Welcome to Ravensworth Studios, a professional audio recording retreat and post-production facility located in beautiful Central Virginia…just five miles from the historic town of Scottsville, Virginia, on the famous Horseshoe Bend of the James River …and, only 20 miles from downtown Charlottesville. Ravensworth Studios offers a unique recording environment in a tranquil setting, enhanced by gracious hospitality. Our motto is…
“Come Home and Record.”
Gregory and Elizabeth Schoenborn, owners of Ravensworth Studios, bought a picturesque 16-acre property in July 2009 as the perfect spot to design and build a “dream studio”, dedicated to supporting the local music community. With an arsenal of high-end, industry-standard equipment, an eclectic mix of musical instruments, and a crew of talented engineers…the studio specializes in top-notch audio recordings and audio post-production services. The growing list of capabilities includes commercial video production and editing; as well as, photography and graphics services. Ravensworth Studios is an all-digital, ProTools, Logic Pro, and Final Cut Pro facility.
After nearly 18 months of design and construction, our doors opened in September 2011. We are proud to have locally-sourced the majority of our project, while focusing on the use of environmentally friendly materials. Ravensworth Studios is a “green facility”, with a comfortable, cottage feel. Many hands were part of the process…we thank everyone who was involved!
The custom-crafted studio is a totally separate 1.5 story structure on The Schoenborn’s private property. With approximately 1200 square feet of space, the facility is the perfect combination of coziness, plus ample room to comfortably isolate and multi-track 4-5 musicians at the same time. The highlight of the main level is the fully loaded Control Room, complete with a special-order console workstation, by KK Audio of Los Angeles. The studio is powered by a Mac G-5…and, a great selection of pre amps, limiters, compressors, Neumann mics, and more.
Walking through the double French doors of the Live Room main entrance, one is struck by the warmth and creative energy. The walls and ceilings are filled with an array of custom-designed sound treatment panels and architecturally-enhancing wooden diffusers that not only help to acoustically treat the space; but, also provide accents to the blend of rustic, organic, and contemporary décor. The Live Room also is home to a stunning, high-gloss, white baby grand piano.
Rounding out the main level are the primary and secondary Sound Isolation Rooms. The primary ISO features dual monitors to mirror (or control) the main console…perfect for visual cues while tracking. With the sound-dampening treatments, you can literally hear your own heartbeat…perfect for recording vocals…but, also great for isolating specialty percussion instruments, particularly bass. With a line-of-sight view into the Live Room…through the custom-designed and installed dual-pane, laminated glass…the primary ISO is a comfortable, spacious room…no claustrophobia here! The secondary ISO not only acts as a “sound lock” between the primary ISO, Control Room, and Live Room…but, can be used to isolate an amp or add an extra degree of separation for musicians recording in the Live Room.
The second level Loft has view windows overlooking the Live Room, and is accessible via an outside staircase and separate entrance. The Loft is a multi-purpose recording space that also functions as a production suite and lounge area. An added benefit to the Loft space is the ability to use our boom mic stands to hang microphones, in mid-air, to fully capture the sound of our Live Room…and, makes an excellent vantage point for filming live performances.
Steps away from the studio, in the main house, “Studio B” includes office space, the “man-cave” listening room, break room (with studio fridge and kitchenette facilities), and a guest room. Deluxe “B&B” recording retreat packages are available for lock-out sessions, complete with country breakfast buffet and gourmet dinner choices. The west side of the property features fantastic sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from an expansive deck. A large, covered, outdoor pavilion is the ideal spot for your wrap-up barbecue. Bonfires are the norm around here! Surrounded by lush woodlands and scenic bluffs, Ravensworth Studios offers complete privacy, in a beautiful atmosphere. We welcome studio tours! Please call 434.286.7200 to schedule a complimentary appointment.
The studio offers a wide variety of professional audio services including: recording, mixing, and mastering…music production, sound design, and original composition…audio post-production for film, voice over/audio dialogue replacement…and, a range of pricing options for projects both large and small.
Our client base is quite broad – anyone in need of audio or visual services! Whether you are a seasoned professional wanting to record a full-length album project (any genre from “metal to cello”)…a business owner who needs an improved web presence with a good promo commercial…a band looking for a quality demo EP to market your music…film companies in need of audio post-production or original scores…a student who needs an audition CD or video reel for college application…the DIY home studio artist who could benefit from recording key elements of their own project, like an amazing vocal track using our expertly-treated sound rooms and high-end microphones or a key drum track in our sonically-correct Live Room…a community organization looking for affordable options to record a public service announcement…digital transfer of your precious memories from tapes and vinyl…the range of our services is nearly limitless. And, if we can’t do it, we’ll do our best to refer you to someone who will! Please give us a call at 434.286.7200 to discuss your project and see how we can help.
With nearly 50 projects under our wings this past year…and, thanks to the efforts of Joey Vagus (lead engineer)…Ravensworth Studios is off and flying! We humbly thank all of the great artists and clients we have been honored to work with. Appropriately enough, the first official music recording at our studio was a full-length album for James Madison University’s premiere, all-female a cappella group, Note-Oriety , featuring Mrs. Schoenborn’s daughter, Allison Kinney. The album, “I’ll Never Say” is currently available on iTunes.
Ravensworth Studios is also fast-becoming an anchor for the local Central Virginia music community, by not only offering a unique “Come Home and Record” environment in which to craft great music, but by supporting local charitable organizations such as The Central Virginia Health Alliance for Musicians (CVHAM), which provides access to basic healthcare, dental care, and mental health assistance for the uninsured, working professional musicians of our area, within a 40-mile radius of Charlottesville nTelos Pavilion, a premier, outdoor performance venue and special events facility. Please visit CVHAM’s website at www.cvham.org <http://www.cvham.org> for further information about the organization and ways you can either get involved or benefit from their services.
Mrs. Schoenborn is a member of the Board of Directors for Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature (SCAN), a non-profit organization that manages Victory Hall Theater, an historic performance venue built in 1918. With a passion for uniting and reviving the quaint town of Scottsville, Ravensworth Studios has partnered with the theater to book live music events and provide sound reinforcement services and audio/video tech support.
If you’ve read along this far, we invite you to “Come Home and Record”! Be prepared to be pampered and let your creative juices flow! We share your commitment and dedication to your art and want to provide you with the opportunity to be your best...in a setting that inspires...with people who care.
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