MusicMann Studios

MusicMann Studios was founded in 2004 and is an award winning recording studio, music equipment retailer/dealer and provides limited band rehearsal space.  Services offered include audio production, recording, editing, mixing, mastering, lessons & training, consulting, music equipment retail & installation, and artist development.  

The recording studio has been nominated for multiple WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Awards for 'Best Recording Studio' (2015 & 2017) and owner/chief engineer Michael Mann was nominated for the 'Best Producer' WAMI Award in 2017.

Several albums & artists (Life In a Tree & Jay Matthes) recorded at MusicMann Studios have been nominated for and won multiple awards (WAMI & 88nine 2017 RadioMilwaukee Awards), received significant radio airplay, and have received music licensing opportunities/contracts.

The studio physically consists of a main sound room or 'live room', control room, vocal booth, and mic closet/custom reverb chamber.  We have many excellent mics, preamps, guitars, amps, & outboard gear to get your next project broadcast for all to hear.  

Ample parking, handicapped accessible, male & female bathrooms, refrigerator, coffee machine, and microwave available.

Recording Studio Process


24 channel I/O, great microphones (cardioid, ribbon, dynamic), Class A preamps & compressors, industry standard software, MIDI libraries, & plug-ins (Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Waves, Native Instruments, Sound Toys).  Hourly rate.


Eliminate crossfade pops & clicks quickly, align bass lines & drum takes, correct phase alignment, radio/broadcast edits, television & motion picture audio syncing.  Hourly rate.


Post production treatments include analog and multi-band compression, tape saturation, de-essing, EQ treatment, time-based effects (delays, reverbs, choruses), stereoscopic imaging, track leveling, and instrument re-amping/triggering.  Hourly rate.


Applies level increase to make recording sound 'competitive', final EQ, multi-band compression, widening, warmth-saturation.  Per song rate.

MusicMann Studios Clients



Equally rich in meaning and melody, Paladino delivers honest, heartfelt lyrics and soaring, stirring harmonies. Their songs blend genres (indie folk, bluegrass,Americana rock), artistic influences (Chris Thile, Paul McCartney, ‘90s rock) and subject matter (loss, defiance, the search for connection) with poetic imagery and novelistic detail, shot through with real emotion and dynamic musicality.
Released April 2016, Paladino's 1st EP, “Bellows”, is a 7 song blend of their three songwriters’ styles. The release covers a broad spectrum, from nostalgia, volatile relationships, an Iowa axe murderer, and a day in the life of a turtle. An emphasis on harmonies and unique instrumentation make “Bellows” a little something different for the Milwaukee music scene.
Paladino’s name is a tribute to Wamser’s late childhood piano teacher (Diane Palladino) who inspired him to pursue music as not only a hobby but a passion; who pushed him musically and taught him to never give up his love to create. The band, inspired by Mrs. P’s devotion to music, decided to pay homage by naming the quintet after her.


Jay Matthes

Jay Matthes is a singer/songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ben Kieffer of Iowa Public Radio describes Jay's sound as "soulful country" and The Rave/Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee calls his live show "entertaining as hell". Jay plays over 100 shows a year, and has shared a stage with national acts such as Jana Kramer, Old Dominion, Judah & the Lion, Ike Reilly Assassination, Charlie Worsham, and many more.
Jay's original music has been featured on local, regional, and national radio and television, most notably The Country Network where the music video for his single "The Light" is currently in rotation. Press has included features in The Modern Folk, Americana Daily, Breaking & Entering, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among others.
Jay was nominated for Singer/Songwriter of the Year by Wisconsin Area Music Industry in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and recently won Best Male Vocalist in Shepherd Express' Best of Milwaukee. His new album 'Dancing After Dark' was a finalist for 'Independent Release of the Year' at the 2017 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Music Awards.


