FAQ's & Policies
"Why is mixing important?"
Once all the vocals have been recorded and laid down then it is time to start mixing. A good mixing engineer can deliver a decent mix shortly after the tracking is finished; but that is a far cry from a truly experienced and professional mix that is comparable to the “industry standard” mixing quality you hear on the radio.
"Why is mastering important?"
Mastering engineers have years upon years of experience. They focus on the correct amount of equalization, compression and signal processing to the overall mixdown. Mastering can get a little pricey but is essential when distributing music to compete with the industry.
"What do I need to bring when recording?"
This includes any gear you are using for your session. (i.e. instruments, picks, drum sticks, instrumental tracks) Please bring the instrumental you are recording on either by USB, CD, Phone (cable required) or e-mail. Please make sure the instrumental is sounding its best. Also, bring your “A Game”!
"How do I get my files ready for mixing?"
Our engineers use Logic and Pro Tools. File sessions from either would be ideal but if you can’t get your hands on the session file or if you used another program to record in; individual wav files of each vocal will suffice. (If you are sending individual wavs, please ensure that there are NO sound FX or plug ins in any of the wavs).
"How long does it take to mix-down a song?"
Although we hate to put a time limit on how long a mixdown takes, we understand why most people ask this question. A typical intro/chorus/verse/chorus/verse/chorus song can take anywhere from 1-3 hours to have a complete mixdown without the beat stems. With the beat stems it can take from 3-5 hours.
"How long does it take to master a song?"
Again, we hate to put a time limit on how long it takes to master a song. A typical master can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on the song.
"How much does it cost to record?"
Recording at Studio 12 is typically $75 per hour. This includes one of our engineers. Please see our Booking and Rates section for more details, or to book a recording session fill out our contact form or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
"How much does it cost to mix-down a song?"
Again, we hate to put a price on a mixdown. It can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on the type of song. Please see our Booking and Rates section for more details or to use our mixing service please fill out our contact form or e-mail email@example.com
"How much does it cost to master a song?"
Again, we hate to put a time limit on mastering a song, but a typical song could take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Our Mastering rates start at $20/hour. To Master a song with Atlanta Studio 12 Please fill out our contact form or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
"I have tracks already recorded. Do you do re-mixes?"
Yes. Remixes are one of our specialties. We mix using Logic and Pro Tools. Price varies and is determined once we hear what you have and speak with you about what you want (i.e. replace drum sounds, adding samples, work with what you have, etc.). We then make suggestions to you based on our producers recommendation.
"I have tracks that I need to have mixed or mastered, but I can't make it to your location. Can I email tracks I need work done on?"
Yes. We do mixes and mastering via email.
Your session starts at the time that you booked it, regardless of when you arrive - so don't be late. We recommend you arrive 15 min early. If you do not arrive within 30 minutes of the starting time of your session it will be cancelled as a "no show."
We understand that life happens and issues may arise, so if you feel you may be late, please contact us immediately. If you cancel your session within 24 hours (or no show), you will lose your Non-Refundable Security Deposit. If your booking did not require a security deposit, the next one will.
Sound Engineer (In some cases you will have an assistant engineer and or intern present as well)
Session End Time:
As your session is ending, we may stop 15 minutes early to start file bounces, CD burning and/or data transfers to your USB flash drive or external hard drive (stop timing is at the discretion of the session engineer).
The total number of people that can seat comfortably inside the control room area is 6 (Example Artists/Manager/Producer/Investor) - (keep in mind that this is a studio designed for a more intimate recording experience)
Payment for studio sessions are due at the end of the session. We currently accept cash (exact payment only please), check, Venmo, and CashApp.
Cost on Studio Sessions is for Labor, which is defined as the time and work put forth by the session engineer/producer. This may include, but is not limited to; vocal and/or instrument recording, mixing, editing, project planning, creative input, music composition, set up, navigating minor technical issues, bouncing audio, CD burning, and file transferring.
Smoking Policy :
Our studio is a smoke free environment. We have a designated smoking area in the rear of our building, however we do allow e-cigarettes and vaporizers in the control room.