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Planning Your Project: Part One

Tracking

If you give us a call and ask about our rates, we always say the same thing. We have a half day rate, and a full day rate. And usually people respond with the same question: what can I do in a day? 

First things first, we always want to meet you. If you haven't seen our space or met our crew, we definitely encourage you to come down for a tour. We want to make sure that you feel comfortable here before you commit to anything. Meeting you gives us a better idea of what you're hoping to achieve and how we can help you do that. We can also help you build a budget.

But if you don't have time to come meet us, or you just want to get some information, we created this for you. Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines. We don't know you, or your players, so we can't guarantee anything. But in our experience, this is generally what you can expect while you're tracking.

We've also come up with a few ideas to make sure your session goes smoothly that you can look at here

If you're a solo artist, keep reading. If you're in a band, scroll down a little. If you have any more questions after you read this, let us know. We're happy to answer them.


SOLO ARTIST


The first question to ask yourself is: What level of project is this? 
The second question: What genre is this project?


DEMO OR HOBBY PROJECT 


Jazz / Classical / World

Tracking: avg. 1-2 hours of studio time per song.

If you're doing vocals, add:  

Tracking: avg. 0.5-1 hours of studio time for vocal tracks per song


Pop / Rock / Indie / Country / Soul / RnB / Etc

Tracking: avg. 1-3 hours of studio time for bed tracks per song + avg. 0.5-1 hour of studio time for vocal tracks per song


PROFESSIONAL PROJECT

(Using the track for your career, releasing to radio, etc)


Jazz / Classical / World

Tracking: avg. 1-2 hours of studio time per song.

If you're doing vocals, add:

Tracking: avg. 0.5-1 hours of studio time for vocal tracks per song


Pop / Rock / Indie / Country / Soul / RnB / Etc

Session Players: $150 per player per track 

Basic Production Level - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys

Tracking: avg. 2-3 hours of studio time for bed tracks & overdubs per song + avg. 2-8 hours of studio time for vocal tracks per song (depending on vocalist + number of BGVs)

Higher Production Level - Full Band, Strings, Horns, Programming, Choir, Etc.

Tracking: avg. 6-12 hours of studio time for bed tracks & overdubs per song + avg. 2-8 hours of studio time for vocal tracks per song (depending on vocalist + number of BGVs)


BAND


The first question to ask yourself is: What level of project is this? 
The second question: What genre is this project?


DEMO OR HOBBY PROJECT 


Jazz / Classical / World

Tracking: avg. 1 hour of studio time per song

If you're doing vocals, add:  

Tracking: avg. 0.5-1 hours of studio time for vocal tracks per song


Pop / Rock / Indie / Country / Soul / RnB / Etc

Tracking: avg. 1-3 hours of studio time for bed tracks per song + avg. 0.5-1 hour of studio time for vocal tracks per song


PROFESSIONAL PROJECT

(Using the track for your career, releasing to radio, etc)


Jazz / Classical / World

Tracking: avg. 1-2 hours of studio time per song

If you're doing vocals, add:

Tracking: avg. 0.5-1 hours of studio time for vocal tracks per song


Pop / Rock / Indie / Country / Soul / RnB / Etc

Tracking: avg. 2-8 hours of studio time + overdubs per song (depending on production level) + avg. 2-8 hours of studio time for vocal tracks per song (depending on vocalist + number of BGVs)

Optional Session Players for extra production value: $150 per player per track