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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I best make use of my studio time?

I once was listening to a speech by the head of A&R at Warner Brothers at a songwriting conference. He said that the key to making your money stretch the farthest in the studio is preparation. Bands would often rehearse for months before going in to the studio to make sure they had their feel and timing down as tight as possible. The key to being ready when that big opportunity comes is preparation. We have experienced this many times in our studio and others. Here are some specific things to prepare so you can make the most of your time and money at Red Earth Recording Studios. 

1. Lyric/chord sheets - If you can write lyric sheets with the accompanying chord symbols accurately labeled above the word or phrase that the chord falls on, it will be much easier for other musicians to accompany your song. This can be a real time saver in the studio. Have multiple copies of these "Lead Sheets" so everyone can follow along together.

2. Practice with a metronome - If your song has drums, or has the possibility of having drums or even some other instruments, it is a good idea to practice your song ahead of time extensively with a metronome. Find the BPM (Beats Per-Minute) that feels most natural to the way you would play the song normally and mark that down.  Get used to playing with the metronome. It's not an easy journey if you're not used to it, but it will tell you loads about your timing, help you become a better player, and can drastically cut down on editing time of rhythm sections in particular. Bearing that in mind, know that some songs simply don't need or benefit from a metronome. Songs that don't require rhythmic accompaniment can sometimes feel like they breathe more if you play them in your usual fashion, without a metronome. If your band is super tight and has a good feel than we can skip it all together. In the end it's up to you what makes you feel more comfortable. We can advise you on a song-to-song basis as to which method might produce your desired result most efficently. 

3. Send us examples - This might seem obvious, but the more you can describe what it is you want the better we can help you create it. Spend time listening to your favorite artists who emulate the feel, or instrumentation you are trying to create on your record. Email us some MP3's, or give us a CD of these songs well in advance so we can get familiar with the kinds of style and sounds you are going for. This helps communication of your goals to be easy and efficient. 

4. Practice to perfection - Do everything you can to be at a peak level of performance when you enter the studio. This may include getting good sleep, eating well, warming up your voice and preparing your instruments. Drummers should have new heads on their drums and new sticks. Guitarists and bassists should have new strings on their guitar and might want to have them looked over and aligned at a local guitar repair shop ahead of time to eliminate any unwanted buzzes or other problems. We can fix many issues with pitch, glitches, extra noise, or timing, but it will save you time and money if we don't have to. Only you may know what your peak performance level is, so be as ready as you possibly can before you come in the studio. 

What are the steps involved in making a record? What do you do?

Recording.
This is the process of capturing your performance onto a physical medium like a computer’s hard disk. We track anywhere from 1 to 16 tracks at a time and prepare them for mixing (up to 192 tracks total). Plan on the studio standard of 1-2 hours for setup time if you are tracking a live band or drums. Much less setup is involved for individual instruments. This provides us with a starting point for mixing and editing.

Mixing and Editing.

This is the process of blending together multiple recorded tracks using a mixing console; Mixing involves using EQ, Compression, tuning and a variety of other harmonic tools to achieve the best sound for each instrument and vocal and, most importantly, the best balance of how the instruments fit together. The result is a two-channel, stereo performance. We can also enhance, reduce noise, mix and edit files that were pre-recorded by you, or by another studio. After recording your tracks, mixing is the most important step in making a record.

Mastering.
In this phase, your stereo audio recording is balanced, equalized, and enhanced so your finished product will be both more musical and more competitive in the marketplace. This is an important last step for records that are intended to compete in the professional marketplace.

At Red Earth Recording Studios we only offer mastering on projects who's end goal does not involve competing in the professional marketplace. (I.E. demos,personal projects etc.). We offer professional level recording and mixing only. It is generally considered a good idea in the music industry to have your record mastered by someone other than the person who mixed it, specifically a Mastering Engineer - someone who only does mastering. We will be happy to refer you to several good mastering houses for this final step.

Replication.
In this final step, your digital audio master is transferred to a glass master and thousands of copies are made. We have good relationships with several disc production companies and can help you get this part of the process taken care of as well.

 

Can your services be split up? 

Yes. Any of our services can be linked together or separated. We can mix a record you recorded in another studio. We can lay down some tasteful guitar, piano, bass, or drums on your record and send it off to someone else to mix. We can write string parts for your record. We can come in to another studio and produce your record with you, working with other engineers to achieve your vision. Whatever your goals are, we can find a way to help you achieve them. Different rates may apply for session work as a player, arranger, or producer. 

Can you work with other studios? 

Yes we can! We enjoy working with other studios. We use ProTools 11HD, the industry standard in audio software, so transferring your files to other studios is an easy process. We can transfer files to any platform in any format you desire. If you have recorded your tracks at another studio, or even in your home, we can mix them and make them sound great!

