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Announcement: Welcome to the Euphonic Studio Blog!

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Euphonic Studio, a full-service recording studio with video capabilities located in Mount Vernon, Iowa serving Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Coralville, Marion,  and the surrounding area with top quality recordings in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere at affordable prices.  We have the best of both digital and analog worlds along with a professional grand piano (Mason & Hamlin) and Hammond organ with Leslie for your use.  We feature award-winning recording equipment such as RME Fireface UFX, Focusrite ISA 428, Michael Joly custom mics, Octava, R0de, Urei, Lexicon, TC Electronics,  Aphex, Alesis, Yamaha, Warm,  Audio-Technica, DBX, Shure, Allen & Heath, JBL, Crown, Otari, as well as software products Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, Cubase 8, Sony Vegas Pro 13, Celemony Melodyne, and plugins too numerous to list. We have a wide variety of fretted and unfretted string instruments, synthesizers, and amplifiers available for your use.

You are welcome and encouraged to arrange a free tour of our facility and evaluate our recordings.  You can get a feel for what we do here and what I’ve done as a musician by listening to the recording samples in the “Euphonic Studio Artists” link to the right.

For more information please write or phone 319.895.8002.

Bill Niemi, Euphonic Studio Engineer

Bill Niemi, Euphonic Studio engineer, music instructor, arranger, and composer.

Looking for information about music lessons?

Please visit our lessons site, 

Written by Mr. Bill

June 14th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Dr. Doug Larche Releases “Angels in the Snow”

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To visit the official website of Angels in the Snow, please click the link below.

Click BELOW to listen to the music

Dr. Doug Larche

Euphonic Masters First Stage Musical

Dr. Doug Larche brought in another first for Euphonic Studio.  This was the first stage musical where I have ever worked with a composer in the creative process and processed, mixed, and mastered a work of that scope.  It was terrific!

The musical, Angels in the Snow, is a beautifully conceived work with ideas that are contemporary over a background that is timeless.

From the website:

Framed by the American-Mexican Border Fence conflict and the Israeli-Palestinian Wall, Angels in the Snow! tells the
passionate inter-generational story of three couples separated by the Berlin Wall, and the bloody crises they face as they try to
reach each other and survive. East German Communist Leader Erich Honecker, soldiers, fierce dogs, infidelity, torture, eco-
terrorism, and The Wall stand between them for 28 years. Angels is romance, unrequited love, desperation, death and ultimate
triumph and reunion; but it is also laced with sweetness, joy, laughter, nostalgia and hope. Woven upon a tapestry of non-
violence, environmentalism and the search for peace, Angels also offers grace notes to the Holiday season.
We are at the cusp of a new day in America. Especially in these times, when walls and bans are physical reflections of
fear and deep prejudice and hatred, we are desperately searching for something that speaks to our own lives, experiences
and historical contexts – something that actually happened during our own lives; something that is real, not just built of
fantasy and special effects; something that resonates with power and truth and that helps us believe in right, good, decency,
family and in ourselves; something that reassures us that we can still feel, hurt, love, cry and save the world – and that
reminds of times like the holidays and the heroes we all can be; something that restores our faith that there are angels
among us, of us – those who have gone before, but also the angels we all can be.

At the heart of every great film is a great and enduring story that shares something important about the human condition
and that is about people we can really care about. A great movie musical has all of that, but is enhanced by a soaring score
and songs that stay with you forever.

Angels in the Snow! aspires to be that film, told through the lens of a brutal, angry Wall, and the non-violent but powerful
ways that people finally tore it down.



Written by Mr. Bill

February 13th, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Amen Choir finishes The Amen Choir’s 2nd CD, “Dufise Ivyizigiro”

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Our friends the Amen Choir have just finished their second CD project.  It’s name in Kerundi, “Dufise Ivyizigiro“, means “We Have Hope” in English.

The Amen Choir's 2nd CD at Euphonic was finished in January. It is entitled "Dufise Ivyizigiro", which translates to English as "We Have Hope".

The Amen Choir’s 2nd CD at Euphonic was finished in January. It is entitled “Dufise Ivyizigiro”, which translates to English as “We Have Hope”.

The seven song CD has been an ongoing project for 2 years.  The music is wonderful!  Here’s an example (below)



Atcha Kulia

Written by Mr. Bill

February 13th, 2018 at 3:55 pm

New video release… “Oh Babylon”

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Euphonic Studio announces the release of our new video, “Oh Babylon”, written and sung by Joe Baumhover.

This is just in time for the election madness.

Please enjoy and share.

