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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 much does it cost to record in a studio?
A. Recording studios cost between around $50 and $120 per hour for a professional studio and as much as $500 per hour for the large and most likely, famous studios. The studio rates typically include an audio engineer, and sometimes the engineer has the musical background to help you produce, arrange or even write music with you. You will generally get what you pay for, but it's also easy to spend more than you need to. If you are a singer/guitarist or a rock band, there's no need to go to a studio with a 72 channel desk and a million dollars of equipment. You'll be paying for all the gear that you don't need. Look for quality rather than quantity, but most importantly, look for an engineer who has experience as a performer, understands music theory, and can even fluently read and interpret music.
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. Most studios own good equipment and great software, so you will be working with that everywhere. The ability of your engineer/producer to 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 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, single camera, 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. Our rooms look terrific in video. We have useful video lighting for those who video their own sessions.
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. Do you use cracked or illegal software
A. All software, and we have lots of it, is completely legal and registered. Although it's easy to download cracked software, our policy is to pay the developers what they deserve. We could not operate without them.
Q. Are you an endoresed studio
A. Yes, Yamaha Australia has recognised our work and has provided all Steinberg software for more than 20 years.
BANKING AND BUSINESS DETAILS
Soggy Dog Recording can take cash, all the regular cards, and Bank Transfers.
BSB 633 000
Acc: 125 365 692
14 Brooking St,
Upwey, Victoria, 3158
ABN 30 542 742 965
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.