BLACKROOM  STUDIOS

POLICY

- Mixing & Mastering

What Is Mixing? 

     At Blackroom Studios, our interpretation of Mixing is the process of leveling and effecting individually recorded audio tracks in order to enhance and balance the sound of a recorded song.  Processing audio primarily in-the-box allows for the most efficient and precise workflow for us.  We use the industry's top plug-ins to process each individual instrument/vocal, in order for all audio tracks to function well together, resulting in a professional, cohesive, and competitive sounding mix.

What is Mastering?

     At Blackroom Studios, Mastering is the overall processing of a mixed song (stereo 2-track file), with digital tools such as limiting, eq, and compression, in order to maximize the overall quality, volume, and attack.  Mastering is included and required with all mixing services.  

Mastered Final Product  

     The result of your recording, mixing, or mastering business conducted with Luke Garrigus DBA Blackroom Studios is in the form of a high quality mastered stereo .WAV audio file, with included 3 rounds of mix revisions if needed (3 additional masters).  A download link will be provided for each round of masters.

Mix Revisions 

     The mix revisions process is crucial to your desired outcome for the project, therefore we require 1 round minimum of revision notes before considering the project complete.   A reasonable number of mix revision notes will ONLY be accepted through the Filepass link provided for each round of masters.  Further details on this process at www.filepass.com

Mix Revisions Continued

     Mix notes sent only through message or email with not be completed.  Each mix note must be timestamped at it's specific location in the song's Filepass link.  Notes must be uploaded within 1 week of receiving a Filepass link before being considered complete.  Late deposit of mix notes may forfeit your remainder available revision rounds and may require additional compensation for time spent.

Audio Stems

     We DO NOT provide "mixed audio stems" of our work, unless originally discussed and agreed.  You own all the rights to the agreed final masters, and you own rights to the "raw audio files" you performed, but we reserve the rights to the settings and inner workings of our mixes.  If you (the paying client) are not satisfied with the final product, we can continue with revisions until you are satisfied with the final master.  After 3 rounds of revisions, a reasonable estimate for additional compensation will be provided.  

Additional Audio Files     

    -Instrumental Masters may also be provided at the end of the project with no additional expense.

    -We DO NOT provide "Rough Mixes" prior to the first Master.

    -If a copy of the song is needed prior to Master 1, for a music video shoot etc., a pre-master copy WITH CLICK may be provided after all recorded parts have been fully edited.

    -Backing tracks for live use can be created after the completion of your project, additional fees will apply.

    -Raw session files may be prepared at an additional expense, only after completing 3 rounds of revisions.

Credits 

     Appropriate production credits for recording/mixing/mastering services are required when uploading your music to a distributor such as DistroKid or DiscMakers.  Please ask if you are unsure.

     

     Examples:  Produced by Luke Garrigus, Mixing & Mastering by Luke Garrigus, or Recorded, Mixed, Mastered at Blackroom Studios.  

    

     Shout outs and tags on social media for song releases are greatly appreciated!

Payment For Online Mixing/Mastering Projects     

    Full payment for Mixing/Mastering services must be completed before any in-depth work will occur on your project.  Payment can be made through PayPal, Venmo, Cashapp, Facebook Messenger, or Zelle.  A payment request will be sent to you after downloading and checking out your audio files.  Client is responsible for any transaction fees.

Return Time For Online Mixing/Mastering Projects

     Return time varies depending on the scale of your project and our overall workload with other clients.  We certainly prioritize a speedy return time for all projects, but not at the compromise of quality.  

     If you have to ask if the master is ready yet, it is not, but be assured your project is being worked on daily, in cycle with other active projects.  If a return time estimate is provided, we will not be held to that specific timeframe in the event that your project still needs additional work to sound adequate to begin revisions with the band.

Sample Rate & Bit Depth     

    At Blackroom Studios, all audio is recorded, mixed, and mastered at 48kHz sample rate and 32 bit float.  Final Masters will be converted to 44.1kHz and 16 bit for standard streaming platforms.  For online mixing/mastering projects, we have the ability to work with or convert the sample rate and bit depth of the audio files you send.  If you need 24 bit masters as well, be sure to ask.

Drum Samples 

     The majority of projects with live recorded drums will involve some degree of blended sample enhancement with the live drum signal, typically with multi-velocity samples created from drum kits here.  Live drums are our favorite, so be assured your performance will be handled with great care. We specialize in modern hard hitting productions incorporating all of the latest mixing/mastering techniques, in order to provide competitive quality masters, comparable to your favorite professional bands.

-Recording (Full Production Only)

Studio Time     

    Studio time is ONLY available for FULL PRODUCTION PROJECTS.  No recording-only projects to be mixed/mastered elsewhere.  Blackroom Studios' primary focus and service offered is Mixing & Mastering, however, we are prepared to invite bands into the studio to record, if the project will be completed at Blackroom.

Studio Deposit

     A roughly 15% (of your total) nonrefundable deposit is required for all in-studio bookings.  Cancellations result in the loss of your deposit.  Your deposit may transfer to another date if rescheduled 20 days before your booked session date.  Down payment can be made through PayPal, Venmo, Cashapp, Facebook Messenger, or Zelle.  A payment request will be sent to you after agreeing on dates.  Dates will only be reserved for 10 days without the deposit before being made available to other clients.

Payment For Full Production

     Payment for Full Production projects must be completed by the end of your booked in-studio recording session.  Late fees will apply for late payments.  Please establish a single method of payment to be ready at the session.  (For example, all band members could transfer their portion to one band member prior to the session, and then that band member would conduct a single transaction with Blackroom)  Payment can be made through PayPal, Venmo, Cashapp, Facebook Messenger, or Zelle.  Client is responsible for any transaction fees.

