Questions clients frequently ask and honest answers.

Q – Is TribeSound a record label?

A – TribeSound Records is considered an independant record label but rarely do we “sign” artists to an exclusive deal. We have label accounts within the music business to help our artists save money and the experience to get our artists music organized and out to listeners. We do a fair amount of artist development work and promote our artists as much as possible. It’s our belief that the more an artist is in control of their project the stronger their business will be and therefore the more it would be worth in a major deal. We consider ourselves a music business guide and we use our industry contacts to help move artists to the next step. It’s our goal to see each of our artists succeed with their music through an amazing product, quality promotion, and a smart booking strategy.


Q – What does a engineer do versus a producer?

A – The answer to this question can have a bit of a grey area depending on your engineer and your relationship with that person but this is our philosophy about engineers and producers. The job of the engineer is focused on listening to what the artist performs and recording that sound to the best of their ability. It’s the engineers job to be efficient on the software & hardware and to edit and mix to the contentment to the client. It is not the job of the engineer to offer any artistic direction, to suggest that the client records something over, or to suggest further instrumentation. It would be like looking over a painters shoulder and saying “I think you should use blue instead of that red”.

The job of a producer is to take all of those things in consideration and try to pull the best out of the client. A producer may help with song writing, they are concerned with the big picture of the final work, and they’re usually a project manager. A good producer knows the equipment as well as the engineer and also has the expertise to pull tones to make records sonically solid.

Most of the time hiring a producer can be a great move. In some instances your engineer can act as a producer but just be sure that that engineer is the kind of producer you’re looking for. As your relationship with your engineer grows so will your trust and curiosity of their opinion.


Q – Are there any charges to use certain instruments that the studio has on premises?

A – No, the studio rate includes all instruments that live in the studio. We even have more instruments that we’ll bring in at no extra charge. Here’s a link to our gear page.


Q – What is mastering?

A – An album cannot be heard in its entirety until the job of a mix engineer is completed. The mastering engineer picks up where the mix engineer leaves off. Mastering is geared toward creating the balance required to make the entire album cohesive. The mastering engineer is most concerned with overall sonic and translation issues.

A mastering engineer works with the client to determine proper spacing between songs and how songs will be ordered on the CD. The flow of an album must appeal to the listener; it should engage them and take them on a musical journey as determined by the artist. Any final edits will be addressed during the mastering process as well.


Q – Do you accept credit cards?

A – Yes, we prefer cash or check but we also accept Pay Pal, Visa, Discover and Master Card. We do charge a 5% fee for credit card and Paypal payments to cover the credit fees.


Q – This sounds totally awesome! How much will this cost me?

A – That question is too broad for us to give a definitive answer but we can give you some insight. The studio rates works like this…

We have a base studio rate of $30 an hour. Then you can choose from several engineers with different degrees of experience and therefor different rates. This means on average our studio rate ranges between $45 to $60 an hour.

We have block time deals! If you book 10 hours of studio time, and schedule at least 5 hour sessions, we give you 10% off. We can’t discount for our producers or session musicians; this discount is for studio time and engineer only.

CANCELLATION POLICY – Engineers set aside time to be at your session so please be courteous to their schedules and if you need to cancel do so with ample advance notice. Clients who do not contact us to cancel a session and don’t show up will be charged a $75 no show fee. They will also be put on our NOT COOL list and be asked for a 20% deposit for future bookings. If a client hires musicians for a session that the clients fails to show up for, and doesn’t give notice, then that client is responsible to pay those musicians for the time they’ve set aside to be in the studio.

Session Musicians –  All our producers and session musicians prices vary depending on the individual. We are very fortunate to have a ton of professional musicians in the area that we’re friends with. From pedal steel to shredding guitarists we can find the artist you’re looking for.


Still looking to figure out how much this is going to cost? Here’s a breakdown of a few projects that have come through the studio. In this chart you will find a basic description of the project and how much time these clients have used. As you see everyone has their own timeline and budgets. A lot of this depends on how picky you are, your budget, and what the end goal of your project is. We do try to keep our clients up to speed on where we are in the recording process so there are no surprises or time pitfalls.

Here’s the list of a few projects that have come through our door.


Description

Hours

5 Songs with a few session musicians and light music production

63

4 Songs with a lot of writing, producing, and session musicians

160

5 Songs Quick live acoustic demo

4

5 Songs Demo Live band demo

5

5 Songs Three piece band

76

5 Songs Demo Quick Band Demo

24

5 Songs Live Jazz Recording for demo

6

6 Songs Band Demo, tracked lead and vocals separate and route back to the board mix

12

4 Songs Three piece band recording quick demo, guitar, bass drums live, overdub lead and vocals

27

5 Song Cover Demo – very quickly done quick demo of covers for gigs. Four piece band

15

5 Song Vocal Demo – Session players to produce two songs the rest done karaoke style.

16

11 Song Full theater production with song writing, producing, session musicians and sound design

430

12 Song Hip Hop record

42

18 Song Hip Hop record included mastering

39

9 Song CD – Singer songwriter, light producing, full band session musicians 156
9 Songs Recorded live at another studio and brought to us to mi

46

10 Song CD – Sparse instrumentation, light producing, and light session work

118

11 Songs – Full production with session musicians, song writing, and producer

362

13 Song CD – Full band, session musicians, meticulous mixing

225

4 Song Demo – Singer songwriter, full band of session musicians. One song just piano and vocal

68

9 Song CD – Singer songwriter, light producing

72


Q – How do I book a Session at TribeSound Records?

A – Please try to book your session 2 weeks in advance. This will help insure that you get the time and day you’re looking for.

When booking your session we ask that you plan on a fixed number of hours. Please book no less than 3 hours of studio time, however depending on our schedule we may be able to leave sessions open ended or accept shorter sessions.

We take cashcheck and you can pay online using your pay pal account or credit card. There will be a $25 fee for returned checks. Please make Checks payable to TribeSound Records.

Please be on time to your session. The clock starts running at your scheduled time. You will be charged for set up time but not break down time.

If you need to cancel your session please give us 48 hours notice. If you don’t show up or cancel less than 48 hours before your session a deposit will be required for booking future work at the studio.