shows like A Christmas Carol, Miracle Worker and Cinderella. The demand for event technology grew until it eventually became the sole focus of the business. Today, 40 years later, Indigo Productions provides the best in live events sound, lighting, video, staging equipment and service out of Buffalo NY.
IMS Technology Services – Garnet Valley, PA
IMS Technology Services is a woman-owned business, originally founded in 1994 as IMS, Inc. by Jill and John Renninger. Our exceptional team of AV and IT professionals has enabled our company to experience substantial growth and profitability every single year we have been in existence – a testament to the lasting value we provide to our clients and our team of AV/IT professionals. IMS Technology Services recently deployed an all-Women AV and production crew for an event.
I am the Phoenix Collective – Los Angeles
I am the Phoenix Collective provides cost-effective staffing solutions for all aspects of the entertainment industry throughout the greater Los Angeles area and parts of Central California. Our company provides a professional, hard-working, and knowledgeable staff for events such as special events, corporate gatherings, concerts, festivals, and more. We know our team’s skill sets well and will place them in the appropriate positions as requested by you. Founded and Operated by Loanne Wullaert
Kaleidoscope Productions – Denver
Owned by Carrie Ridgway Kaleidoscope Productions specializes in audio, lighting, video, backline and staging for concerts, festivals, corporate parties, non-profit fundraisers, and other events throughout Colorado.
We are a dedicated and professional team of travel consultants specializing in creating comprehensive travel plans for entertainment group tours, business trips, and around-the-world excursions. Having visited more than 80 countries between us, we apply our knowledge and experience to your business and leisure travels to tailor the perfect itinerary just for you. We are SMART & SAVVY. Owned and Operated by Molly Williams.
Easy Partners specializes in merchandise and apparel for musicians, bands, artists, creators, and other entertainment properties. Years of experience in the industry combined with our love of music, shows, and interesting people have given us all the tools we need to build one awesome space station for our crew.
Cathy Cleghorn has a 30+ year career that includes promoting live entertainment events, accounting on tours, facilitating merchandise sales on world tours, creative art director at a major music merchandise company to founding a global merchandise company. Cathy has worked with a variety of clients like Deborah Harry/Blondie, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, David Bowie, Neil Young, Ferrari/F1, The Rolling Stones, Cirque du Soleil, and The Tragically Hip, to name a few.
Kimberley Bierley started in the concert industry during college, selling tees in various venues around NYC. Her first tour was Pearl Jam in 1998. After touring globally for many years, her first full exposure to licensing and product development was as Account Director for The Rolling Stones “Bigger Bang” tour, managing all Stones merchandise development until the conclusion of the “Bigger Bang” cycle. Kimberley has continued to focus on independent special projects for example; The Flight of the Conchords, the Broadway show Fela!, Monsters of Folk and with Easy Partners.
The Pretty Cult – Los Angeles
A woman operated screen printing shop that works side by side with a woman printer with low minimums and screen fees. Arielle handles everything from tshirts, totes, bandanas, sweatshirts, and bomber jackets. When Arielle Salsa aka Satan’s Seamstress isn’t sewing up a storm she’s booking shows. With a background and strong love for music, going to shows is as deeply routed in her life as is sewing and creating. For years now Satan’s Seamstress has been booking bands, hosting stages, putting on and presenting shows.
Stone Dog Studios – New Jersey
StoneDog Studios is a design and fabrication scene shop providing creative solutions for film, television, theater, photography, exhibits and marketing events since 2008. We are one of the few woman-owned and operated scene shops, providing premiere production design and set / prop fabrication.
We are a collection of creatives who have worked in the industry for a 20+ years. We are also moms. Hardworking, creative moms with a no nonsense approach to business. We multitask like no other and we make sure our clients’ needs are met. We take care of what is keeping you up at night so you don’t have to. We seriously love a challenge, the more ludicrous the better.
Rebelle Road – Los Angeles
Showcasing “California Country” artists while supporting the growing network of Americana performers from around the country. Creating parity and equity for female artists among the performers in every aspect of our programming, including honoring “rebelle” women who’ve paved the way. Co-Founders are Karen Rappaport McHugh, KP Hawthorn, and Adrienne Isom.
Pro Audio & Music Stores and Lines
Under the leadership and vision of EveAnna Manley, Manley Labs has created and built some of the finest studio equipment (and high-end home audio components) over the last two decades. Studios across the world count on their mostly tube-based EQs, compressors, microphones, preamps, mixers, and more.
For the past 35 years, Carter Duncan has overseen tremendous growth with Seymour Duncan from humble beginnings as a two-person operation, to becoming one of the world’s premier pickup and effect manufacturers.
Bluedog Guitars – Vancouver
Shocked to discover that there were no local guitar shops focused on really great sounding acoustic guitars – in the entire province! High-end hand-built guitars were impossible to find. Jenn Ladd owner and Paul Haggis spent nine months travelling around the Western United States, visiting local guitar shops, meeting guitar builders and attending the NAMM Show. When they returned, the opened Bluedog Guitars. Bluedog Guitars has been the awarded the NAMM Top 100 Music Retailers Award five years in a row!
Fanny’s House of Music – Nashville
Walk into Fanny’s House of Music in East Nashville, and you’ll see women. Women teaching music lessons. Women selling strings and picks, guitars, basses, amplifiers and straps and banjos and mandolins and lots more. The walls are filled with pictures of women who have made a life in music, from Nashville icon Emmylou Harris to gospel stomper and early rock ‘n’ roll influence Sister Rosetta Tharpe to contemporary sales queen Taylor Swift. Owned by Pamela Cole and Leigh Maples.
Music Magazines and Zines
The only magazine in the world dedicated to female drummers. We are a 74 page full color quarterly print magazine, website, social media community, academy and more. Tom Tom serves as the ultimate go-to guide for the latest information about girl drummers and beat makers around the globe. We seek to raise awareness about female percussionists from all over the world and hope to inspire women and girls of all ages to drum, all while strengthening and building the community of otherwise fragmented female musicians. We cover drummers of all ages, races, styles, skill level, sexualities, body size and notoriety. We are also a proud producer and creator of the Hit Like a Girl Contest: the only contest for female drummers in the world.
The world’s only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. We strive to change the way women guitarists and bassists are depicted and presented in the music industry and popular culture by creating a platform where people can listen, see and experience what it means to be a woman who shreds. Our goal is to transcend boundaries like gender and genre—supporting radicalism, respect and revolution.
IS A PRINT ZINE DEDICATED TO WOMEN, QUEER AND TRANS* PEOPLE IN LIVE AND RECORDED SOUND.
Guitar Girl Magazine is an ezine dedicated to encouraging and promoting female guitarists and the fans that love them. With a combination of relevant music industry news, guitar gear reviews, fun rock lifestyle finds, insider tips and advice, and special features and events, Guitar Girl Magazine strives to provide content that informs, entertains and engages our readers on a regular basis.
Launched in April 2012 by Tara Low with the goal to create a community for female musicians where they can band together and help support, promote and empower women in music, the ezine continues to grow every year.
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