The Blue Grotto is an award-winning boutique recording studio located in the heart of Brentwood, Tennessee, 15 minutes from downtown Nashville. Designed by renowned studio designer Carl Tatz, the Blue Grotto was ranked as one of the top 20 new studios in the world in 2011 by Mix Magazine. We offer:
• music production, recording & mixing
• musical arrangement
• post production audio for film, television and radio
• voiceover recording
• sound design
• dialogue editing and noise reduction
• final mix (rerecording mixing) for broadcast, film or DVD
• creation of jingles unique to your brand
• studio rental (if you'd like to engineer your own session)
We approach every project as if it were our own and strive for excellence in every area of the process.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sean is a gifted music producer and quite the enthusiast with an ear for quality and talent. From Gaga to Gershwin; whatever he hears inspires him. When he's not taking in the beauty of Nashville, Sean spends his time either producing, engineering or listening to music, which every so often includes random electro mood music with the occasional hint of melodrama.
An audio engineer with a wide variety of technical and artistic skills, his background and experience of 12 years range from music recording, production and arrangement to television post production, film sound design and live music engineering. Sean produced and engineered the track "This Is Your Moment" by South African Christian/pop/rock band Finding Noah, which charted at #1 on a popular South African radio station. His work as sound designer and rerecording mixer on the short film "A Life With Less Meaning" helped the film win gold at the Colorado Film Festival in 2010.
Sean has the talent and expertise to take an album from hatchling dream to full-fledged art with tireless enthusiasm and gusto. His goal is to establish a reputation in the industry as someone who values the unique sound and qualities of every artist and won't rest until that potential is revealed and released.
We are honored to have multiple Grammy Award winning engineer, David Thoener, grace the Grotto with his presence on a regular basis. David is available for engineering sessions at the Grotto and brings incredible experience and talent to the table. He has been a heavyweight in the music industry since 1974 and cut his teeth by working on albums for such notable artists as Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, John Lennon and Electric Light Orchestra to mention a few. Since then, David has enjoyed a thirty year run of hit records including classic records like AC/DC's "For Those About To Rock", John Mellencamp (including "Little Pink Houses"), John Waite (including the smash "Missing You"), Matchbox 20 and many others.
With 3 Grammys to his name, including album of the year for Supernatural by Santana, and record of the year for Smooth by Santana ft. Rob Thomas, his talent and experience are legendary. In 2005, David mixed hit records for Rob Thomas "Lonely No More", Jason Mraz "Wordplay", Canadian rock band, Idol Sons, in 2006 country artist Faith Hill's "Fireflies" and several hits on Sugarland's "Enjoy The Ride".
His mixes have been featured on the television shows HOUSE, BIG LOVE and THE EVENT, and in the films GROWN UPS and LITTLE FOCKERS and were also spotted in Target and Conan commercials.
Since 2011, David has been kept busy, working on a variety of different albums for artists from across the globe, including Vintage Trouble, Alex Woodard, Miyuki Nakajima and Jennifer Paige and on the 4-time Grammy-nominated album Independiente by Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona, which became his fourth number-one on the Top Latin Albums chart the week ending 22 October 2011, including #1 single El Amor and 4 other top 10 singles.
David is available for tracking and mixing sessions. For a full list of his work, visit http://www.allmusic.com/artist/david-thoener-mn0000811742
Anelda specializes in television and film related audio and happens to have a bizarre love for undiscovered folk acts and quaint indie films. With a BA Degree in Motion Picture Medium from the South African film school AFDA, her educational background includes sound design, picture editing and screenwriting.
In the past 5 years, she has worked extensively as a sound designer and final mix engineer in the South African and Canadian television and film industries, with over 170 episodes of television, numerous advertisements, short films and infomercials under her belt. In 2011, she worked as the dialogue editor and as part of the sound design team on her first feature film, Hoofmeisie, which was a South African box office hit.
The pressure of having to perform accurate, and sometimes highly creative work under impossible deadlines and strict broadcast restrictions has helped Anelda hone her skills and sense of humor.
In 2010, we asked Carl Tatz to design a recording studio that would be aesthetically pleasing, acoustically phenomenal and fit snugly in our basement. Boy, did he deliver! As they say, the rest is history. The Blue Grotto was born. So who is Carl Tatz?
In addition to being a Grammy Award nominee, “Carl Tatz used to own “Recording Arts”, a world-class music recording facility in Nashville that was named one of the "Great Studios Of the World" by Mix Magazine in 1995. The studio was purchased by recording artist Sheryl Crow in 2003.
While enjoying nearly two decades as a recording industry professional and studying with some of the top acoustic minds in the country, Carl began designing monitor systems and studios, both commercial and private, and quickly evolved into home screening room design.
Carl knows that understanding the client's vision is paramount. ‘A properly designed studio and especially a monitor system will have the most profound impact imaginable on those who use it so it becomes my quest to help them realize that this is going to be better than they think possible.’
See www.carltatzdesign.com for more details.