Dustin Smith



Justin Fitch


Stillwater Studios resident Producer/Engineer Dustin Smith has been actively building his engineering and production skills for over 14 years at studios all over the San Francisco Bay Area. (Fantasy Studios, Talking House Studios, Bay View Studios, Popsmear Studios, and Sound Solutions) He holds a B.A. in Audio Recording and Production from San Francisco State University.

Through the years he has been fortunate enough to learn from leading Bay Area Engineers Karl Derfler (credits: No Doubt, Dave Matthews Band, and Smashmouth), Michael Rosen (credits: AFI, Rancid, Aerosmith, Journey, Joe Satriani, and Carlos Santana), and Masaki Liu (credits: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Switchfoot, and Five Iron Frenzy). Dustin’s personal credits include work with B-Legit, Cold Hot Crash, The Federalists, Kid Innocence, Scissors For Lefty, Yours Truly, and with major label recording artists Tom Waits (Shrek 2 soundtrack) and E-40.

In 2010 Dustin met songwriter and producer Justin Fitch and quickly realized that they were a perfect team to record and produce local and national acts.  Their first number one single came a year later with the song ‘Distress’ by the band Dark Red Cinco.  While they continue to see mainstream success, they remember their roots collaborating with SF locals such as Airis, the High Fives, and Anyone 4 Tennis.

  • Recorder

  • ProTools 12 HD|Native Avid HD I/O 16×16 Apple MacPro 3.5GHz 6-Core
  • Microphones

  • Telefunken ELAM 260 (matched pair), Telefunken AR-51, Telefunken AK-47, Telefunken M80 SH, Telefunken M82, Neumann KM184 (matched pair), Cascade Fat Head II (matched pair), Sennheiser MD 421 II (x2), AKG D112, Shure SM7, Shure Beta 57, Shure Beta 52, Shure SM57 (x3), Shure SM58 (x2), MXL V69 (x2)
  • Monitors/Headphones

  • Dynaudio BM6A II, BeyerDynamic DT 770 M, Sony MDR 7506 (x2)
  • PreAmps

  • Vintech 273 (x2), Brent Averill 312a (x2), Chandler Limited TG2-500(x2), Universal Audio 2-610 (tube preamp), Trident S20, Focusrite ISA 428
  • D.I.'s

  • Radial J48 (x2)
  • Keyboard

  • Yamaha CP50
  • Amps

  • Dr. Z Maz 18 w/Reverb, Tyler Flip Top Bass Amp, Gibson Falcon 1964, Fender Deluxe Reverb 65′ Reissue, Vox AC50 w/Fender 2×12 cab, Songworks Little Lanilei (7 watt custom tube amp)
  • Drums

  • Ludwig Legacy Classic 14×22, 9×13, 16×16, OCDP 20×20, 8×12, 12×14, Ludwig Black Beauty Snare 6.5×14, OCDP 7×14 Snare, OCDP 7×12 Snare, Paiste Masters Cymbals 15″ Dark Hi-Hats, 19″ Dark Crash, 20″ Dark Crash, 22″ Dark Ride, Zildjian Cymbals 20″ K Dark Ride, 17″ K Dark Crash, 18″ K Custom Dark Crash, 14″ New Beat Hi-Hats, 19″ Kerope Crash, 21″ Sweet Ride