This Dayton recording studio is bigger and better — and can help you

Digital technology has made it possible for musicians to create quality home recordings, but the area still boasts a large number of professional recording studios.

There are newer spots like Reel Love Recording and Popside, and established ones like Cyberteknics, Refraze and Encore Recording Studios.

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The latter, which was opened by Bill and Julie Sellers in 1984, recently moved from its longtime location in Kettering to a new 4,400-square-foot space on Bates Street, just east of downtown Dayton.

“Our studio is something quite different from the others,” owner Jeremy Mix said. “It’s a community of what we feel is the best production and engineering talent in the region, and it’s a community that’s creatively attracting all the best musical talent in the region as well. Why? Because we believe in that talent, invest in that talent and are very determined to put Dayton back on the map for its music by bringing talent of all genres together.”

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The expanded studio now has a staff of 12 partner engineers, including Gary King, Ronald “Pnut” Frost, Chris “Cookie” Suttle and Dre Manuel.

“These guys have patiently been by my side to help to nurture these plans, consistently contributing their ideas, talents and support,” Mix said. “The studio has a lot more space. Our largest live room is incredibly versatile and we’re continuing to invest in its versatility. A number of videographers and photographers have fallen in love with its vintage modern look and soon we’ll boast the largest green screen with the greatest shot depth of any in the region.”

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Encore is also equipped to assist home recorders in need of professional gear or experience.

“Technology in the past 15 years has brought us to this exciting place where creators of all types can create much more inexpensively than ever before,” Mix said. “Encore embraces and encourages that. We’ve set up our studio to allow home recorders the ability to bring their laptops or digital audio workstations in and quickly connect to everything our studio has to offer in the form of spaces, instruments, mikes, preamps, knowledge and talent with a house engineer-producer.”

Mix, who also operates Encore Instrument Repair out of the Bates Street building, launched Invention City Records in 2017. The independent label has already released Jamie Suttle’s “Country Music Revival,” Yuppie’s “Old Feeling New” and Back to the Machine Gun’s “Skyborn.” Upcoming releases from Invention City include Libby Dietrix, 93Seven Band and Willy Clark Band.

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What: Encore Recording Studios

Where: 16 Bates St., Dayton

More info: 937-297-1000 or

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