PRICES

With Ocean: Recording, producing, & multi-track mixing is $75 per hour, with a 2 hour minimum and blocks of 5 hours for $250. 2-track mixing (applying effects, EQ’ing the track correctly, etc.) is $75 per song. Mastering is $125 a song with a 48-hour turnaround time.

With Jeff or Josiah: Recording, producing, & mixing is $50 per hour, with a 2 hour minimum and blocks of 5 hours for $175.


FAQ

Q: Can I book times after hours on weekdays or on weekends?

A: We are open on weekdays between the hours of 12 AM and 12 PM. We do book on weekends or after hours upon request, but there is a $25 up-charge per hour. Since these times are outside of normal operating hours, they must be booked at least 48 hours in advance via call or text. For these purposes only, we may be reached via text at (773)-255-1814 or by calling (773)-567-2093.

Q: What’s your payment policy?

A: We expect payment in advance for both online booking and over-the-phone booking.

Q: How do you guys deal with cancellations?

A: We’re happy to reschedule your session if you give us 24 hours’ notice. In all other cases, we will keep the deposit and it is on you to contact us to schedule another session.

Q: What’s your policy on late arrivals?

A: If you’re going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please try to contact us before or during the first 15 minutes of the session so that we can try to accommodate you by rescheduling you later in the same day.

Q: Do I have to use all my time at once if I pay for a block of hours?

A: Not at all! We’re musicians ourselves—we totally understand if you need to portion out your time if that works better for you or your collaborators. All we ask is that you don’t make sudden changes to the length of a session without giving us 24 hours’ notice.

Q: How many people can come into the studio at once?

A: We generally suggest that you try to limit the number of people coming with you in the studio to 3-4 people max, both out of consideration for our seating accommodations (our studio is an intimate space) and because we want you focused on the work at hand, not the outside world. However, if your party’s a bit larger than that, or if a few of your associates want to poke their heads in for a second, we’re not going to kick anyone out or anything like that. The suggestion is more for your benefit than ours.

Q: What are the pros and cons of multi-track mixing as compared to 2-track (or stereo) mixing?

A: Generally speaking, a multi-track mix results in the best possible mix, allowing the engineer to manipulate all aspects of the song (ie: beef up kick, brighten snare, spread out synths, etc.). However, it takes more time to mix a multi-track session, thus requiring more studio time. For reference, it takes most high-level professional audio engineers 2-6 hours to mix and master a multi-track record to industry standard. (Most national records are mixed from multi-track.)

In contrast, a 2-track is more cost efficient, but is not able to be manipulated in all aspects (i.e. we can’t remove vocals, turn up the kick or snare, etc.). It takes most high-level professional audio engineers about 1 hour to mix and master a 2-track session.

Q: Are there any other “best practices” I should know about?

A: We’re glad you asked, hypothetical person! We generally advise that you arrive 15 minutes early and leave roughly 15 minutes or so at the end of your session so that we can bounce out the stems/2-track for you and/or make a rough performance version, depending on your situation.