David Banta

Close Up: David "Rain" Banta

Diverse Background as Multiplatinum Mixer/Engineer and Instructor: David “Rain” Banta’s website lists numerous professional designations that tap into the extraordinary three decades of experience he brings to his multifaceted music production and education business. He is a multiplatinum Billboard No. 1 Charting Producer, mixer, pianist, UCLA instructor, KPFK FM radio on-air talent, senior producer and board op. As first engineer at Echo Sound in the ‘90s, and later as an independent engineer for major and indie labels, he’s worked with Tupac, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, the Roots, Tracie Spencer, Take That, Sting, “Marky Mark” Wahlberg, Eazy-E, Ice-T, MC Ren, Snoop Dogg, Rodney O and Joe Cooley, Robbie Williams, Coolio and produced, mixed and/or mastered 46 songs by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. He also composed and produced for NASCAR on Fox Sports and for the WB show Jack and Jill. Banta’s bestselling video series The Basics of Home Recording led him to teach a course at UCLA for 10 years and MI for one.

Rainman Productions: Founded in 1997, Banta’s independent Montrose and Tarzana based facilities offer a full range of affordably priced studio services, including mixing, mastering, recording and music production. For full recordings, both studios have a separate full band tracking room and vocal booth, with a wide selection of vintage and legendary mics (including Telefunken and AKG), drum ma- chines (including the MPC 2000XL Studio Plus), and keyboards (including the Roland D50). He also draws on his history as a trumpeter traveling with choirs to coach vocalists who need help with breathing and pitch. Satisfaction is always guaranteed.

The Recording Engineering and Music School: Offering both online and in-person classes, Banta and his experienced staff of multiplatinum instructors work with students of all ages and skill levels. In addition to weekend seminars based on his UCLA Extension and MI home recording class, Banta offers courses in recording/engineering, music theory and harmony, piano and music sight reading and ear training. He says, “Nothing gives me more pleasure than giving them a great finished album. Many come to me after working with mixing engineers who can’t get it right, and it feels good to give them something spectacular.”

Contact David “Rain” Banta, 818-468-5701