Joel Jaffe

Co-owner, Chief Engineer and Producer

Studio D and Jaffe have recorded and mixed music with world class artists such as, Roy Rogers and Ray Manzarek, The Harry James Orchestra, Kirk Franklin and the Family, The Stylistics, Huey Lewis and the News, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Woody Harrelson, Cake, the Indigo Girls, Jewel, Dido and Smashmouth.

In addition, Jaffe was the audio post producer and surround sound mixer for Ringo Starr’s “All Starr Band DVD”, Carlos Santana and Wayne Shorter DVD “Live from Montreal”.   Surround/stereo mixer for Night Rangers’ -“24 strings and a drummer”

Additional credits include:

  • Audio Producer / Engineer Flamin’ Groovies new album Fantastic Plastic
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for Fox television Special with Max Groenig, Engineer/mixer
  • Jewel Live Broadcast Now and Zen Festival Engineer/Mixer
  • California Music Awards & Television Rebroadcast WB20 Awards Show for television Audio producer /mixing
  • Director of Audio Engineer/Mixer for the following live performances at Studio D Recording Inc.
  • Smash mouth Live Unplugged for Alice Radio
  • Indigo Girls Live at Studio D for Alice Radio
  • Sammy Hagar and Chicken Foot for Rock Line recorded and broadcast from Studio D Recording.
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Josh Garcia

Studio Manager, Engineer

Josh Garcia’s interest in music and recording began at an early age with a drum set and a four track. Now with almost two decades of experience in the music industry, learning from a diverse background of seasoned veteran producers and engineers (Don Smith, Russell Elevado, Ben Hillier), he has developed an arsenal of approaches to the endless ways of putting a record together. Josh is well versed in both digital and analog formats, often utilizing the uniqueness of both worlds to produce the best sounding recordings and mixes possible.

Making records is about the love of music, art, and creation. Music is storytelling, and auditory self-expression of any form occurs in the present and is built in the mind. It is my job as an audio engineer to capture these expressions and deliver them in a way that the artist wants them to be heard again and again.”

– Josh Garcia (Depeche Mode, NOFX, Leftover Crack)


Zack Phillips

Technical Director, Engineer

Zack Phillips loves recording music. He got his first Walkman at age-six and, ever since, has been captivated by the transportive power of song.  Zack started his career in audio doing live sound while studying Music Recording at San Francisco State, but it was actually an internship at the Plant Studios that really brought him into the studio world.

Zack later, joined the team at Hyde Street Studios where he recorded and mixed many great projects and went on to run a studio called FreqLab Recording for several years. He was the Chief Studio Tech at Expression College for two and a half years before finding a new home at Studio D Recording. Over the course of his career Zack has acquired a plethora of technical skills and knowledge which he uses to support the creative process. Zack is a certified Pro Tools Expert, a skilled systems designer and integrator, and a talented recording and mixing engineer.

Selected Clients: Jessie Ware, Kina Grannis, Washed Out, Zigaboo Modeliste, Talib Kweli, The Kooks, Kev Choice, Comedy Central, BOY, Toots and the Maytals, Alice Russell


Jeff Shea

Studio D Recording – Principal

Jeff Shea is an inspired, highly motivated and creative individual with a love for music making and the arts. With an insatiable passion for adventure and camera in hand, Jeff keenly experiences and captures the pulse of life through his vast worldwide adventures and uniquely inspiring and challenging explorations. Many of these deeply enriching adventures are in extremely remote areas, while others stand as bold as Mt. Everest, and include the highest peaks on six other continents. Jeff has visited all 193 nations. When asked in an interview if he likes to travel or needs to travel, he responded, “travel is a complex satisfaction, like a life’s work.”

Jeff’s holistic approach to life is described in the ring of five basic levels of human existence: Spiritual, Intellectual, Emotional, Procreation and Physical Body.  From the time of adulthood, he has dedicated himself to five disciplines of study relating to these innate momentums: Philosophy, Economics, Art, Love and Adventure.

In addition to other successful business endeavors, Jeff founded an organization called, World Parks; a perfect home for him to help convince world leaders to preserve wild places as “world” rather than “national” parks. Through Jeff’s experiences, he has developed a strong belief that mankind is well-advised to reserve large portions of the world in its natural state and says, “my goal is to change the world.”


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