"Working with Heather on 'Waterfowl' was seamless. They worked so quickly and balanced our vision with theirs perfectly. Mastering's artistic fingerprint can be tough to pick out, but the album sounded tangibly warmer and brighter after Heather worked their magic" -Jack of Frankie Valet

"I can confidently say that working with So Big Auditory caused the quality of my songs to improve significantly. Throughout the process, I felt the love and knew that my songs were in good hands." -Nayla of Jungheim

"I have been a fan of Heather's music for a long time. What has always struck me was how good everything sounded on the projects they were involved with. I knew that I could trust their ears and instincts. Working with them could not have been easier. I had my masters back quickly and everything sounded noticeably warmer and brighter. I was impressed but not surprised." -Andhi O'Neill

About

So Big Auditory is a modern hybrid studio.In an era of music production where the sound quality of digital and analog processes are almost indistinguishable, we have a responsibility as engineers to hold our processes to a higher standard, and ensure that we provide the best sound for the rates we charge.This is why the front end at So Big has been revamped around a digital system. Tracking is now an equal parts digital and analog process. Don't worry--the tape machine still available and hooked up for use.With industry standard DSP for coloration and flavor, true transformer and tube paths for extra grit, and mastering-grade playback/monitoring, sounds captured at So Big stay big wherever you listen. Discerning clients will be happy with the low noise floor and impactful dynamics, while folks newer to recording will enjoy a process that is fast and exciting.While So Big is generally not equipped for ensemble recording, don't hesitate to reach out--scheduling can sometimes allow for larger group sessions.So Big is located on stolen Lene Lanape territory known as West Philadelphia.

Work

Misc Examples:

sadurn - "snake" (2022, Run for Cover) recording, mixing

They Are Gutting A Body of Water -
"violence ii" (2022, Smoking Room)
recording, production

deer scout - "Cowboy"
(2022, Carpark Records)
recording, mix

ther - "swimming" (2021, Moon Physics)
all inst + lead vox, recording, mix

The Human Fly - "Godlike"
(2022, Dead Definition)
recording, production, mix

Mastering Examples:

Normal Zac - "Your Quiet Years" (2022)
mastering

King Azaz - "Honey for Mud"
(2021, Get Better Records)
mastering

Crooks and Nannies - "Control"
(2022, Grand Jury Music) - some recording,
mastering

Amelia Cry Til I Die - "High on My Own Supply" (2022)
mastering

Queasy - "Big Dipper" (2022)
mastering

Other credits include music by:
2:00 AM Wake Up Call, Adult Mom, AllegrA, Amelia Cry Til I Die, Anna Guterman, Apostrophe S, Bebe Machete, The Bottom, Bye Forever!, Drama Section, Don Forgetti, Future Interior, George Cory Todd, Ghost Insurance, Good Morning Daydreamer, The Great American Novel, The Human Fly, Janna, Kilometers, Laura Wolf, Lester, Lost Dog, Mia Alma, Mother Moses, Nine of Swords, Pauline, Peaer, Pinkie Normal, Sasha V, Saapato, Scyphozoan, Soupy, Telepathy Club, Trees Take Ease

Rates

Get in touch for a quote, but the typical range of costs are:

Mastering - 50-80/song (or 10-16/minute for longer song lengths)
[Note: Black and Indigenous artists, and projects led by them, are invited to pay as low as 25/song or 5/minute, no questions asked. Whether the job is priced per track or per minute is dependent on track length]

Mixing - 200-250/song
this includes a hybrid (digital and analog) workflow. an analog mixbus facilitates a warm, clear, and punchy mix that will translate on systems big and small

Recording - 200-250/day
[Note: So Big Auditory is not equipped for ensemble recording. However, Heather will engineer recording sessions at the studio of your choice, provided that any applicable rental fees, COVID safety-related costs, and travel expenses are covered by the client.]

Reach Out

Are you interested in booking time? Making a record?
Maybe you have some questions , or are unsure of what your next step is.
Whatever it is, you are welcome to send an email.

Gear

Front-End:
(2) Hairball Audio Copper
Antelope Discrete 8 Synergy Core Pro
Tascam M312
Processiong:
(2) DIYRE Colour Palette (loaded with Pentode, Mass Drivr, and "30 IPS")
Presonus ACP88 Compressor/Gate
SoundSkulptor CP4500
TK Audio TK-Lizer 500
Mics:
AKG 214 (modded)
(2) AKG C3000B (modded)
(2) Antelope Edge Note modeling SDCs
beyerdynamic M88
(2) MXL 991
Sennheiser e906
Shure SM57
Warm WA251
Back-End:
Lynx Hilo Mastering Converter
Apogee Rosetta 800
DIYRE SB2 Passive Summing Mixer
TEAC 80-8 1/2" Tape Machine
Fostex x-28h 4-Track Cassette Recorder
Rupert Neve Designs R10
Monitoring:
Neumann KH310 Monitors
Sennheiser HD650 Headphones
Audio Technica M50X Headphones
(2) AKG K92 Heaphones
Plugins
Antelope, Arturia, Brainworx, Eventide, Fabfilter, IzoTope, Lexicon, Softube, Soundtoys, SPL, SSL Native, Weiss, +more