How many hours are usually included in the day?
If doing full days, I try to recommend a 10 hour block from 10-8. Its not too early for most and we'll get out with enough time to enjoy an evening.
What are the rates?
Hourly Rates are a flat $35 an Hour. We can come up with a project rate if you'd like to do that. Mixing is usually $150 per song for most. This can all be customized and prices may vary on the size of the session.
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 initial tracking. Mixing can be done by Al or Mitchell.
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?
Can we come in early or the night before to set up?
No usually. 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.
Jamie King At the Basement Recording Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
IAS Mastering (Matt Tuttle) 336.817.6342
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 associated with an airbnb in downtown Carrboro you can stay if available for a super discount.
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 pretty fast. Overdubs can take anywhere from one to seven days depending on the amount of work and each bands particular preferences. Drum tracking and editing usually take 1-2 days.
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.