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©2019 RADIO CITY RECORDS LLC

RADIOCITYRECORDS

RECORDING, MIXING, PRODUCTION

Frequently Asked Questions

We appreciate your interest in booking with us. Here you will find the rates for the various services we provide. If you have any specific needs or questions, do not hesitate to ask!

 

By booking with Radio City Records LLC you agree to the following studio policy:

How To Book

 

You can book a session by calling the studio at (614) 636-0068, sending us an email at info@radiocityrecords.com or using the Contact form below. See the Booking page for details and rates.

how do you record drums?

Your approach to recording drums should depend largely on your drummer and your budget. We have three methods for capturing fantastic drum sounds here in the studio. You may choose one or a combination of the three that best suits your needs and budget.

Programmed Drums

Ah yes, the bane of every drummers existence. Believe me, we totally get it. But if you don't have a drummer or a budget, this is the best choice for you.

Benefits of using programmed drums:

  • No drummer required.

  • Much faster than recording 'live' drums.

  • Significant cost savings and friendly on the budget.

  • Editing and making last minute changes is a breeze

Cons:

  • Less dynamic articulation and 'feel' than with a 'live' kit.

  • May not be able to recreate certain sounds from your drummer's specific kit.

Live Drums

The drummers obvious preference. They get to play their own kit, with their own cymbals and the sounds they are used to hearing.

You may benefit from recording live drums if your drummer has:

  • Great timing when playing to a click track.

  • A professionally tuned, well cared, and great sounding kit.

  • Great sounding cymbals with multiple options.

If you can check all those boxes, the benefits of recording live drums are:

  • A drum sound unique to your drummer and kit.

  • Pure analog grooviness and nuance that can't quite be found in digital.

  • You can sleep well knowing your drummer's pride hasn't been claimed by the robot overlords.

Cons:

  • Drum setup typically takes a full 10 hour day.

  • Need to record all drum parts in consecutive days because as locks out the studio for other clients.

  • Drum takes must be nearly perfect before moving on to the next song.

  • What you hear is what you get - limited editing capability and inability to go back and re-track without setting up from scratch.

  • Increased mixing time since everything must be mixed from scratch.

Hybrid Drums

This is often the best choice as it offers a great balance of budget friendliness and drummer satisfaction. Our full-size Pearl house kit has high-end, multi-zone trigger heads and cymbals that record straight to MIDI. This approach provides the benefits of programmed drums while also capturing a true performance of the drummer with all of the dynamic articulation and 'feel' of a live performance.

Benefits of using programmed drums

  • Performance is captured live on a real kit so the intricacies and dynamics are preserved.

  • Still much faster than setting up, miking, tuning, and tweaking a 'live' kit.

  • Significant cost savings and much friendlier on the budget.

  • Your drummer is happy he gets to play on the record.

  • Editing and making last minute changes is a breeze

Cons:

  • May not be able to recreate certain sounds from your drummer's specific kit.

Do you have a snare drum that you just love? We can mic that up with hybrid kit.

Some drummers find the benefits of recording live drums worth the cost and some don't. The decision is up to you.

We can use either, or a combination of both. Whatever works best for your drummer and budget. My rate is $30/hr and I work fast so the biggest factor will be how prepared you guys are. For a 4 piece band with typical instrumentation, I recommend budgeting 5-6 hours per song for tracking and 2-3 hours per song for mixing. I will send a link to my booking calendar. If you have any questions or can't find a date that works for you just let me know and I may be able to move some stuff around to accommodate.

How Much Time Should I book?

Answer

Should I bring my own amps/Pedals?

We have 3 guitar amps and one bass amp available, but if you prefer your own amp then definitely bring it. If there are certain pedals you need to get a certain sound, bring those too! It's good to have options.

Should I bring my own Drums?

If you plan on recording live drums, yes! If you plan on using our house kit then there is no need. For more information on recording drums, see How Do You Record Drums?

What is the recording process like?

