About STem
Curtis Grippe
Phoenix, Arizona
At Stem, we're renowned for our exceptional array of audio equipment, merging classic charm with modern innovation to stand out in the music industry. Our collection features everything from authentic tape recorders that enhance the richness of our vintage microphones, to high-end digital and analogue mixing consoles, addressing the varied demands of contemporary music production.  At Stem, every piece of equipment plays a part in crafting auditory masterpieces, each with its own story and influence on the future of sound.
OUR Story
20 Years of Commitment to Your Music
From the day Curtis and Thomas first scratched the outline of what is now STEM Recording into the Arizona dirt with sticks nearly 20 years ago til now one thing has remained constant; an unwavering commitment to present your music in it’s most flattering light both in content and sonic quality.
Our Team
Curtis Grippe
Curtis has been playing and recording music professionally for more than three decades and has a wealth of experience on both sides of the glass.​

As a member of Dead Hot Workshop, he recorded two CDs for Atlantic Records; River Otis, which was recorded at Butch Vig's Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin (Garbage, Nirvana, Beck, The Jayhawks) and 1001 which was recorded in Los Angeles with produced Jim Scott (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty).​

Curtis still plays out regularly with Dead Hot Workshop, Ghetto Cowgirl and Stephen Ashbrook.
Thomas Laufenberg
Thomas is a veteran recording engineer and a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. He has also performed as Lead Guitarist of former Hollywood Records recording artists The Pistoleros for more than 25 years.

Thomas specializes in recording music as well as audio production for motion pictures and videos including scoring, voice over work and sound design. In addition to his studio work, Thomas teaches bass and guitar. You can visit Thomas' sound design website at www.roomfullofhammers.com and his teaching website at www.hammeronmusic.com
Jamie Woolford
Jamie is one of the most sought after producers in the valley and is also the singer/lead guitarist of former Fueled by Ramen artists The Stereo. Jamie's recording and production credits are too extensive to list here, so you can visit his website for more information at www.jamiewoolford.com
Let's Record
Something Great Together
Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, our team of expert sound engineers and cutting-edge equipment are dedicated to bringing out the best in your music. Schedule your session with us and experience an environment where creativity thrives and your vision comes to life. Don't just dream about making great music – come create it with us. Click 'Get Started' and let’s transform your sound into a masterpiece that echoes across the airwaves.
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