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About US

Professional music recording and audio PRODUCTION For the independent artisT

  • Production and recording packages you can afford

  • Industry prOfessional/experienced producer/engineer

  • Access to a database of incredible local session players

  • High end equipment for a professional sound

  • artist development and vocal coaching

  • “live in studio” Video recording and streaming

Owned and created by Pete Jacobs, Black Dog Recording is a music recording and production company in East Nashville, TN that was designed around the concept of putting the artist first.  At Black Dog Recording, we feel the changing climate of the music industry is a boon to independent artists.  We know that as artists gain more creative and financial freedom, they also often need more help along the way to make their ideas into reality, from project organization and management to distribution and delivery. Our mission is to fill that gap, providing all the help you need along the way to meet your goal.  To do our part in supporting your creative vision, we offer recording and production packages that independent artists can afford while ensuring the finished project is polished and professional.

Pete Jacobs

Pete graduated Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production & Engineering.  Since Berklee, Pete has worked with and observed the recording techniques of grammy-winning engineer, Joe Ferla (John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Roberta Flack, Norah Jones, Pat Metheny, etc.) and Matthew Ellard (Radiohead, Weezer, Black Sabbath, etc.).  Pete has also toured as a supporting act for Jefferson Starship with his band, Dirty Blind.


“Pete is a great collaborator who helps facilitate your vision. Great balance between professional and relaxed. 5/5 would recommend!” - Maxwell James

“Black Dog Recording kicks ass!” - Josh Doyle

“I truly cannot stress the word "professional" enough. The work that Pete has done on my upcoming album is unprecedented in its dedication to quality, efficiency, and aesthetic. Pete (Former Berklee student and a pilot on his off days) is a magnificent sound engineer/producer who has made it his solemn task to sincerely exhume and perfect my creative vision in every way, and Melanie (also a former Berklee student with a tremendous ear for detail) is easily the best vocal coach I've ever worked with. If you're looking for an affordable studio that genuinely wants to get to know you and your sound without manufacturing it mindlessly, contact Black Dog Recording and let Pete and Melanie rock your friggin' world.” - Luke Holden


Trident 88


Record and/or mix your album on a Trident 88 Recording Console! The original Trident “A Range” Console begAn use in London’s famOus “Trident Studios,” and was followed later by the Very successful “80 series.” The trident 88 follows on the heRitage of these designs. The sound it imparts can be described as bIg and Wide, with an open, airy top end, Bold miDs and tight, but full lows. It sits someWhere between The smooth, warm sound of a Neve and The punchy, agGressiveness of an api. you can hear the distinct sonic signature of Trident consoles on countless hit records throughout the golden decades of popular music, from David Bowie to george Harrison, elton john, Queen, Radiohead, Oasis, Michael Jackson, Green Day, Guns and Roses, Cake… the list goes on.

Congratulations to Josh Doyle for achieving a #1 album on iTunes UK!  We had a great time doing some recording on this album!



Album Reviews

Will Payne Harrison

"Early-morning Americana" - OffBeat Magazine
"Willie Nelson and John Prine would be proud." - Mother Church Pew

Melanie Bresnan

"From Bresnan’s personal endeavors to creating the voices of untold stories, Reckless Dreams is a journey of pain and joy." - Indie Minded





Trident 88 - 16 Channel Console

Slate Raven MTi (touchscreen mixer)

Presonus Faderport 8

Softube Console 1 mk2


Barefoot MM45 Monitor Speakers

Hearback Personal Mixer System



Antelope Orion 32+



Pro Tools 12

Logic Pro X

Presonus Studio One v4



Melodyne, Antares Autotune, Izotope Nectar (pitch correction)


Izotope, UAD, Softube, Waves, Slate Digital, and many more!



Native Instruments bundle



Dizengoff D4 (x2) (Beatles REDD 47 clone mic pre)

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus (dual channel mic pre)

Crane Song Trakker Compressor (x2)

Drawmer 1978 Stereo FET Compressor

IGS TubeCore 3U Stereo VariMu Compressor



Townsend Labs Sphere L22 (Models U47, M49, U67, U87, C12, ELAM 251, C800, Coles 4038, and more...)

Flea 47 (U47 clone)

Beesneez Arabella (hybrid U47/M49 design)

Neumann KM-184 (x2)

Cascade Fathead II ribbon with Lundahl transformers (x4)

Beyerdynamic M88 (x3)

Electro Voice RE-20

Shure SM7

Shure Beta 52

Shure SM57 (x2)

Shure Beta 57A (x2)

Shure Beta 58A



Bourgeois Slope D Acoustic Guitar

Martin D28 Acoustic Guitar

Taylor 410CE Acoustic Guitar

Guild F412 12 String Acoustic Guitar

1979 Gibson ES-345 Electric Guitar

Gibson ES-330 Electric Guitar

Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet Electric Guitar

Fender Custom Shop Relic '51 No'caster Electric Guitar

Fender American Elite Stratocaster

Rickenbacker 381v69 Electric Guitar

Rickenbacker 360/12c64 12 String Electric Guitar



Rickenbacker 4003



Tone King Imperial 20th Anniversary

65 Amps Stone Pony

Vox AC30-H2

Kemper Profiling Amplifier



Gretsch Catalina Club Drum Kit

Roland TD25k Electronic Drum Kit



Roland FA-08 88 key Keyboard Workstation

Alesis Micron Synthesizer

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Contact us below to discuss scheduling your project!


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For booking and press inquiries, please contact Black Dog Recording below or at 615.669.1386

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