FWD PRO is a Los Angeles recording facility devoted to inspiring the BEST performances, providing clients with the BEST results, and facilitating the BEST opportunities; all at an affordable rate.
We’re proud to offer one of the BEST studio values in Los Angeles!!!
FWD PRO features a curated collection of modern and vintage recording equipment in a comfortable, professional setting. Our facility is purpose-built for audio production and features excellent isolation and accurate frequency response throughout. Our rooms are designed around Pro Tools HD 3 Accel and Apollo systems, and fully upgraded Mac Pro machines running Pro Tools 10 HD. We have an extensive in-house collection of classic microphones, analog preamps, compressors, equalizers, endless plug-ins, and instruments. With multiple combined decades’ worth of experience in audio, our dedicated engineers will help you create any sound you can imagine.
Our instrument collection is available for clients’ use and includes: a fully mic'd DW drum kit, a wide array of pro-quality guitars and basses, several Class-A tube amps, a Yamaha U3 upright piano, and an 88-key weighted Yamaha Motif keyboard with access to our extensive library of sampled instruments and software synths.
Services include: Recording, Mixing, Producing, Songwriting, Mastering, ADR, Voiceover, Post-Production Audio, Session Musicians, and Studio Rental for Video and Photo Shoots.
We support artists/clients through all phases of the process by providing additional services that include: Graphic Design, Artwork, Copyright Consultation, Online Distribution, Branding, Photoshoots/Music Video Consultation.
We offer free consultations prior to your session to help plan & budget any project. Call us to schedule a studio visit!
We are experienced in all styles of popular music and encourage all genres of music.
Matthew Nelson - Producer/Engineer/Musician
A multi-instrumentalist of more than 20 years with a natural knack for song-writing, Matt is making waves in today’s commercial market. Matt’s career in production started in his hometown of Chicago, after spending time in several major studios recording his own music. He fell in love with the process and rapidly developed his own production skill set. Due to growing demand for his services as an engineer/producer, Matt moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and founded Foreword Productions, and in 2014 he partnered with Tim Hilliard to build the Culver City studio facility.
As both a producer and artist, Matt’s achievements have been rapidly gaining visibility. His productions with Red Velvet Ray Gun have been featured on "The Young and the Restless" (CBS) and "Cougar Town" (TBS). His scores and sound design have been featured at the CES tradeshow, Stanford University, and the San Francisco 49ers football stadium. His self-produced tracks have appeared in Rockband 2 for Xbox 360, as well as APB, an online game created by Realtime Worlds, Ltd. and Electronic Arts.
Matt’s creative flexibility and tireless work ethic has earned him a devoted client base. An adept guitarist and vocalist, he pulls double duty on trumpet, piano, bass, percussion, and is a proficient virtual instrument programmer.
Matthew has a deep love for all music and a ruthless work ethic which has given rise to strong and lasting relationships with many artists and clients alike. These characteristics paired with his need to always be inventive make him capable of producing fresh, rich, and professional arrangements.
Tim Hilliard - Producer/Engineer/Musician
With a wide skill set, almost two decades of experience in the music industry, and an unfailing ear for vibe, Tim has quickly established himself as one of LA’s go-to producers for many genres of music. After several years honing his tracking and mixing skills on the east coast, he relocated to Los Angeles in 2006 and began producing singles, EPs, and records for artists across the greater LA area.
Tim's productions have been heard on episodes of “Scrubs”, “Suits”, and more. He has worked with members of Ben Folds Five, Afroman, Hoobastank, and Paul Freeman, and his work with LA up-and-comers Magic Bronson and The Other Words has earned accolades in electro and indie pop circles. Most recently he was handpicked by none other than Cee Lo Green to mix his forthcoming live concert album.
Tim brings his adaptability and passion for sound to every project he works on, securing his reputation as a producer that artists can rely on.
Gareth Schumacher - Studio Manager/Engineer
Gareth handles booking and a variety of other duties at FWD PRO, in addition to engineering sessions as needed. His background as an indie musician, songwriter, and producer has helped him develop a unique approach to recording that lets his clients focus on giving great performances. His solid grasp of engineering's technical aspects and his strong musical sensibility make him the ideal studio collaborator.