Jonathan Paul Akre: Engineering, Producing, and Creating Music

Recording Engineering History

40 plus years as a Professional Recording Engineer.
Engineered Over 500 Records
7 years Remote Truck Recording. One chance, One Take
Paisley Park Studios: 10 years history:
Paisley Park Staff Engineer to:
In In-House Independent Music Production Company

“ClearSong Music Group”

Producing Approach

Good Songs Have A Compelling Storyline
A Melody That Stays With You.
The Recording Studio Is A Performance Medium.
Producing Is Done In Intensive Rehearsals.
Identify What The Artist Does Naturally.
Make That The Focus.

Mixing Approach

Great Music Arrangements
With Well  Placed and Balanced Instrumentation Actually, Mix Themselves.
Technology can only enhance good songs.
My experience is that mix number 3 or 4
Is usually better than mix 33 or 34.

Mission

CLEARSONG MUSIC GROUP
is a music production company based in Phoenix, Arizona under the leadership of Jonathan Paul Akre, operating as “Noahs’s Ark Recording Studio”

Since our inception at Princes “Paisley Park Studios” in 1989, we have provided Recording Engineering, Producing, Programming and Keyboard Support for a variety of National Acts, as well as other up and coming musical artists.

Our sole focus is to Identify Quality Music,
To Inspire the Artists to Exceed Their Expectations.

Through Many Years We Have Achieved Phenomenal Results with a varity of budgets and venues.
While technology is ever-changing,
The basics of Identifying Great Music
With Great performances will always be relevant.

Since 2021 Jonathan Paul Akre has been Clearsong’s “Noah’s Ark Recording Studio” main client. Jonathan has been writing Christian Music and will be launching a YouTube Channel Showcasing these demos.

To this, we remain committed.

Call: (480) 414.1568

About Us

 

I’m Jonathan Paul Akre,

and with four-plus decades I have experienced many aspects of the Music Business.

I was engaged with Live Production of Mixing Bands and Touring with them, I also answered phones including various entry-level positions in Recording Studios, like janitor and gofer, then to 2nd engineer, just to be around and soak up the knowledge and protocol.

 

 

I’m Jonathan Paul Akre,

and with four plus decades I have experienced many aspects of the Music Business.

I was engaged with Live Production of Mixing Bands and Touring with them, I also answered phones including  various entry-level positions in Recording Studios, like janitor and gofer, then to 2nd engineer, just to be around and soak up the knowledge and protocol.

 

‘I moved on to learning some of the technical aspects of maintaining Recording Equipment, achieving  Recording Engineer status, then on to Remote Recording Truck Owner, then Producing.  I got into Modern Music Production with 48 track Analogue, also various Synths, Drum machines, and syncing this to that.
I have also been a Recording Engineer Educator at several well-known Schools.

I spent 10 years at “Prince’s” Paisley Park Recording Complex, as a staff member with many job descriptions.  I became the only Independent Music Production Company allowed within Paisley Park, “ClearSong Music Group.”

In my career, I achieved a combined history of working on over 500 albums, and multiple thousands of sessions with projects covering many styles of music from; Blues, R&B, Funk, Punk, Rock, Country, Pop, Classical and Jazz.

Working with such artists as:
Prince, Soul Asylum, The Replacements, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Spyro Gyra, Sheila E., Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Allman Bros., Sounds of Blackness, just to name a few.

Shortly after leaving Paisley Park to open my own 48 track studio at the Historic Sound 80 complex, I contracted a serious life-threatening medical condition, which left me unable to continue my life’s work.  After a long battle, I beat the odds and have been given a clean bill of health. I still have my ears and stamina……Picking it up from here…..
As a Recording Engineer/Producer/Composer Arranger, I have been busy writing original Christian music in my Phoenix Studio, “Noahs Ark Recording Studio”

Let’s talk T O D A Y
About Your Project
(480) 414.1568

Studio Equipment

ClearSong Music Group’s “NOAH”s ARK RECORDING STUDIO” is a Private Writing, Recording, Overdub, Mixing and Mastering Studio located in Phoenix, Arizona.                                                            ….We Have Been Recording Music and Making Records For 40 + years.

 

We Rely On:
Westlake Audio BBSM 6 Studio Monitors  (We have remained loyal to Westlake Monitors Exclusively Since 1985. BBSM 4, 6, 8, 10’s)
Our BBSM 6’s Have Complete Replacement and Restoration by Glenn Phoenix at Westlake Audio
…..and every Westlake upgrade with low P.E. Distortion. (For you “Techies”) http://www.westlakeaudio.com/NEWPHOENIXEFFECT.pd

POWER AMPS
   Bryston 3B Studio Power Amp-Complete Replacement and Restoration at Bryston Factory
   Avantone “B” Speakers Powered

