IYE is housed in a state-of-the-art building that combines period architecture with a technical facility unsurpassed in the Southeast. The luxurious technical spaces, designed by the highly renowned architectural firm nonzero architecture/Studio Bau:ton, bring the best of Southern California design to Shockoe Bottom.
IYE features three fully-outfitted digital control rooms with 18 foot high attached studios and two video editing suites. Apple®, Avid®, Digidesign®, D.W.Fearn®, Protools, Genelec®, Lynx®, Neuman®, Sony®, Steinberg®, Yamaha® are just a few of the names you'll see on the gear as you take the tour. We take pride in our selection of gear as well as the talent that runs it.
In Your Ear was founded by Carlos Chafin and the late Robbin Thompson in 1990 as a music composition and production company. Since then, the business has grown into a multi-studio recording and post-production facility situated in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond's vibrant production district. In Your Ear is where Chris Brown recorded F.A.M.E., winner of the 2012 Grammy for Best R&B album. It is where thousands of television and radio spots have been scored, recorded and mixed for companies such as Coke, Geico, Kraft Foods, McDonalds and others. It is also the facility tapped by top Hollywood producers for dialog production on movies like "The Help", "Gladiator" and television shows including "The Family Guy", "Person of Interest", and "Sleepy Hollow".
Our 18,000 square foot facilities, built in 1999, are hidden behind four antebellum row houses. Employing the talents of California’s top acoustical architects, studio bau:ton, and Richmond architect Bob Steele of BOB, the dream of an acoustically and technically correct facility came to central Virginia. The building is now home to In Your Ear, Dreams Factory Films, Flatland Creative Animation Studios, VArtisans, a company featuring artists specializing in 360 video and Initiate-IT (advertising and marketing).
Whether it's for a film set for international release or production for a local radio spot, In Your Ear is the destination for top advertising agencies, independent and studio films, television production, recording artists and students. Our educational offerings, which include classes in conjunction with neighboring Virginia Commonwealth University, have become an important part of our mission to raise the bar higher for the creative production community in Central Virginia.