Q: Do you have different prices for recording, mixing or mastering?
A: No, everything is based on our regular hourly or bulk rate, whether you are recording, mixing, making radio edits, or creating performance tracks. Keep in mind that only Studio A Room has dedicated mastering equipment.
Q: What is the minimum session length?
A: 2 hours
Q: Is an engineer provided and included in the rate?
A: Yes, a staff engineer will always be provided and included in the rate. Only Studio A includes Michael Kolar.
Q: Can I bring my own engineer?
A: Feel free to bring your own engineer, but as we are not a freelance studio, our policy is that one of our engineers must be present & there will be no deduction in rate as our engineer will be present.
Q: What do I need to bring to my session?
A: Your music and lyrics in an acceptable format: CD, flash drive, hardrive. We are a Macintosh studio, so make sure your hardrive is Mac compatible. It also makes sense to have your material downloaded prior to your session, as you don’t want to use your paid studio time to download files. If you plan to bring analog hardware please make sure you have all appropriate power cables, zip disks, the manuals, etc and any proprietary accessories. We are very knowledgeable with analog hardware synthesizers, but to make sure your session goes off with out a hitch, please contact your engineer prior to your session to let us know the particular equipment you are bringing so we can be prepared.
Q: Will you save all of my sessions?
A: We will save your sessions for 60 days. Upon receiving payment in full for your session, we are more than happy to back up all data to a personal hardrive and/or flash drive provided at the end of your session. If you do not have a hardrive or flash drive ask us to back up to a DVD (it takes about 10 min to back up to a DVD-R). Please remember to budget enough time to backup during your session.
Q: At the end of my session, will all of my songs be put on a CD? How many CD’s will I receive?
A: All songs “bounced” during the session will be put onto a CD, 1 CD per customer, additional CD’s cost $1.00. We recommend having the engineer bounce your song when it is completed to avoid completing your hours without adequate time left to “bounce” your songs. Please remember ProTools “bouncing” is real time. (a 5 min. song takes 5 min. to bounce), plus the time needed to burn a C.D.
Q: If I do not use all of my booked time, can I apply it to a future session?
A: No, studio time is non transferable.
Q: What if I’m a first time SoundScape client?
A: We need a 50% deposit at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled session. Deposits are non-transferable & non-refundable. If a client “no shows” or cancels within 48 hours of start time, the deposit is forfeited.
Q: We booked a recording session and would like to have someone film during our session, is that okay?
A: SoundScape Studios loves when people share that they have chosen to record here with their fans. We just ask that you credit SoundScape Studios in your video.
Q: What if I only need to film in your studio? Do I still have to pay the full rate?
A: If you need to film at a specific time & date, we need to charge you the full rate as you are occupying the studio and it cannot be booked to our regular clientele for audio purposes. If you are flexible with your schedule and only need the studio for a short amount of time, we may be able to accommodate you at a reduced rate. Please call to see if possible.
Q: What is your late/ cancellation/ rescheduling policy?
A: The session begins when scheduled whether or not you are present. As we are a very busy studio, we may not be able to make up time due to tardiness. You are financially responsible for your entire scheduled session. You must call and cancel and or reschedule at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled session start time or you will be charged 50% of your total session fee, up to $100. If you make a deposit & no show or cancel within 48 hours of start time, your forfeit your deposit.
Q: How do I get there/ Where do I park?
A: We are conveniently located in Chicago’s near West Side / Ukrainian Village on Chicago Ave. Unlike most city neighborhoods, we have FREE street parking. We also have a 4 car lot in the rear behind the building, available on a first come first serve basis. For exact directions please go to our contact page.
Q: What are acceptable forms of payment?
A: Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, Discover), Debit Card, Cash, & Paypal. We accept personal checks, but we must receive them at least 4 business days prior to your scheduled session to allow time for them to clear. All sessions must be paid in full at their completion.
Q: What if I’m working on a small budget for a mixtape?
A: When working on “for sale” album quality songs, Michael Kolar needs 3-6 hours to achieve major label quality. SoundScape prides itself on being able to work with clients of all budgets, and excellent results can be achieved in as little as 2 hours for multi-track songs. This is ideal for independent artists and mixtapes. As most mixtapes are usually 2-tracked (all sounds and instruments blended together), it only takes one hour to mix and master, unless it has an elaborate hook.
Q: What are the pros and cons of multi-track vs 2-track mixing?
A: A multi track results in the best possible mix allowing the engineer to manipulate all aspects of the song,(ie: beef up kick, brighten snare, spread out synths, etc.) however, it takes more time to mix a multi-track session, thus requiring more studio time. It takes Michael Kolar 2-6 hours to mix and master a muti-track record to industry standard. (Most national records are mixed from multi-track.) A 2-track is more cost efficient, however, is not able to be manipulated in all aspects (ie: can’t remove vocals, turn up the kick or snare, etc.) It takes Michael Kolar about 1 hour to mix and master a 2-track session.
Q: I see you’re a ProTools studio, what if I have Logic or Reason files?
A: SoundScape can work with all software program’s file type, provided you take a few small steps to prepare them. All files must be consolidated WAVS. (all must start at the same time as ProTools won’t recognize Logic’s time stamp and vise versa) Please export WAVS at the bit depth and sampling rate you have selected when you created your Logic or Reason file. For a detailed explanation please visit our video page and watch “How to transfer tracks from Logic to ProTools”