The Studio

BeARcade Music Productions (BMP) and Cross Keys Studio (CKS) are dedicated to capturing and reproducing the finest quality musical sounds from around the world. Special emphasis is added to “hand-made” or acoustic music from all ethnicities with particular focus on American “roots” music of the Appalachian Mountain area of the United States.

BMP/CKS provides live sound reinforcement, sound capture for video and studio recording, mixing and mastering. We specialize in sound reinforcement for acoustic instrumentation and provide recording capabilities for both live and studio applications.

Our facilities have recently expanded to a two-story timber frame studio that was almost two years in the making, but with the help of dedicated family members and friends, is now open for business.  The whole building process was a collaborative effort of family and a few close friends.  Some of the fun is captured in a great video by our friend and neighbor – John Woody.

To learn more about the studio’s construction and to see images of the interior space, click here.

The newly-constructed studio facility creates a high quality music studio environment for recording your music, voice overs or audio/video tracking. The studio is located in the pristine countryside of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, offering a natural and relaxed atmosphere to allow performers to produce their best work.

The facility is comprised of a large live room (20′ x 36′) with 18′ vaulted ceiling, drum room/lounge (12′ x 12′), vocal/isolation booths and an acoustically accurate control room (12′ x 17′) for mixing and mastering. To see details about the space and equipment, click here.

Meet the Management

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Gene with his trusty banjo

BeARcade Music Productions is owned and operated by Gene Bowlen. Gene has been an active member within the local Old Time community for over 25 years and has been recording music for almost as long. He has produced a number of albums for friends and members of his band. Now, with his newly-constructed studio, he is able to offer his services to the music community at large!

To read more about Gene and his background, take a look at his bio page. Audio tracks of his production work will be coming soon.