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Rates

Always free consultations.

We want to make your project a goal-oriented success, and would be happy to make personalized estimates based on what you need.

Tracking & Recording

$55/hour

$450/DAY

$250/HALF DAY

Days are 9-10 hours including breaks. Half days are 4-5 hours. Set-up time is part of the recording process, and breakdown at the end of the session is not charged.

Tracking and recording rates are the same for musical and non-musical projects.

Mastering

Project-based, inquire please

Editing & Mixing

Mixing: by project

As low as $200 per song. 1 revision included, further revisions $55 each. In general, about 4 or more songs could be priced lower due to initial mix setup transferability, which can be applied to more songs of a similar track composition.

$55/hour

Editing and Mixing by the hour generally applies to songs over 5 minutes and/or with 30 or more tracks. Podcasts, voice overs, or book recordings are also common projects billed at an hourly rate. Questions? Ask Us!

Location Recording

Project-based, inquire please

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Equipment Details

 Tracking / Monitoring Path

  • Antelope Zen audio interface

  • Harrison Consoles Lineage 8 channel microphone preamp

  • Apogee DA-16X digital to analog conversion

  • Allen and Heath GL3300 44 channel console

  • Avid Pro Tools / MacOS

  • Equator Audio D5 2-way concentric monitors

  • Denon Professional DN-506S 3-way reference monitors

  • Mackie Big Knob monitoring controller


Microphones

  • (2) Schoeps CMC6 wide cardioid

  • (2) Neumann TLM-107 multi pattern

  • Royer Labs R-121

  • Cascade VIN-JET Lundahl edition

  • Electro Voice RE-20

  • (3) Sennheiser MD 421-II

  • (2) Oktava MK-012 (early and authentic)

  • Groove Tubes GT66

  • (5) Shure SM57

  • Shure SM7B

  • AKG C1000

  • (2) AKG C430

  • (2) Sennheiser e609

  • Electro Voice N/D 308 b

  • AKG D 112


 

Pre-Production Helpful Tips

Recording is tricky when you’re a musician, no matter how much experience you have. Each album and each song probably gets a little easier as you go, but if you want to get the most out of all your hard work you can never go on autopilot.

For more success the next time you go into the studio, here’s a few things to think about when you’re getting ready to get those tunes down for posterity.

 

Number One, Always: PRACTICE

There is no substitute, truly. There’s more to it than just run throughs too...break down certain sections, check the transitions, examine your tempos with a fine tooth comb, play with that annoying click until it disappears (yeah that’s a thing). Get a warm-up routine going to stretch out your minds and muscles...vocalists especially. If you find a particular type of herbal tea helps, for example, build a ritual to help you get comfortable and in the zone.

Pre-Production: Record Before You Record

Pre-production recordings are a great way to examine how your live and rehearsed music will come together into the definitive version you create in studio. Talk to a producer about your songs, instrumentation, tones, etc. all before going into the studio for the final recording. 

Change Your Strings / Heads / Tubes / Sticks / Batteries / etc.

Have your instruments intoned by a professional if you don’t know how to do it yourself (most people don’t). We can’t stress this one enough. A guitar can be tuned and still be out of tune with itself, which in other words shows up and makes getting the instrument tuned very difficult and time-consuming.

Visualize

Did you know you can get better at piano just by thinking about it? Here’s a fun, difficult and rewarding challenge: think your way through the song from start to finish, and notice your imagined playing...notice how it sounds when you’re creating your performance only in your mind. You’ll gain insight (maybe unconsciously) on what to do when you go back to the real instrument.

Be Your Audience

Who is going to be listening to this recording? In the same way that you can visualize playing, put yourself behind your audience’s specs. Find new perspective about your music...how does it sound? Some insight can be gained here but don’t forget to get real opinions from real people too, without sugar coating. 

Examine Your Influences

What “sound” do you want the recording to have? Consciously or not, influence is ubiquitous in any artistic endeavor. But there is the sonic quality to think about as well. Do you write like Dylan and want the record to sound authentic too? Or do you want your record to take advantage of the clarity and space that we have with modern recording tools? Let the recording engineer and producer know, and share some examples that illustrate what you’re going for.

Click, Click, Click...

Even if you don’t use it in the actual recording, this is of massive benefit for all your songs’ performances, live too. It is true there is a lot of music out there that has been recorded without a metronome, but listen carefully...there is still that pocket, the place you want to be and the reason you use the click in the first place. It’s a secret weapon, use it, and the click will serve you even when you’re not using it. 

Tone It Down

Plan to take a little extra time in the studio to find the right tones. The sound that works on stage and in the practice room may not sound the same under the recording microscope. Part of this is that the environment you are used to playing in has different acoustic properties than the more carefully controlled space in studio. It’s a common thing, something that usually needs to be compensated.