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. If you make a deposit and no show or cancel within 48 hours of start time, your forfeit your deposit.
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.
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 and 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, hard drive. We are a Macintosh studio, so make sure your hard drive 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, 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: What if I’m a first time SoundScape client?
A: We need a 50% deposit at the time of booking. Deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. If a client “no shows” or cancels within 48 hours of start time, the deposit is forfeited.
Q: When do I need to pay a deposit?
A: All 10 hour sessions require a 50% deposit at least 4 days prior to your scheduled session. If you are booking a session with less than 48 hours notice, or are a first time client, a deposit will be required at the time of booking to reserve the time. All sessions with Jabari, require a deposit at the time of booking.
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: 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: 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 hard drive and/or flash drive provided at the end of your session. If you do not have a hard drive 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: What if I need a bounce or a few revisions made and don't want to schedule a full session?
A: If bounces were not made during a scheduled session and JUST a bounce needs to be made it will be $5 if needed within 24hrs. All revisions are done in 15 minute increments at an additional $15.
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 and no show or cancel within 48 hours of start time, you 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, Paypal, Chase Quick Pay, ACH, Wire Transfer, Cash
Q: What does vocal production include?
A: As many of you know, our Senior Engineer, Jabari Rayford, is an extremely talented vocalist, arranger, and producer in addition to being the best Senior Engineer we’ve ever had. He always goes the extra mile to transform your vocals. With Melodyne, Auto Tune Live, and VocAlign in both studios, Jabari is now well equipped to offer vocal production services. The rate for this service will be an additional $30 per hour to have Jabari take the necessary steps (coach, arrange, produce, Melodyne, Auto Tune, etc.) to give you the best possible vocals. Being a singer himself, Jabari will always coach top-notch vocals.
Q: What does custom production include?
A: Jeff is a long time producer now bringing his production services to Soundscape. During your scheduled session, Jeff will work with you to create a custom beat that fits your unique sound from the ground up. You will be able to work together to create the sound you are looking for. Production services are at an additional $30 per hour spent on production, as well as a $100 flat fee per beat. Working with Jeff from beginning to end will result in a cohesive, crisp sound as he brings the entire song to life.
Q: What does home production services include?
A: Eric will travel to your home and engineer on your home setup. Eric can record, produce and arrange in the comfort of your home. Eric can also assist with setting up your at home studio. Our at home services vary so please feel free to call to further discuss. All work will be done at $45 per hour with a $25 travel fee. There is a 2 hour minimum for all house calls.
Q: What is a flat rate mix?
A: A flat rate mix allows Michael Kolar to really focus on one song with out having to work against the clock. He will spend as much time as your song requires. This ensures that your record is the first thing Michael hears when he gets to the studio, avoiding ear fatigue. During the mixing process he will listen to your song in multiple environments outside of the studio (i.e. car, laptop, home theater system, club, etc.) to ensure your mix translates well in all environments. This will also include two, 1-hour revisions with a total turn around time of 3-7 business days. A 50% deposit will be required 48 hours in advance and the remaining 50% will be due upon pickup. Call us for a custom quote when purchasing more than 3 flat rate mixes.
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.