"I've been around a lot of studios and Tom Manche's is the best...great atmosphere and equipment, but best of all is Tom himself. He is very patient, fair, quick, and knows how to gently get the best out of singers and players. He has access to some of the best in Nashville, and knows what it takes to get the "Nashville sound." He also has the ear for good production and harmony ideas. I usually do most of my own tracks at home in MD and send them to Tom. He adds the singer or pedal steel or whatever I need, and does a great final mix."
Jack Bond, Silver Springs, MD
"Recording my CD with Tom Manche in his beautiful studio was one of the most professional, relaxed, creative and efficient recording experiences I've ever had. Tom is a true Renaissance man: producer, engineer, songwriter, arranger, musician, creative coach and more importantly--he's hecka fun!!"
Renee Hayes. Berkeley, CA
During my thirty-plus year career in music production I've recorded hundreds of albums, music demos, books on tape, commercials, and soundtracks. I've worked on everything from jazz to country, new age to metal, voice-over demos to radio jingles. You name it. I've even recorded a live art piece consisting of an improvisation between electric cello and live hawk!
Being a one-man operation allows (ok, forces) me to wear different hats...but I wouldn't have it any other way. My clients appreciate the fact that besides engineering, I can produce, play guitar and bass, and if needed, round up some of Nashville's finest session players for their projects. Basically, I can take something from an idea in somebody's head to a finished CD in their hand.
Client Comments"Tom is fast but thorough, he makes excellent suggestions, and he's a lot of fun. He's also a great guitar player who can come up with amazing parts on the spot. His lovely grand piano and the woods outside are a nice bonus."
Deanna Walker, songwriter, Zavitson Music Group, Nashville, TN
"I've worked at Tom's studio on several projects recently and I'm happy to recommend him. He's got a great space, a fine grand piano, a fast and versatile system, and a sure hand at the controls. Very professional, affordable, and it sounds good in the car when you leave. What more could you ask for?"
Mark T. Jordan, songwriter/session keyboardist, Nashville, TN
"Recording at Studio X is always a comfortable, satisfying experience because Tom is able to quickly deliver the exact grand piano and vocal qualities I ask him for. His is the jewel of Nashville recording studios."
Jim Stephens, singer/songwriter, Nashville, TN
More InfoSo if you are (or plan to be) in the Nashville area and need professional quality recording done, think of Studio X. Too far away? No problem. Tom has done plenty of music demos and albums for clients from afar. For more information (and more client quotes) check out my Demos By Mail and Album Projects pages.
Location: West Meade (on Nashville's west side), 4 minutes from exit 201 of Interstate 40. Studio X is on a quiet cul-de-sac on an acre of woods. In November 2013 Studio X is moving to the east side of Nashville, on a quiet street close to historic East Nashville, Opryland and the Cumberland River.
Rates: Normal hourly rate for new clients is $50, but per-project package rates are also negotiable if you don't like to watch the clock. I'm happy to meet with you (or email) to discuss your project and give you a bid at no charge.
• For more information please contact me.
• Need pre-recording advice? Check out my article Are You Ready To Do A Demo?
You can hear audio samples of my work on my Demos by Mail page, and on any of the ManCheese Music pages. Also check out the Zanna Discs catalogue of songs, I produced all of those. If you're a singer looking for material or tracks for your demo or album you'll find a lot of great songs there. And if that's not enough, check out my wife Susan's page: I produced all of her artist and instructional CDs.