Meet the Owners.

Altar Studios is the world leading EDM based recording studio for electronic dance musicians of all skill levels. Alongside Dance Music Production we’ve been educating producers since 2003. Read more about the owners here.

Rick Snoman

Founder | Altar Recording Studios | Logic Pro X Trainer | Ph.D

Rick is an award winning author, producer and remixer.

An Apple approved digital mastering engineer with a Ph.D in audio technology, he has close to 30 years experience working in both private and commercial studios world-wide. Clients include Britney Spears, Madonna, Kylie Minogue and the Chainsmokers while his recording studios – Altar – regularly ghost produces, engineers and masters music for a variety of artists signed to Sony BMG, Polydor, Mushroom, Armada, Spinnin’ Records, Hospital Records,  Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep, Future Sound of Egypt, Mau5trap, ToolRoom, Blanco y Negro, WEA, This Never Happened, 1980 Recordings, XL Recordings, Ministry Of Sound, Astralwerks, and Black Hole Recordings.

Specialising in modern electronic music, he has remixed numerous artists under various guises while his textbook, the Dance Music Manual (first published in 2004 via Focal Press), has won awards, critical acclaim and accolade across the electronic music industry. Translated in five languages, it is recognised as the industry standard textbook and was shortlisted as “outstanding book of the year 2019”. It is required or recommend reading at many international educational institutions across the globe including Harvard, Yale and Cambridge.

Rick is also co-chair of Electronic Dance Music for the Audio Engineering Society, a member of the A.E.S Education Committee, and presented and curated the Audio Engineering Society’s first ever EDM event in 2021. He regularly talks at colleges, universities and at A.E.S conventions worldwide, was keynote speaker on EDM at NAMM 2020, and DJ for the After Party Tec Awards in L.A (2020).

Alex “Hobbitses” Bartles

Founder | Altar Recording Studios | Mix Engineer | BSc

Alexandra is co-owner of Dance Music Production and co-founder of Altar Recording Studios, the worlds first recording studio dedicated to electronic music production, mixing and mastering.

A member of the education and historical committee, alongside co-chair of Electronic Dance Music for the Audio Engineering Society, she has written lyrics and melodies for tracks signed to Blanco Y Negro (WEA) and 1980 Recordings and presented at A.E.S Dublin 2019 about developing educational standards to ensure accurate and appropriate training for all EDM producers.

Alex curated the Audio Engineering Societies first ever EDM event and also contributed to the internationally published Dance Music Manual 4th edition written by Rick Snoman, as well as acting as artist manager for Rick she is also currently training as a mix engineer.

A qualified Audiologist with over 18 years experience, she also specialises as a tinnitus retraining therapist for music professionals, advising on hearing protection and hearing loss.

The nickname Hobbitses is because she’s only small, not because she has furry feet.