 MIC PREAMPS/ INTERFACES/ACCELERATORS
(2) Avalon VT-737 Tube Mic Pre/EQ/Compressor
(2) Universal Audio 4-710 A 4 Channel Tube Mic Pre/EQ/Compressor (8 mic pres)
(3) Universal Audio Apollo x8 (12 Unison mic pres)
(1) Universal Audio Apollo X16 (16 Line Inputs)
(1) Universal Audio Apollo X4 (4 mic pres)
(2) Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3, 8 core accelerators
64 Core Record/Mix/Mastering System
64 Audio Inputs for Full Band Tracking
All Mogami cable/GOLD Neutrik in interconnect
(100 +) Universal Audio Classic and Analoge Vintage Gear Plug-Ins

DAW’s/COMPUTERS
Universal Audio Luna Pro Recording software:
   Studer 800 Analog Tape Emulation
   API Vision Console Emulation

   Neve Summing Bus Emulation.   (TRACKING)
AVID Pro Tools Ultimate                 (MIXING)
Apple Logic Pro                               (CREATION)
MAC Studio With M2-32 gig Ram (Studio)  8TB SSD/32 TB Raid Back-Up
MacBookPro 15 TB3 (Remote)
3 Video Monitors
 

RECORD & MIX CONTROL SURFACES
   Solid State Logic (SSL) Controller System.    (RUNNING….
   AVID S1 & Dock Controller                             ….IN TANDEM)                         

                                                                                             MIC LOCKER

(1) C12 Large Diaphram Tube Condensor Custom Hand Built mic, power supply and remote pattern box.  (See: Alpha & Omega)
(2) Universal Audio Sphere dlx Modeling Microphone
        UA Bill Putman Mic Locker for Universal Audio Sphere mic.  (8 Vintage/Tube mics)
        Oceanway Mic Locker for Universal Audio Sphere mic.          (11 Vintage/Tube mics)
(4) Universal Audio Sphere lx Modeling Microphones
(1) Universal Audio Bock 251 Large Diaphram Tube Mic
(1) Universal Audio Bock 187 FET Large Diaphram mic
(1) Universal Audio Bock 167 Tube Large Diaphram mic
(2) Dachman Audio 87 SE Large Diaphram FET Condensor mics
(2) Dachman Audio 87 i    Large Disphram FET Condensor mics
(4) Neumann KM I85 Small Diaphram Hypercardioid mics
(4) Shure SM 57 mics
(1) Shure SM 87 Hyper-Cardioid Condenser Microphone
All Mogami Cable and Gold Nuetric Interconnect

 

ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC GUITARS
Martin OM-28E Modern Deluxe Orchestra Model Acoustic Guitar
Martin Grand J-16E Jumbo 12 String Acoustic Guitar
Sire Larry Carlton S7 Transparent Blue-Stratocaster
Sire Larry Carlton T7 Butterscotch-Telecaster
Sire Larry Carlton L7-Tobacco-Sunburst Les Paul
Sire Larry Carlton H7 Semi-Hollow Body-335 style
Sire Marcus Miller P5 4 String P-Bass
Sire Marcus Miller P5 5 String P-Bass

GUITAR AMPS & CABINETS
Vox AC30 2 X 12
Marshall JVM410H 100 watt 4 Channel
Marshall 1960AX 4 X 12 with Greenbacks
Marshall 1962 “Bluesbreaker”
30-Watt 2×12″ Guitar Combo
Fender ’65 Delux Reverb
Fendar ’65 Priceton Reverb
Kemper Profiler Head
Avid 11 Rack
Universal Audio Ox Box Reactive Load Box
Universal Audio ’68 Super Lead Amp Stomp Box
Universal Audio OX Stomp Box
Universal Audio Woodrow ’55 Amp Stomp Box
Universal Audio Ruby ’63 Top Boost Stomp Box

KEYBOARDS & MODULES

Roland Fantom 8 EX 88-Key Workstation
Roland FA-08, 88-Key Workstation
Roland Integra 7  Rack Mount
Roland D 550 Rack Mount
Roland JD 990 Rack Mount
   
(Roland: JD 800, SCH-101, Jupiter-8, Juno 60, XV-5080, and Prophet 5, OB 8,  Mini Moog, Rhodes V8, UAD Waterfall B3 with Leslie-software synths)
Native Instruments-Mashine Mk3
Native Instruments S88 MK2-Keyboard Master Controller (88 weighed keys, FATAR Keyboard)
Native Instruments Komplete 14
Ashley 8 Channel Stereo Sub Mixer for keyboards

FAVORITE TOOLS I HAVE USED FROM THE 1970’s THRU PRESENT
        Manley/API/SSL/Neve/Avalon/Universal Audio  (Channel Strips)
        Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe

        dbx “Square Meter’ 160        
        Universal Audio 1176, LA-2A, LA-3A
        Fairchild Tube Limiter 
        Tube Tech CL1B MK II
        Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor

        Universal Audio Fatso Jr/Sr
        Lexicon:  480L-224-PCM 41-Total PCM Bundle
        API 2500 Bus Compressor
        Universal Audio 175 & 176 Tube Compressors
        BrainWorks bx_digital V3-MidSide
        Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

        AMS RMX16 Expanded
        Studer A 800
        Ampex ATR-102
        2 Channel Neve Active Direct Box

 

 FULL BAND TRACKING:
        Alesis Strike Pro: 6 piece Studio Drum Kit with Zildjian Studio Recording Cymbal Set
             (Real Wood Drum Shells, Real Mesh Drum Heads,  Real Studio Quality Cymbals)

                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call Today:
(480) 414.1568

What Others Say

I have worked with Jonathan from our early days on the road where he was my most exceptional FOH engineer. Whenever I looked out and saw him behind the board I was relaxed and confident in a great sound that pleased everyone from band members and patrons, to club owners and staff. Later, we would work together again when he was the head Engineer (and only production company allowed on premises) at Paisley Park, shortly after he finished some work on Princes “Love Sexy”. Together we created the first really heavy band recording, or “Death Metal” recording, there at Paisley Park, for the band Impaler. Jonathan has what cannot be taught- a brilliant “Ear”. I recommend him most highly.

