RATES

(with 2.75% processing fee)

We are flexible on our rates, especially for longer bookings. Our passion is to help local musicians make awesome sounding recordings.
All rates include an engineer.

RECORDING:

$40 per hour (Engineer incl.) 2 HOUR MINIMUM

Recording time is exactly that, we set up microphones, plug things in, and make you comfortable. We want you comfortable and having fun, so you do what you came here to do - to capture your songs in their best possible versions. We take extra care getting each step of the process right, without thoughts of "fixing things" later. If we get it right from the beginning, we don't have to fix it. And it's REAL. It's YOU.

MIXING:

$75/song or $40/hour

Mixing works two ways, we can either do it on OUR time (Unattended) for a flat rate per song, or we can do it with you here for our same low hourly rate (Attended).  Both have advantages and disadvantages, but both will result in a mix that you will love and want to share with the world.  We will be happy to discuss this with you at length during your session.

MASTERING:

$30 per song

Let's get this right out in the open.  We aren't mastering experts.  Mastering is an art and craft in and of itself, and with that out of the way, we don't do a bad job!  We can get your mixes radio and internet ready, and we can even do CD's. But when it comes to Vinyl, we would prefer you go with one of our preferred mastering houses. We use them for our band too!

 

we recommend:

MODERN MASTERING STUDIO

RECORDING PACKAGES

A) Complete Album Package 1 -- $1350

 

10-12 songs recorded & mixed - Includes 16 hours (2 days) studio time (This INCLUDES mixing time during scheduled sessions).  In house mastering - includes 2 Redbook Audio Masters with encoded ISRC Codes and CD Text,  We suggest you record LIVE as a group to save time (we think it's the best way anyway.)   Includes "Unattended" mixing; 2 edits per mix.  Time over will be charged at our normal studio rate of $40/hour.  NOTE: includes RECORDING, MIXING & MASTERING.

 

B) Complete Album Package 2  -- $600

5 songs - Includes 8 hours (1 day) studio time (This INCLUDES mixing time during scheduled sessions),  also includes use of sound library and effects.  We suggest you record LIVE as a group to save time (we think it's the best way anyway.)   Includes "Unattended" mixing; 2 edits per mix.  Time over will be charged at our normal studio rate of $40/hour.  NOTE: includes RECORDING & MIXING.

 

C) Complete Album Package 3 -- $450

4 songs - Includes 8 hours (1 day) studio time (This INCLUDES mixing time during scheduled sessions), also includes use of sound library and effects,  We suggest you record LIVE as a group to save time (we think it's the best way anyway.)  Includes "Unattended" mixing; 2 edits per mix.  Time over will be charged at our normal studio rate of $40/hour.  (For tight bands!)  NOTE: includes RECORDING & MIXING.

 

D) Studio Package 1 -- $300

2 songs — Includes 6 hours studio time (This INCLUDES mixing time during scheduled sessions), also includes use of sound library and effects. We suggest you record LIVE as a group to save time (we think it's the best way anyway.)   Includes "Unattended" mixing; 2 edits per mix.  Time over will be charged at our normal studio rate of $40/hour. (For tight and prepared bands!)  (THIS COULD BE CONSIDERED OUR "DEMO" PACKAGE )  NOTE: includes RECORDING & MIXING.

 

E) Studio Package 2 -- $150

Record 1 song in its' entirety and have it quickly mixed and mastered, just so you can try us out!  (NOTE: this song will be recorded LIVE with a few overdubs and then mixed and mastered.)  Max 4 hours (This INCLUDES mixing time during scheduled sessions).  Time over 4 hours will be charged at our normal studio rate of $40/hour.  (For tight and prepared bands!)

 

 

TERMS / DEPOSITS:

 

TO BOOK A SESSION, 50% deposit is required to reserve your time and the remainder is due upon completion (see below for deposit details).  NOTE:  you pay for any hourly sessions at the end of each scheduled day.  Cash is welcome or we take VISA / MASTERCARD with 2.75% processing fee.

 

Deposits are required to guarantee your date. We suggest you bring it with you (just in case) during a scheduled site visit.  Weekend time goes FAST.  DEPOSITS CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED TO OTHER DATES IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE DATE SCHEDULED.

 

Deposits and 100% Prepays may be cash in person, or mail with check/money order — or you can call us with a credit/debit card.

 

Our policy for refunds of deposits are (times given from the date you receive our receipt acknowledgement:)

  • 2 weeks prior to your date = FULL REFUND

  • 1 week prior to your date = 50% refund

  • less than 1 week = NO REFUND

  • DEPOSITS left for more than 3 months are considered forfeit

  • If you send us a deposit, you warrant you read and understood this.

 

 

 

 

 

Analog Tape Rental -- $50/per reel

ACR uses Ampeg 456 GRAND MASTER (and similar) 1/2" analog tape.   We have tape that is in great condition that has been used at least 1x before.  This tape has been fully erased prior to your use.  The sound quality is still great but not like new VIRGIN tape.  Still, since we mostly use it for fatter instruments (drums and bass) without tons of high frequency information, it is still VERY usable, and we would even venture to say - downright awesome.  You can usually get a good 20-25 minutes worth of material on one of these tapes, so consider this when anticipating costs.*

 

 

USED Analog Tape Purchase -- $85/per reel

— * See above for description.  This tape can be stored at ACR for your EXCLUSIVE USE, or you can take home. ACR will educate you on the proper storage of Analog Tape.

 

 

NEW Analog Tape Purchase ONLY -- $150/per reel

ACR uses RMGI 1/2" x 2500 ft tape, made in the USA.  This tape is made and calibrated to EXACTING specifications of the Ampeg 456 (which is no longer manufactured).  We would usually only encourage the use of these tapes for higher-budget projects, but if you're a purist and want the BEST quality possible, this is definitely the way to go.  You can either have ACR store the tapes here, or take them with you.  We will educate you on proper storage of Audio Reel Tapes.  Like the used vintage tapes, you can usually get a good 20-25 minutes worth of material on each these tapes, so consider this when anticipating costs.  NOTE:  we try to keep a small supply of new tapes here, but sometimes RMGI runs out and is backordered.  Please give us plenty of lead time if you are considering this.

 

ANALOG TAPE

OTHER POLICIES

MIXING & REVISIONS

There are pros and cons to our HYBRID analog and digital studio.  In some cases, we are able to recall some settings, but not most.  ACR allows for 2 (two) revisions per song per project as part of our standard mixing services.  Once mixes have been approved, mastered and sent to client - project is considered finished.

 

It is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to listen to the mixes we send you on more than one device, so you are able to clearly and consicesly give us feedback.  We ask that you are very careful and thoughtful about your revisions, and that if you are working with a group, to try and arrive at a group consensus.  

 

For any further mixing or revisions, ACR must set up from scratch - so we must charge either a bulk or per song rate based upon what is needed.

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