The Studio

Moonlight Studio was designed by Brian Hood of Hood Construction and built by Oakwood Construction of Sebastopol. The room was tuned by world renowned acoustician Bob Hodas. Up to 16 simultaneous inputs can be recorded in up to 24 bit, 192K sample resolution. There are a total of 24 mic inputs in the studio, so setup for different recording configurations is quite flexible. The studio runs Logic Pro on an iMac Pro with an 18 Core Intel Xeon Processor and 64 Gb of RAM. There are 10 Tb of Solid State Storage. 

The Digital Audio interface consists of a Focusrite Clarett 8PreX and a Focusrite ISA 828, providing up to 16 simultaneous inputs. Monitoring is done with Dynaudio BM6a monitors and a Dynaudio BM-9S subwoofer. There is also a pair of Yamaha HS5 monitors. 

Headphone monitoring is done through the Aviom A320 system. 

There is also a very large arsenal of electronic instruments, including rack mounted synths and software instruments and synths. Check out the listing on the right side of this page!

The studio rate is $85 per hour, but can vary by size of your project. The rate is the same for engineering, playing the piano, mixing or any combination of those! There may be a fee for setup and/or tuning the piano. You can also buy 4 hour blocks of time for $300 (a rate of $75/hour) in advance of your session.

Call or contact me for a custom quote - (707) 343-1119.

Moonlight Studio is a musician's studio, featuring a meticulously cared for Yamaha C7 7 1/2 foot Concert Grand Piano. Because John is an accomplished, professional pianist, recording sessions here go far beyond the cables and mics. He brings his considerable musical expertise to the table and focuses on bringing out great performances, creating a comfortable, supportive and fun environment. Need a suggestion for a chord or a complete arrangement? No problem! Need to find a drummer, bass player or other musician? John has been a musician in the San Francsico Bay Area since 1979 and can easily find you the best musicians for your project and style.

John has engineered projects large and small, from musical theater and classical auditions to jazz, rock and roll and just about everything in between!

Isolation Rooms

There are 3 separate isolation rooms in the studio. Each room features an Aviom A320 headphone mixer.  Isolation Room 1 can accomodate a drum set, but is also excellent for vocals and solo instruments. This room has a total of 8 microphone inputs. There are no right angles between the walls or ceiling. The ceiling itself is tilted at 7 degrees. There is a large double paned glass door and tilted double paned glass windows providing excellent line of sight to the other 2 isolation rooms. Pictured on the left, looking from Isolation Room 1 thru to Isolation Room 3. Pictured on the right - looking from Isolation Room 3 back to Isolation Room 1. 

The 2nd and 3rd Isolation Rooms can accomdate individual players or singers, each with 4 mic inputs and an Aviom headphone monitor.

Isolation Room 2 on the left, Isolation Room 3 on the right.

Samples from the Studio

Here are some sample mixes in MP3 format recorded and mixed by John Simon at Moonlight Studio.

The first two songs, Happy and Two Story House are from the album made by my band, Trimates. You can find out more about us BY CLICKING HERE.

Yes and No, Moments Notice, Giant Steps, Lyresto and Up Jumped Spring are from saxophonist Ron Burris' album "Shades of Jazz". I play piano on all of these tracks.

You Are Acquainted and Easter Blessings was written by Ruthanne Svendsen. Ruthanne sings and plays the piano, and all other instruments were played and generated by me, including the harmonized voices, acoustic guitar, strings, bass, etc.

The next group features songs from two CDs by Janie Roberts, "River!!" and "Born To Be Blue".

The next group is by singer Jimmy Walker for his album "Still There In My Soul". These musical styles cover the gamut of Blues, R&B, Rock, Funk and Jazz.

The next group of pieces are from Bonnie Brooks' CD, "You Are The Song In Me". These are in the jazz genre. I am playing the piano and keyboards on all tracks.


  • Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano
  • iMac Pro 18 Core, 64Gb of RAM
  • Up to 16 simultaneous Mic Inputs at 24bit, up to 192K Sample Rate
  • Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt 3 Interface - 8 Mic Pre's
  • Focusrite ISA828 - 8 Mic Pre's
  • Dynaudio BM-6A monitors
  • Dynaudio BM-9S subwoofer
  • Meyer Sound CP10S Parametric EQ customized by Bob Hodas
  • Yamaha HS-5 Monitors
  • Aviom A320 Headphone mixers
  • Tascam CD-A550 CD and Cassette
  • Teac 3340S reel to reel 1/4" tape
  • Tascam 80-8 eight track 1/2" tape
  • Switchcraft Studio Patch 9625
  • Neumann M149 mics (2)
  • Neumann U87 mic
  • Neumann TLM103 mic 
  • Earthworks TC40K mics (2)
  • Se Electronics Se5000 mics (2)
  • Sennheiser 421 mics (2)
  • Sennheiser 441 mic
  • AKG C451 EB mics (2)
  • Octava MC-012 mics (2)
  • AKG D112 kick mic
  • Audio Technica ATM25 kick mic
  • AKG C1000S Condenser mic
  • Shure SM57 Dynamic mic
  • Radial Pro D2 Stereo DI
  • Avensen passive DIs
  • Kurzweil Forte keyboard
  • Korg TR-Rack
  • Korg Wavestation SR
  • Alesis Quadrasynth S4 Plus
  • Oberheim Matrix-1000
  • Drawmer DL241 Compressor
  • SSL UF1 Control Surface
  • SSL UF8 Control Surface
  • Logic Studio Pro X DAW
  • Waves Mercury Software Suite
  • Autotune Pro 11
  • Native Instruments Komplete 14 Collectors Edition
  • Arturia V Collection X
  • Ivory Grand Piano
  • Spectrasonics Stylus
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere
  • Spectrasonics Keyscape
  • WaveLab Pro 10
  • Finale notation