• World class sound, a comfortable environment,

    great engineers, excellent production ...

    a stellar recording studio

    in Longmont Colorado


    But don't take our word for it ...


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    Your next project is very close to your heart. You want to work on it with someone you trust beyond any doubt. The engineers at Cinder Sound are techno gods who have worked with hundreds of clients in all genres, from nationally touring acts to first timers. Regardless of who you are, you’ll get the best product possible. Clients include Yonder Mountain String Band, Megan Burtt, Mark Oblinger, Bonnie & Taylor Sims, Big Richard, Gasoline Lollipops, Finn O'Sullivan, Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts, Sean McGowan.

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    Your project is an expression of who you are right now … not the you you were a year ago, not the you that sounds like someone else. You want to work with someone who knows how to bring out the best you possible, someone whom you can trust to understand you and your songs, who can guide you through your one-of-a-kind project to a product you absolutely love. Ask around … there is no one better at this than John McVey.

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    When you walk into the studio where you’ll be working - whether it’s for a few days or several months - you want to walk into a place that’s clean, well appointed, with top-of-the-line gear, that’s easy on the eyes as well as the ears … a place that feels good to be in. That’s Cinder Sound. And there’s always a great cup of coffee, tea or a cold drink, an endless supply of peanut-butter pretzels, a great place to hang when you break for a bite ... a good place to be.

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    Ultimately, you want your product to be amazing. When you put it into someone’s hand, or send someone a link, you want to do it with complete confidence that it is the best it can be.

    You want MAGIC, within your budget, on your timeline.

    Cinder Sound is the place to get it all.


    “We were trying to do something that was outside the box and our own genre.

    John didn’t try to change that. He saw us as we were and helped us be better. “

    - Erinn Pete Lukes, Thunder & Rain

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    John McVey

    Owner, Producer / Engineer

    John is a musician’s musician, a songwriter’s songwriter, and a force in the studio.

    An award winning singer songwriter in his own right, he left the touring life to be a studio musician. The more time he spent in recording studios, the more he discovered his passion for producing.


    He has studied what makes songs work, what makes sound exciting, how sounds mix together to express emotion. Having been on the business end of a microphone, he understands how to get your best possible performance. And he speaks ‘musician’, so he can get the best parts from whoever plays on your project. With more than twenty years and hundreds of projects worth of experience, he knows how to make an artist’s vision a reality. He loves nothing better than helping songs grow to their full potential.

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    Kyle Donovan

    Engineer / Producer

    After nearly a decade as a prominent singer-songwriter on the Front Range of Colorado, Kyle made the leap to studio engineering at Cinder Sound in 2021.

    The itinerant entrepreneur spent his formative years cutting his teeth as a podcast host, live sound engineer, a cappella music director, children's music educator, and even a tenor in a barbershop quartet. When friends started asking him to record their latest musical project, he got curious and dove headfirst into audio production.

    With great communication skills, a deep understanding of music theory, real-life experience on both sides of the microphone, and a passion for great audio experiences, Kyle is an asset to any project, and a pleasure to work with.


    "It was an absolutely extremely fun process. " - Adam Aijala, Yonder Mountain String Band