Though the tornado that hit Minneapolis in 2011 wasn't an F5, it still seemed an appropriate "working title" for the recording studio in Minneapolis we were about to build. Much of this facility was constructed by our own hands, and with the help of so many experts in the field and friends who just wanted to be part of the process, we now have one of the most comfortable, vibe-filled songwriting and production studios in the Midwest.

Since we officially opened in early 2012, we've been teaming with artists around the country and the world to help them realize their respective visions for their art. Our music partners are in Italy, Switzerland, France, England and Japan, as well as Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Chicago, Austin, Madison, Sioux Falls, and of course, here at home in Minneapolis and the greater Twin Cities area. Our focus has always been on serving the artist and serving the song, and the best way we can do that is to incorporate a system of professional mentorship in every project we take on.

The mission of our dedicated team of artists, producers, and music industry veterans is to educate and mentor our clients while providing top-notch music production and songwriting services at the most competitive rates in Minneapolis.

Read on to learn more about our team or the studio, or to find out more about the services we offer.


The team, the studio, and how it all started.







Seriously, look at these faces. Hot shot young artist/engineers and well-seasoned veterans who all love making music as much as you do. And we get to be your production team! How great is that?

With around a century in the music industry between us, it's safe to say we enjoy what we do. Read on if you'd like to dig a little deeper into our individual histories and learn what makes us tick.

Davide Raso



Davide is a Swiss born and raised producer, engineer, songwriter, and musician with over 25 years in the music industry. As a founder of F5 SoundHouse, he is currently working with clients from all over the U.S., and even in his native Europe. Davide’s productions garnered nominations from the Independent Country Music Association in both 2012 and in 2014. While English is his main language these days, he also speaks fluent Italian and German, as well as French and Spanish.

Owen Sartori



Owen is an award-winning songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist with 35 years of performing and writing experience. His talents and abilities earned him a record deal in 2006, but in 2009 he left the stage to focus on writing and producing music for up-and-coming artists. Today, as one of the founders of F5 SoundHouse, he fulfills one of his lifelong dreams by helping other talented artists see their own dreams realized.

Wally Niemiec



Wally initially gained notoriety as the lead vocalist / songwriter for regional / national recording acts SKYWIND (Atomic K Records) and Crash Anthem (ARB Entertainment). His bands have toured nationally with such acts as Seether, Candlebox, Kat Perkins (Scarlet Haze), Brett Michaels, Shinedown, Sevendust and many more. Today, he produces and engineers records for national and major recording artists out of his new studio here at F5 SoundHouse.

Elsa Lee



Elsa is a graduate of Minneapolis Media Institute (and recipient of the esteemed Tom Tucker Integrity Award), and an accomplished singer, pianist and performer. She came to F5 as a studio musician, then joined the team as an intern, then as a staff engineer, and now she runs the studio. That's all within about 2 years, so you know this one is going places. When you reach out to us, chances are, Elsa will be your first contact!

Stav Kidron



Also a graduate of the Recording and Engineering program at Minneapolis Media Institute, Stav is what you might call a "triple threat." Not only is he a fantastic engineer and composer, he can play half a dozen instruments at a studio musician caliber. He is our resident jack-of-all-trades, master-of-most.
















The rooms at F5 are boutique recording studios designed for comfort, great sound and above all, an inspired vibe.

In addition to a musical atmosphere, there’s a lot of stuff to impress the gear heads such as top-tier analog gear and vintage microphones. Plus, a live-venue-inspired rehearsal room and a relaxed lounge with a living room feel for the more creatively or artistically inclined. Techies can dig deeper into our gear selection.