Most of our music for film and regular music projects are recorded and mixed in house at Three Springs Studio. When we have special mastering and conversion needs we use Ardenwood Sound & DVD. When we have special recording needs we use Cobalt Recording Studios. Working in-house gives us the flexibility to do high quality work at a low budget. We have extensive music libraries, music tools, and the expertise to cover the needs of any music situation from small ensembles all the way up to full orchestra. Our music can vary from electronic, experimental, worldbeat and dance to string quartet, acoustic, instrumental and vocal. See our latest films and plays for music examples. See John Kilburn for compositional background.

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Three Springs Studio

  • Music Equipment
    Logic 9 is our Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of choice because of its long list of adequate integrated plug-ins and wonderful composer's environment for complex midi and audio editing.

    We have the equipment to compose and mix a project in stereo (i.e.
    Timeless City) or 5.1 surround (i.e. Living Death Valley).

    A list of our pertinent gear:
    Computers 24” IMAC-2.8GHz Intel Core2 Duo, and 2 Macbook Pros-2.33Ghz Intel Core2 Duo
    Interfaces – MOTU Ultralite for 5.1 surround, Apogee Duet for high quality stereo
    Monitors – BlueSky mediadesk stereo and 5.1 surround monitoring
    Microphones - we have an array of quality large & small diaphragm mics
  • Samplers & Synths

    We have a wide array of synth and sampler plugins that gives us a rich sonic palette to work with. Explore below.

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  • Musicians
    Sometimes many of our film scores and other music tracks are completely real instruments and sometimes they are combined with virtual instruments to create interesting hybrids. We strive for all of our music to sound natural and organic even when we combine these diverse elements. When using real instruments below are the sources we draw from:

    John Kilburn7 string classical, acoustic, electric & jazz guitars, 10 string lapsteel, electric bass, mandolin, mandola, cavaquinho, ukelele, native flutes, piano, vocals

    When projects call for soloing instrumentalists, John works with a number of players:

    Woodwinds (Gene Doi & others) - soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, flute, clarinet

    When budget projects call for real classical instruments, we use players from The Fresno Philharmonic:

    Woodwindsflute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, english horn,
    Stringsviolin, viola, cello, bass

    Percussion & Drumswe have 2 great drum kit, djembe, tablas, various percussion players on call.

    Vocals & percussion - in house we have Paola Staebleinvocals, Brazilian percussion (pandeiro, tamborim, berimbau, shakers) and Sofia Nazaretianvocals, djembe, various percussion

    World Instrumentswe have access to a variety of world instrument players including Middle-Eastern, Asian, and Southeast-Asian instrumentalists