RedBelt is a R&R band that delivers hooky tunes influenced by gritty rock, weekends in the garage, pop gems, punk idols and wide open Americana. Songs are aggressive yet melodic. Approachable with a hint of familiar, but at the same time still sound like something you can't quite put your finger on.
John Jordan – Producer /105.7 WAPL Home Brewed
“I’m not sure why the thought of ‘beer’ hit me (slave to habit, I suppose) when listening to RedBelt’s Beautiful Surround release but I know I want to keep drinking it in… over and over again. The influences and echo of the genres of rock that came before are evident to even the most subjective pallet. Each entry on the album is like another finely-crafted beer, with subtle notes and bold flavors permeating every song. Stout rockers like ‘American Mercy’ and ‘Throw Away’ mix effortlessly with easy-flowing tracks like ‘Beautiful Surround’ and Golden Sidewalks’. Using the crafting criteria of Vessel, Vintage and Volume, RedBelt’s Beautiful Surround is a ‘brewer’s dozen’ of impeccably-sessioned Midwest rock that goes to 11 on any scale. And, when consumed properly (see loudly), the result is quite intoxicating. Beautiful Surround is one of my absolute favorite album releases of the last year – plus. Please listen to it responsibly and let the smooth taste wash over you.”

Ian Gould

Ian, an immigrant from Belfast, Northern Ireland, began his musical career as a kid playing in bands throughout Ireland, the UK & Europe. Ian is now a solo artist and a singer/songwriter. He has been performing internationally for more than 20 years. Through his music and travels Ian has had the privilege of living and studying in Perth, Scotland and living in some other fine European cities such as London, Brussels, and Amsterdam.
Although he is still a continuous traveler, Ian now resides in the United States.  He received his U.S. citizenship in November 2015! A veteran bassist who has toured with bands throughout Europe and the U.S.A, Ian currently lives with his wife and two children near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a solo artist popular throughout the Midwest, from Minnesota to Illinois, to Michigan. “I’m fortunate to live where I live, because the Irish scene is vibrant. I meet so many wonderful people as I travel around.”
Ian Gould was recently nominated for the “Top Solo Performer in a Pub Venue throughout the USA, Ireland, European Union, and the  United Kingdom. In 2012, Ian was invited by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to perform for him and for Irish and British diplomats on the 12th of July, at the President's official residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin.  It was a great experience for all! In 2016, Ian was nominated for "Best Acoustic Musician" for Best of Milwaukee.

Life in a Tree

This prodigious group of youngsters has been building a buzz in the Milwaukee music scene ever since they got their start back in 8th grade. Alt-indie rockers, Life In A Tree, pursue every opportunity with a relentless drive and passion. This past May, they were finalists in the 2017 US Bank Tour Possible showcase. In 2016, ‘Wisconsin Area Music Industry’ (WAMI) nominated them in two adult categories for “best alternative rock band” and “best female vocalist” while still under the age of 18. The band cut their teeth as regulars on the big stages of Summerfest playing there 8 times and sharing the stage with many national touring acts such as Collective Soul, Tonic, Pentatonix, Gavin Degraw and Matt Nathanson. This quintet consists of Molly Lutz (vocals/bass), Tyler Miller (guitar/vocals), DJ Underwood (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Cooper (drummer), and Andy Conley (keyboards).
Their music has been described as hook-filled melodies with a modern poetic quality; it’s a Paramore meets Damien Rice soundscape. Their three singers provide a kaleidoscope of vocals that adds a dimension and freshness that very few bands in their genre can enjoy. With an EP and an LP under their belt, they released their second full-length album "Say Goodbye to the Nighttime Skies" in 2016.

Low Down Sound

Low Down Sound is a dedicated group of Milwaukee musicians creating music that has been described as a sweet cocktail of American rock and roll, mixed with southern soul and blues, and topped with a few dashes of funk! Since the release of last year's debut EP Ride into the Sun, LDS has truly started to grow into their sound and has gained recognition from local newspaper, Shepherd Express and local radio stations such as 88NINE Radio Milwaukee and 91.7 WMSE. Receiving nominations for Best Rock Band, Album of the Year, Band of the Year and more!
At the heart of the band is a trio of brothers, Brad - guitar & vocals, Greg - lead guitar, and Eric - keyboards & harmonica. Having played music together for most of their lives, they have developed a deep musical connection and devotion to their music. After years of searching for the right musicians to complete their sound, bassist Ryan Blundon and drummer Shane McGuinness have come along to complete the rhythm section. With the addition of vocalist and percussionist Shelly Schauer, this group's unforgettable vocal harmonies soar to new heights!

MusicMann Studios Calendar

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