Ryan Tilby

Mutli-Instrumentalist, Audio Engineer, Producer

Hire a professional studio musician to play on your tracks... from anywhere in the world.

Making an album, but don’t have a terrific guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, or dobro player in your neighborhood? Don’t worry. That’s what we’re here for. Acoustic Instrument Overdubs was designed to give anyone, anywhere, access to a world-class studio musician, and to make it affordable. Acoustic Instrument Overdubs combines the studio, engineer, and musicians into an all-in-one service, and we charge by the track, not by the hour. It’s your music, with world-class acoustic overdubs—delivered right to you, just how you want it.


It usually starts with the line “You know what would sound cool?” 

Our goal is to get that sound on your track as efficiently and affordably as possible.  Here’s the method that seems to work the best in four easy steps:


You’ll provide a mixdown (“bounce”) of your track, bounced from the beginning of your session.  This constant start point guarantees that the track you get lines right up.  You’ll also provide the bpm (beats per minute), if your track is to a click.


You’ll send an email to Acoustic Instrument Overdubs, outlining what it is you’d like.  After we have listened through the song and read through your notes, we’ll get in touch, just to be sure we’re on the same page.  We’ll also go over a few technical notes like file types, sample rates, bit depth, etc.


We’ll go into the studio and create just the right sound for your song.  We’ll send you a reference mix to be sure you like what you’re getting.  If you’d like to make a revision, we’re happy to make it.


When you’re happy with the overdubs and we’ve received PayPal confirmation, we’ll deliver the files to you via DropBox.

We love what we do and we believe in good music.  We record in a professional recording studio with carefully chosen mics and mic pre’s.  We have professional instruments and we know how to record them.  And above all, we want you to be happy.

That's it.  You request it.  You produce it.  You approve it.  We're here to give your music something unique, organic.  Acoustic Instrument Overdubs is here to make your music better.

Having all those instruments on hand made me feel like I’d hired half of Nashville!
— Travis


$75 per track

$50 per additional overdub (on the same song)

In some instances, we may ask you to provide a chord chart or lead sheet.


The Studio 

Since 1992, Spiral Studios has been dedicated to giving the artist every advantage when it comes to making a recording. With equipment ranging from vintage to state-of-the-art, enough booths and rooms to accommodate any ensemble, and a broad palette of guitars, basses, pianos and drums, Spiral Studios tailors the sound to suit the artist.



For those of you who like to know, here’s a list of the primary pieces of gear used by Acoustic Instrument Overdubs (and Spiral Studios):


Acoustic Guitars:

2009 Joel Nowland "Fran"

1983 Taylor 615

1991 Taylor 810

1999 Jose Ramirez Classical

Yamaha FG-512 12-string

Deering Boston "Banjitar"

Yamaha "Guitalele"

Alvarez Baritone

Baby Taylor Maple


Deering Greg Deering Limited

Deering Goodtime (modified) open-back


1954 Karl Beck upright bass (Germany)

Mike Lull TC-5

Custom P-bass, Fralin pup’s

Yamaha fretless TRB-1005F

Kala U-Bass (uke-bass)


2015 Miner Mandolins "Minstrel"

1989 R.L. Givens “A” style

Donald M. Atkin Mandola

Dave Montgomery Bouzouki (Octave Mandolin)

Electric Mandocaster

Resophonic Guitars (Dobros):

Gibson roundneck

Recording King squareneck

Electric Guitars:

Gibson ES-137

Guild Artist Award 17" Archtop

Tom Anderson Hollow-T Classic telecaster

Tom Anderson Stratocaster

PRS Single-cut

Fender Strat Plus (‘86)

Breton Guitar Co. Custom Jazzmaster

Danelectro Hodad Baritone

Rickenbacker 12-string

Other Instruments:

Kala Lacewood soprano Ukulele

1954 Harmony Lap Steel


Eve Amplifiers Pharaoh

Matchless DC-30

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

1975 Fender Twin Reverb

1965 Fender Bassman

Mesa Boogie Studio .22

1969 Ampeg B-15N


Blue Bottle Mic

Blue Bottle Rocket (Stage 1) (2)

Blue capsules: B0, B6, B7, B8

Rhode Classic Tube Mic

Shure KSM44 (2)

AKG 414 TLII (2)

AKG 414 ULS (2)

AKG C 460-B (2)

Cascade Fathead II (Lundahl trans)

Joly-Modded Octava MK-012 (2)

AKG Solid-Tube

Sennheiser 421 (2)

Audix, Shure, etc.

Mic Preamps:

API 512 (3)

Neve 511 (2)

AMEK (Neve) 9098's (4)

Focusrite Liquid Channel (2)

Focusrite ISA428 (4)

TL Audio (4)

Hariball Audio Lola

Outboard Compressors:

Chandler Little Devil

Manley Variable-Mu (2)

Empirical Labs EL-8 Distressor (2)

Hairball Audio FET500

Outboard EQ's:

Kush Audio Electra (2)

Millennia NSEQ-2


ProTools 12 HD

Waves Platinum Bundle

FabFilter, Slate, Maag, etc.