FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

BOOKING

Q: How do I book a session?

A: You can book a session by calling the studio at (856) 227-3336, sending us an email at info@abstrackrecording.com or using the Contact Us Form.  We ask that you provide us with the following information:

  • Type of service (tape/record transfer, music recording session, audio advertisement or production).
  • An estimate of the amount of time you will need.

For music recording sessions we also need to know:

  • Type of music.
  • Solo act or number of members in a group.
  • What instruments are being used or if you are bringing in prerecorded tracks.
  • Approximate release date, if applicable.

PREPARTION

Q: What can I do to prepare for a session?

A: There are many factors taken into consideration to make a quality recording. Here are a few reminders of what you can do to improve your recording experience.

  • The more rehearsed you are the easier and quicker the session will go for you.
  • Bands make sure your instruments (guitar and bass strings etc…) are tuned.
  • Drummers bringing their own kit should make sure the heads are tuned and properly dampened.

BANDS

Q: Is there a drum set provided or should I bring my own?

A: A drum set is provided, however most drummers bring the snare and/or cymbals they use. Drummers are welcome to bring their own kit, but please make sure the kit is tuned and dampened.

Q: Should I bring my own amp?

A: We have 3 guitar amps and one bass amp available, but if you are used to your own amp we would suggest bringing it.

Q: How should we record this?

A: 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.

RAP ARTISTS

Q: What format should my music be in?

A: We can import wav (.wav) and MP3 (.mp3) files, which can be brought in on CD or USB. We can not use windows media (.wma) files because they are not compatible with our computer. Stem files (individual tracks) of your songs can be brought in and imported as well.

Q: Do you make beats?

A: We do produce beats in many different styles. Beats start at $30.00 and go up based on the complexity of the beat you would like produced. We suggest providing us with a few beats in the style you like. If you would like to sample another artists’ work in your beat you will be responsible for obtaining clearance to use that sample.  

Q: Can I load my beats from my cell phone or laptop?

A: Yes, however we do not recommend this because it lacks the quality of other formats.

VOCALISTS

Q: What format should my music be in?

A: We can import wav (.wav) and MP3 (.mp3) files, which can be brought in on CD or USB. We can not use windows media (.wma) files because they are not compatible with our computer. Stem files (individual tracks) of your songs can be brought in and imported as well.

Q: Do you have a karaoke machine with a screen available at the studio?

A: No, you must provide your own lyric sheets.

Q: Do you have karaoke music available?

A: No, you must provide your own instrumentals. There are many karaoke sites on the internet where you can download songs of your choice, and pick what key suites your voice.

Q: Can you remove the vocals from a song?

A: Yes, we  are able to isolate the vocals and remove them from a consolidated track to create a backing track. However, results will vary depending on the song so if you are able to find an instrumental version of a song that will give you the best quality. We do request that you provide us with the song at least 24 hours before your scheduled session in order to produce the instrumental track. Backing track production is $10.00 per song, 3 songs for $15.00.

 

MIXING

Q: What is mixing?

A: Mixing is the process of blending the volumes of all the tracks together so everything can be heard equally.

Q: Should we edit and mix on the same day as recording?

A: Recording, editing and mixing can be done on the same day, however we do not recommend that. After hours of recording, ear fatigue can set in, which limits the ability to hear various elements of the recording.

We find that editing and mixing on a separate day after recording provides our clients with the best results.

Q: Can I be there while the songs are being mixed?

A: Yes, although you do not have to be in studio while your songs are being mixed . If you have a lot of input on how you would like it to sound you or a couple members of your group are welcome to sit in with the engineers as they mix. We have found that having any more than one or two people in the studio during mixing tends to lead to conversations that interfere with the mixing process. We will happily provide a rough mix for group members to listen to so you can discuss the recording as a group and decide what changes need to be made before the final mix is completed. We do ask that groups designate one person to relay any changes the group would like made to the recording to our engineers.

MASTERING

Q: What is mastering?

A: Mastering is the process of preparing and transferring all of the stereo version of all the songs that have been mixed. All of the mixed tracks are re-imported into the computer to be compressed and equalized (EQ) and then the volume of each song is balanced so that the album has a consistent sound.

STUDIO MUSICIANS

Q: Do you have studio musicians available?

A: We do have a list of studio musicians we can contact for you. Also our engineers play several instruments as well.

CD DUPLICATION

Q: Can you burn bulk CDs?

A: Yes, we have a multi-CD burner and can burn about 50 CDs an hour.

Q: Do you provide album cover artwork and cases?

A: No, all CD-R’s will be given to you on a spindle. There are many companies online and in the area that make CD cover artwork.

Abstrack Recording Studio can make you a demo or a fully produced radio ready production.

Approximate Mix Times

We are often asked how much it will cost or how long it will take to mix a song/album. This really depends on the quality you are trying to achieve as well as how well you/your band preformed while recording. This list is only a rough estimate of how much time it takes to mix one song.

  • Mix tape and karaoke mixes – approx. 15 min.
  • A demo song mix – approx. 1-2 Hours
  • Small Indie mix – approx. 3-5 Hours
  • Large Indie mix – approx. 6-10 hours
  • Major label / Radio ready mix – approx. 10-20 hours or more