FAQ – Seattle Recording Studio (2023)

Studio A

  • Indie band/Indie artist rate

$950/day or 125/hr

day = 8hrs

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Studio B

  • Indie artist rate

$255 - 3/hr session

$85/hr after minimum

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  • Includes WAV and MP3 files


Mulit-song package deals available

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Corporate/Non-Corporate Rate

  • Major label rate, V/O's includes phone patch

$300 or 200/hr

1hr minimum - V/O's, Podcasts and Audiobooks

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Custom Beat Production

  • We'll produce, create, design a custom beat for you.

$200 (1)

(2-4) - 175/per, (5+) - 150/per

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Do You Offer Recording or Mixing Packages?

Yes,each project is different, we like to meet with the artists in person to come up with a plan that suits their individual needs, goals and budget.
Call us about your project, and we can talk about the many affordable ways to make it a reality!

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How do I Book a Session, do you Need A Deposit?

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your date(s). Please contact to book, when the date and time is agreed a online invoice is issued via Square, when your deposit is received, your session is confirmed. The remaining balance is due in full at the time of your session.Please be punctual, your session begins at the agreed time as stated on your invoice.

Can we smoke in studio?

Tobacco – no (including blunts).
Weed – yes but we have a $350 per day air cleaning surcharge.

Do You Have a Hourly Minimum?

Yes, we have a 3 hr minimum booking policy. Under certain circumstances we are flexible, i.e. corporate sessions.

What Type of Payments are Accepted?

We accept all major credit cards, check, cash or Venmo.

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What are your refund policies?

Deposits are non-refundable but remain as a usable credit for up to one year for rescheduling. (one reschedule per booked session).

Client Files and Pro Tools Sessions

We do not offer storage of Pro Tools sessions here, your Pro Tools files are your property once the invoice is paid whether the session is complete or not.
As a courtesy we’ll try to keep session files that are left here for up to 14 days.Pro Tools sessions that are left here over 14 days are considered unwanted and are subject to deletion.We recommend getting a portable hard or thumb drive, backing up your session and taking it home with you (they are cheap these days).

A Musicians Guide to Caring for Your Recordist

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This was written by Larry Crane from Tape Op magazine and was notable to share here, thanks Larry!

Set working hours, and stick to them. This allows everyone to plan for a life outside of the session. Hint: Shorter days will make people show up on time and stay to the end. Long, open-ended sessions frequently means sitting around for hours waiting for people to arrive.

Don’t show up ridiculously early. I’ve had clients show up an hour before their scheduled time, wanting to start loading in, and asking me where to set up before I’ve even cleaned up the studio or had my coffee! You’re basically asking for free studio time if you do this.

Don’t continually ask your recordist if they like the material you are recording. The fact that they have already agreed to work on your music should be your answer.

When booking the session, ask what the recordists’ preferred means of communication is. I prefer to book and prepare for my session via email, so I can keep a record of what we will be doing. Phone calls can be handy for sorting out an overall approach or needs of a session, but getting something written down helps.My personal worst is getting various phone calls, texts, Facebook messages, and emails for the same session, and never being able to collate the info in one place for my reference.

Work out financial details long before you enter the studio. Make sure you understand what the rates are, how to pay, and when money is due. Make sure you understand what a deposit means, if they have one, and what the terms are. If someone gives you a discount of any sort, note that and be appreciative, but do not request that discount on your next booking. The majority of discounts are on a case by case basis and are not meant to infer a new, lower set rate.

If you’ve hired a producer/engineer with experience, let them set the pace and flow of the session. Don’t push them faster just because you might be feeling nervous or worried. A pro will have budgeted time correctly; trust that you are in good hands.

Let the recordist work on your sounds, or mix, for some degree of time before making suggestions. Give them time to listen to a song all the way though before trying to explain everything you think about a song or mix. Let them ask the first question; frequently it will also answer many that you already have.

