Toronto Recording Studio FAQ

Recording Studio - Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

What is the minimum amount of time I can book at the studio?

Our minimum booking time is 2 hours.

Is a deposit required for booking?

A 50% deposit will be required to confirm all studio bookings. This deposit is refundable or transferable so long as a 48 hour cancellation notice has been given. As you will be working in a professional environment a deposit shows us that you are committed to your project. It also secures your desired time in our calendar ensuring that you get the days you want without other clients taking your time.

Do your hourly rates include an engineer?

Yes! All our sessions include a certified recording engineer and producer to aid you in your musical endeavours.The hourly rate includes recording, editing, tuning, remixing, mixing, and mastering. All of our rate information can be found here, please contact us directly by email or at (647) 848-7351 to get a quote for your special project.

I’m new to recording, do I need to be a professional to use your studio services?

We are dedicated to serving everyone in our local community regardless of talent, age, or ethnic background. We want everyone to be able to share their love and passion for music. In addition, all our engineers and producers coach and mentor their clients during the recording process, so even if you have never sung into a microphone before we got your back!

What should I bring to the studio?

Bring your A-game! It is best to come rehearsed and re-freshed before you enter the studio to ensure the recording process goes smoothly. We can easily tell when you are not prepared as it will be reflected in the work you put forth, after all, our job is ensuring our clients produce the best possible sound! We also recommend clients bring a USB stick or portable hard drive to take home any project files created at the studio.

Should we bring our own instruments and amplifiers?

Yes, they are what you normally use and are familiar with. We do have instruments in studio available for free, in addition you can rent any specific instrument you require at a small fee. We are conveniently located beside a Long & McQuade store that provides daily instrument and equipment rentals at very reasonable prices.

Do you have backing tapes/recordings of popular songs (Karaoke versions)?

We strongly recommend you bring your own Karaoke or instrumental tracks before coming to the studio on a portable USB stick. If there is a specific version of a song available online, such as on YouTube, we can download this in your session. Of course, the quality of the song being used is very important, don’t forget that garbage in equals garbage out.

Can we make samples from, or record covers of, another band or artist's song?

Yes, but should you wish to sell this recording later you will need to get licensing permission from the song’s publisher. All liability will fall on you to secure rights for a song’s commercial use or distribution.

Do you lease beats and exclusive instrumentals?

Yes, of course we do. Check out our online beat store here or ask us in studio to listen to our beats for sale.

What happens to my files and songs after I complete my project?

Once your project is completed and your files are provided to you digitally or in hardcopy format (CD), we are no longer responsible for keeping a long-term archive of the files. We can email or electronically transfer you a copy of the your final song as a compressed (mp3) or uncompressed (wav) file, but the full project is large and we recommend that you immediately back it up on a USB stick or portable hard drive. Although we generally keep files on our system for up to 6 months, we cannot guarantee that your files will be available.

Can you remix or produce my song?

Yes! Depending on the project and complexity we can tailor a package just for you. Email us or give us a call at (647) 848-7351 to discuss the details of your project.

My vocals are a bit out of tune. Can you edit them?

Absolutely. We use Melodyne to manually edit your tracks to perfection. Our engineers and producers skillfully and patiently go through the structure of your vocals to ensure the best sound possible!

What is a lead vs double tracking vs adlib?

Lead is the main content in the verse or hook that contains most of the lyrics. Doubling or Over-Dubbing is layering overtop of an existing recording. Adlibs are are in essence background vocals and can be used in a variety of ways.

What is mixing?

Mixing is the process of blending together multiple recorded tracks using a mixing console or digital audio workstation (DAW) software. It involves using equalization, compression, tuning and a variety of other harmonic tools to achieve the best sound for each vocal and instrumental tracks or stems, and most importantly the best balance of how the these tracks fit together. The result is a two-channel, stereo performance. We can also enhance, reduce noise, mix and edit files that were pre-recorded by you or by another studio. After recording your tracks, mixing is the most important step in making a record.

What is mastering?

The term mastering is used to refer to the process of taking an audio mix and preparing it for distribution. The goal of mastering is to correct mix balance issues and enhance particular sonic characteristics, taking a good mix (usually in the form of a stereo file) and putting the final touches on it. This can involve adjusting levels and general “sweetening” of the mix. Think of it as the difference between a good-sounding mix and a professional-sounding, finished master. Click here to examples comparing master and unmastered tracks.

How do I prepare my song to be professionally mixed?

Please refer to these videos dependent on the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) you use?

  • Pro Tools
  • Logic Pro
  • Ableton Live
  • Reason
  • FL Studio

What is your full studio policy?

A full outline of our studio policy can be found here.