Can you help songs I recorded at home sound better?

Yes! We know how to take any quality of recording and bring out all of its potential using our large library of sound shaping and sound enhancing tools. 

How will I find people to play on my record?

We have good relationships with many musicians locally and across the globe. We can find the right musicians to help bring out all of the potential of your project. Hiring master musicians will greatly enhance your record. Owner and lead engineer Dave Tate is also a multi-instrumentalist who has played on numerous records. We've collaborated with musicians who live as far away as Italy, Sweden, France, and England without ever being in the same room, and the results have been incredible. 

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Terms & Conditions

- Smoking is allowed only off the property of Red Earth Studios.

- Food and Drink is allowed, but we do not allow alcohol on the premises.

- Please be respectful to the neighbors during arrival and departure.

- We have limited space, we recommend we do not bring anyone with you who is not a part of the recording. Our space requires guests in the tracking rooms to be able to be silent during tracking to get the best results. 

-Please do not bring young children along with you to the studio for more than a few moments before and after the session, and that is only if necessary. Our facility is not equipped to handle childcare, and you will be held liable for any damages you and your guests cause to the studio.

LIABILITY

- Red Earth Recording Studios is not responsible for data left on premises, either the dissemination of said data or loss thereof.

- Red Earth Recording Studios is not responsible for educating or instructing any client on the care and safety of digital data.

- Red Earth Recording Studios is not responsible for unrecoverable data, whether it be on analog tape, hard drive, or ANY other medium.

- Red Earth Recording Studios is not liable or responsible for the storage of client data. Clients are responsible to provide their own hard drive or storage devices to back up their data at the end of each session.

- Clients assume all risks associated with storing, on or off the premises of Red Earth Recording Studios, or Red Earth Recording Studio’s use of, any and all sound recordings, video recordings, digital data in any storage format including but not limited to audio, video, smpte, midi, or other file types, or equipment of any kind or nature. Clients shall hold Red Earth Recording Studios harmless from any and all damage that might occur to said articles for any reason. Red Earth Recording Studios is not liable with respect to “downtime” of any and all studio sessions as a result from equipment malfunction or availability, personnel, hired musicians, acts of nature or public utility companies, etc.. Liability shall be limited solely to the studio time of such booked session; and client(s) agree to hold Red Earth Recording Studios free from any and all damages from such “downtime”.

ANY AND ALL DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING, PERSONS ATTENDING SESSION, AND EQUIPMENT USED DURING THE USE OF THE FACILITY, BY CLIENT AND/OR THEIR VISITORS, IS THE SOLE LEGAL AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT. ALL DAMAGE COSTS INCURRED BY THE CLIENT MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY NO LATER THAN (48) FORTY-EIGHT HOURS FROM THE TIME THAT THE INCIDENT OCCURRED. WE ARE NOT LEGALLY OR FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITEMS BROUGHT INTO OR LEFT ON THE PREMISES. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT CLIENTS OBTAIN INSURANCE TO PROTECT AGAINST POSSIBLE DAMAGE EXPENSE OR LOSS OF ARTICLE(S) OF VALUE LEFT ON THE PREMISES. THIS INCLUDES EQUIPMENT, MASTER TAPES, HARD DRIVES, OR ANY MEDIA LEFT AT RED EARTH RECORDING STUDIO DURING SESSIONS OR BEFORE PAYMENT.

MAKE MULTIPLE BACKUPS OF YOUR DATA. DIGITAL AUDIO DOES NOT EXIST UNLESS IT IS IN THREE SEPARATE LOCATIONS. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! BACKUP COPIES OF SESSIONS IN THE DIGITAL REALM SHOULD BE MADE DAILY DURING THE COURSE OF A SESSION AND TAKEN HOME WITH THE ARTIST OR PRODUCER AT NIGHT. POST-SESSION BACKUPS CAN BE MADE ONTO INTERNAL HARD DRIVES OF COMPUTERS, ONTO EXTERNAL FIRE-WIRE OR USB HARD DRIVES, STORED IN AN ONLINE DATA STORAGE BANK OR BURNED TO DVD-R OR CD-R. THERE IS NO CERTAINTY THAT A CD-R OR DVD-R WILL HOLD DATA FOR THE LONG TERM OR THAT A STORED HARD DRIVE WILL PLAY BACK AFTER SITTING FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME SO BACK UP YOUR DATA TO NEWER MEDIA AS TIME GOES ON. RED EARTH RECORDING STUDIO HIGHLY RECOMMENDS PURCHASING QUALITY, NAME BRAND HARD DRIVES.