The Studio

J Dog Studio accommodates projects large and small. From piano/vocal duos to complete rhythm sections accompanying vocals and horns, acoustically recorded music sounds terrific here! 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.

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 $75 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. Call or contact me for a custom quote - (707) 343-1119.

J Dog Studio is a musician's studio. Because John is an accomplished, professional musician, 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! And, as one of the best pianists in the Bay Area, John can accompany your singing, adding piano, organ or electric piano to your project.

Check out the playlist below. Many of these songs are John's arrangements.

The Rooms


There are 4 separate isolation booths in the studio surrounding the 400 sq. ft. main room. One of the isolation booths can accomodate a large drum set. The other three are good for acoustic bass, vocals, guitar, brass and more. Each isolation booth is separated by thick soundproof walls, triple paned glass windows, with double paned glass doors for good line of sight visibility.

The Command Center


Audio production is performed on an 18 Core iMac Pro using Logic Audio Pro with Focusrite Clarett and ISA828 Mic Preamps. John has years of experience with Logic, dating back to 1995. He is meticulous and fast, an expert at blending multiple takes into a seamless whole. From the mics to the mix, you will benefit from John's sharp ear and efficient computer expertise.

Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano


The centerpiece of the studio is a Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano. It has a sweet sound well suited for both jazz and classical music. The action has been regulated and the piano is meticulously cared for.

Instruction and Workshops


With over 40 years' experience, John teaches jazz at all levels. Find out about workshops in the studio!

Samples from the Studio

Here are some sample mixes recorded and mixed by John Simon at J Dog Studio. Remember, you're hearing MP3s on this web site. They sound even better in full fidelity on the actual CD!

"River" and "You'll Find Your Way" are written by John Simon. "Pure Imagination", "Little Girl Blue", "Alone Together", "That Old Black Magic" and "Love, Look Away" are also arranged by me.

The first group features songs from two CDs by Janie Roberts, "River!!" and "Born To Be Blue". Janie is a jazz and blues diva with quite an unusual voice. The second group is by singer Jimmy Walker for his CD "Still There In My Soul". These musical styles cover the gamut of Blues, R&B, Rock, Funk and Jazz. The third group of pieces are from Bonnie Brooks' CD, "You Are The Song In Me". Click here for more info about Bonnie. 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
  • Rogers Studio 1 Monitors
  • Rane AC 22 Active Crossover
  • Furman HDS16 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
  • 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
  • Mackie Control MCU Pro
  • Logic Studio Pro X software
  • Waves Platinum Software Suite
  • Autotune Pro software
  • Native Instruments Komplete 12
  • Arturia V Collection 7.0
  • Ivory Grand Piano
  • Spectrasonics Stylus
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere
  • Spectrasonics Keyscape
  • WaveLab Pro 10 software
  • Finale notation software