The 4th Annual Mountain Recording Retreat
Workshops, Mentoring, Golf, and Pie!
May 19-24, 2019 Capon Springs, West Virginia

The Mountain Recording Retreat is intentionally not like anything else. It is far more than recording workshops. It is about community, music, and great sound. It is five days learning, listening, and relaxing in a community made up of world-class mentors and fellow music makers.  90% of the attendees from 2017 signed up again for 2018, and we are on course for similar numbers this year.

We will have daily recording workshops, listening panels, one-on-one mentoring, DIY gear building workshops, and bingo where you can win prizes from the Capon shop..

Learn from World Class Mentors

Our mentors this year include Ronan Chris Murphy, John Rodd, Rick Jarrard, Brad Smalling and Peterson Goodwyn. Check out our Mentors Page for more information on them,

Daily Schedule

Each day will feature workshops by various mentors and throughout the week there will be listening sessions where you can have your music evaluated by the mentors and other participants, but there is also time carved out to socialize, collaborate and enjoy the beautiful resort. Meals are served family style and all of our attendees and mentors share meals together.

Lectures and Listening Panels

We are still working on the schedule for 2019, but previous workshops have included: DIY Mastering, Mixing Workflow, Working with Impulse Responses, Breathing Life into Virtual Instruments, Behind the Scenes of an Orchestral Session at Abbey Road, Intro to Synthesis, Vocal Production….

Several nights throughout the week, you’ll have a chance to have your work listened to and critiqued by your mentors and fellow attendees.


Build your own gear—no experience required! Peterson Goodwyn of DIY Recording Equipment will present a series of DIY workshops:

  1. Introduction to Soldering: build your own SAFE Interface Protector kit
  2. More builds to be announced soon
  3. Mentors available to assist with other DIY projects

*There will be extra materials fees for advanced DIY classes.


Tim Alexander

Tim Alexander

The other day, I applied what I learned at the retreat to a song I had previously mixed. Listening back, it was night and day. It was stunning: the clarity, the punch, the total difference. Were the old mixes bad? Not at all. But the new ones were completely different. And better. Thank you Ronan, John, Brad, Mark, Peterson , and all of the other participants. I can hear your voices in my ears as I mix—this record is going to sound great, and it’s because of you. All of you.




Elisa Nicolas
Elisa Nicolas
I had never touched a soldering iron before the retreat. In the DIY workshop, Peterson led a small group of newbies on soldering best practices and made all of us comfortable with the soldering and build process. In those few workshops, I built, a SAFE Audio interface protector kit, a passive Reamplifier, and two fantastic 500 series CP-5 preamps.  Afterwards, I went completely crazy and built two 500 series opto compressors from DIY 1176. All of these came off without a hitch and were fantastic additions to my studio. None of this would have been possible without the good folks at the Recording Retreat.



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