Below are some of the most commonly asked questions I receive. If your question isn’t listed, please do not hesitate to Contact Me.
How prepared should you be?
As prepared as possible. The better prepared you are, the more I can focus on dialing in tone and offering production input. Come in with tempos mapped out, scratch tracks made,
and ideas for how you’d like to shape the sound of your project.
What are your rates?
The rate for recording varies from project to project due to the nature of the work, but typical studio rate is $350/day.
What are your hours?
Usually a full day of recording runs from 8am-5pm. However, evening sessions and other hours are available for booking. It’s not a big business, it’s flexible. Just ask and we can make it work.
Why don’t you have your gear listed?
I believe it’s how the engineer utilizes their equipment that makes them a good engineer. Sure you can have some of the best gear on earth, but if you don’t know how to use it, what does it matter? However don’t worry, I’m not using some Fisher Price setup. If you’d like to talk gear, shoot me an email or schedule a studio tour.
Should you bring all of your gear when you come to record?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I will never make someone use anything they don’t want to. I’d like to work with you to come up with the best tones possible. I’ll give you my recommendations and provide insight as per studio tone isn’t always the same as live tone. Typically we’ll talk ahead of time to figure out what to bring. Sort of like a mix and match with our gear.
When do you pay?
$100 is needed to get you on the calendar. This is non-refundable. Then at the start of each session, full payment is required. Once mixing hours accumulate, the mixing payment is due before final mixes are released. If the project is recorded and mixed here, there is no charge for mastering.
What about pre-production?
If you’re able to record some sort of basement demos, that’s great. Send them to me before the session so I can review the tracks. This will help me get an idea of what direction the project is leaning towards. If I have time, I’ll jot down some feedback and send that off to you.
What if you’re unsure of something?
I encourage you to ask questions while we are working together. Throughout the studio process, you’re going to learn something new. That’s part of the experience of it all. You’ll keep improving when you’re learning new things.
What’s the studio etiquette?
Show up on time and act in a comfortable, respectful manner. Don’t show up drunk. Don’t touch things you’re not supposed to. If you have any questions in the studio, please ask before doing something you’re unsure about. There is a lot of expensive and irreplaceable equipment here.
And above all, be respectful to others and to your surroundings.