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“Every job is a self portrait of the people who perform it. We always autograph our work with excellence.”

Success speaks volumes

Releasing records and opening the worlds first commercial modern music studio through to writing the worlds leading textbook, holding keynote talks at NAMM and hosting the Audio Engineering Societies first ever EDM Academy, we’re the first choice for many when it comes to anything in modern pop / electronic dance music.

We’ve been involved in music since 1989 and alongside releasing records, we started the first video tutorial site in 2001, teaching music production skills to thousands of producers.

In 2003, we wrote the Dance Music Manual. It went on to win awards and now in its fourth edition it is recommend across the industry, translated into 5 languages and required reading at many universities.

As a ghost production facility we have written and recorded tracks for some of the biggest names in the industry that have sold millions, hit platinum and accrued millions of views on YouTube

We built and started the first ever modern music focused studio. Designed in an 1800’s church, Altar Studios has become the ultimate destination for many professional artists looking to improve their work.

We regularly mix and master for artists signed to Armada, Spinnin’ Records, Hospital Records, Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep, Future Sound of Egypt, Mau5trap, ToolRoom and more

We’ve been invited to talk worldwide on modern music production techniques, including the Audio Engineering Society at both New York and Dublin, and we held a keynote talk on electronic dance music at NAMM 2020

The Audio Devils

Rick Snoman

An award winning Apple-approved mastering engineer with 30 years experience and a Ph.D. in audio technology, he owns Altar Recording Studios. Specialising in modern music production, he has written, produced, mixed and mastered for labels such as Sony BMG, Polydor, Warner, Anjuna and Mau5trap while his textbook has won awards, critical acclaim, and accolade across the entire music industry from ToolRoom to Mix Magazine.

Rick is co-chair of Electronic/Modern 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 Electronic Music event in 2021. He regularly talks at colleges, universities and at A.E.S conventions worldwide. He was keynote speaker on modern music at NAMM 2020, and guest D.J for the After Party Tec Awards in Los Angeles 2020.

Alex Bartles

Alex runs Altar Recording Studio. 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 producers.

Alex curated the Audio Engineering Societies first ever electronic music event and also contributed to the internationally published Dance Music Manual 4th edition. She is acting as manager for Rick while also currently training as a mix engineer.

A qualified Audiologist with over 20 years experience, she also specialises as a tinnitus retraining therapist for music professionals, advising on hearing protection and hearing loss.

Altar Studios

The pinnacle of modern and electronic music production studios, Altar combines the classic vintage hardware responsible for so many hits over the past 30 years with the latest in mixing and mastering technology. With gear ranging from Manley, SSL, SPL, Tubetech and API through to the classic AKAI samplers, Roland, Casio and Korg Keyboards its become the central hub for many professional producers.

Award Winning Textbook

The Dance Music Manual, first published in 2003 by Focal Press, has been translated into 5 languages and the fourth edition shortlisted for book of the year (2019).

Iit is considered by many professionals as the definitive reference text on the subject of electronic music production and has become required reading in many colleges and universities worldwide.

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“The bible of modern music production. If there was a dance music production bible, this would certainly be it.”

“This book is idolised. It’s been recommended on websites throughout the web, and here I am telling you that its the number one book out there when it comes to electronic music production.”

“An exceptionally well written and researched book, combining both art and science of dance music production. All in all it deserves a place on any aspiring dance music producers desk.”

“In short, Rick knows exactly what he’s talking about.”

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