Frequently Asked Questions
Q- I've never been to a recording studio before. How does it all work?
A- First we will meet in the studio for a Pre-Production meeting where we will discuss your project in full. At this meeting you will find out more about the recording process, see the facilities, hear some examples, discuss different services and rates & schedule your first session. This is also the chance for us to discuss the type of project you wish to accomplish.
Q- Is there a charge for this meeting?
A- No there is no charge for the Pre-Production meeting. An Appointment however is required so as not to conflict with other bookings.
Q- If I schedule a session at the Pre-Production meeting will I be required to make a down payment or pay anything up front?
A- If we schedule a session for you at the Pre-Production meeting then all we need is the scheduling fee up front to lock in the date. You will be required to pay half down minus the scheduling fee at the beginning of your 1st session. Of course if you want to pay half down at the meeting this is ok as well.
Q- Can you work out different payment agreements?
A- Yes! We will try to accommodate you the client with a reasonable payment plan if needed.
Q- Do you give discounts to students or churches?
A- Yes! Every situation is different please call to discuss. We also run special discounted services throughout the year.
Q- Will I be required to sign a contract?
A- This depends on the type of project, if you are recording a live 2 track Demo, voice over or an hourly project then no. If you are going to do a professional Demo or long term CD project you will need to sing a contract which states the payment terms, hours/sessions, liabilities and any copyright disclosures. You will be able to view the contract at the Pre-Production Meeting. It is always good to establish ground rules such as rates, liabilities and any licensing issues before starting a project.
Q- I write my own songs, am I giving up any Copyright ownership rights by signing this contract?
A- No! We are recording studio not a Publisher or Label, you are the copyright owner and retain all rights.
Q- I'm a singer/vocalist and I don't play any instruments. I want to make a Demo using someone else's songs. Can you provide the music?
A- We do recommend that you bring your own backing tracks however we have access to a multitude of professionally recorded backing tracks for personal and commercial use. Note that you may be required to obtain "master use" and "mechanical" licensing for commercial replication/duplication purposes or even uploading to the internet from the master studio and publisher.
Q- Do you have any instruments or should I bring my own?
A- We recommend that you bring your own instruments. What we do have is a 5 piece drum kit with kick, snare, high tom, mid tom, floor tom 2 cymbal stands and hi-hats. Drummers should bring their own cymbals, hats and snare. If your drummer has an electronic kit we have some of the top sampled kits around, or we can replace the sounds from the acoustic kit with these as well. For Piano we have an 88 weighted key controller with some of the best sampled grand pianos technology has to offer - Yamaha C7, Bösendorfer 290 Imperial and Steinway D Pianos.
Q- What is Tracking?
A- Tracking is part of the production process where the actual recording process which we record each instrument or vocal part to it's own track either in mono or stereo to be latter mixed together to one stereo file.
Q- What is Mixing?
A- Mixing is also part of the production process where we adjust and balance the tone and volume of each track into one stereo file. During this process we will also perform any editing to correct pitch and timings, add fades and fix any minor issues.
Q- What is Mastering?
A- Mastering is the final post production process which prepares all the songs for CD. This involves tonal and volume balancing across the entire CD, matching volume levels to compete in the commercial market, and make sure that the CD is relatively portable... (plays well on different types of cd playing systems) as well as the layout for the CD including text insertion, ISRC numbers and creating your master disk.
Q- How should I prepare to make the most of my time in the studio?
A- Be on time, we bill you from the time scheduled. Know what songs you will be doing, and have all your parts worked out before coming in. If you have any sequenced midi parts prepare them and save them to a midi file. Also know what tempos you will be using so you can follow a click track to keep in time. Make sure your instruments are well tuned and have new strings, also make sure you bring extra strings, picks and drumsticks. Take care of your body before and during recording. Get enough sleep, keep your ears rested and clear. We offer free water to help keep your voice in shape. A guest or 2 is welcomed to sit in on the process in the control room. Just make sure they won't be a distraction. The recording process is very time consuming and requires your utmost attention, this is your project.
Q- What do I need to do when it comes time to design my CD Graphics?
A- Think about what CD package you would like to go with from Discmakers and how you want the artwork to look so we will have a rough idea. You can create a rough drawing etc... Also think about what text you want to appear on your CD Covers/Inserts for your credits and or lyrics and prepare them in a text file like windows notepad. Make sure that you proof read everything so that there are no spelling errors and the content is correct. For any photos or artwork make sure it is at least 300 dpi. Otherwise Discmakers may reject the graphics because of a too low resolution.
Q- How do I get started or what if I have any other questions?
A- Fill out the Contact Form or give us a call at (508) 419-3016. Also if you haven't yet, make sure you read our Terms.
Thank you! It is a pleasure to be of service to you.