Houston Recording Studio
Smiley Face Records, a Houston Recording Studio, has been open since 2005 and is a BY APPOINTMENT ONLY ProTools/Analog recording facility owned and operated by musicians, songwriters, and performers that have a first hand knowledge of the need for a quality product. Our recording rates start at $60.00 per hour, but we prefer to quote per project rates so that artists do not need to "watch the clock" and lose the muse. We have a wonderful stable of professional studio musicians available for hire if your project requires. It is our goal to provide a creative and comfortable environment for your project to take shape. Our Digital/Analog Studio is built around the ProTools system, Toft ATB board and SSL modules with top-quality monitors, mixers, outboard gear, plug-ins, vintage gear and microphones. As musicians and producers we can help you to develop and produce your project. Our session slots stay booked usually 2-3 months in advance so expect there may be a bit of a wait to schedule your session, although we do have cancellations from time to time.
Cindy Pruitt - Owner/Producer/Engineer
"Cindy has been mixing live sound since 1998, and mixing sound in a studio setting since 2004. She has embraced an organic approach to her music production as well as her studio work. In the studio she strives for a comfortable and productive environment for the performer to achieve the best recording possible. For live music she works for a great sound for the audience and the performer. She is a member of BMI, a graduate of The Audio Institute of America, Berklee School of Music student, member of The Audio Engineering Society, a voting member of The Recording Academy (The GRAMMYs or NARAS) and a 2013 Houston Press Music Award winner.
"Nothing compares to the joy of helping a band or performer sound their best in presenting their music to an audience whether live or on CD". She started recording and producing as a hobby and a dream, now it is how she makes her living. Her ambitions are always growing as she continues to upgrade her studio gear and further hone her craft.
She records and works with musicians who consider themselves artists to help them bring their music to the next level. Recorded music is her art. But don't just take our word for it...listen to what some of the bands, musicians and venues she has worked with have to say about her abilities and demeanor both live and in the studio on the testimonials page..."
We follow the philosophy in audio engineering that...it is an artform. We are sonic artists who use sound to manipulate the listeners perception. We strive to create sonic works of art acoustically and our gear is just a means to that end. To sterilize or take the human emotion out of music is an abomination. Music is emotion and it should move you in some way.
If you are looking for a facility to record and create some REAL music with real emotion and feeling, then we look forward to working with you!
A true artist or craftsman does not blame their tools for their shortcomings, rather they create the best product they can with the tools at hand. They will simply find alternate ways to achieve their end goal.