Phil Castle, The Business Times
Jim Hewitt brings a unique constellation of attributes to his audio production business. Hewitt long has worked as a computer programmer, but also brings to the venture experience as an audio engineer and musician.
That means he can handle both the technical and artistic sides of production.
“What I think I’ve got is a great combination of skills,” said Hewitt, who owns Barn Jazz Productions in Grand Junction.
Hewitt has operated the studio in the Grand Valley since he moved here three years ago, but is now in the process of expanding the venture both in terms of the operation and number of clients with which he works. “I’m really hoping to ramp this up in the next couple of years.”
While the opening of a multimedia production studio at the Mesa County Libraries potentially could compete with his business, Hewitt hopes the library facility will spur interest in recording and ultimately increase demand for his services. “At this point, I’m kind of wait and see.”
Hewitt and his wife, Lynn Perez-Hewitt, moved from Arizona to not only escape the summer heat, but also enjoy a smaller community that offers a lot of activities.
Hewitt worked in Arizona as first an archaeologist and then a computer programmer involved with data base and Web site development. As a life-long musician who’s planed violin since he was in kindergarten, Hewitt also became interested in recording.
Hewitt said he now splits his time about half-and-half between his work in information technology and recording, but hopes to do more in the studio. “This is kind of my last big gig.”
Hewitt said he offers a wide range of services in assisting clients to develop their concepts, record and master their work and produce finished products that include electronic files and compact discs. “We do the whole thing from soup to nuts, and I think we do it pretty well.”
The studio is equipped with both analog and digital equipment, a combination Hewitt said creates a better sound at the beginning of the recording and production process and then offers the latest technology with which to finish the work. “I like to have a variety of palettes.”
Hewitt expects to soon add an isolation booth for vocalists to the operation.
In addition to the right equipment, though, Hewitt said he offers his experience and ongoing training as an audio engineer. “It’s not just the equipment. I think it’s more the knowledge.”
As a musician, Hewitt said he can not only better relate with his clients and what they’re trying to do, but also perform on recordings.
Hewitt said he’s worked with rock and bluegrass bands, individual singers and songwriters and even a solo rap artist.But he hopes to add to that work in recording podcasts and audio books.
While the opening of the 970West Studio at the Mesa County Libraries could compete with his business in offering access to recording equipment, Hewitt hopes the facility will prompt referrals for professional services. “It could also be a big opportunity.”
For more information about Barn Jazz Productions, call (520) 400-4965 or visit www.barnjazz.com.