Warrior Sound

Warrior Sound is a full-service recording studio located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We bring state-of-the-art digital technology together with a collection of vintage equipment to give you the best of both worlds. We can accommodate almost all of your audio recording needs. Warrior Sound is run by experienced engineers and producers. 

 

Since 2006 Warrior Sound has worked with many talented, well-known artists and provided the national and local music community with a comfortable and affordable place to make records. Warrior Sound is located five miles outside of the town limits of Chapel Hill and is a beautiful and relaxing place to record.

How many hours are included in the day rate?
The date rate is for a 10 hour day, which includes the studio rate plus the house engineers’ fee.  Additional hourly rates may be added if wanted or if the day session goes longer than 10 hours.

How many hours are included in the week rate?
The week rate is for six 10-hour days. The week rate is only available for those who intend to record in six consecutive days.

What can I expect when I arrive and during the session?
When you arrive you will load in through the left side of the studio where the stairs to the upstairs deck are located. You can leave your car on the left side of the lot near the stairs. As soon as you arrive, we will immediately begin setting up for the session. During the recording process, we will be happy to help co-produce and provide you with our ideas and recommendations on ways to make your recording sound its absolute best.

Which engineer will be recording my session?
Al does most of the raw tracking and Mitchell does mostly mixing.
 

Are there any hidden costs?
We give complimentary CD-Rs, 1 per band member. Should your band require more than 1 CD-R per band member, you will be charged $1 per extra CD-R. You will not be charged extra for any instruments or recording equipment that you use while recording at Warrior Sound.
 

Can we break up the day rate over two days?
No. That's why it is a day rate. You can contact us to see if we can help you with your special request.
 

Can we get a tour of the studio?
Of course. Scheduling a tour by email is easiest, but you can also call the studio (919-656-0863) (please leave a message if no one answers, we always return calls). Sometimes we can do the tour the same day you call depending on our schedule and whether we are in the middle of an active session. In no event would it take more than a week or two for you to be able to tour the studio. We do ask that you not drop by the studio without an appointment because a session may be in progress or the studio might be closed. 
 

Do you work weekends?
Of course.
 

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. 
 

Can I bring in my own Producer?

Yes you can. There is no additional cost to bringing your own Producer. You would only pay for your studio time and the house engineer.
 

Can I hire Mitchell and Al to produce?
If you would like Al and Mitchell to produce your record, we will more then likely require pre-production to be done. If you are local we can come there, or if you are out-of-town, you can come rehearse in the studio. Pre-production studio time will be charged at the same rate as recording studio time.

 

Do you do voiceovers, video editing, music for film or radio spots?
Yes we can do most voiceover work. We have no video editing or viewing equipment.

 

Do you do mastering?
No. But we are working on making that a real thing in the near future.  We will assist you in finding the right mastering engineer for your music, as the mastering reflects greatly on us and the quality of your recording.
We recommend: 

Jamie King At the Basement Recording Contact: jamiekingmanagement@gmail.com

IAS Mastering (Matt Tuttle) 336.817.6342

Bluefield Mastering (Jeff Carroll) 919.859.0102

 

Are you currently accepting interns?
We haven’t offered an internship in the last year, but all are welcome to send in their resumes.
 

Can I bring my own engineer for my sessions?
Yes. We we'll need to talk to him or her to see if he or she is qualified to run the studio. Usually this works out fine.
 

Can we sleep in the studio overnight while working?
No for most cases but we are working on overnight quarters for the future. 
 

Where can we stay while visiting Warrior Sound?
For sleeping accommodations we recommend:

Microtel Inn & Suites - It's 11 miles from studio and has plenty of accommodations within walking distance.
120 Old Dogwood Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278
919.245.3102 (Ask for the Warrior Sound Rate!)

The Red Roof Inn - This hotel is 14 miles away and has plenty of places to eat and "drink" close by.
5623 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard
Durham, NC 27707
919.489.9421
 

How long will it take to record my album?
No way to know. A well-rehearsed band can lay down most of the basic tracks for an album in 3 days. Overdubs can take anywhere from one to seven days depending on the amount of work and each bands particular preferences.

As for mixing, budget at least three hours per song. However, the length of time it takes to record an album really depends what each individual band is looking for. Many of our better songwriter/band projects have taken ten to fourteen days to complete the album. Some projects go faster. If this is your first time recording, it is best to go ahead and add time to your estimates for completion of your album.