Bill Holmberg

Twin Cities

I met Jonathan Paul Akre when my band, “The Rhythm Dr’s” were going to cut our first album. Our bass player, John Wright had worked with Jonathan previously on an album at Paisley Park. We came to Jonathan with an idea how we wanted our record to sound. Together, we decided to go “Old School” i.e.; EVERYBODY PLAYING TOGETHER, ALL AT ONCE IN THE SAME ROOM…..Jonathan took a complicated situation and made it very easy to play together. Actually we forgot we were recording!…..I’ve done a total of 3 records with Jonathan. As luck would have it, we both now live in Phoenix, Arizona, and we are doing demos and pre-production for another record. You can hardly find anyone with all his years of experience and many styles of music.

Jimi PrimeTime Smith

MN Blues Hall of Famer, Mesa, AZ

I have known Jonathan Paul Akre for over 30 years. I first worked with him while recording my band’s second album. Dare Force was a successful Midwest Band with three albums. Jonathan recorded and mixed several songs on our second album. He was great to work with as well as had excellent ears and audio engineering talent. I also worked with Jonathan on several projects at Paisley Park studios. He worked at the time as a Staff Engineer.  That’s when he created ClearSong Music Group at Paisley Park. I later worked with Jonathan at Music Tech College. We were both teaching audio theory, lab, MIDI and Pro Tools classes. He was well liked and a popular instructor at the college. I can vouch for Jonathan’s talent, professionalism and great personality.

Brian Bart

Logic Multimedia, Mpls, MN

Jonathan Paul Akre
ClearSong Music Group

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Tracks

Current:

Soul Fix'n Man

by Performed by Jimi "PrimeTime" Smith. "Recorded LIVE" at Blues Ally. Record, Mix and Mastered and Co-Produced for ClearSong Music Group by Jonathan Paul Akre

Empire Builder

by Written, Performed and Produced by Danny Mangold Mixing and Additional Production at ClearSong Music Group, Phoenix, AZ by Jonathan Paul Akre

StepByStep

by Written, Performed and Produced by Danny Mangold Mixing and Additional Production at ClearSong Music Group, Phoenix, AZ by Jonathan Paul Akre

Building Bridges

by Written & Preformed by Orvin David Thompson JR. Produced at ClearSong Music Group, Phoenix, AZ by Jonathan Paul Akre

Billy Club "Color Code 2021"

by Featuring Dana Bailey.......Mixed by Jonathan Paul Akre | At ClearSong Music Group-Phoenix, AZ

(Out)LAW&(Dis)ORDER An Original Extended Tribute of "Law&Order Criminal Intent" Season 1-6

by Featuring: Jeff Carver-Trumpet, Jimi "PrimeTime" Smith-Blues GTR, Phil Kaiser-Lead GTR, Jonathan: Everything Else | Engineered & Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at ClearSong Music Group-Phoenix, AZ

Run All Night

by In House @ Clearsong Music Group | At ClearSong Music Group-Phoenix, AZ

Tribute To A Former Boss: "He's Gone"

by Written and Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre 04-21-2016 | At ClearSong Music Group, Phoenix, AZ

Up South "Country Kiss"

by Mixed by Jonathan Paul Akre | At ClearSong Music Group Phoenix, AZ

G.I.V.E. "Falling Down""

by Produced & Engineered by: Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Group at Paisley Park Studios (Production & Remastered 2018 @ CMG)

G.I.V.E. "Sold"

by Produced & Engineered by: Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Music at Paisley Park Studios (Remastered 2018 @ CMG)

G.I.V.E. "HateYourGuts""

by Produced & Engineered by: Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Group at Paisley Park Studios (Remastered 2018 @ CMG)

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES "10,000 Monsters"

by Featuring Bill Bailey....... Mixed by Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Group (Remastered 2018 @ CMG)

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES "Burn"

by Mixed by Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Group (Remastered 2018)

Claire & Gina "Over The Rainbow"

by Engineered & Produced by Jonathan Akre for Clearsong Music Group | At Pachyderm Studio (Remastered 2018 @ CMG)

Claire "Quiet Nights"

by Engineered & Produced by: Jonathan Paul Akre for Clearsong Music Group | At Pachydern Studio (Remastered @ CMG 2018)

Soul Asylum "Secret No More"

by Record/Mix by Jonathan Paul Akre at Paisley Park Studio B | (Remastered @ CMG 2018)

