Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. How long will I need in the studio?
This depends on many factors. If you are well prepared, know your material by heart and have played together as a band for a considerable length of time then you should be able to record and mix between 2 and 5 songs in a typical session of 8 hours (although in order to complete 5 songs the band would have to play ‘live' as apposed to recording each individual track). The professionalism of the band members and the sound engineer will also affect how much gets done in a day.
The number of days you need will ultimately depend on how many songs you want to record. Remember that recording and mixing always takes a lot longer than you imagine so make sure to budget sufficiently for this. A full album can take anywhere up to 14 full days studio time with approximately half of this time being spent on the mix down. For this reason you, as a band must be as perfect as possible with regard to your musicianship otherwise you may end up paying for extra days to finish the mixing stage.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. 1. The music business is very expensive on every tier.
2. There is no piece of equipment that can take the place of a trained ear.
3. When seeking out a collaborating partner such as a producer/engineer, make sure they have vision, passion, experience & the creative ability to achieve your goals.
4. Have fun! The business of music is very stressful. The best times should be in the studio!
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Ask friends and other musicians if they have used the studio or if they know anyone who has. Personal recommendations are a good start as musicians will not promote a studio who did an unsatisfactory job on their recordings. If someone has used the studio you're interested in ask if you can listen to the recordings they produced.
Overall you are looking for a studio to suit your needs that offer rates within your budget, the services of an experienced sound engineer, an excellent reputation for their sound quality and professionalism and helpful, friendly staff that will make your recording experience worthwhile and productive.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. How to Prepare for CD Mastering:
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. We are working towards expanding the business. We opened in 2007 and now we feel that its time to move to a bigger location so that we can better service our customers. In our new location we will have a live room were bands can record together. That same room will also be used as a rehearsal space. We will have a bigger isolation booth so we can keep up with are growing Voice Over Production.