The recording process consists of 5 parts:

  • Pre-Production

  • Tracking

  • Post-Production/Editing

  • Mixing

  • Mastering

Pre-Production

Pre-production is where the band meets up with their producer to discuss song ideas, creative direction, and play through the song to identify any arrangement changes or issues

Making things tight and This reduces the time and money spent in expensive studios. The goal is to enter into the major recording phase of production with the basic and most promising ideas having been already established.

Notable producers who preferred this process have included Bruce Fairbairn and Bob Rock. They have both produced successful albums such as Bon Jovi's Slippery When WetMötley Crüe's Dr. FeelgoodMetallica's The Black Album and Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation.

The standard recording process for a band goes like this:

  • The band will play the song to a click track (metronome) with a focus on capturing the drum performance.

  • Once we have a good drum take we will spend time editing the drum track as needed to clean things up and fix any timing issues or missed hits.

  • We then begin recording the instruments one at a time, beginning with the rhythm section, building up from the recorded drum track.

  • Once all instruments are finished we move to lead vocals.

  • Next come harmonies and group vocals

  • At this point we listen back and decide if the song would benefit from any additional production or effects.

  • At this point we begin mixing.

  •   that is where we will start. Typically the band can all play along or just focus on capturing the drum performance.

Most bands that we have recorded are comfortable playing just the rhythm track live together. We recommend remembering the vocals in your head rather than singing them live because the drum mics would pick up the vocals which interferes with the recording of the drums. Next any overdubs can be made, lead guitars, percussion, horns, etc… Then the lead vocal and background vocals are recorded. Many groups split these over days so the recording isn’t rushed. After the recording is complete the next step is mixing.

Do You have a Gear List?

We can provide a complete gear list upon request.

 

We have 3 guitar amps and one bass amp available, but if you prefer your own amp then definitely bring it. 

  • You can program the drums ahead of time and bring the MIDI file into the studio.

Programming drums will save a ton of time and money as opposed to recording 'real' drums. 

 

We have a few options for drums. For drums, we can mic up your drummer's kit.I also have a full-size Pearl kit with trigger heads and cymbals. We can use either, or a combination of both. Whatever works best for your drummer and budget. My rate is $30/hr and I work fast so the biggest factor will be how prepared you guys are. For a 4 piece band with typical instrumentation, I recommend budgeting 5-6 hours per song for tracking and 2-3 hours per song for mixing. I will send a link to my booking calendar. If you have any questions or can't find a date that works for you just let me know and I may be able to move some stuff around to accommodate.

Do I get to keep my session files?

 

Absolutely! You may bring in a hard drive or thumb drive for file transfers. We can also provide a download link; just be warned these files can be quite large and take a while to download.

 

**Please note your account must be paid in full prior to receiving any session files or masters.

If you require stems or files in a specific format (e.g. for mixing elsewhere), the conversion process will be done on the clock and normal hourly rates apply.

 

can you mix tracks i already recorded?

 

Yes! Whether you recorded your tracks at home or in another studio, we will take the time to properly mix your music right here in our studio. Contact us today to get started.

what is mastering?

 

Mastering is the final round of processing before your song or record is sent out for distribution. Here we correct balance issues typically found in the low end, and apply appropriate amounts of EQ, and compression to "sweeten" and bring your song(s) to commercial volume while preserving the dynamics.

After a song is mastered you can expect a refined sound that translates better to a variety of listening environments. The goal is to bring forward the message of the songs as clearly, and effectively as possible, without losing any charm or character associated with the original mixes.

You worked hard on your record and we will work just as hard to see it through to the finish. Our mastering rates are affordable and we stand behind the quality of all our work. Contact us today about mastering your project.

can you mix and master my record?

We can do both mixing and mastering and we often master tracks we recorded/mixed in-house. However, you should consider the benefits of using a dedicated mastering facility. The biggest benefit is that your mix engineer will tend to accentuate his own sonic signature during the mastering process, whereas a dedicated mastering engineer will approach the song with a fresh set of ears and a different perspective, which is essential in achieving proper balance.

carefully crafting the sound signature of your song. 

We look forward to working with you. If you have specific needs or questions please do not hesitate to ask.

CONTACT

Call or Text: (614) 636-0068

Email: info@radiocityrecords.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

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