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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 EDM studio through to mixing and mastering hit records, writing the worlds leading textbook, holding keynote talks at NAMM and hosting the Audio Engineering Societies first ever EDM Academy. There’s a reason we’re the first choice when it comes to anything in electronic dance music.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

The Audio Devils

Rick Snoman

An Apple-approved digital mastering engineer with a Ph.D. in audio technology, specializing in modern electronic music production, mixing, and mastering, he owns and runs Altar Recording Studios with Alex. He has released under pseudonyms of Aeon Soul, Phiadra and Red 5 amongst others, he has mixed and mastered for artists signed to a huge array of labels, and ghost produced records for international artists that have millions of streams.

His textbook, the Dance Music Manual (first published in 2003 via Focal Press), has won awards, critical acclaim, and accolade across the entire electronic music industry from ToolRoom to Mix Magazine.

Rick is 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 a keynote speaker on EDM at NAMM 2020, and D.J for the After Party Tec Awards in L.A 2020.

Alex Bartles

Alex owns and runs Altar Studios with Rick. 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, as well as acting as an artist manager for Rick she is also currently training as a mix engineer.

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

Altar EDM Studios

The pinnacle of electronic dance 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 EDM producers.

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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 electronic 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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