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Below you will find many of the questions that we are often asked. Please read through the faq's page and if you don't find what you're looking for don't hesitate to call or email.
I Have Never Recorded And Don't Know Where To Start. Can You Help Me
We love working with independent artists. Never have there been more opportunities for unknown singers and musicians to get themselves heard. Recording is not expensive, but it is cheaper and more powerful now then ever, and we can walk you through the entire process. Whether you need one demo recorded or help producing an entire album, we have the knowledge and experience to make you sound better than ever.
What Are Your Rates
Generally, we charge a flat rate of $40/hr which includes the engineer, media (CD's, DVD's, and hard-drive storage. This will cover time spent recording, mixing, mastering, transfers, or pretty much whatever you need done. Please visit our studio rates page for more information on rates.
How Soon Can I Book My Session
Our schedule is always changing, but you are usually safe to make bookings at least two weeks before the session. However, we know that sometimes plans are difficult to arrange ahead of time like that, so don't ever hesitate to check with us. We just might have an opening as soon as you need it!
What Payment Types Do You Accept
We accept cash, check, mastercard and visa.
I Only Have One Song To Record. Is One Hour Enough
Depending on your level of experience in the studio, you may be unfamiliar with the process. Generally, instrumentation is recorded as the first step. Then vocals are recorded. Once all the recording is completed any needed editing is taken care of. This might include comparing various vocal takes and compiling the best of each into one master take. Any vocal tuning that is needed is taken care of in this step. Then the levels between any instruments and vocals are balanced in a mix.
So if you have a 4 minute song to record, plan on more than 4 minutes in the studio! Usually our customers want their best foot forward when they make a recording, and we can get you as close to a perfect performance as you'd like.
I'm A Vocalist And Do Not Play An Instrument. Do You Provide Backup Musicians
yes, but we will need advanced notice. We have some great session players that we can bring in with advanced notice. Just give us a call, tell us what you want and we'll make it happen.
We also have access to over 250,000 backing tracks
What Do I Need To Bring To The Studio
Bring your guitars, tuners, etc. Bring your amps and cabinets along with cables. We may not even use amps and speaker cabinets if we go direct, but sometimes for a particular sound, miking the cabinet is the best way to achieve this. Oh and don't forget those extra strings and drumsticks. You don't want to cancel a session if you break a string.
Can My Music Be Mixed In Your Studio And What Is The Process
Yes, we can mix your tracks. Once the recording process is complete, the mixing process will begin. We recommend doing an inital mix first. Then we bounce it to CD. It's best to take it home with you. Listen to it on the CD player in your car. Play it on your home stereo. As you do this, listen to how it sounds. Does it sound just like you want it? Are you hearing all the instruments? Is the vocals too loud or drowned out by other instruments? Make notes on all these items. Then come back into the studio and we can make the necessary adjustments for the final mix. You may need to do this more than one time to get everything just exactly right.
Will The CD Be Good Enough To Be Used As A Master To Duplicate Additional CDs
Possibly. If we make you a rough copy for the purpose of listening on your car CD player, then the answer is probably not. However, once all the tracks are mixed, we can go to the next step and master your CD, we can then start the duplications.
What Is Mastering
Mastering is the last step in the process of creating a CD and is done after mixing and just prior to duplication and replication. So what does a mastering engineer do? Basically he makes the final product sound it's best. That may involve making various tracks more consistent, both in sound quality and volume. To do this we may add some EQ, some compression, some limiting and other sound processing techniques. If there are any problems or noise, we will correct that. When the processing is finished, we will add data such as track title, artist name etc. Finally, the tracks will be put in the order they will appear on the CD along with the appropriate spacing between each track. The order of the tracks is something that is usually done in consultation with the artist.
What Is The Difference Between CD Duplication And CD Replication
CD duplication is the process of making a copy of a CD using a recordable CD such as a CD-R. Companies use machines that duplicate anywhere from 10 to 500 or more CDs at a time by loading multiple CD-Rs into a machine and copying the master. For small quantities, this is the best method of making additional CDs. However, for large quantities, a glass master is created from which multiple copies can be stamped. The finished product is an audio CD just like you buy in the record stores. This process is called replication. We are setup for duplication, not for replication. For large quantities, check the prices of the CD manufacturers to decide what is best for the quantities you want to produce.
Can The Session Files Be Played On My Computer At Home
The wav files can be played on any computer with a player that plays wav files. However, quite often a track consists of many wav files some of which have been pieced together (such as a punch in). The session file tells Pro Tools how to put these snippets together correctly. It would be very difficult to try to re-assemble them into some kind of reasonable order so they would sound like they did in the studio. If you want to hear the final product, the best bet is to bounce them down to a CD that can be played on any CD player.
How Many Songs Can I Record In An 8-Hour Session
That is like asking how high is up. It depends on how prepared your band is when they walk in the studio, how many retakes you have to do, how much experimenting you do, and so on. We have had a band that managed to complete one song in a 8 hour session. Another band tracked 6 songs in one 8 hour session and another that finshed an 8 song CD in a 2 hour session. Also, remember that after you finish tracking a song, it still has to be mixed, either in our studio or another.
How Much Time Should I Allow To Mix The Songs
The answer to this is basically the same as the previous question. Some bands have spent days or weeks mixing a song. Others have done it in an hour. If you are on a budget, we can give you a reasonably good mix in one or two hours. However, if you are planning on producing the next big hit and you want everything just perfect, you may want to spend much more time on your mixing. Some bands take their tracks to other studios just to get them mixed, just as some take them to other studios to be mastered.
How Many Songs Can I Record In An 8-Hour Session
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