What should I do before I go to the studio? What would you suggest? The majority of the work on your project is going to be done before you go to the recording studio to do the final recordings. What you should do is make sure that you have all your Ts crossed and your Is dotted, starting with the song. Make sure that you have all of your lyrics written, and rehearsed, and practiced, and you know exactly what you're going to sing and how you're going to sing it. Make sure that all of the instrumentation is planned, and that the band has rehearsed those parts and knows exactly what they need to play so you can get it down on the first take. Then, have some embellishments on the second take and see if some magic happens. Make sure that the band rehearses together. If you're going to record all these things together, make sure that you have rehearsals together with a click coming through the PA. Record these rehearsals, and you provide feedback, and you make things perfect from when you get to the studio. You should also be recording your own tracks at home in Ableton, or in Pro Tools, or whatever program that you can get your hands on just to number one, get the arrangements set, and also to get yourself more comfortable with recording and with engineering, which will give you more knowledge when you get to the […]
What is the hourly rate and is there a discount for booking multiple hours? Our rate is incredible. With the amount of gear that you get, the level of engineering, we charge $65 an hour and I think that is … It is a bargain. Now, we do have a minimum. You need to book at least three hours at that rate, and then we can usually work something out if you're booking in bulk. So big chunks of time, we can negotiate a little bit. There isn't a ton of room because we need to keep the lights on, but generally we love what we do, and we're willing to work with you.
What are the rates for mixing? You know, we can do an hourly rate, and it takes what it takes. If revisions need to be made, you pay for that time, because it is studio time and it is the engineer's time. We may be able to work out a flat rate, depending upon the engineer and how many songs it'll be. It really depends.
Although working in the studio can be a lot of fun, it is also a lot of hard work. Specially when you’re literally paying for each minute that passes by. One of the biggest mistakes artists make before coming into the studio, is to not have a CRYSTAL-CLEAR vision of waht they want their product to sound like. I have seen this happen time-and-time again, regardless of the genre of music, etc. If you, as an artist/producer/musician, don’t have a good idea of what you want your end result to sound like, chances are the engineer won’t either. Do your homework by warming up at home, going over each part of your recording, have lyrics, chords changes, rhythm notes all written down so as to not waste time, which as we all know, time =MONEY. Our recording engineers and first class facilities can polish your work into something formidable, if and only if you have put the time into crafting your music. For more information, tips, and tricks, book a session at Fish Tank’s [intlink id=”7″ type=”page”]Miami recording studio[/intlink].