RECORDING SERVICES


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Production

Price Negotiable


Production may or may not be required for your recordings. Maybe artists adequately produce themselves, while others may need some help. By our definition, production work includes arrangements, writing, performance of additional parts, and providing creative direction. Typically, whether or not production is required can be determined during the initial consultation, however, it may not be evident that production assistance is required until the project is underway in some cases. If necessary, a fair renegotiation should occur at this time, before any production services have been performed. We apologize if this sounds somewhat abstract, but it is in an effort to protect the recording artist.

Tracking

$23/Hour


Tracking is the process of actually recording the song. Multi-track (overdubbing) recording is the most common practice when recording modern music. Usually, a session will start with a scratch track (rough recording intended to be replaced, often acoustic guitar and voice) and a click. Each instrument (and singers) will be recorded separately, providing maximum isolation and control. Live-off-the-floor is the other approach to recording, in which the whole band plays the song together in a room. There are often some problems to contend with, such as bleed between tracks, but it is often reported to sound more "glued" and together. Sometimes, vocals and other instruments are overdubbed on top of this after the initial record has been completed. Both methods have their own advantages and problems, and can be discussed in the pre-production consultation.

Editing

$23/Hour


Editing is a container term for several different processes:
  • Compositing (comping) is the act of stitching the best parts of several audio takes.
  • Editing (time-based) is the process of adjusting any timing errors in the performance.
  • Tuning is correcting and pitch errors in the performance.
  • Restoration/noise removal is the process of removing any ambient noise, electrical/RF interference, or any digital artifacts from the source material.
Ideally, editing should be minimal to non-existent, as we always strive to capture a perfect performance. Sometimes, however, in the real world, things happen... and this is time to fix them!


Mixing

$140/SONG


Mixing is the art of bringing everything together. Chiefly, is is balancing the track levels and spatialization. This is achieved using gain, panning, equalization, dynamic processing (such as compression), and time-based effects, such as reverberation (reverbs) and delays. Other creative processing, such as distortion, may also be introduced to achieve the desired tone and mood of the mix. We recommend the client sits in on some of the mixing process, so that they can ensure that the mix is going in a direction that corresponds with their vision for the song.. after all, mixing is an art, and therefore subjective.
A maximum of 3 recalls will be done after the mix is complete. If further alterations are required, additional charges may incur.


Mastering

$48/SONG


Mastering is often subject to misconceptions. In short, this process can encompass all further processing to the stereo mix-down for it to be ready to release. This typically involves further spectral and dynamic processing, as well as other imagine, exciting and enhancing, such as using a mid-side (MS) processor. The basic idea is to achieve continuity between your songs (make them sound like they belong on the same record, in terms of loudness and spectral balance) and continuity between your songs and other music of a comparable style, to ensure that they will sound good when stacked up against other songs on the radio, playlists, etc. This is a very important process, that should not be skipped, as your music should sound great, regardless of the playback system, or what song came on before or afterwards.

Mastering can also involve vinyl-cutting preparations, ID3-tags, and delivering the requested release formats. We strongly advice that the mastering is not done by the same engineer, or in the same playback facility as the song was mixed in, as it is important to approach the song with a fresh perspective, so that any errors in the mix may be addressed. For this reason, we are happy to outsource the mastering process, and can recommend fantastic mastering engineers and facilities that we feel would greatly benefit your music (prices may vary).
 

SESSION TRACKS


Drums

$110/TRACK


Don't have a drummer? No problem! In addition to engineering, Peter is also a musician, and can play drums on your record. He is comfortable with most genres, and would not accept the job if he had any doubt that he was not the right man for it. 
For remote drumming services:
  • Client may send audio file, along with any tempo information or click track, if applicable, via email, Google Drive, or Dropbox.
  • Client may specify prior to drumming session anything specific that they would like to see in the drum performance, along with intended sound or feel of the track. Reference material can be helpful to convey this.
  • Client may request sample rate, bit depth and audio format for tracks to be delivered in. By default, we record in 48 kHz, 24-bit AIFF.
  • We can deliver raw or processed drum tracks.
  • We can record additional percussion if requested. We currently offer:
    • bongos
    • timbales
    • tambourine
    • shakers
    • guiro frog
  • A stereo mix-down of drum tracks will be sent to client for approval in a compressed format (mp3/aac). A respectful number of changes may be requested, and once the client is happy, the lossless multi-track audio files will be delivered to the client via Google Drive or Dropbox.


Keyboards

$60/TRACK


Keyboard instruments are a great way to add some distinctive flair to your song, and can help your recordings to stand out. While the addition of basic keyboard tracks is included with our production services, we also provide keyboard session tracks as a remote service. Here's what you need to know:
  • Clients may send audio file, tempo and key information, and click track via email, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Please specify what it is that you would like to hear.
  • Client may request sample rate, bit depth and audio format for tracks to be delivered in. By default, we record in 48 kHz, 24-bit AIFF. MIDI tracks are also available, upon request.
  • We have a very nice 1960's Hammond organ on the premises, but all other tracks are virtual instruments. We can provide:
    • Organ
    • Piano
    • Synthesizer
    • Electric Piano
    • Clavinet
    • Other instruments up request
  • A compressed file (mp3/aac) will be sent to the client for approval. A respectful number of changes may be requested, and once the client is happy, the lossless audio files will be delivered to the client via Google Drive or Dropbox.


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