Cliffhanger Studios
Painesville, Ohio.
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Welcome To Cliffhanger StudiosRecording Made Easy Mentorship | Mixing | Mastering | Voiceovers | Audio Restoration

Welcome to Cliffhanger Studios, where we're dedicated to bringing your musical vision to life. Whether you're an aspiring artist or a seasoned professional, we offer a comprehensive array of services designed to meet your creative needs.

Service Offerings:
  • Recording Made Easy Mentorship Program:
    Explore our Recording Made Easy Mentorship Program, designed to demystify the art of home studio recording. Perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike, our personalized sessions will equip you with the skills and confidence to produce professional-grade music from your own home studio.
  • Recording Singer-Songwriters:
    Capture the essence of your music with our expert recording services tailored for singer-songwriters. Whether you're looking to record a demo or produce a full-length album, we're here to ensure your sound shines.
  • Mixing and Mastering:
    Elevate your recordings with our meticulous mixing and mastering services. From balancing tracks to enhancing clarity and depth that deliver polished results that stand out.
  • Audio Restoration:
    Revitalize your old recordings with our audio restoration expertise. Whether it's removing noise, enhancing fidelity, or rescuing damaged recordings, we specialize in bringing your audio archives back to life.
  • Voice-Overs:
    Need professional voice-over services? Whether for commercials, narration, or multimedia projects, our studio provides clear, expressive recordings that captivate audiences and convey your message effectively.
  • Adult Beginner Guitar Lessons:
    Discover the joy of playing guitar with our tailored lessons for adult beginners. Guided hands-on fundamentals and techniques ensuring a rewarding learning experience at your own pace.

Ready to take your music and audio projects to the next level? Explore our range of services and discover how Cliffhanger Studios can support your creative journey. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or session, and let's create something remarkable together.

Whether you're stepping into our studio for mentorship, recording, mixing, mastering, or adult beginner guitar lessons, we're committed to delivering excellence in every service we offer. Join us at Cliffhanger Studios and experience the difference firsthand.


All the best,
Joe Gielink
Cliffhanger Studios LLC.

Recording Made EasyThe Art of Recording & Audio Production

Hey there, aspiring music maker! Are you new to home studio recording and feeling a bit lost? Or perhaps you're already set up but struggling with software issues or lackluster sound quality? Don't worry, you're not alone!

Stop wasting precious time scouring the internet for answers that only lead to confusion and frustration. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned hobbyist, if you're serious about taking your music to the next level, your journey begins right here.

Introducing personalized, one-on-one mentorship in a professional studio environment. Imagine having a seasoned recording engineer by your side, guiding you step-by-step through the complexities of home studio setup, software mastery, and sound refinement.

- Expert Guidance: Gain insights from years of experience in the industry, tailored specifically to your needs.

- Tool Empowerment: Equip yourself with the right tools and techniques to craft music that truly stands out.

- Studio Quality at Home: Transform your home setup into a pro-level studio that produces phenomenal results.

Don't let technical challenges hold back your musical dreams. Our comprehensive Recording Made Easy Mentorship Program is designed to empower you in every aspect of home studio recording. Let's turn your home studio the ultimate powerhouse of creativity and professional-grade sound.
Contact Us Today to schedule your first session and embark on a path to creating exceptional music right from your own home studio!

Recording Made Easy Overview:

- Hands-On 1:1 Mentorship: Whether in-person or online, you'll receive personalized guidance tailored to your specific needs and goals.

- Sound Foundations: Master the essentials with our Audio Basics, laying a solid groundwork in understanding sound dynamics and equipment.

- Home Studio Design: Optimize your space for superior sound quality, learning how to utilize your environment effectively.

- Equipment Needs: Discover the essential tools required to build and equip your home studio for professional-grade recordings.

- Acoustic Treatment vs. Soundproofing: Differentiate between acoustic treatment and soundproofing techniques to create an ideal recording environment.

- Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs): Get hands-on with industry-standard DAWs, mastering their functionalities to streamline your workflow.

- Recording, Editing, and Mixing Basics: From capturing pristine recordings to polishing your tracks, delve into the fundamentals of recording, editing, and mixing.

- Making Music with MIDI Instruments: Unlock the potential of MIDI instruments, exploring creative techniques to enhance your compositions.

Ready to take charge of your musical dreams and embark on a transformative journey in home studio recording? Our mentorship program is your gateway to success.
Don't wait any longer—start making music that resonates with passion and precision. Contact us today to schedule your first session and begin your path to mastering the art of recording.

Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to create exceptional music from the comfort of your own home studio. Join our mentorship program and let's turn your musical aspirations into reality together.

Moving The NeedleOne Client At A Time

“We needed a Mastering Engineer to master our album and several singles. Joe came highly recommended. The sound quality blew us away. The masters came out better than we ever imagined. Joe is a true professional and I highly recommend him."

Rude Bob / Guitar and Vocals, The Legendary Rude Awakening, Cleveland, OH

“Joe is literally a walking body of knowledge. He taught me about sound and helped me redesign my home studio to get better results. I seriously didn't think the acoustical and layout adjustments he made would make much of an impact but I was blown away how much better my mixes started to translate. I could finally hear what I was missing. Joe also helped me get better mastering results. I highly recommend Joe and Cliffhanger Studios.

Alex Artimez / Guitarist with Vince Nerone and The Band, Bassist with The Dream Analysis Cleveland, OH

“Cliffhanger Studios produced several videos for my new music store. Not only did they write the scripts and do the voiceovers, they created custom music just for Volume 11 Music! Exceptional work and a job well done. Extremely satisfied.”

