Recording Studio

Music Producer in
Minneapolis, Minnesota

We help musicians make records that break through the noise. Our professional services include recording, editing, mixing, mastering, production & composition. Helvig Productions is a premier recording studio located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you’re looking for a dependable, exceptionally detailed, and experienced music producer, you’ve come to the right place. 


Minneapolis is the perfect combination of big city living and rural areas. Located in a major city that forms the “Twin Cities” gives us all the benefits of city life, while still allowing us to utilize an extremely private and quiet lot in a wooded area for music production.  

 

Minneapolis is known for its beautiful parks and lakes. For example, the Minnehaha Regional Park is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks. Residents and visitors flock to the park to take in the beautiful scenery, which features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, wildlife, and picturesque river overlooks. For the art enthusiast, the Walker Art Center boasts a permanent collection of nearly 12,000 works by more than 2,300 artists. Visitors can experience paintings, films, performances, sculptures, books, archives, and more up close. The museum also features the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which is free and open to the public every day. The nearby Mall of America has something for everyone. Forty million visitors come to the Mall of America each year. The mall is 78 acres of retail shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and more. The mall hosts more than 400 events each year, including concerts, fashion shows, and celebrity appearances.  

Minneapolis, Minnesota Music Producer

 

Whether you’re a musician who resides in Minneapolis, or you’re just passing through; if you’re searching for a professional ‘music studio near me,’ or an experienced music producer, we can help you with all your music production needs. 

 

Music Producers Servicing Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

What Does a Music Producer Do?

 

If you’ve been searching “local music producers near me,” and you ran across our page, you’ve come to the right place. 

 

As a musician, you probably find it difficult to stand out from the crowd. A music producer can help. Helvig Productions is passionate about helping musicians from all backgrounds and genres fine-tune, record, and produce a record or song they can be proud of.

A music producer oversees all aspects of song or album creation. We can do everything from providing top-quality instruments and recording equipment, to helping with track arrangements and final editing touches. We help artists from all walks of life, so if you’re looking for pop music producers, hip hop music producers, indie music producers, R&B music producers, rock music producers, alternative music producers, americana music producers, or any other type of music producer, we have you covered.  

 

As a musician, we understand that you’ve put everything into your music with countless hours of dedication towards your craft. But the difference between having a song down on paper and bringing it to life is hiring an experienced music producer to help you at every step along the way. We understand that you want your music to be heard and appreciated by your current and future fans. The last thing you want is to have regrets in the production of your music. We also understand that you want every album, every song, to be the best version it can be. 

 

With the advent of streaming services like iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud, it’s easy for a good song to get lost in the noise. Thousands of songs are released and shared across social media platforms every day. With superb recording, production, and mixing, you have a chance for your music to be heard above all the other noise.

 

Let's create something that makes you proud.

 

Our number one goal at Helvig Productions is to help musicians put a record or song out that they can be proud of. We know you have written songs that you believe in and that you likely have a vision for the sound. Now it’s time to put your hard work into the hands of a professional music producer.

 

That's where we come in.

 

Helvig Productions will work with you. We will turn your vision into a finished, professional recording that you are proud of, and that your fans can enjoy for the rest of their lives. 

So, what do you get?

 

Of course, the final outcome when you hire us is a high-quality and professional recording of your song or album. But there are a lot of moving parts involved in the process to make that happen. 

Recording

 

Every song is different and we specialize in helping to seize the uniqueness of each artists’ sound. Whether we're recording live instruments or programming the latest pop-influenced productions, we've got the gear, space, and production expertise to bring your songs to life.

Everything can be done in-house. If you’re looking to collaborate with other artists, we have a network of session musicians when needed.

 

Editing

We believe that editing is the most underrated part of the production process. In fact, a lot of engineers don't like doing it. We aren’t like most engineers though, because we love this part. We can help you find the perfect drum groove or sample to incorporate into your sound. We also thrive when it comes to the tedious process of comping and tuning vocals or removing pesky amp noise. Not every take is going to be perfect but with our expert skills and tireless attention to minuscule details, we love that we can relieve some of the pressure for musicians so they can focus on what they do best -- and we can help them make an incredible and polished recording.  

