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As usual with a production made at Sono Luminus, the sound is excellent. The Steinway D piano comes through with a fine transparency and solid definition, while maintaining a fairly resonant bloom. Transient response and dynamic impact are especially impressive…
— John J. Puccio, Classical Candor
Superb sound from Sono Luminus, one of the few American labels playing in the engineering big leagues, is a bonus.
— James Manheim, AllMusic
…Goodyear’s program was engineered by Daniel Shores at the Sono Luminus studios in Boyce, Virginia, the source of some of the finest piano recordings on earth.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound


 Located in the nearly 100 year old former Emmanuel Episcopal Chapel in rural Boyce, VA, the Sono Luminus studios are a world-class recording facility with a special focus on classical and acoustic music, and the home of the Sono Luminus record label. Studio A boasts a 25 foot vaulted wood ceiling over a 35’x65′ original heart pine floor, providing a beautiful natural acoustic. Sono Luminus specializes in the highest caliber of audio quality with the capability of recording 24 simultaneous channels of audio with sample rates up to DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) 352kHz/24bit or DSD (Direct Stream Digital).




Grand Piano
Kennedy Center
New Amsterdam
RCA Red Seal
Sheva Collection
Shin Lu
Steinway & Sons


Adam LaMotte
Adam Neiman
Ars Lyrica
Alan Feinberg
Alina Rotaru
Ames Piano Quartet
Andrey Gugnin
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
Antonio Pompa-Baldi
Apollo’s Fire
Ars Lyrica
Bach Sinfonia
Billy Simms
Boyd Meets Girl

Bruce Levingston
Bruno Bavota
Carolyn Surrick
Celia Im
Celine Ricci
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Cory Hills
Christopher O’Reilly
Claire Cutting
Craig Fraedrich
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
David Krakauer
David Kravitz
Del Sol String Quartet
Duo Odeon
El Mundo
Eleonor Bindman
Eliesha Nelson
Ensemble Galilei
Ethan Hawke
Eybler Quartet
Folias Duo
Glen Inanga
Greg Ewer
Gyan Riley
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Inscape Chamber Orchestra
International Contemporary Ensemble
Irina Muresanu
James Howsmon
James Orleans
Janet Sung

Janice Weber
Jasper String Quartet
Jason Solounias
Jeffrey Biegel
Jenny Lin
Jiaxin Tain
John McLaughlin Williams
John O’Conor
John Schneiderman
Jonathan Engle
Jory Vinikour
José Lemos
Julie Wedman
Katie Reimer
Klara Min
Lambert Orkis
Lara Downes
Laura Metcalf
Laura Strickling
Lorelei Ensemble
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
Lydian String Quartet
Maarten Stragier
Matei Varga
Matthew Dirst
Michael Couper
Michael Lewin
Michael Nicolas
Mindy Rosenfeld
Mirian Conti
Modern Mandolin Quartet
Neal Stulburg
Nordic Affect
Oleg Timofeyev
Pablo Ziegler
Pacific Mozart Ensemble

Pauline Kim Harris
Peter Gregson
Raffi Besalyan
Raja Rahman
Rayoung Ahn
Richard Fortus
Richard Savino
Richard Webster
Ronn McFarlane
Rupert Boyd
Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir
Sasha Cooke
Sarah Chan
Sean Chen
Shen Lu
Siggi String Quartet
Skylark Vocal Ensemble
Spencer Myer
Spektral Quartet
Stanislav Khristenko
Stephen Kent
Stewart Goodyear
Sue Richards
Sunderman Wind Quintet
Thomas Fleming
Uri Caine
Vanessa Perez
Vasko Dukovski
Ying Quartet
Yuliya Gorenman
Yoonie Han
ZOFO duet
Zuill Bailey


Location Recording


 Whether recording albums or live concerts, Sono Luminus records on-location across the country and around the world in studios, concerts halls, churches, and more.


what people are saying

The sound quality is first-rate.

Guy Rickards, Gramophone
ALBUM: The Kernis Project: Debussy

immaculate sound quality…

Ron Schepper, Textura
ALBUM: Edge of Youth

…mixing & mastering engineer Daniel Shores deserves a Grammy nomination for engineering. If you have ever heard recordings with more convincing depictions of sustained sounds forming, blooming, and decaying in space, I want to know about them. 

…It’s one of the most convincing arguments for hi-rez sound I know.

Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile

ALBUM: Beyond

…Sono Luminus’s production values are immaculate.

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

ALBUM: Barley Moon

…deftly captured…

Patrick Rucker, Gramophone

ALBUM: Partitas for Harpsichord, BWV 825-830

I don't remember ever having as much musical enjoyment as I did reviewing these four recordings. All four recordings have state of the art sound.

Roger S. Gordon, Positive Feedback

ALBUMS: Entendre, Americana, Sprung Rhythm, Nine Notes That Shook the World

…sonically spectacular…

Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts

ALBUM: Partitas for Harpsichord, BWV 825-830

Sono Luminus’ keyboard recordings are unsurpassed in detail, color, and dynamic nuance. The harpsichord is a fiendishly difficult instrument to reproduce, but with this 24-bit, 352.8 kHz DXD recording, the sustained part of each note is naturally associated to the sharp transited that began it…the acoustic is warmly spacious and the harpsichord…never sounds over-etched or harsh.

Music ★ ★ ★ ★
Sonics ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound

ALBUM: Partitas for Harpsichord, BWV 825-830

And speaking of recording, the sound here is superb, with Muresanu’s richly present violin basking in a warm silence that highlights every nuance of her playing. On all levels, a very impressive release.

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Lisa MacKinney, Limelight

ALBUM: Four Strings Around the World

…superbly engineered…

Guy Rickards, Gramophone

ALBUM: Boyd Meets Girl

…warm, close, generous sound…

David Kettle, The Strad
ALBUM: Serious Business

…the sound produced for her by this Audiophile label is beyond outstanding.

Richard Hanlon, MusicWeb International
ALBUM: Vernacular

Sono Luminus always seems to get the sound right in their recordings and this disc is no exception.

Mel Martin, Audiophile Audition

ALBUM: Recurrence

Sono Luminus’s sound is excellent…

Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

ALBUM: Beau Soir

Sono Luminus’s production captures the piano (a Steinway D) perfectly.

Rob Haskins, American Record Guide

ALBUM: Dreaming Awake

Dreaming, by Anna Thorvaldsdóttir…allows the engineers to demonstrate just how immersive a sophisticated and meticulously planned recording can be. Demonstration-quality audio, without a doubt.

Dan Morgan, MusicWeb International

ALBUM: Recurrence