Written by Mr. Bill

October 9th, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Euphonic Releases Bill Niemi Single “The Traveler”

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Artwork for our latest release, The Traveler, written and performed by Euphonic Studio's Bill Niemi

Artwork for our latest release, The Traveler, written and performed by Euphonic Studio’s Bill Niemi

Euphonic Studio is proud to announce the release of our latest single, The Traveler, written and recorded by Bill Niemi during the Euphonic Minneapolis days in the mid-80s.

This is the first public release of any song that features Bill as vocalist. It is written and performed in a style that is reminiscent of Paul Simon and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.


You may purchase a copy at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and all the usual digital distribution channels. You may listen to the song for free at any of the links below.

Buy The Traveler at CD Baby

Buy The Traveler at Amazon

Written by Mr. Bill

April 30th, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Amen Choir Releases “Salamu” and “Ifi”

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Artwork for the Amen Choir's newest single, Ifi, released 4/1/15. The song is part of a CD recorded by the Amen Choir at Euphonic Studio.

Artwork for the Amen Choir’s newest single, Ifi, released 4/1/15. The song is part of a CD recorded by the Amen Choir at Euphonic Studio.

This is the artwork for the Amen Choir single “Ifi”, released April 1, 2015.

Please LIKE and SHARE… Thanks!

We are happy and proud to announce that the second single from the Amen Choir’s CD is now available at the following links:








SoundCloud (listen for free)

We will put the lyrics up here and on SoundCloud as soon as they become available.

Thanks for listening!!!


This is the artwork for the Amen Choir single "Salamu", which means "Greetings!"

This is the artwork for the Amen Choir single “Salamu”, which means “Greetings!”

We are happy and proud to announce the release of the single recording “Salamu” by the Amen Choir from their 12 song CD which will be released later this spring.

This is the artwork for the Amen Choir single “Salamu”, which means “Greetings!”

You can listen to the song for free on ReverbNation and SoundCloud at the links below.

You may also purchase your own copy of this uplifting song at this link:

Here’s the link for SoundCloud:

We will begin working on the video for this song shortly.

Here is a lyrics translation for any viewers who don’t speak Kirundi or Swahili:





Greetings our Burundi!

We greet you in the name of Jesus Christ

Leader hello…

Brothers and Sisters we greet you…

Vs 1

Many among us did not see you

But because of our parents we know you

Our Burundi we greet you

Our Burundi we send you these greetings


Greetings our Burundi!

We greet you in the name of Jesus Christ

Leader hello…

Brothers and Sisters we greet you…


Greetings Tanzania!

We greet you in the name of Jesus Christ

Leader hello…

Our friends we greet you…

Vs 2

We were refugees from Burundi

We fled to you

And you welcomed us

You also opened up the way for us to come to America

May our God Bless You

Greetings Tanzania!

We greet you in the name of Jesus Christ

Leader hello

Our friends we greet you.


To our home we send a song of love and our greetings. And although many of us didn’t get the chance to see the land that our parents, grandparents, and so on were born and raised or where and how our traditions were developed we still love you Burundi and we still call you home. The stories that our parents tell paint beautiful and colorful picture of who and what you are. We say hello to the leaders and the ones we left behind.

Tanzania our second home, the place that most of us were born, we greet you as well. When we were refugees fleeing the horrible face of death, you took us in and you open the doors for us to come to America, our new home. To the leaders and to our friends in Tanzania we say we greet you say hello, thank you and may God bless you. We are who we are today because of you.


Written by Mr. Bill

March 4th, 2015 at 3:36 pm

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Derrick Patterson’s Singles NOW AVAILABLE!

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Euphonic Studio is happy to announce that Derrick Patterson’s 2 singles are now available for sale at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and scores of other outlets.

Please click the link below and add your own copy to your REAL country music collection for a mere 99 cents!

Thanks from all of us independent musicians who contributed to the project!

NEW January 25, 2015… Video release

Written by Mr. Bill

December 27th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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CD Projects

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated the blog. A lot has happened since the last update, including my successful run for City Council here in Mt. Vernon. Serving our city in this capacity has been very time consuming, and at the same time very rewarding.

So here’s an update on recording activities….

I’m also working on arranging/mixing a set of songs from singer/songwriter Mark Randolph of Cedar Rapids. Mark’s music takes an unflinching look at life from a very unique point of view. These are taking some time due to overdubs bus so far I’m happy with the results.

The two African groups took most of the winter off, but will be returning to the studio shortly. The Glory Singers (Quad Cities) will be back in the studio the second week of March. The Amen Choir will be returning in April. With groups of that size, and the awful weather we’ve been suffering this winter, it’s been difficult to arrange recording time. Further, some members have just returned from Africa to our crummy midwestern winter.

I have a group of 12 songs recorded by Brandon Douglas awaiting mix. These range from Schubert art songs (accompanied by pianist Alex Doser) to show tunes with backing tracks. Brandon is a wonderful singer and is a voice student at Simpson College.

