Album Recording – General Info

You’re about to record a new album. That’s great! I wrote this page to inform you (and your band) about the process. Whether this is your first time or you’ve been in a recording studio many times before, I want you to understand what you may expect from me and what you can do yourself to help achieve a great sounding production. Plus some general info.

Jump to: The Recording, Pre-production, The Production, Mastering, Rates


Work efficient

The goal is simple: Achieve a great sounding production at a friendly price. I provide the necessities for a high level of quality and try to work as efficient as possible to keep your costs low. It is very important that you rehearsed well and that we know what to expect from eachother.


The recording

A good recording stands with a good performance. It is my responsibility to capture that performance in the best way possible and I have the skills and equipment to do so. We’ll make sure that you have a good reference sound and a relaxed environment, to get used to the sound and get into the right mood and feel for your performance.

Setting up a drumkit, positioning microphones into place and setting stable gain levels can take up to 3~6 hours. In order to record the drums isolated, the whole band will usually play together in the room over a headphone mix. Anything that goes over loud amplifiers will be placed in an isolation booth or recorded separately afterwards. It takes time to make sure everyone is hearing what they want to hear. Each song will be recorded at least a couple of times, and you’ll want to listen some takes afterwards to choose one. Keep all this in mind when planning your session.


Pre-production

A pre-production is always useful. A simple recording of a rehearsal session can be enough. If you have ideas for multiple layers of guitars, for example, try them out at home first with Garageband or something similar. The more prepared you are, the better. Often parts, arrangements or details are questioned in the studio, while they could have been answered before getting into the studio.

If you have a pre-production I would like to receive it, as well as an e-mail with the song titles, length and BPM (if used). No large files over mail please, use WeTransfer or something similar for files over 10MB.

Reference material is welcome too and can be very helpful, especially if you can specify what you like about a certain production or sound.


The Production

When the recording sessions are over, your job is done in the studio. I will send you a raw mix. Levels and pannings are set roughly, the rest will be dry as recorded. Then I will start mixing, in short sessions of a couple of hours each. When I’ve sent you the first mix I would like to receive your feedback. If everyone in the band needs to have their say, please make sure the feedback is gathered in one consistent e-mail. I will take your feedback into account, some points may have to be clarified over the phone. After that I will make a final mix, ready to be mastered.

Included in the production are all the necessary edits and fixes, as well as time and pitch correction.

Post-production work, special effects (like a crazy reversed delay effect), special processing and samples are not included, unless agreed upon and specified beforehand.


Mastering

Whether you have the mastering done by me or elsewhere, you need to understand this: The concept of mastering audio is all about getting the best out of the mix, making sure it translates consistently, powerful and balanced over different systems. Good parts of a mix can be emphasised, some concessions may have to be done.

Mastering will not change the mix or character of the sound drastically. You can expect it will be more powerful, louder, clearer, and I do leave some room for when I make a final mix. But any other specific required adjustments should be done in the mix. I always make a digital master, ready for online use and CD. Vinyl requires a separate master.


Rates

These are the rates for the services I offer. Prices are in EUR and excluding 21% VAT (if applicable).

Recording per day 300€
Recording per hour 45€
Mixing 50€ p/song
Mastering* 30–50€ p/song
Mastering for Vinyl** 10€ p/song

* Mastering: 1–3 songs 50€ p/song. 3–5 songs 40€ p/song. 6+ songs 30€ p/song.
** The vinyl master is made after the digital master. The fixed price is 10€ p/song, in addition to the digital master.

Please keep track of your files. I get asked many times to send files again because somebody lost them. Archiving, (un)packing and transferring files takes a lot of time that I will charge for, if you did receive the files before.

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