Recordists need to eat, breathe, use the restroom, and sometimes even take short breaks just like everyone else. Studio time can be expensive, but the most productive sessions I’ve seen include breather moments, where everyone can stretch and take care of needs. As the client, it is a courtesy to extend a moment to your recordist. Trust that you will still be getting your money’s worth by allowing a brief down moment.

Keep conversations in the control room to a minimum while work is going on. Talk quietly, if you talk at all. There’s a common situation where the recordist keeps turning up the monitors, and the unrelated conversation on the couch gets louder as well. Don’t make your engineer have to shut you up just to hear what the player in the other room is saying or to hear a mix.

Respect personal space. Recordists need it as much as you do. Before two of you grab chairs and hem the engineer in at the console, ask if that is okay. It’s probably not, as they need to access the patchbay, outboard gear, and live room. If they are taking a short food break, consider leaving them alone for a few minutes instead of loading them with your thoughts about the next round of overdubs. There will be a time for this.

If you are setting up amps, drums, or other loud instruments, make sure to stop playing when the engineer is setting up mics for you. You don’t want to blow their hearing out before you’ve recorded a note, and they shouldn’t have to continuously ask for this courtesy. Even earplugs can only cancel so much sound.

When you are in overdubbing stages, note that your musicians or band members are working one at a time, and taking long breaks while others record. The recordist is not getting these same breaks. Keep this in mind. Leave a little breathing room between personnel.

If you have booked time based on recording six songs, don’t show up day of with a new plan to record eleven songs. Your recordist has suggested the time booked based on your needs that you relayed at the initial booking. If you want to change the plans, communicate beforehand and be prepared that there might be a change in price or availability.

If a session seems to be going well, don’t automatically load the project with more work. “Great, we did the basic tracks faster than I expected. Let’s record three extra songs!” Focus on the music you have agreed on recording. Sure, it might only theoretically take 5 minutes to lay down the basics for an extra song, but this usually takes more like an hour, and then you add in overdubs and mixing…

Author/producer Jesse Cannon [Tape Op#97] mentions, “Don’t swim out of your lane of expertise” in his new book (Processing Creativity, see review this issue). If you’ve hired someone based on their skills, don’t start by questioning everything they are doing or asking them to work in a totally unfamiliar manner (unless they are down for it!). Use their skills; this is what you are paying for.

Use general language and emotions to describe what you want. Someone recently said to me, “I want that part to be dramatic.” I knew exactly what approach would work once I heard that. If they had said, “I want to add a plate reverb and EQ to this section,” we would have had a less interesting result.

If the session feels it’s coming to a natural wrapping point, don’t feel the need to pile on more work because “there’s 15 more minutes on the clock.” (It’s amazing how a 4-minute handclap overdub turns into 45 minutes of work.) Your sessions probably need to be backed up, or tapes need to be put away. In addition, a quick verbal review of what’s in store for the next session is always a good idea.

Do you want rough mixes every day to hear the work in progress? If so, discuss with the recordist and budget time for this. Don’t assume it magically happens.

Please don’t ask your recordist, “Do you know any labels?” or, “What do we do now?” once the recordings are complete. You’ve asked them to do your recording, and that is what they are focused on. If you don’t have a manager or label, then these are your situations to figure out.

Ask how your recordist wants their credits to read. Include these credits in any release, and spell them correctly. I cannot think of anything that makes us all happier.

In closing, remember that if you have chosen well, the person you are recording with will have your back. They will guide you through the process, keep goals in focus, and contribute ideas that help the music, without wasting your time and money. You want this person to feel treated respectfully, and you want them to be happy to record with you again. Situations that build resentment can happen far too easily in the recording studio. But when everyone on the “team” feels appreciated and respected, great things can happen.


What do I need to know before going to a recording studio? ›

10 things need to know before stepping into a pro recording...
  • Set a goal for your session. How many tracks are you recording? ...
  • Finish your writing before you get there. ...
  • Check your equipment works. ...
  • Have a working backup of your files. ...
  • Bounce down. ...
  • Get some food to take with you. ...
  • Rehearse. ...
  • Research the studio.
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What questions to ask a recording studio? ›

Recording Studio Questions
  • What is the rate for studio time? ...
  • Is it possible to pay a flat rate per song? ...
  • Can you make me a custom beat or do I have to just pick a pre-made one? ...
  • Do you only record musicians with previous studio experience? ...
  • I'd like to learn how to record and produce music, do you teach that?

