Most projects that I do are from start to finish, including tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering. Every service here can also be done individually or at a distance, thanks to the internet.

Pricing for all audio services is $25/hr. The amount of hours spent on any given project can vary greatly depending on what is recorded and how the recording process is approached. Please contact me for an estimate regarding your project’s likely final pricing.

I am currently running a day rate special: The day rate includes full 10 hour days in the studio. All mixing and mastering is included through completion of the project. The first day is $400 and subsequent days are $250 each. Sit-in mix sessions are not included and will be billed additionally at the hourly rate. This option will work out better for bands or artists who can come in for full days.

I am also currently running an hourly special: For each hour spent tracking in the studio, a free half-hour of mixing or mastering time is included. As with the day rate special, sit-in mix sessions are not included in this promotion and will be billed at the normal hourly rate. This works out better for bands or artists who can only do shorter sessions.

Physical media duplication prices vary greatly depending on quantity and print options. Please contact me with an idea of what you want and I will give you an estimate. Minimum order size of any type of physical media is 25.

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Tracking
Tracking is the process that most people think of when they think of a recording studio. This is where sounds are recorded and overdubbed.

At Big Name, artists have the option of recording live off the floor (all together as a band), by overdubbing each individual instrument, or through some combination in between these two. Different musicians prefer different methods and different projects call for different techniques. I want to offer you the method that will work best for you and your recording.

Audio can be recorded digitally or to analog tape. While digital production is cleaner sounding and much more easily editable, some projects benefit greatly from the sound imparted by working on an analog deck. Big Name offers both options, as well as hybrid methodologies that utilize both formats.


Editing
Editing is the second step of the process of recording. Everything from the tracking process is tightened up.

Some projects require very little editing. Other projects require large amounts. It depends on the genre of music, the strength of the performance of the musicians, and, most importantly, the artists’ wishes regarding the sound. Commercial recordings are very tight, both rhythmically and melodically. Modern, major-label recordings are edited to perfection.

Good editing is a specialty of mine. It’s one of my favorite parts of the process. If an almost perfect take of a song has a few minor problems, those can be easily remedied thanks to my years of practice editing audio. It’s a specialized skill that will greatly benefit your recording. It can save you energy and studio hours.

However, if you are a performance purist and don’t want me editing your tracks whatsoever, that is also ok! At Big Name, I help you make the record that you want to make.


Mixing
Mixing is the process during which each individual audio signal in the recording is shaped, tonally, to fit best with every other piece. The goal here is to end up with a stereo audio file in which the music sounds pleasing.

Many people think of mixing as simply raising and lowering volumes and EQ settings. Though gain and EQ are two of the most common and important tools used in the mixing process, this barely begins to scratch the surface.

Mixing involves properly utilizing a mass of different signal processors and sound engineering techniques, including, but not limited to:

volume (gain), panning, EQ’s, gates, compressors, multiband compressors, limiters, reverbs, delays, signal modulators, distortions, noise reducers, bass processors, sound field enhancers, pitch-correction, ducking, bussing, parallel compression, tape emulation (or running to real tape), and a mass of effects (pitch shifting, choruses, flangers, phasers, pitch vibratos, the list goes on)… each of these items has many variations that are each called for in specific situations!

On top of all that, it is always good to automate these processes throughout the recording to maintain dynamics, an important part of what makes music enjoyable.

A recording will not sound good without an engineer who has a trained set of ears that leads him or her to make informed mix decisions. This comes with experience. At Big Name, your mix will have over a decade of practice behind it.

It’s your art and I want the mix to sound good to your ears. I always make sure that the artist is an integral part of the mix-proofing process so that all parties involved are satisfied.


Mastering
Mastering is an often misunderstood part of the recording process. It is the final touches that are applied once the mix is done. It is the process of optimizing and finalizing the listening experience.

Mastering can require heavy processing or very little processing, depending on the source material. During the mastering process, equalization, compression, stereo imaging, and peak limiting effects are carefully applied to each track to unify the listening experience and create a cohesive sounding whole. The mastering process optimizes the recording so that it will sound its best in all listening situations.

It is important to note that mastering is usually done by dedicated engineers in dedicated mastering studios. It is best to get a specialist to do this work for you once the mixing process is complete. I am not a dedicated mastering engineer and my studio is not a dedicated mastering facility.

That said, I usually do master the recordings that I make. I can provide a high-quality finalized product for a much more affordable price than a dedicated mastering facility. I can also provide mastering services for mixes that have been finalized elsewhere.


A word on pre-production
Pre-production is a useful (though often overlooked) part of the recording process. It is the planning phase of the recording.

Pre-production can be very simple, as simple as slapping a mic or two in your practice space, recording your songs to a cassette, and discussing what you’ve got with the engineer. Pre-production is important because it allows the artist and the engineer to understand and plan the best way to create the studio recording.

Pre-production will save you studio hours and get your project completed more quickly and effectively. It also allows you to be sure that your compositions are as you want them and that your recording process will be the most effective it can be. Good planning will result in a much more fun recording process. A more streamlined, stress-free tracking process will result in better performance. Better performance equates to better sound. Pre-production will make your final result sound better!

A pre-production consultation session is included free with the recording process at Big Name.


Other Services

Production Assistance/Consultation
I find a lot of joy in helping others maximize the potential of their own projects. If you want me to take on the producer role in your recording process, I will gladly do it. However, if you want me to remain hands off and for you to maintain control over the production aspects of the recording, that is perfectly fine as well.

Or, if you are stuck somewhere in the production department on your own recording done elsewhere and need advice, I would love to help.


Songwriting Help
With 15 years of songwriting behind me, I can help your songs become their best.


Instrumental Performance
Have a bunch of material but no band? I can provide instrumentation to your tracks. My specialties are guitar, bass, and drums, but I also play keyboards, accordion, ukulele, and other percussion. It is also no problem here to sequence digital instruments (the possibilities here are endless). If you would like to turn your solo singer-songwriter tracks into fully backed songs or you simply need a drummer for your recording, I am the person to talk to.