 

Mixing

Mixing is a beast all of its own, which is why hiring an experienced mixing engineer is crucial to a successful recording. The mixing process has the power to make or break a song, so it’s important to trust your mixing engineer. When you hire Helvig Productions, you can rest at ease knowing you have a skilled, professional mixer on your side. This process includes, but is not limited to:

 

  • EQ 

  • Compression 

  • Parallel Compression 

  • Limiting

  • Saturation

  • Automation

  • Delay

  • Reverb

  • Creating Busses and Sends

  • Balancing Levels

 

Basically, making the mix sound amazing is our specialty. 

 

Mastering

 

Mastering seems to be the elusive dark art that no one understands. If mixing is the painting of the picture, mastering is like putting the frame on the finished product. It's important, but the mix is where the big decisions are made. The frame shouldn’t take away from the painting, but it should help to preserve and highlight it. We generally recommend using a specific mastering house for your music if your budget allows it. We do, however, provide all our mixes with basic mastering applied if you need to cut down on costs. Both options have achieved successful outcomes for many clients.

 

Production

 

As a musician, we understand you’re concerned with figuring out what can take your song to the next level. Having an outside perspective is often the key. Helvig Productions will give you unbiased feedback on your songs, from finding the proper key and tempo, to working out the best arrangement. This is always done through a mutually respectful and collaborative approach. We don't ‘need to be right,’ or even change a single thing about your songs, we're only interested in what's best for you and your music, so we are here to help you make decisions that will ensure each creative choice brings your song to its highest quality. 

 

The Process

 

You may be wondering what the process of music production looks like and how long it will take. Here’s a brief overview:

 

Schedule

 

Once you’ve decided that Helvig Productions is a good fit for you, we will send you helpful tools for scheduling and communications. You and your collaborators will have access to Twist, which is an all-in-one, private messaging app. You’ll be able to privately share files, message each other, and leave feedback and notes. You’ll also have access to a calendar that allows you to pick the best dates and session lengths. Payment is handled online with each booking.  

 

Pre-Production

 

During this stage of the process, you can send us your demos, notes, and references in Twist. We will give it a listen and offer you notes and advice on the best approach for your project. We'll also advise you on the best recording plan to get the most value out of your studio time.

 

Tracking & Editing

 

During your session, we will start recording your songs in the approach agreed upon in the pre-production stage. We will walk you through this step-by-step. We do some editing and mixing as we go, so each layer of your song sounds right before moving forward.

 

Mixing & Mastering

 

Before mixing all of the songs in your project, we will mix and master one song, as a test. This allows us both to get on the same page for all of the "big picture" parts of the mix. This might include vocal treatment, drum sounds, instrument tones, and overall mix levels. Once the test mix has been approved, we will spend the bulk of our time mixing and mastering all of the tracks based on the final test mix. 

 

Revisions

 

Each mix is added to Twist once it’s complete. You will have as much time as you need to create a list of revisions. We will add the revisions to our to-do list and complete them during our next available time slot. 

 

Delivery

 

You did it!!! The mixes and masters are complete by this stage and we will deliver them to you in Twist. If you choose to use a separate mastering facility, we'll deliver the final mixes to the mastering engineer. We can give advice on mastering facilities and distribution options if necessary. We'll also discuss what "liner notes" should look like depending on where you share your music. 

 

How long will this take? 

 

Every project is unique. Sometimes we do full songs in a day, sometimes we do them over the course of several sessions. You can go as fast or as slow as you want. You can do one song at a time, or you can commit to an album upfront. You're always in control.

 

The largest contributing factors of total time (and cost) are the number of songs you have, the style of recording and production we intend to do, the overall attention to detail, and your preparation. If you're on a strict budget, we can set a hard limit and work backward from there. We can also help you decide the best way to cut down on project costs.

 

About Us

 

Stephen Helvig is the owner and operator of Helvig Productions and has over a decade of professional experience. He has been producing, mixing, and recording music for the past 15 years and has worked with hundreds of artists across multiple genres, with plays spanning into the millions. His main goal is to help artists and musicians stand out from the crowd -- and make records that they are proud of.

 

Working with a team of professionals who care about the quality and integrity of your music is so important. With us, know that we always aim for the highest possible standard in everything we do. We also ensure the cost is transparent so you stay within your budget. 

 

Above all, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to help take your music to the next level. We also have a proven reputation. So, whether you’re recording your 50th album or you’re ready to record your first song, we are here to help. Contact us today and we can discuss your goals, budget, and project requirements to make sure you are 100% comfortable with a recording plan. We are located at 20300 Excelsior Blvd in Excelsior, Minnesota. You can contact us by phone at 952-522-6699 or email us at stephen@helvigproductions.com. You can also fill out the contact form on our website.

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