What not to do in a recording studio? ›

The Top Five Things You Should Never Do In The Studio
  • DO NOT show up unprepared: do you even know how your song goes? ...
  • DO NOT bother your engineer while theyre working: engineers are the dark horses of every session. ...
  • DO NOT pick at your takes too much: ...
  • DO NOT over caffeinate: ...
  • DO NOT choose quantity over quality:
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How do I prepare for a recording studio? ›

How to Prepare for the Studio
  1. Rehearse and Know Your Parts. You're paying for studio time, so you want to make the best use of it, right? ...
  2. Demo Your Songs. Using whatever home recording equipment you have, record the songs you plan to record in the studio. ...
  3. Setup Your Instruments. ...
  4. Be Rested. ...
  5. Be Organized.
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What is recording studio etiquette? ›

Show respect to the person in charge of the recording studio and don't touch anything that is not yours to touch. Ask permission before changing or even suggesting anything during a session. Artists and instrumentalists need to stay in the zone when being creative and one change can throw the whole vibe off.

What should I wear to a recording studio? ›

Choose quiet, comfortable clothing.

What you decide to wear will have an impact on how your recording session goes. Wear comfy clothing that allows you full access to your breath. Cotton is a perennial favorite as the fabric breathes well and doesn't make much noise.

Is it worth going to a recording studio? ›

Studio acoustic treatment gives a better sound

In a real studio, everything sounds clearer and better, largely because the rooms are acoustically treated. Getting your room acoustically treated is a crucial and often overlooked step for many home producers.

How do I prepare my room for audio recording? ›

Since many musicians practice or record at home, learning how to soundproof a room for music without marring the space is vital. Ultimately, the best way to soundproof a room is to add mass to the walls, floor, and ceilings. Simply adding another layer of drywall and paint can keep the pristine look.

How can I be safe in a recording studio? ›

How To Keep What's Yours
  1. Add surveillance systems or cameras, video recorders or a silent alarm system. ...
  2. Make it difficult to remove equipment from the studio. ...
  3. Register your equipment with the manufacturers. ...
  4. Mark all your equipment. ...
  5. Insure your equipment. ...
  6. Make a record of all your equipment and keep it in a safe place.

Are recording studios dying out? ›

Nonetheless, the fact remains: Recording studios are alive and well—changing with the times, growing in number and providing both current and future audio pros with creative, satisfying work for many years to come.

Does a recording studio own your music? ›

When others are involved in the recording process, your band's copyright interest in the sound recording may be effected. Here are some tips to best protect your band's rights. Recording studios. A recording studio cannot claim an ownership in your music, simply because the recording was made there.

What are the rules of recording? ›

Federal law requires one-party consent, enabling you to record a conversation in person or over the phone, but only if you are participating in the conversation. If you are not part of the conversation but you are recording it, then you are engaging in illegal eavesdropping or wiretapping.

What should I do for the first time in a studio? ›

Talk to the engineer about what you are planning to do and explain that it is your first time. Most engineers are very understanding and work with first-timers every day. Explain to her what you plan to do at the studio, whether it is just one song that you want to record, just some guitar parts, or a full project.

What do you record first in the studio? ›

First, the instruments are set up in the recording studio. Usually the drums are recorded first so that all the other instruments record their parts in the right timing. Drums are recorded to click more and more these days, so that the tempo is set by the DAW and it is easier to edit the tracks later.

Does my voice really sound like it does when recording? ›

When recorded, you might hear your voice sound shallower than you're used to. This is because the recordings are not affected by the internal resonance and bone conduction that affects how your voice sounds. However, the way your voice sounds on recordings is the way people perceive it in real life.


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