I’ve been getting some lyrics for collaboration from a gent in Illinois. If you are a lyricist looking for someone to work with on your project, drop me a few lines! We’ll talk.

As far as equipment changes, there haven’t been a lot. I built some active splitter boxes that function as no-load direct boxes. This allows me to get a dry signal from the electronic instrument as well as micing up the amp. I find this useful for re-amping once in a while.

I have been doing a bunch of mixing through my A&H board to the Otari half track. I really love mixing this way as opposed to mixing “in the box”. The results are startlingly better. There is a natural tape compression that happens. Some people mistakenly believe that digital recording is more accurate than tape… not so, not in the least. It’s a CONVENIENT way to record, but not more accurate. In fact, every digital recording is an approximation of the original sound. By mixing through analog equipment, you can reclaim some of the lost depth and stereo image. The results will make you smile, I think. I always do.

As busy as things are, I can still fit in your project. If you’re looking for a great place to record your demo, CD, or specialty product, give us a call at 319.895.8002!

Written by Mr. Bill

February 24th, 2014 at 11:15 am

Euphonic Studio Stays Busy Over Holidays

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I am just going to give you a quick update on our recording activities and then I have to get back to actually doing them.

Sudanese singer/songwriter/arranger Yousif Elmosley and Euphonic's Bill Niemi

Sudanese singer/songwriter/arranger Yousif Elmosley and Euphonic’s Bill Niemi after the July 5 session for the song “Kida La”. See Yousif’s page to hear the recording.

We have been running very hard here, with lots of new work, commitments for new projects, and keeping on with our ongoing projects.

The Amen Choir scratch tracks are finished and they will be coming back in to start finalizing tracking on their 12 song project.

We finished the Smokin’ Guns demo CD, which included their song “She’s Off the Scale” that got some airplay on KISS 96.5 in June.  The band is planning to do a full length CD here, working on one or two songs as they are written and perfected.   It’s fun to have some country in the studio, and I enjoyed playing a few tracks on their original song.

I sent Mirror Coat mixes of their 6 song demo for approval and I’m waiting for mix notes.  We’re almost done with that.   Mirror Coat is planning to move to Chicago and try to get noticed.  I think they should.  They’re a great indie prog rock band.

I also have verbal commitments to record from a Waterloo band and a woman from Marion who wants to do a vocal demo.  We will be giving a studio tour to a 12 member gospel choir from Des Moines in the near future… this group originally hails from Tanzania.   Yousif Elmosley has plans to return for two videos, one of his daughter playing a violin piece, and one of him singing his pop song.

So there you have it.  From power indie rock to world music to country,  to the Sudan to Burundi to Tanzania to Iowa, our clientele keeps growing and our repertoire keeps widening.

We are thankful for all of our recording clients.  We’d like you to be one of them… if you’re looking for a great place to record with a minimum of drama and very reasonable rates, please consider Euphonic Studio for your next project.  Call Bill at 319.895.8002 to arrange for a studio tour and get acquainted.


Written by Mr. Bill

July 6th, 2013 at 11:24 am

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Recordings R Us at Euphonic Studio

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It’s been over a month since I updated the website.  Wow, where did THAT go?

Well, we have been busy with a new project and a couple of ongoing ones.   I wrote last time about Mirror Coat.  That’s a mature project that is nearing completion, now, we’re just hammering out a few details.  The Amen Choir just finished their last scratch track yesterday, as we bade farewell to their drummer who had to return to Trinidad.

On Saturday, June 1,  we had returning client Derrick Patterson in the studio.  This time he brought “Smokin’ Guns”, his band, and we had a great session.  They recorded 4 songs, including Derrick’s newest one named “She’s Off the Scale.”  Derrick really hit the zone with this song, and as a promotional tool we will be giving away copies of it on this website.  I’m doing a couple of tracks on that song, just because it’s a fun song.  Look for that in the next day or two.

So, with all of this going on, today is actually the last day of teaching for the Spring 2013 semester.  We have a week off, then will resume teaching our regular hours the week of June 17th.  Some of my students are taking the summer off, so I do have some openings if you’re interested.

I hope your gardens are further along than ours.  It’s been a very cold, wet spring and to top it off we have a couple dozen too many rabbits in the yard.  This is the first year we’ve had to put up fence.

Fun fact:  Euphonic Studio is located in the part of Mount Vernon that is referred to as “Rabbit Town” because of its cultural past.  The story goes that a large number of folks here were Bohemians and they raised rabbits for food.  Over the years, with lots of domestic rabbits joining the local rabbit population, we have a particularly tame yard rabbit that will just sit and watch as you throw a stick at them.  They won’t move, even if you hit them.  Good grief.

Written by Mr. Bill

June 5th, 2013 at 12:19 pm