Acoustically remodeled recording studio run by Morgan Henry, a practicing musician who cut his studio teeth in 1978 (Loft Studios) and has been recording ever since. Fully equipped with new recording spaces, professional microphones, preamps, processing equipment and software. There are amps, keyboards, drums and instruments. We offer a low-pressure, creative atmosphere with reasonable rates. Comfortable listening areas and on-premises instrument repair shop.
Overdubs and Comping
Time and Pitch Editing
Mixdown and Mastering
CD & MP3 Production
Singers • Songwriters • Duos • Bands • Voiceover Artists • Demos • Projects • Audiobooks • Auditions
"Ashton Street is one of Northern Virginia’s great hidden gems. A lot of recording engineers can “record,” but people don’t always realize that a tremendous aesthetic needs to accompany the ability to make a mixing board work. Morgan got an amazing tone from my acoustic mandocello, making sure that a good instrument didn’t fall flat and go lifeless in a studio setting. It was his aesthetic sense that opened up the instrument both in the choice of dual micing and in mixing and studio devices. That dual mic-ing gave the recordings an openness and a sense of place, of animation, and it created a natural, organic reverb. His EQ ability and natural ear was masterful in balancing the highs, middles, and lows of my instrument. The overall sound, the tone he got, yielded something lovely. I think his skill may actually involve some sorcery, but I can't confirm that. Add to all that his encouragement and supportiveness—he’s just wonderful to work with—yet he possesses the complementary ability to say, “Let’s do it again,” so you know he’s not just blowing smoke. Morgan is a very settling personality who can take a stiff and sterile (and sometimes intimidating) environment inside those headphones and calm the beast into a peaceful, productive session. So the big three—personality, aesthetics, and engineering expertise create a wonderful recording environment and a marvelous finished product."
"Ashton Street was my first real studio experience. Morgan is owner and operator. The equipment and space were perfect for me. The set up is versatile so different needs can be accommodated. Drums, keyboards, enclosed room for vocals, multiple jacks, at all stations. Assorted microphones & stands. Equipment is up to date and top of the line. For a small studio Ashton packs a powerful punch. Morgan is accommodating and helpful during the sessions and is a wizard when it comes to the post mix. I was so pleased with my first result that I brought my daughter in to record her first song. Again great results and we had a great time doing it!"
"I have used Ashton Street Studio and Morgan Henry for both of my recording projects in the past two years - a CD and demo music clips from my web site. He did an excellent job and I got a great product on both. Morgan is easy to work with and very knowledgeable about recording and music. I definitely recommend!"
"I recently recorded a Christmas CD at Ashton Street Studio. I came with an absolute deadline which was only 7 weeks from the original meeting with Morgan. From what I understand, that is unheard of. However, we were able to make it happen and the quality of the finished product far surpassed our expectations. Morgan was a constant professional, offering his expert advice but ultimately leaving the decisions to me. His talent and experience in the studio are evident from the start. Ashton Street studio is a great place to go whether you just want to lay down some tracks or have a long term musical project. I highly recommend. If you would like to listen to the finished CD, it's available at cdbaby.com/cd/amygodeaux"
Ashton Street Studio did an excellent job for the School Street Ramblers. These were our first studio sessions as a band and Morgan guided us through the entire process with expertise, insight, creativity, and easy patience. We were very satisfied with our final product and plan to return to Ashton Street for our next music project"
"Thanks again for your help on Sunday. You help create a relaxed environment
conducive to making good music! Looking forward to doing more."
"The recording was a great experience for Ellen. ...I think the quality of the recording was excellent and really showcased her voice. ...if Ellen needs more recordings in the future, we'll know where to go."
"Morgan is a pleasure to work with and is very knowledgeable of the intricacies of recording. His friendly professionalism makes recording with him interesting, educational, and fun. The recently revamped studio and new equipment are also a definite plus. I would recommend him with no reservations to any up and coming artist looking to make a recording at a reasonable price."
"Morgan is a pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable about music and recording.
It helps greatly that he is a working musician as well! I have even decided to expand my
recording project beyond what I originally planned."
"Working with Morgan was a delight! He's professional, easy to work with, and delivered an excellent product. I am looking forward to working with him on future projects and highly recommend his services!"
"Morgan's studio is an excellent facility with professional quality equipment and design.
Two bands of mine have recorded there, and we are very pleased with the quality of the
work: Morgan has the skills to bring out the best in the music while keeping the price at
a reasonable level. You can't go wrong with Morgan's Ashton Street Studio. "
"Extraordinary customer service: responded to initial query immediately and thoroughly,
clearly set expectations to ensure the most productive session possible, was the perfect
blend of collaborative and empowering during the session, and had excellent follow through to ensure we were pleased w the final product."
"Absolutely fabulous, Morgan was patient and was clearly highly skilled at working with musicians, helped me put together a song. Pricing was very fair considering the equipment & expertise Morgan offered. Very happy, looking forward to working with him again."
"Morgan Henry is a professional in every sense of the word. I was coming into the
studio after an eight year hiatus so I was very nervous and not sure how to get what I
needed. I had a producer that wanted to help guide Morgan for what kind of format and tracks we would need. He impressed him as well as me. I had never worked with a "click track" -kind of metronome playing only in your headphones. He was patient, relaxed and focused. I am very happy with the outcome and will be returning to do all of my local recording. You couldn't be in better hands!"