Soul Asylum "Grounded"

by Engineered by Jonathan Paul Akre at Pachyderm Studio | (Remastered @ CMG 2018)

Call Now To Discuss Your Project (480) 414.1568

Vault:

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Monkey In The Zoo"

by Record & Mix & Co-Producer by: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls, MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "The World Is A Neighborhood"

by Record & Mix & Co-Producer by: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Clearsong Music Group Mpls/Sound 80 complex, MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Kamikaze"

by Record and Mix & Co-Producer by: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Open Letter"

by Record and Mix & Co-Producer by: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Keep On Rockin The Boat"

by Record and Mix & Co-Producer by: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80/complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Great Balls Of Fire"

by Record and Mix & Co-Producer by: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Midnight Hour"

by Record and Mix & Co-Producer by: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Time Is Running Out"

by Record and Mix & Co-Producer by: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Sheila E. "Sex Cymbal"

by Record Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre | Recorded at: Brownmark Studio

Shelia E. "Lady Marmalade" Featuring: Patti LaBelle

by Record Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre | Recorded at Brownmark Studio

Sheila E. "Droppin Like Flies"

by Record Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre | Recorded at Brownmark Studio

PRINCE "Dance On" Featuring Sheila E.

by Record Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Paisley Park Studios

Jimmy Rodgers "Slick Chick"

by Record & Mix by: Jonathan Paul Akre | Paisley Park Studios

Hubert Sumlin "Feed Me"

by Record and Mix by: Jonathan Paul Akre | Paisley Park Studios

Ryhthm Dr's "Going Home"

by Featuring Jimi "PrimeTime" Smith | Record & Mix by: Jonathan Akre at Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex-Mpls, MN

Ryhthm Dr's "Texas Toast"

by Featuring Paul Mayasich | Record & Mix by: Jonathan Paul Akre at: Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex- Mpls, MN

Ryhthm Dr's "Black Coffee"

by Featuring Paul Mayasich | Record & Mix by: Jonathan Paul Akre at: Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex- Mpls, MN

Strange Sects "Lonley"

by Featuring Mark Westlund | Engineered & Produced by: Jonathan Paul Akre for Clearsong Music Group at Pachyderm Studio

Toadstool "Bills Gin/As God Is My Witness"

by Produced by David Pirner | Record/Mix by Jonathan Paul Akre at Paisley Park Studios

Replacements "Achin To Be"

by Engineer Jonathan Paul Akre at Paisley Park Studios | ReMastered @ Clearsong Music Group, Phoenix, AZ

Pages "I Do Believe"

by Recorded at: LRS Burbank, CA | 2nd Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre Remastered @ Clearsong Music Group Phx, AZ

Pages "Chemistry"

by Recorded at: LRS, Burbank, CA | 2nd Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre Remastered @ Clearsong Music Group PHX, AZ

Spyro Gyra "Shaker Song"

by Recorded at: Mark Custom Records, Clarence, NY | 2nd Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre - Remastered 2018 @ Clearsong Music Group PHX, AZ

Call Now To Discuss Your Project: (480) 414.1568

Tracks

Current:

SOUL FIX'N MAN

by Performed by: Jimi "PrimeTime" Smith. Recorded "LIVE at Blues Alley. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered Co-Produced for ClearSong Music Group by Jonathan Paul Akre

EMPIRE BUILDER

by Written, Performed and Produced by Danny Mangold. Mixing and Additional Production at ClearSong Music Group Phoenix, AZ by: Jonathan Paul Akre

STEP BY STEP

by Written, Performed and Produced by Danny Mangold. Mixing and Additional Production at ClearSong Music Group Phoenix, AZ by: Jonathan Paul Akre

"BUILDING BRIDGES"

by Written & Preformed by Orvin David Thompson JR. Produced at: ClearSong Music Group.com by Jonathan Paul Akre

Billy Club "Color Code 2021"

by Featuring Dana Bailey.......Mixed by Jonathan Paul Akre | Mixed and Additional Music Production by Jonathan Paul Akre at ClearSong Music Group-Phoenix, AZ

Run All Night

by In House @ Clearsong Music Group | At ClearSong Music Group-Phoenix, AZ Jan. 2019

(Out)LAW&(Dis)ORDER An Original Extended Tribute of "Law&Order Criminal Intent" Season1-6

by Featuring: Jeff Carver-Trumpet, Jimi "PrimeTime" Smith-Blues GTR, Phil Kaiser-Lead GTR, Jonathan: Everything Else | Engineered & Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at ClearSong Music Group-Phoenix, AZ

Up South "Country Kiss"

by Mixed by Jonathan Paul Akre | At ClearSong Music Group Phoenix, AZ

G.I.V.E. "Falling Down""

by Produced & Engineered by: Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Group at Paisley Park Studios (Production & Remastered 2018 @ CMG)

G.I.V.E. "Sold"

by Produced & Engineered by: Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Music at Paisley Park Studios (Remastered and Production 2018 @ CMG)

G.I.V.E. "HateYourGuts""

by Produced & Engineered by: Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Group at Paisley Park Studios (Remastered 2018 @ CMG)

