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If you've never worked in a studio, it can all seem confusing. Here's an FAQ of common questions in no particular order...
Q. How do I choose a suitable recording studio?
A. We have a vested interest in this, however, you will be looking for experienced and successful musicians/engineers who have learned to really 'hear' inside the music and mixes. Every studio owns good equipment and great software so you will be working with that everywhere. The ability of your engineer/producer to really understand what you want to create and have the knowledge and skillset to do that is the critical difference between success and failure. We only employ exceptional musical listeners who have empathy and who are seriously skilled and experienced musicians.
Q. What will it cost?
A. We have a simple system where we work on every project from the most economical, low budget option upward. If for example, you have a few songs to record, we'll always make a good guitar and vocal recording first, or piano and vocal, or whatever will sound complete and distributable at the lowest possible cost. Then we can discuss options, but only when it will really make a difference. Not everything needs to be fully produced. Some very simple budget-driven recordings do very well on radio and streaming.
Q. What do I take home when my song is recorded?
A. You'll have a high-quality wave or MP3 files. Bring a USB stick or a hard drive, or we can email you a link. If you're 'old school', we can still burn a CD for you.
Q. Can you make my home recordings sound better?
A. Send us a quick mix of the track that you have made and we are able to listen to it and let you know what we can do. The basic choices are that we can work on the finished mix you've made (mastering), or if you send us the individual tracks (stems) then we can mix it for you. We can also give you a few tips on how to make your recordings sound more professional.
Q. We've recorded at a studio in the past and we weren't happy with the direction that the engineer took the mixes.
A. Sadly, this is all too common. Many engineers are trained in only one style of music and if you're lucky it will work for you. Our engineers at Soggy Dog Recording have backgrounds across a diverse range of styles that have performed thousands of performances from stadium concerts, to the concert hall, night clubs and pubs. We only employ musicians and engineers who will listen to clients' needs and work to find the very best direction for the mixes to compete within the appropriate genre. We will also check in with you at every stage.
Q. Can I just bring a backing track and record to that?
A. Yes you can! If it's for private use, there's no problem. Be aware that if you are going to release the track, you'll need copyright clearance from APRA.
Q. Do you do video?
A. We specialise in audio production. We can video a simple, one angle, unedited video that is suitable for auditions or to be edited later. You are very welcome to bring your own video team to record your track. Let us know first though.
Q. Can you remove the vocals from a track so that I can record with it?
A. Removing vocals from a track to record a new vocal would almost always breach copyright laws, so no we don't.
Q. I'm still lost!
A. Call Steve on 0415 236 303
There's lots more information and tips on each page specific to your ensemble/style. How to prepare yourself and your instruments, about arranging, writing and promotion. (Well... there will be soon). The studio has been around for years, but the website is new. Keep checking back or send us a message.