PAYMENT POLICYThe Lantern Sound Recording Rig requires a 50% deposit for booking studio time. Balance of payment owed is due at the end of that day's work. If an artist or client has a balance due, the LSRR reserves the right to deny subsequent bookings for studio time until said balance is paid. For any recording project, no content, session files, or mixes of any kind will be released until all balances are paid, and accounts are made current.
RECORDING RATES (Includes Engineer)
Rates are for tracking, engineering, mixing and musical instrumentation, production & input.
HOURLY RATE: $55 per hour
DAILY RATE: $500 per day
Generally, the per-song mixing rates involve me getting the mix VERY close to finished, after which the artist comes in and we review subjective concerns, visions and focus on the artist's needs and wishes. Since the mix is already close at the point the artist arrives, it makes for quicker, and more inexpensive. This is a highly recommended method.
For remote review and approval of mixes, we send AIFF/16-bit (CD Quality) formatted digital files to the artist, and we can burn CD discs for review. We do NOT employ lossy formats (such as AAC or MP3 format in ANY resolution) for mix evaluation. Final Mixes will be delivered to the artist via highest-resolution file transfer. Alternately, unmixed data files / stems can be supplied for the artist to arrange mixing and mastering at their own discretion.
- SINGER-SONGWRITER MIX - $55 Per Track
For simply arranged pieces, such as vocal, guitar, some additional accompaniment, perhaps percussion.
- FULL BAND MIX - $150 Per Track
For full-band arrangements (either real drums OR drum loops/’samples), typically guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, lead and background vocals.
Projects that began as Singer Songwriter mixes that turn into Full-Band arrangements will be mixed and billed as Full-Band Mixes.
This rate is based on three hours of work per song mix. It always winds up being more than three hours of work, especially since I'm doing a lot of prep work, EQ-ing, processing, routing of effects, editing, organizing, and bouncing/reducing tasks way before the artist arrives.
If the artist wishes to mix one of these ways, these additional charges apply:
- I mix, you watch - $100.00
- I mix, you help - $200.00
- You mix, I watch - $300.00
- You mix, I help - $400.00
- You mix - $500.00
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you also master my songs for digital distribution and CD replication?
OR... you could go to a REAL mastering house with decades of experience and Grammy Awards on the wall, pay about $30 a song, and for a little more money get a DDP master file done that's ready to send to the pressing plant.
(Longer answer: In an emergency, such as when time has completely run out... yes, but we hate doing this, mostly because we are NOT a mastering house. By the way, most recording studios / engineers that say they are mastering enities... are lying to you. They are just trying to make more money off you. And don’t fall for the “mastering online” sales pitch, either.
You want an experienced, established, and reputable mastering entity to ready your labor of love for the pressing plant and digital distribution. We can recommend mastering studios. Here’s why you want an additional set of experienced ears working on your project in a dedicated mastering studio.
We do full mastering pre-flight routine (level / artifacts / format double-checks, proper song order & titles, gap-between-songs specs, and final “dry run” through Waveburner software for a final TRIPLE check of files), and that is included as a final phase of the mixing process, but... the LSRR is not, repeat, NOT a mastering house.
Can we all play live in the studio?
How long will it take to record my music?
For mixing, three to four hours per song at least is the general rule. A guitarist-singer who has their tunes down can track hours of live stuff in one day, mix it all the same day and have a decent live demo. Depends what you are looking for. Some projects go faster, some slower. Always add time to your estimates. One important component in this whole equation: Pre-Production.
The biggest mistake musicians make when entering the recording studio is failing to bring songs that have been carefully written, arranged, improved, and performed over time.
As is written in this overview at Ultimate Guitar Dot Com, you often need to “Hone It Till You Hate It”. This process is also known as pre-production. The four most important points of pre-production are Song Selection, Keys, Tempos, Arrangements.
Here’s a great overview on Pre-Production from DiscMakers Pressing.
DIGITAL MEDIA WAIVER
- storing your data or audio tapes during the course of a recording project.
- storing your data or audio tapes once the project is completed.
- data left on premises, either the dissemination of said data or loss thereof.
- educating or instructing any client on the care and safety of digital data.
- unrecoverable data, whether it be on flashdrive, hard drive, CD-R or DVD-R