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Meet Ronnie Winstead of Virtual Adrenaline Productions in Lawrenceville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ronnie Winstead.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been involved in Audio & Video Production since I was about 12 years old. Self-taught playing Bass, Rhythm, Lead Guitar, Harmonica, Keys & Vocals. I played in bands around my home town of Rocky Mount, North Carolina and many other states. Fast forward… I was already running sound at church and other venues and doing some session work in recording studios. I started Virtual Adrenaline Productions in 1989 in my home with Mr. Russell Adams. We started out with a 4 Track Cassette System. Then later moving to the computer. My business partner Eric Baker & I have been in our present location for 7 years now, providing Full Production for Audio & Video. There is a lot that sets us apart from most if not all other studios. First of all, we specialize in recording with real instruments instead of beats. Second, we focus on working with people that are new to this crazy business of music; all ages. We created, write & play all styles of music. We only have one rule in the studio “Lyrics Must Be Family Friendly”.

Of course, that also includes no bad language, drugs & alcohol.

We offer:

Recording
Mixing
Mastering
Real Instruments
Duplication (as little as 5 CD & DVD’s per order)
Shrink-wrap
Photography for your cover art, Graphic Arts
Printing
UPC
QR
ISRC Codes
Full Color Print on your CD or DVD
Publishing (Virtual Adrenaline Publishing, LLC)
International Distribution
Full Video Productions (Corporated, Music Video’s, Talk Show & much more).

Our location has an In-Stage Sound Room (Cyc Room- Infinity White Wall, Green Screen & Floor & Black Curtain) with complete Light Grid in the ceiling).

We always provide coaching for all of our clients. This is something that I never saw working in other studios. You recording your song and leave. If we hear something that could improve your song we offer input; it’s up to you to use it or not.

We do Talent Search Events (for 7 years now) and give a-way Free Studio Time, Music Video Production, Trophies, Gift Cards and other things that our sponsors give us. And there is no charge to enter or compete in the event.

I’m also on the board of GMIA (Georgia Music Industry Association) help inspire and encourage all singers & musicians.

We offer a “Meet & Greet” to everyone. Make an appointment & get a private tour. Bring your song, beat or just an idea and we will see how we can help you. We will let you listen to some songs we have produced so you can hear and decide if we have the sound that fits what you need and the quality of the recording.

See what most people get hung up on a studio name, what recording software or what brand of computer is used and the fact is it’s all about the experience the engineer had.

Does he have the right tools? Does he know how to use what he has?

I have taken other session files (this is all of the instruments & vocals on individual tracks) and just mixed them, showing how we can mix their song to make it come alive and give is dynamics & dimension. That is why we offer a Free Meet & Greet; so you get to hear for yourself how we mix songs.

We really like teaching people so they have a better understanding & that is why we also offer Classes; which you can find on our web site: www.virtualadrenaline.com

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This business always has ups & downs. It has no reason, no season. You just have to learn to work with what you have. It’s art & that’s always subjective.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Virtual Adrenaline Productions – what should we know?
We specialize in recording with Real Instrument & working with new artist to this business. We teach them all the things that you need to know about this business.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Russell Adams & I started the idea of recording in my home in Tucker with his 4 Track Cassette Recording System. I had already worked in some studios in NC, FL & GA but had not thought about doing for others. So, it’s his fault. Thanks Russell. Then moving forward, I have to give a massive credit to my now business partner Mr. Eric Baker.

Great Sax player. He also plays Keys, Guitar & Bass. And he is one those crazy people that can not only read music but write it out on paper or the computer. I could not provide all the services without him.

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1 Comment

  1. Russell Adams

    September 29, 2017 at 1:21 am

    You’re welcome. Glad I could help.
    We had a lot of fun.

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