There is a lot to think about when entrusting your musical creations to someone, and you need to be sure what you are getting for your money. Hopefully these answer some of your questions, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any further queries.
Most of my work falls into three categories: Mixing, mastering or cello/strings. However, there are all kinds of ways in which I can enhance your music, from vocal tuning, to adding a tambourine part! Let’s have a chat and see what’s needed… I’m always happy to have a look at the files you’ve got and work out a plan with you.
Mixing is dependent on complexity of the recording, and how much additional production might be required. I can add instruments, correct mistakes, make tuning and timing adjustments or edit parts to bring out the best in the track. Typical mixing and mastering is £350.
For mastering, the standard price is £60 but for multiple tracks the price is reduced accordingly.
For attended recording/mixing sessions the normal price is £500 per day but the rate for unsigned artists is great value at £400. (10am – 7pm with a 45 minutes break for lunch). For long bookings the rate is negotiable. Please contact me. There is no VAT. Minimum booking is a half-day. Payment strictly in advance. A 50% payment secures the diary date.
Everything! I want you to be ecstatic about the results we get, so once I have agreed a price with you, I will always make sure things are finished to your satisfaction.
I have been selecting and purchasing the contents of the studio for over 30 years and have a massive investment in gear and premises, years of experience, a proven track record, and a hugely diverse range of skills. Try booking a plumber/mechanic/lawyer for the equivalent hourly rate…! I promise it will be great value – you will love the results!
No, it’s your music, and you can do what you like with it – and I’ll happily help promote it on my social media. If I am having some creative input, I usually ask for a gentlemen’s agreement in an email to pay me a standard producer royalty should sales take off and we have a hit (and I hope we do!) And of course I always expect to be credited for my contribution where technically possible, e.g. YouTube descriptions, metadata etc., and I expect my producer role to be registered with PPL for published works.
I’ll happily have a go; there’s no extra charge, although I’d appreciate you adding me as instrumentalist as well as producer when you fill in the PPL registration for the track
Yes, some of them as many of my clients have proper jobs during the week! And no, I keep the price the same regardless. However, availability may be limited.
In Newton Abbott in Devon, with easy train links from all over the UK
Yes, I may be able to include AirBnB-style accommodation. However for sanity it is sometimes better to have a break and there’s a cheap and comfy Premier Inn not far away.
You do 100%, although if I’ve had a hand in helping write the song I’d appreciate the appropriate writer’s share when you register with PRS.
Difficult to predict; I like to get on with it, but also complete tracks to a high standard! I can often get much of one song recorded in one day, but we will generally need another half day to finish it off properly.
There is a great village cafe, pub and shop
They are all kept, backed up to two or three different drives. I make no guarantee though, and if you want something remixed three years later I can’t promise all the plugins will still work!
This is usually no problem. There may be a small charge for the time taken to unarchive and compile them.
If I’ve recorded the track then probably just a few hours. For online mixing the standard ‘unsigned’ rate is £350 per song (up to 48 mono tracks, up to 6 minutes long, two free revisions) but this may be negotiable for EP or album projects. Files will need to be in Pro Tools, Logic or continuous WAV format.
As bookings are often quite short notice, it’s not normally possible to plan for odd weeks of work experience several months ahead. However, do get in touch if you’re interested in a career in the studio.
*Perennial question notoriously asked at 2am by artistes/managers/A&R the night before the proper mixing session and met with barely stifled derision – waiting another 24 hours will guarantee a rather better sounding version!