Audio Recording

Let Beach House Studios help you reach your artistic goals with our years of audio recording experience and relaxed easygoing approach.  If you have a song, or group of songs that you are looking to record please contact us to discuss your project and see if our recording studio is a good fit for you.    When it comes to your art, it is your vision that counts, and we want to be sure that we align ourselves with the goals you have in mind.

photo of the Beach House Studios control roomAudio Recording Rates:

Recording, editing, and overdubs $50.00 by the hour.

Standard Studio Time Blocks for Recording and Editing:

$200.00 for a 4 hour block.
$225.00 for a 5 hour block
$275.00 for a 6 hour block.
$375.00 for an 8 hour block
$450.00 for a 10 hour block

Keith Martinelli playing a Yamaha recording custom drum kitIf you have booked a block of time and the session runs shorter or longer we will just pro-rate the time.

Sessions begin being charged at the time they were scheduled if you show up late you will still be charged starting at the time scheduled .

Booking Deposit:

Weekends or blocks of time of four hours or more require a 50% deposit.
Cancellations require a minimum 7-day notice in order to refund the deposit.

Full payment is due at the end of each session or end of block out without exception.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover or PayPal.

A 3% fee will be added to payments made with credit cards or PayPal.

Personal checks are accepted for deposits only.  Checks should be made out to “John Eye”

 FAQ’s

Photo of Neumann U87 on a mic stand in a large live tracking room at Beach House StudiosShould I bring my own instruments?

It is best to bring the gear you are most comfortable with if you are happy with the sound of your instrument, it will help us understand your desired tone and get it on tape.  This applies especially to guitars, stomp boxes, kick drum pedals, snare drums, and cymbals.  We have a few amps and guitars available at no extra charge for sonic experimentation if you are looking for something different. Take a look at what gear we have available on our Studio-Gear page.

How can I back up my sessions/files?

We strongly suggest buying your own external Firewire/USB 3.0 drive of 60 gigabytes or more. You will need a storage solution for your audio recording masters anyway.  Other possible back up options are flash drive or DVD-R backups, which I can provide for $20 each and hold 4.4 gigs (usually means 4 songs or less.)

We recommend backing up your data in at least two locations. An external USB 3.0 drive and a flash drive or few DVD-R’s is a good way to do this.

We suggest the Lacie Rugged series for sturdiness, but use whatever drive you prefer. Keep in mind, hard drives crash, so keep duplicates!

Can my significant other/friends come along?

Guests are fine, but be aware that too much company can compromise the efficiency of the recording process. Please properly manage the expectations of your guests, as the recording studio process can appear tedious for an observer.

How long is a day?

The following activities are considered typical for a 10 hour audio recording block:

  • Load-in
  • Microphone and equipment setup
  • Tone selection
  • Level checks
  • 1 to 2 hours worth of lunch / dinner / sanity breaks
  • Data transfers between hard drives
  • Importing and organizing existing sessions
  • Exporting mix downs
  • Burning CD’s/DVD’s/thumb drives

If technical problems arise as they occasionally do, I either work later to make up the time, or discount the session.

How can I get my rough mixes?

Files are only released upon full payment of balance owed.

  • We suggest bringing a thumb drive so you can take a copy of the mix with you.
  • We can email them to you through WeTransfer.com
  • We can upload a .wav file to a Soundcloud.com private account and give you a link to download (files are deleted after a week, so download them right away).
  • CDR Copies: $2 each