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES "10,000 Monsters"

by Featuring Bill Bailey....... Mixed by Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Group (Remastered 2018 @ CMG)

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES "Burn"

by Mixed by Jonathan Paul Akre | For: ClearSong Music Group (Remastered 2018)

Claire & Gina "Over The Rainbow"

by Engineered & Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre for Clearsong Music Group | At Pachyderm Studio (Remastered and Production 2018 @ CMG)

Claire "Quiet Nights"

by Engineered & Produced by: Jonathan Paul Akre for Clearsong Music Group | At Pachydern Studio (Remastered @ CMG 2018)

Tribute To A Former Boss: "He's Gone"

by Written & Produed by Jonathan Paul Akre 04-21-2016 | At ClearSong Music Group, Phoenix, AZ

Soul Asylum "Secret No More"

by Record, Mix Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at Paisley Park Studio B | (Remastered @ CMG 2018)

Soul Asylum "Grounded"

by Engineered by Jonathan Akre at Pachyderm Studio | (Remastered @ CMG 2018)

Call Now To Discuss Your Project: (480) 414.1568

by email us: [email protected]

Vault:

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Monkey In The Zoo"

by Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at: | Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls, MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "The World Is A Neighborhood"

by Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at: | Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex Mpls, MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Kamikaze"

by Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at: | Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Open Letter"

by Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at: | Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Keep On Rockin The Boat"

by Record, Mix and Co-Produced by: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Great Balls Of Fire"

by Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at: | Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Midnight Hour"

by Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at: | Clearsong Music Group/Sound 80 complex, Mpls MN

Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Time Is Running Out"

by Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at: | At Clearsong Music Group/Sound complex, Mpls MN

Sheila E. "Sex Cymbal"

by Record Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre | Recorded at: Brownmark Studio

Shelia E. "Lady Marmalade" Featuring: Patti LaBelle

by Record Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre | Recorded at Brownmark Studio

Sheila E. "Droppin Like Flies"

by Record Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre | Recorded at Brownmark Studio

PRINCE "Dance On" Featuring Sheila E.

by Record Engineer: Jonathan Paul Akre | At Paisley Park Studios

Jimmy Rodgers "Slick Chick"

by Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at: | Paisley Park Studio C

Hubert Sumlin "Feed Me"

by Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at: | Paisley Park Studio C

Ryhthm Dr's "Going Home"

by Featuring Jimi "PrimeTime" Smith | Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at Clearsong Music Group: Sound 80 Complex

Ryhthm Dr's "Texas Toast"

by Featuring Paul Mayasich | Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at Clearsong Music Group: Sound 80 Complex

Ryhthm Dr's "Black Coffee"

by Featuring Paul Mayasich | Record, Mixed and Co-Produced by Jonathan Paul Akre at Clearsong Music Group: Sound 80 Complex

Strange Sects "Lonley"

by Featuring Mark Westlund | Engineered & Produced by: Jonathan Akre for Clearsong Music Group at Pachyderm Studio

Toadstool "Bills Gin/As God Is My Witness"

by Produced by David Pirner | Record/Mix by Jonathan Akre at Paisley Park Studio C

Replacements "Achin To Be"

by Engiineer Jonthan Akre at Paisley Park Studios | ReMastered @ Clearsong Music Group, Phoenix, AZ

Pages "I Do Believe"

by Recorded at: LRS Burbank, CA | 2nd Engineer: Jonathan Akre Remastered @ Clearsong Music Group Phx, AZ

Pages "Chemistry"

by Recorded at: LRS, Burbank, CA | 2nd Engineer: Jonathan Akre Remastered @ Clearsong Music Group PHX, AZ

Spyro Gyra "Shaker Song"

by Recorded at: Mark Custom Records, Clarence, NY | 2nd Engineer: Jonathan Akre - Remastered 2018 @ Clearsong Music Group PHX, AZ

Call Now To Discuss Your Project: (480) 414.1568

by email us: [email protected]

Discography

Remote Recording:  Over 700 Remote Recording Dates: 1975-1981
Remote Recording Accounts: 
    Westwood One Presents
    BBC Rock Hour
    King Bisquit Flower Hour

  Many High School/College Bands, Choirs, Jazz Ensembles, Outdoor Music Festivals
  Luther College Concert Choir-Weston Noble-Directing
  JUDD Sneaky Petes Mankato, MN
  Allman Bros. “LIVE” from Gainesville 1st MTV simulcast 1981

  Pointer Sisters HBO Special
  Roy Clark HBO Special
  Pat Travers BBC Rock Hour
  Triumph Westwood One
  U of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble
     (special guests) Louis Bellson and Pearl Bailey
                                    Lionel Hampton
                                    Dizzy Gillispie
                                    Buddy DeFranco
   Sounds of Blackness “LIVE CD”
   Jimi “Primetime” Smith … MN Blues Hall Of Fame Member    “LIVE at Blues Alley”” CD Atomic Theory Records.  

