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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.

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Written by Mr. Bill

June 14th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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

We haven’t forgotten about you…

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Hi, everyone,

here’s a quick update.  We had a very interesting spoken word recording of an interview with Dr. Kenneth Rempher, who was interviewed via phone regarding his expertise in health care systems policy.  I TRULY enjoyed that one!

As much as I enjoyed that session, I have to say that the live recording and video shoot of Cathy Risse, Lisbon piano teacher, was an extraordinary opportunity.  She delivered virtuoso performances of 3 master works.  Because the concert went over an hour, we ran out of videotape and she came into the studio to record the last movement of the Ravel sonata.  I have been busy editing video (I used 3 cameras for the shoot) even while we take a last minute stand against the Mount Vernon City Council on this road project.

Our teaching studio is full, now, so that’s keeping us busy.

I have been recovering from knee surgery but I can still book dates.  We have upcoming dates from Mike Berg and a strong chance to record a 20 piece African group that does Christian music in the style of east Africa.

I hope to get recordings by a couple of previous music sessions up on the website soon.  With everything else going on, and the surgery, sleep seems to be turning into an option.



Written by Mr. Bill

February 22nd, 2013 at 8:49 am

Euphonic 2011-2012 Teaching Year Comes to a Close

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Today, Thursday the 7th of June, is the last day of our teaching year at Euphonic Studio.

We would like to thank our students, their parents (where applicable), and everyone else in their lives who assisted them to show up at their lessons prepared and ready to go.

Taking private music lessons is a privilege that many people cannot afford or cannot fit into their schedule.  I take my role as a teacher very seriously and put as much energy as I can muster into each lesson.  I know I have students who will not become music professionals, but a music education can give you pleasure for your entire lifetime.  It helps you to connect with other people with a universal language that we all understand.

Euphonic’s next year will start either the last week in August or the first week in September.  There will be some changes in pricing and policies next year, so everyone should be aware of this as we go into the new year.

Summer Session

I still have a few places open in our summer session, which starts on July 9th and runs for 5 weeks.  The open spots are on all 3 days, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, so if you are looking for some fun this summer, call us at 319.895.8002 for more information.


Written by Mr. Bill

June 7th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Posted in Teaching Studio