Rich Haffa / Owner, Volume 11 Music, Fredericksburg, VA

“Joe from Cliffhanger Studios crafts my Helix guitar tones for my live rig. We always sound our best live when he's running sound at our shows. I've recorded several songs with Joe and he really brings my vocals and songs to life like they were meant to be.”

Todd Bluffestone / Vocals, Guitar, The Barcode Band, Cleveland, OH

“I highly recommend Joe and Cliffhanger Studios for any small to mid-sized businesses content needs.  Incredibly creative, can-do attitude and meets delivery deadlines. You simply can't go wrong.”

Kelly J. Wells / Director, Sales - Specialty Retail

“Cliffhanger Studios' work always amazes me. Without a doubt Joe is an artistic individual with genuine honesty and integrity.”

Robby Resnick / Senior Sales Engineer Sweetwater Sound

“I've worked with Joe at Cliffhanger Studios for many years. When we did radio together he was Program Director with mad production skills! An awesome voice talent with a vision for crafting client commercials. I've worked on numerous projects with Joe and the finished product is always on point.”

Amy Ryan / Production Coordinator, Voiceover Talent, Radio Personality, Binnie Media, Portland, ME

“As a lifelong bassist and composer, I needed someone to show me how to use Logic Pro and record our jazz trio sessions. I am pretty computer savvy, however the recording ins and outs were more than I wanted to deal with. Joe came to my studio and immediately had me up and running. He made it easy for me to learn and use Logic Pro. We regularly work with Joe to record our jazz trio sessions."

Shaun Sterling / Bassist, Soul Groove Tribe, Warrensville, Hts, OH

“I recently ventured back into playing guitar and had a plethora or musical ideas I wanted to record during my songwriting sessions. Joe helped me select the right recording interface to fit my needs and showed me how to set up Studio One from Presonus to capture my musical creations. He is also helping me with a new video production project."

Professor K / Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH

“Joe has been a Godsend and I am very grateful for his wealth of knowledge. He helped me learn and navigate GarageBand so I can focus on my music. His flexibility to my needs is important and he even came out to my residence and helped set up my home studio. I highly recommend Joe and Studio Suite 71."

Dan C / Musician and Recording Artist, Painesville, OH

“Thanks to Joe for being the 5th member of our band. He's been our live sound engineer and always appreciated his help to get a great stage sound from my gear and help with my volume control (Usually on 11). It's always fun talking guitar shop with him."

Danny "The Rock Dawg" Sullivan / Lead Guitarist, The Barcode Band, Cleveland, OH

“A very special thank you to Joe at Cliffhanger Studios. I started playing guitar during Covid with no prior knowledge of anything musical except the sheer desire to learn. Over several months Joe helped me to pick out a new guitar, learn songs, and experience the delights of recording. Learning songs is one thing but putting them together is another and Joe is the man! His tremendous knack and experience in recording and production is astounding! My musical journey would not have started without Joe. You are the BEST, Thank you!”

Rohan Ghosh / Guitarist, Recording Client, Cleveland, OH

“Joe from Cliffhanger Studios has produced numerous video promos for my bands, The Barcode and 16 Strings. Joe's video promos helped grow our online following and turnout at shows. He's professional, affordable and gets the job done in a timely fashion. If you're in a band or own a small business it's seriously worth your time to see what Cliffhanger Studios can do for you."

Todd Bluffestone / Guitar and Vocals, 16 Strings and The Barcode Band, Cleveland, OH

“Cliffhanger Studios passion and years of experience make them an obvious choice to help small business get noticed and grow.”

John Delong / Owner J Salon

Professional Studio ServicesThirty-Plus Years Expertise and Experience

Hello everyone, I'm Joe Gielink, a seasoned musician and recording engineer with over 30 years of diverse experience spanning radio, live sound engineering, studio recording, and performing. From shaping live soundscapes for houses of worship and bands to crafting intimate studio recordings for singer-songwriters, I've dedicated my career to realizing musical visions across all platforms.

Starting my journey as an on-air radio personality, I discovered the power of sound and storytelling. Connecting with listeners through music and commentary, I honed my skills in engaging and captivating audiences, setting the stage for my lifelong passion for all things music and audio excellence.

Transitioning to live sound engineering, I've had the privilege of working with diverse artists, venues, and houses of worship ensuring every performance resonates with clarity and emotion. My technical prowess and commitment to impeccable sound quality have earned me a reputation for reliability and excellence.

As a musician myself, I've experienced firsthand the transformative power of music. From performing in bands to recording and releasing my own music, I understand the creative process intimately. This perspective informs my work as a recording engineer, where I collaborate closely with singer-songwriters to capture their unique sound and vision.

- Whether behind the mic in a radio station, behind the mixing console at a live event, or in the recording studio with an artist, I thrive in diverse musical environments.


- I'm passionate about fostering collaborative relationships with artists, guiding them through the recording process to achieve their musical goals while preserving their artistic integrity.


- With decades of experience, I possess a deep understanding of audio equipment, software, and production techniques, ensuring every project meets professional standards.

My approach to music and recording is grounded in a deep respect for the craft and creativity of every artist. Whether in the studio or on stage, my goal is to create immersive sonic experiences that resonate with audiences and leave a lasting impression.

Whether you're seeking professional studio recordings, mixing and mastering or guidance on navigating how to create a successful home studio, my comprehensive experience and dedication to music are here to support your journey. Let's collaborate and bring your musical vision to life.


Fun Memorable Moments:

- Reel To Reel Production 1991
- First Digital Audio Workstation Pro Tools 1994
- Licensed FCC Broadcaster


Ready to level up your music? Drop an email. Let's schedule a session to discuss how we can partner and collaborate to help you achieve your musical goals. Whether it's recording and releasing your music, mixing and mastering, audio restoration or our Recording Made Easy 1:1 Mentorship, we have you covered.



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