 FOH or Monitor Mixing: Carlton Celebrity Room 1983-1986
    Leon Russel, Ray Charles, Temptations, Sammy Davis Jr, America,

    4 Tops, Jets, James Brown, Capt.& Tennille, Edgar Winter….

Record Engineer 1975-Present (so many more…)
George Clinton “Smell My Finger” Paisley Park Records
 Sheila E. “Sex Cymbal” Warner Bros Records
 Javeta Steel “Open Book” MARS/Sony Music
 Fun House 4 Song Project@ Paisley Park Mick Ronson: Producer
 Paradox 4 song EP-Westwood Sessions
 Samoa-Direct To Digital tracking Studio C Paisley Park 1987
 Soul Asylum “Horse They Rode In On” A&M Records

 The Replacements “Corella DeVille” Disney Pictures
 The Replacements “Don’t Tell A Soul” Sire/Warner Bros.
 Trip Shakespeare “Across The Universe”
 Brownmark “Through Friend…” Motown

 Prince “Dance On” PaisleyPark/Warner
 Jimmy Rodgers “Slick Chick”
 Hubert Sumlin “Feed Me”
 Spyro Gyra (basic tracks) “Shaker Song”(initial label) Mark Records
 Pages (assist basic tracks) “Future Street” Epic Records

More than 500 albums recorded from 1975 – Present
        This is a select Discography

Paisley Park Studio Complex
        Over 1000 sessions 1987-1996

Sound 80 Recording Complex
   Clearsong Music Group, portable Recording Studio:  Hundreds of sessions 1996-2000

Record Engineer/Programming
 Prince “Love” PaisleyPark/Warner
 Sheila E. “Ford Fairlane “ (soundtrack) Twentieth Century Fox
 Map of the World Morgan/Dalliance Atlantic Records
 Jets “Under Any Moon” (soundtrack) Columbia Pictures

Record/MixEngineer
  Brooklyn 6 Song EP at Westwood Studio
Soul Asylum Clam Dip & Other Delights TwinTone/A&M Records

  Mazarati Mazarati II Motown Records
  Habit Medicine Man Virgin Records
  Dare Force: (Select Tracks) “Making Our Own Rules” Firepower”

Record/Mix Engineer/Co-Producer
  Phil Solem and The Rembrandts/Paisley Park Studio Sessions
  Soul Asylum “Artificial Heart” TwinTone/A&M Records
  Herricane Alice 4 Song Project Paisley Park
  Soul Asylum “Just Plain Evil” (soundtrack) Lost Angles –
Orion Pictures

  Toadstool Sun Highway TwinTone Records
  Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters Monkey In The Zoo” Atomic Thealerroy Records
  Rhythm Dr’s 2 CD’s (untitled) Band Release
  Michael Peace “Vigilante of Hope” Reunion Records
  TDK- 4 Spong Project @ Mirror Image Studios
  Crash Test Dummies 4 song Direct to 2 track digital 1985
  Buzzy Lindhart– Westwood Sound Sessions
  Warriors Of The Cross- 4 Song LIVE to 2 track digital 1985
  Impaler Vicious Dreams Ever Rat/Enigma
  Kubla Kahn Annihilation New Renaissance(US) 

 Engineer/Other
  Robert Langhorst-Mixing @ Mirror Image Studios
  All The Pretty Horses ATPH Amzon.com

  BASH Holiday Starsong Records
  Bob Mould WorkBook (LIVE@ Cabaret Metro) Virgin Records 

Record/Mix/Produce
  Strange Sects “Hair’s Looking At You” 6 song EP
  Billy Club: “You Can Only Talk  & Idiom Gaga”
  Billy Club: “Color Code” 2019
  G.I.V.E. “Untitled EP” Band Release
  Soul Asylum-Clam Dip
  Claire Davis “My Life Is A Song” CD Release

  Dayton Hudson Corp “Through The Eye” Corp I.D./Music Animation
  Chris Weber “Sweet Angel” (Miami Blues) Orion Picture       Founding Member: “LA Guns”
  Jack White Band “8 Days A Week” Band Release
  Landfill Park: Velvet Lucy Band Release
  Sheila Ray Charles: 4 Song EP Paisley Park

Keyboard Tech: Tommy Barberella, Prince. 1990-1992  “Diamonds & Pearls”  World Tour & MTV Awards Show.

Jonathan Akre/Credits/AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/jonathan-akre-mn0000260550

The AllMusic site is notorious for incomplete information and almost impossible to correct and update.

Discography

Remote Recording:  Over 700 Remote Recording Dates: 1975-1981
Many High School/College Bands, Choirs, Jazz Ensembles, Outdoor Music Festivals
Luther College Concert Choir-Weston Noble-Directing
JUDD Sneaky Petes Mankato, MN
Allman Bros. “LIVE” from Gainesville 1st MTV simulcast 1981
Pointer Sisters HBO Special
Roy Clark HBO Special
Pat Travers BBC Rock Hour
Triumph Westwood One
U of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble
  (special guests) Louis Bellson and Pearl Bailey
                                  Lionel Hampton
                                  Dizzy Gillispie
                                  Buddy DeFranco
Sounds of Blackness “LIVE CD”
Jimi “Primetime” Smith … MN Blues Hall Of Fame Member    “LIVE” CD Atomic Theory Records.  

