Audio Engineering

As a Nashville-bred engineer and producer, I specialize in creating authentic, acoustic recordings. As a classical pianist and composer myself, I can approach projects with both an artist's and an engineer's ear.

Having the ear of a classical musician allows me to pick up on musical nuances and subtleties beyond the typical technicalities involved with being an engineer. As an award-winning composer, I have extensive knowledge of a variety of instruments and know how good music is supposed to sound—and with my years of engineering experience, I know how to achieve that sound in a recording. As a producer, I love to combine my musical and technical expertise to bring all aspects of an artist’s vision to life through my company River Rock Records.

I'm proud to own Central Virginia's only studio dedicated to mixing acoustic music. My services are in-demand for artists from multiple states and countries. Since 2019, I've also been a frequent collaborater with Chicago-based classical recording companies Atlas Arts Media and Peckham Media Productions. I am a Voting Member of the GRAMMYs® / Recording Academy, and I've been working and learning in studios since I was thirteen years old. I hold a B.S. in Audio Engineering Technology and a B.M. in Music Composition with Highest Honors from Belmont University in Nashville, TN—one of the world's leading audio engineering programs.

Selected Discography

Mixed & Mastered by Shelby Lock

Recorded by Matt Peckham

Produced by Aaron Gottl

Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Shelby Lock

Mixed & Mastered by Shelby Lock


Ostrega Uhl Project

Mixed & Mastered by Shelby

Nerdy Music for Nerds 

Trio Menagerie

Mixed & Mastered by Shelby


Learn Audio from Me

In addition to being a working audio engineer, I also enjoy teaching musicians both private lessons and group workshops in audio engineering and production. Whether you've never mixed a song in your life or have already self-produced your own album, you can save yourself years of trial and error by learning engineering skills directly from a pro. Lesson and workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Best practices and time-saving hacks for home recording projects
  • How, when, and why to use EQ, compression, panning, and plugins
  • Streamlining your workflow in Logic X, Pro Tools, or other DAWs
  • How to make edits without them being obvious
  • Audio processing, sampling, and editing as creative tools
  • The what, why, and how of automation in mixing and production
  • Advanced signal flow concepts to take your productions to the next level

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