If you want to make exceptional records, you’ve come to the right place!

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Preston Smith is a classical music recording engineer making world class records under the name Perfect Record. I’m a leading specialist in classical music recording, making great records for clients ranging from major labels to independent artists for over two decades. I craft elegant sounding recordings with a deep inviting soundstage, and a great sense of intimacy with the music and performers. Everything from opera and orchestral to solo and chamber music, with a special emphasis on
choral and vocal recordings. I'm also great at jazz and all forms of acoustic music.

An average recording is a mere document.
A great recording captures the emotion of your performance.


I make great records that are highly reviewed and have received numerous Grammy® awards and nominations. My recordings are known for a deep, engaging soundstage that conveys the emotion of a great performance. My expertise spans a wide range of music from opera, orchestral, chamber, early music, solo performance, with a specialty in choral and vocal music. I am skilled at both session and live recordings.

Every record is a creative venture- I never rely on cookie cutter approaches to recording. We will work together to make the recording you've always wanted. I can get the results you desire on anything from standard rep to highly experimental music. I have experience from hundreds of recording sessions that allows me to efficiently find the perfect sound for your music.

If you’ve seen records with the credit
Recording by: Preston Smith, Perfect Record, St. Paul
then you’ve heard my work.


My clients include everyone from major international labels to individual performers and performing ensembles. Some clients and artists I've been proud to work with include:
• Dale Warland Singers
• Jake Heggie
• Cantus
• Chanticleer
• King’s Singers
• St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
• Houston Symphony
• Washington Men's Camerata
• Vocal Essence (Plymouth Music Series)
• Washington Cathedral Choral Society
• Washington Bach Consort
• Minnesota Orchestra
• Concordia College Choir
• Yale Whifenpoofs
• Twyla Paris
• Sharon Isbin
• Aspen Music Festival
• Amy Grant
• and many, many independent artists

Record Labels
• Warner Classics
• Sony BMG
• Virgin Clasics
• Gothic
• EMI/ Angel
• Signum Classics
• American Choral Catalog
• Teldec & Das Alte Werk
• Many, many independent record labels

Please Contact Me so that we can start a great record together!