 FOH or Monitor Mixing: Carlton Celebrity Room 1983-1986
 Leon Russel, Ray Charles, Temptations, Sammy Davis Jr, America,
 4 Tops, Jets, James Brown, Capt.& Tennille, Edgar Winter….

 

Record Engineer 1975-Present (so many more…)
George Clinton “Smell My Finger” Paisley Park Records
Sheila E. “Sex Cymbal” Warner Bros Records
Javeta Steel “Open Book” MARS/Sony Music
Fun House 4 Song Project@ Paisley Park Mick Ronson: Producer
Paradox 4 song EP-Westwood Sessions
Samoa-Direct To Digital tracking Studio C Paisley Park 1987
Soul Asylum “Horse They Rode In On” A&M Records
The Replacements “Corella DeVille” Disney Pictures
The Replacements “Don’t Tell A Soul” Sire/Warner Bros.
Trip Shakespeare “Across The Universe”
Brownmark “Through Friend…” Motown
Prince “Dance On” PaisleyPark/Warner
Jimmy Rodgers “Slick Chick"
Hubert Sumlin “Feed Me"
Spyro Gyra (basic tracks) “Shaker Song”(initial label) Mark Records
Pages (assist basic tracks) “Future Street” Epic Records

More than 500 albums recorded from 1975 – Present
This is a select Discography
 

Paisley Park Studio Complex
Over 1000 sessions 1987-1996

Sound 80 Recording Complex
    Clearsong Music Group, portable Recording Studio:  Hundreds of sessions 1996-2000

Record Engineer/Programming
  Prince “Love” PaisleyPark/Warner
  Sheila E. “Ford Fairlane “ (soundtrack) Twentieth Century Fox
  Map of the World Morgan/Dalliance Atlantic Records
   Jets “Under Any Moon” (soundtrack) Columbia Pictures

Record/MixEngineer
 Brooklyn 6 Song EP at Westwood Studio
 Soul Asylum Clam Dip & Other Delights TwinTone/A&M Records
   Mazarati Mazarati II Motown Records
   Habit Medicine Man Virgin Records
 Dare Force: (Select Tracks) “Making Our Own Rules” Firepower”
 

Record/Mix Engineer/Co-Producer
   Phil Solem and The Rembrandts/Paisley Park Studio Sessions
   Soul Asylum “Artificial Heart” TwinTone/A&M Records
 Herricane Alice 4 Song Project Paisley Park
 Soul Asylum “Just Plain Evil” (soundtrack) Lost Angles –Orion Pictures
   Toadstool Sun Highway TwinTone Records
   Willie Murphy and The Angel Headed Hipsters "Monkey In The Zoo” 
              Atomic Thealerroy Records
   Rhythm Dr’s 2 CD’s (untitled) Band Release
   Michael Peace “Vigilante of Hope” Reunion Records
 TDK- 4 Spong Project @ Mirror Image Studios
 Crash Test Dummies 4 song Direct to 2 track digital 1985
 Buzzy Lindhart– Westwood Sound Sessions
 Warriors Of The Cross- 4 Song LIVE to 2 track digital 1985
 Impaler Vicious Dreams Ever Rat/Enigma
   Kubla Kahn Annihilation New Renaissance(US) 

 Engineer/Other
 Robert Langhorst-Mixing @ Mirror Image Studios
 All The Pretty Horses ATPH Amzon.com
   BASH Holiday Starsong Records
   Bob Mould WorkBook (LIVE@ Cabaret Metro) Virgin Records 

Record/Mix/Produce
 Strange Sects “Hair’s Looking At You” 6 song EP
 Billy Club: “You Can Only Talk  & Idiom Gaga”
 G.I.V.E. “Untitled EP” Band Release
   Soul Asylum-Clam Dip
 Claire Davis “My Life Is A Song” CD Release
   Dayton Hudson Corp “Through The Eye” Corp I.D./Music Animation
   Chris Weber “Sweet Angel” (Miami Blues) Orion Picture   Founding Member: “LA Guns”
   Jack White Band “8 Days A Week” Band Release
   Landfill Park: Velvet Lucy Band Release
 Sheila Ray Charles: 4 Song EP Paisley Park
 

Keyboard Tech 1991-92
 Prince & The New Power Generation “Diamonds & Pearls” World Tour & MTV Awards Show.

Jonathan Akre/Credits/AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/jonathan-akre-mn0000260550

This AllMusic site is notorious for incomplete information and almost impossible to correct and update. “For What It’s Worth”

 

                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

In Pro Audio lets think of the Microphone as being the Alpha (Beginning of the audio path.)

…………………………………..and the Studio Monitors to be the Omega. (End of the audio path.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The Alpha:   

Clearsong Music Group has for its 1st choice of microphone a custom Tube C12 Large Diaphram Condenser  Hand Built Microphone. A 1956 NOS medical Grade GE 5 Star 6072a Square Getter tube was selected and hand wired into place. This is the exact tube that was instaled in the origainl C12 Tube mic as offered.

