STEPHEN MICHAEL BABULA
Recordist • Producer • Mixer • Musician
I’ve been a musician almost my entire life. I started playing guitar when I was about 11 years old— it was something that transformed my life and propelled me on this never-ending musical journey that has been a constant thread throughout my entire life. I’ve played in lots of different local bands, write my own music and have met many great people and musicians along the way.
When it came time for college, I pursued a different career path in graphic design/advertising. I got a job right out of college and have worked full-time in this field for the past 15+ years. Having a steady, full-time career was a necessity for life things like you know… buying a house, getting married, raising a family, paying bills, etc. But, I never, ever gave up or lost sight of my passion for music.
Slowly, but surely over these years, I began to accumulate recording gear and started teaching myself basic audio recording techniques. I recorded anything I could… my own band rehearsals, other musicians and friends… just to learn. I made lots of mistakes and many bad recordings, but needed to keep pursuing it further. I knew I could do better… so I kept going. I reached out to other local professional studios and learned from their engineers. I completed a brief mentorship recording program at another studio and just continued to roll my sleeves up and gets hands-on with lots of small projects.
Fast forward about a decade later and here I am with a pretty amazing home studio… ready to take the next step. Although I’m always still learning (and always will be), I feel I have finally reached a point with my skill set that I can really offer value, great quality work and musical perspective to other musicians and artists. I love both the very technical (nerdy) side of audio and recording as well as the super creative and artistic side. They both go hand and hand for me.
MUSIC FOR ME HAS NEVER BEEN JUST ABOUT PLAYING GUITAR. MORE THAN ANYTHING, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY NUMBER ONE CREATIVE OUTLET AND A CONSTANT NEED-TO-DO-THING… LIKE BREATHING.
"A great recording always starts first with a great song, arrangement and musicians and I love the challenge of trying to bring out the best in all these things without ever getting in the way. Having amazing recording gear is helpful, but the most important part of any signal chain is the person… and I strive to be that person that musicians/artists want to work with because I can help them be at ease so they can create their music and make the recording process enjoyable. Give me a chance to work with you and I promise I will work hard to make your music and your audio better."