Does the $350 studio rental day rate include an engineer or assistant?
No, the engineer’s fee is on top of the studio rental. We can provide an assistant but this will cost extra. The studio day rate is for the whole day and night. You and your engineer decide on what hours work best.
How much do engineers charge per hour on top of the studio rental rate?
That will vary. Please contact us to find out.
Can we get a tour of the studio?
Of course. Email is easiest, so simply reach out to us via email about this.
Can we break up the day rate over two days?
We get asked this a lot for some reason. The simple answer? Never. That’s why it’s called a day rate.
Can we come in early or the night before to set up?
No. Sessions begin at the time you schedule them. Much of the engineering work begins as you start setting up so we have to charge for this time.
What should I bring if I record digitally?
Bring your own hard drive to back up the session to. We can hook up to USB 3, and Firewire 800 and 400. USB 2 hard drives and USB flash drive media will work, but they always take longer to back up; time you are billed for.
Can I bring my own engineer for my sessions?
Yes, but we’ll need to talk to them first to make sure they are qualified to run the studio.
Can we sleep in the studio overnight while working?
No. Outside of an accidental catnap on the couch while mixing, using the studio as a living space overnight is expressly forbidden.
Is RSR non-smoking?
Yes. There is an ashtray out on the roof deck or you can smoke out front. No smoking in the studio.
How long will it take to record my album?
We don’t know. A well-rehearsed band can lay down most of the basic tracks for an album in three days. Overdubs can take anywhere from one to seven days depending on the amount of work and pickiness. For mixing, budget three hours per song or so at least. A guitarist-singer who has their tunes down can track hours of live stuff in one day, mix it all the same day and have a decent live demo. It really depends what you are looking for. Many of our better songwriter/band projects have taken ten to fourteen days. Some projects go faster. Always add time to your estimates! We’ve made albums in one day and one month. Just don’t try to make The Dark Side of the Moon or Loveless in three days!