Joshua Lewis

October 26, 2016

Recording studio Miami: How to Prepare for your Recording Session

  What should I do before booking time at the studio?   Practice. Rehearse. If you have some way of recording at home a little bit, and getting ideas for instrumentation, vocals, have all of that worked out beforehand. Have the instrumentation, and arrangement worked out beforehand. Have your vocals, and delivery very, very well rehearsed. Then get a good night’s sleep. Bring a good attitude. Also I would suggest communicating very clearly with what your expectations might be. You might be adjusting your expectations as you get used to the studio environment a little bit, and you know what you can, and cannot get done in a certain period of time. Really communication, and practice are central to the whole thing      
October 26, 2016

Recording studio Miami: Should the same engineer record and mix your songs?

  Should I have the music recorded and mixed by the same person?   It’s a tricky question. There are pros and cons to that. If the person who has been tracking has done so in a way that he’s been capturing things with the final mix in mind … So he’s been using microphone choice, microphone placement, [preamps 00:00:32], maybe a little bit of compression, equalization. If he has a very clear vision of the way the final product should sound, then yeah. Especially if he has good mixes that you can listen to. Otherwise, my recommendation would likely be no, to have somebody else mix the stuff. It’s nice to have somebody else’s fresh take on a recording and be able to interpret things their own way and mix things their own way with fresh ears. I would definitely not recommend doing the recording and the mixing the same day, because ear fatigue sets in and becomes very difficult to actually hear what’s going on and make critical decisions in the mix after recording. I like to separate the two, personally.      
October 26, 2016

Recording studio Miami: What is the hourly rate?

  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.      
October 26, 2016

Recording studio Miami: What does the hourly rate include?

  Does the rate include an engineer, and all the equipment and software in the studio?   Yeah. All of the gear, almost $100,000 in equipment, a great room, a great studio to record in. The control room is accurate, and an engineer who really knows what he’s doing. Yeah, $65 an hour. I think that’s amazing.