“THE DREAM” STUDIO

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These songs would not sound like they do if it wasn’t for Hoag and The Dream. He’s an amazing musician, engineer, and producer. Thank you so much for your hard work, Hoag!
— Reid Umstattd

Tucked away in the heart of south Austin, we are a full-service shop offering professional engineering, mixing, session-performance, and mastering. We use Pro Tools 2019 and top-of-the line analog emulation plug-ins during the mixing process (Universal Audio and Slate, mostly), and we have a wide range of instruments, amplifiers, microphones, drums, and percussion available for use. If you have specific questions concerning gear and what you’ll need before recording with us, just ask!

We know recording can be an intimidating process, but here at The Dream we like to keep the atmosphere relaxed and fun, and our aesthetic reflects that. A silly dog named Izzy roams the big yard out front, where sprawling fig trees adorn the facade. Inside the recording space itself are funky book shelves filled with hundreds of books that run the entire length of the ceiling and down each corner of the room, doubling as sound diffusers that help properly treat the room acoustically. Even our “microphone locker room” hanging on the wall adds to the charm of the place, while also serving an acoustic purpose (again, diffusion).

At the same time, however, we know it’s not all fun and games. We understand you’ve put a lot of work into preparing to come into the studio to record, and that you’ve likely saved up some hard-earned money. As such, we take the work seriously and like to move quickly and with great focus. We strive to be adaptable, reliable, available for creative input, and— when it’s needed—even your shoulder to cry on (hey, it happens). This is to ensure that your project sustains a lively momentum and stays on budget.

Hoag is the lead recording and mixing engineer here at The Dream and is also a drummer (Full Service, Two Player, Seaweed Sandwich) should you require his drumming services for your project. He is also available for hire as a producer—an “ear”— who can help make creative decisions that will turn your “album” into your “Dream Album”.

Bonesaw (Hoag’s brother and bandmate, and The Dream’s resident “gear fixer” and property manager) is also a guitar player whose tasty licks are for hire. Bonesaw is likely to pop his head into a session every now and then and say something along the lines of “Yo! How’s the sesh goin’? Makin’ history in here or what? Anybody need any coffee before I head out for a swim??” (He makes a STRONG cup of coffee. And he swims a lot).

Take a look at the pricing guidelines below, and we hope to work with you soon!

(These are our standard rates. They may be lower for projects of a smaller scope).

Studio and Engineer:

$350/day (8 hours)

$200/half-day (4 hours)

Studio only:

$150/day

$100/half-day

Mixing

$200-$250/song (depending on the project and track count)

Mastering

$25/song

Drum Performance (Hoag)

$100/song

Guitar Performance (Bonesaw)

$100/song

Producer

$100/song

Contact: thehoagman@gmail.com / 215-317-6435