Email us: rtcarleton@gmail.com

Bones & Knives

Recording Studio


Recording at Bones & Knives will be unlike any experience you've ever had in a studio!

"I didn't know what I wanted as a sound, but Terry did and I couldn't be happier with what we produced".


Terry Carleton studied classical, jazz, and composition on full scholarship in college. He has been playing in bands for the better part of 40 years. In that period he has played 'live' with many notables such as rockabilly legend Link Wray, pop and gospel vocalist Maria Muldaur, jazz B3 icon Tony Monaco, hard rock guitar hero Ronnie Montrose, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Platters, The Marvelettes, Al Wilson, and Motown pioneer, Mary Wells, to name a few....he has recorded drums and vocals with the British Progressive rock band, Camel and continues to co-write songs with their front man, Andy Latimer. One of their songs, “Guitars” , was also turned into a rock video and was picked as an 'Official Selection” at 15 film festivals worldwide. Terry has also performed with The Beach Boys' Al Jardine, Johnny Lee, Norton Buffalo and Jewel Akens.


When not gigging, Terry teaches drum set at The Starving Musician in Santa Clara, Ca. He sees 30 students a week in one of the coolest and well-equipped studios in Northern California. Terry has been teaching drums for almost 30 years and is one of the well-respected and consistent drum set instructors in the Bay Area.

Terry Carleton

Terry Carleton

Producer / Engineer / Session Cat / Teacher / Author / Director

Terry is an avid guitar collector and as such, has found himself a gig as a contributing writer for the well-respected trade magazine, “Guitar Player” (both in print and online) for columns called “Vintage Vault “and “Whack Job”.


B&K is a studio like no other. It is technically a "home studio" but only in the most abstract sense of the term. If you want to be comfortable by the surroundings of cool vibes, and be inspired by hundreds of albums, instruments, toys, and more, then this is where you go to record. Simply put, there is no place like Bones & Knives except for being here.


The studio is a permanent extension off of my home. So while recording, you will most definitely meet my dog. You will definitely enjoy sitting outside by our pool while we craft. But most importantly, the studio, is a dedicated space to create where we've recorded hundreds of songs over the years.


As you'll see just from looking at a few of the pictures on the site. We have every kind of musical, noise-making, thing you would ever need to make an album. Working from analog to digital and sometimes back again, we have amps, drums, a library shelf of snares, regular guitars, basses, and then a lot of instruments that can't even be described but should be seen. There are sound banks upon sound banks and microphones, goodness there are microphones. 


With a dedicated vocal isolation booth, a sound stage for recording amps, drums, and more, and the engineering room where we can personally work together to find that perfect fit, it's all an option. If you want to know about a specific sound, amp, or anything, just email me and I'm happy to geek out on gear.

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