This hand built mic by Master Builder Steven Burns of Burns Audio Creative is born out of an original  circut board design and 1950’s original schematic. AKG’s C12 is one of the best-known tube condenser microphones in music recording history. The original CK12 capsule is widely considered to be one of the finest condenser microphone capsules available. The AKG C12 Capsules were made by hand and were far more intricate than those fitted to equivalent Neumann mics in the 1950s (Neumann U47 etc), incorporating more than 120 individual parts. These are colloquially known as ‘brass’ capsules due to the brass housing, although the coating of the capsule itself is sputtered gold. The microphone requires an external power supply with a remote pattern box again built from the original schematic with  hand selected and individually tested  parts.  Our power supply is  heavy duty and very well built. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Omega:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Clearsong Music Group  relies on Westlake Audio BBSM 6’s Studio Monitors . We have have remained loyal to Westlake Studio Monitors exclusivly since 1985.  Over the years, Westlake founder and designer Glenn Phoenix has made many  changes to the entire line of Westlake speakers, paying particular attention to enclosure resonance, crossover component orientation and internal point-to- point wiring. Collectively these tweaks have added up significantly enough to warrant the “Series2” designation. Our Westlake BBSM6’s have Complete Replacement and Restoration

…..and every Westlake upgrade with low P.E. Distortion. (For you “Techies”) http://www.westlakeaudio.com/NEWPHOENIXEFFECT.pd                                                                                                                    Our BBSM 6s have all new woofers/mids & surrounds/tweeters and every upgrade for “Low P.E.” status.                                                                                                                                                                                            Our BBSM 6s are also equipped with  “Muffs” for enhanced stereo imageing. The speaker muff is a foam, chamfered edge, baffle extension that increases the area of the front baffle. As the size of the baffle increases, it takes longer for the sound/energy to reach the cabinet edge, and  it  decreases the amplitude of the edge reflections. This reduction in edge reflections and related distortions allow the listener to hear more of the direct sound from the speaker. Laser sharp imaging. 

Mastering

                                                                                                                                                                I Have Been Involved With Mastering Records Since 1975…

 Mastering is the last step in the creative process, and
the first step in the manufacturing process.

That was and still is a true statement.

      Software companies are offering “Chains” of plug-ins
They allow you to master your project on your own, for very little money.
 There is something the software companies cannot sell you.
It’s something that you can only acquire over years of time…..

                                                                                  Seasoned and Developed Hearing 

                                                                                                 Occurs When You Have Had The Experience Of:

                                                                                                                                 1. Using High-Quality Recording Equipment
                                                                                                                                     
We have the Mac Studio with M2, The fastest most powerful Mac ever offered.
                                                                                                                                                        We rely on (4) Universal Audio Apollo X Interfaces. (2) UAD-02  8 Core accelerators. 64 Core Mastering system.
                                                                                                                                                        Sample listing of tools available: Ampex ATR-102 plug-In, API 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor plug-in, bx_digital V3 mix plug-In (M/S),
                                                                                                                                                        Capitol Chambers Reverb plug-In, Fairchild plug-in, Manley Massive Passive EQ plug-in, Manley Variable Mu Compressor plug in,
                                                                                                                                                        Ocean Way Studios plug-in, Sound City Studios plug in, Oxford EQ plug-in, Precision Maximizer plug-in
                                                                                                                                                  2.  Surrounded By Great Players, Playing Great Songs/Arrangements
                                                                                                                                3. With Inspired Performances
                                                                                                                                4. We rely on Westlake Audio BBSM 6 Studio Moniotrs with Full “LOW P.E.” mods by Glenn Phoenix.
                                                                                                                                    Working In A Corrected A
nd Controlled Acoustic Environment, Every Day

                                                                   

                                                                                                                               “This Has Been My Recording, Mixing and Mastering  Experience.”

Sailor's Song - Original Mix From CD

by Pages | Future Street

Sailor's Song - ClearSong Music Group Remastered

by Pages | Future Street

Questions on what to do next? 

CALL NOW: (480) 414.1568

RATE CARD: Recording Engineer/Producer

  • I DO NOT SELL STUDIO TIME… I MAKE RECORDS
  • $500 per song. Tracking through Mastering. (Participation disscussion possible)
  • “No Money Up Front” Mixing and Mastering.
  • $250 per song for accepted Mixes.
    (Send Me Your Files, Call for Instructions)
  • Mastering starting at as low as $30 per song. (Send Me Your Files)
  • “O% FINANCING AVAILABLE” for viable projects… Connect with us for details.

CALL NOW to discuss Your Project:   

(480) 414.1568

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS / CREDITS:

I am very thankful to David Anthony Pirner, Brian Bart, and Dan Brennen
for taking the time to encourage me to get back to what I love doing.
Making and Recording music.
ClearSong Music Group (Re-Boot V 3.0) 2018
Initial WebSite Concept: Thanks to Mark Kupfer & Bill Holmberg At AlphaBetas.com
Initial web design and Technical Help.
Web Master: Steve Haney: [email protected]
Creative Consultant: Kevin Dubiel: Kevin DuBiel FaceBook
LOGO Design: [email protected]
Technical Support/Studio Design/Consultation Steven Burns: www.burnsaudiocreative.com