Meetup Time     

     Your session meetup time will depend on your location and project details and will be provided after your deposit is received.  NO EARLY ARRIVALS.  There will be a half hour grace period after your scheduled time to make up for traffic etc.  If for example, your band is scheduled for 11:00am, try to arrive between 11:00 and 11:30.

Assistant Engineer

     In most cases, an assistant engineer will be hired for recording sessions.  This allows us to keep an efficient and continuous pace throughout the session by trading off.  The assistant will be compensated by the Producer from the total quote, at no additional fee to the client.  Engineers: Joey Ryan Hernandez, Trey Karnes, Coleby Arnett.

What Gear To Bring

     You are welcome to use any equipment we have here, but you are also encouraged to bring any gear that is unique or necessary to your sound.  Our main priority will be to get the best takes possible, spending the majority of time on perfecting your performances, with minimal amount of time spent on setup, tones, and engineering.  Those things will be tweaked to perfection later in the editing/mixing phase with reamping etc. and the full content of the mix to reference.

Studio Preparation     

     -Practice with a click!

     -Record a rough pre-production demo, or at least a simple phone recording at band practice. (Send to Blackroom)

     -Hit the drums hard, pluck firmly on bass and guitars, sing with power and annunciate!

     -Replace strings (heavy gauge) on bass and guitars the day of or day before the session.

     -Know your parts!  (Guitar solos and vocal harmonies included) (We're looking for near perfect takes)

Can Friends Or Family Come To The Recording Session?    

     Due to Covid-19 precautions, ONLY band members or individuals directly involved in the recording project are allowed in the studio.  Videographers or photographers are welcome in the studio to capture our recording experience.

Return Time For Full Production     

     Return time varies depending on the scale of your project and our overall workload with other clients.  We certainly prioritize a speedy return time for all projects, but not at the compromise of quality.  

     If you have to ask if the master is ready yet, it is not, but be assured your project is being worked on daily, in cycle with other active projects.  If a return time estimate is provided, we will not be held to that specific timeframe in the event that your project still needs additional work to sound adequate to begin revisions with the band.

Can We Stay The Night?     

     No, unfortunately we are not currently set up for bands to stay the night at the studio.  However, we would like to eventually have accommodations available for bands to stay on the property in the late future.  For now, search AirBnB's, motels, and hotels in Bastrop/Smithville, TX area.  Or, try to stay with friends/family in the Austin, TX area.  We are only 45 minutes from downtown Austin.

Studio/House/Dogs    

     If you are booking studio time, it is worth noting that Blackroom is half studio, half house.  The work occurs from home, but this is no ordinary home recording studio.  

     We do have 3 dogs, and 1 dog loves to hang out in the studio with bands.  We also have 2 goats, 4 chickens, and a tortoise!

- Misc.

What's Your Phone Number?

     In order to keep up with information for a large amount of projects, communication will be conducted via email, direct message, or through Filepass revision notes.  This way, all discussions, links, files, and information about your project will be easily recallable.  Quotes will NOT be provided over phone call.  

What's The Address?    

     Blackroom Studios is located on the outskirts of Bastrop, TX, on 6 acres.  Full address will be provided for in-studio clients, only after the deposit is paid.  45 minute drive from Austin, 1hr 45min from San Antonio, 2hrs from Houston, 2hrs from Waco, 3hrs from from Dallas, 3.5hrs from Tyler, 4hrs from Abilene, 6hrs from Lubbock.

Rates     

     Every project is different, so we DO NOT have set rates.  Rates vary from project to project, depending on number of songs, style of music, level of project involvement, and more.  99% of the time, we can offer a FLAT RATE, which is typically the preferred method for all parties, knowing exactly how much everything will cost, and no hidden fees. 

     Instant quotes are available on the homepage, or ask for a quote via email or direct message.

Band Representative

     It is asked that a single member represent the band and maintain primary contact with Blackroom, in order to avoid confusion and conflicting instructions from multiple band members.  It is the responsibility of this band member to convey any important information to the rest of the band throughout the duration of the project.  It is also preferred that this member upload the revision notes in Filepass, after discussing and agreeing on mix notes with the entirety of those involved in the project.

How Long Are Quotes Applicable?

     Quotes given by the instant quote calculator, email, or direct message are good for 30 days before booking with a deposit.  After that time, a new quote will be needed to continue project discussions and bookings. 

     Online clients planning to send track files more than 1 month away will require a roughly 15% deposit to schedule the project.  Deposit must be received within 10 days after we agree on studio dates or online mixing/mastering timeframe.

First Time Working Together?      

     Important to note, there may be a bit of a learning curve for everyone the first time working together.  One of our top priorities at that time will be to learn your preferences as an artist and integrate you into our workflow.  Sometimes it takes a few rounds of friendly revisions to dial the product to your satisfaction. 

     Do not expect the same experience you had with another studio or producer.  The methods, tools, and overall process used to complete the project will be at the producer's discretion.  It is the client's job to adequately explain specific sounds they are wanting, provide a reference mix, and thoroughly communicate expectations and desired outcome for the project, from the beginning and throughout revisions.  

Social Media     

     Be sure to stay in touch on all social media platforms!  Blackroom is looking to form long term relationships with dedicated artists and hope to go beyond the parameters of your project.  We love to spread the word on bands we work with, and we always appreciate word-of-mouth referrals to all your friends' bands.  Thank You!

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