At Openroom Productions, our core focus is producing, recording and mixing great tracks and albums! Openroom founder and executive producer Darryl Torr has been working with bands since 1997, with humble beginnings at a home studio in Melville, to Studio P8 and M5 at the SABC, and finally to the purpose-built Openroom Productions Studio in Greenside!

We also love working within all genres of music – from rock and alternative, to pop, jazz, folk, hip-hop, R’nB and Kwaito!

Music Production

The role of a “music producer” is something that still isn’t fully understood, even by a lot of musicians. A music producer (or record producer) has a very broad role in overseeing and managing the recording (i.e. “production”) of a band or performer’s music.

A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, and supervising the entire process through audio mixing (recorded music) and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage.

At Openroom we’re passionate about music production and helping bands get the most out of their recording sessions. It’s one thing to come in and lay down your song as-is, but in order to take your tracks to the next level, you’ll need an experienced ear to help you craft your song and sound! Why do you think that every great record has a talented producer behind it? Producers help get the best out of artists and help them reach the goals they’ve set for themselves and their recordings.

Depending on your budget, we can also get involved with the pre-production of your track or album. Pre-production is one of the most integral parts of music making that often gets passed over too quickly due to time or budget constraints! For more info on what exactly pre-production is, visit our FAQ section.

Mixing

Another core focus of Openroom Productions is audio mixing. At our studio in Greenside we mix on the iconic studio classic SSL 6000E and a Pro Tools HD system. You’ll also get to make revisions to your mix (check out our rates page for more info) so that you’re happy with how everything is sounding.

Openroom Productions owner Darryl Torr has mixed a countless number of albums and tracks over the years and is very experienced in delivering artists the mixes they want. He is currently assisted by junior mix engineer Greg Carlin (former lead singer and guitarist of Zebra & Giraffe).

We also have the multi-talented Peach Van Pletzen (Bittereinder, Yesterday’s Pupil, PlanetAwesome) working in studio B! He has done amazing mixes on many electronic based projects and is currently mixing the new ISO album!

We also work closely with industry veteran Richard Mitchell who is famous for his work with Joyous Celebration and Soweto Gospel Choir.

Contact Us for rates and availability!

Recording

If you’re bringing in an outside producer or you’d like to produce your song or album yourself, we also offer recording services. You’ll get access to both the live room and control room (with the SSL & Pro Tools rig) and we can arrange an engineer to setup, mic and record you and your band. Check out our Rates page for more info.

``It always amazes me that people think that it's the tools that make a mix great. Instead, people should understand that mixing is very much like a performance. I used to play drums, now I play an SSL``

Michael Brauer - Mix Engineer (Rolling Stones, Coldplay, James Brown, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Bob Dylan