Frequently Asked Questions About Our Studio
Working with New Wave Music LLC has numerous advantages as we have tons of experience and several resources to offer you. However, if you’ve never worked with us before or any recording studio for that matter, you may have several questions but find answers difficult to come by. To arm you with the most accurate information about our services, we’ve decided to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our studio.
1. What services does New Wave Music Studios offer?
We have a fully equipped studio ready to record musicians from different genres. Rappers and singers are our specialties, but we work with instrumentalists as well. We have the facilities to record a band in pieces, mix vocals, instruments, and full track stems of beats. We also master full tracks after they’ve been mixed or in conjunction with our mix. We even offer the production of instrumentals. We have plenty of pre-made beats in our vault as well, which we provide to our clients as and when needed. As you can see, we dabble in everything creative over here at New Wave Music, but we focus mainly on recording and mixing vocalists.
2. What do I need to bring to the studio?
The answer to this is totally dependent on what you’re looking to accomplish with your studio session. If you have beats that you want to record over, you’ll need to email them beforehand so they can be downloaded and queued up for use. If you’re coming in for a production session, just bring your laptop if you produce as well. A flash drive is always useful to bring audio to the studio and take your audio with you after the session. If you play an instrument, it’s best to bring your personal instrument with you. Bringing a drink to keep hydrated for longer sessions is equally important. In addition to this, you can carry anything else that you feel adds to your creative process.
3. How much does studio time cost?
This depends on the studio you choose and sometimes even the engineer that you work with. For example, at New Wave Music Studios, we have two chief engineers. Marzz charges $40 per hour, and Freddy Lake charges $30 per hour. We also have a second studio equipped for producers and artists, which we rent out for $10 an hour or $20 an hour with the supervision of an engineer on hand.
4. How can I start my own studio?
The startup process for building a home studio is actually quite simple. All you need is a laptop, an audio interface, a pair of studio headphones, a mic with a pop filter, a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), and some cables to connect everything. The startup cost here can be as low as $1,000, maybe even lower with some used gear, but I would expect to spend maybe $1,500 to $2,000 for some nice new equipment. Then you just spend time learning your DAW and finding your sound. You should be able to perfect your station.
5. Do you have any beats for artists to purchase or use?
Yes, we have beats stored up in our virtual vault that can be previewed during a session and may be purchased for use during that session. We also offer custom production sessions with our engineers and all affiliated producers. We currently have six affiliated producers, and all of them specialize in unique sub-genres of Hip-Hop and RnB.
6. Do you shoot or edit pictures and videos?
Yes, we do offer in-house photos and videos during your session for an extra price. This depends on the session length and the amount of content you’re looking to capture. We can arrange to shoot and edit music videos as well, but that’s an in-depth process. We are artists ourselves, so we understand what makes a good piece of promotional content for an artist’s social media.
7. What’s the difference between mixing and mastering?
Mixing is the process of editing vocal layers and instrument tracks in conjunction with each other to create a balanced sound. Individual stems are edited separately, and automation is used to make all the elements flow with each other. This is usually done immediately after the vocals are recorded.
Mastering is the final step of audio post-production. The purpose of mastering is to balance sonic elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback across all systems and media formats. Whether you are recording and mixing in a million-dollar studio or recording in your bedroom closet (it’s where we ALL started), you still need the final quality check of mastering. This ensures that your sound will be heard the way you intended it to be. A good mastering job makes an album consistent and balanced across all tracks. At New Wave Studios, we use various plugins to enhance the sound that we perceive through the mixed track.
If you have any more questions about our studio and services, get in touch with the experts at New Wave Music LLC today! As a leading music recording studio in New Castle, Delaware, we do our best to offer artists everything they need. We have a plethora of producers who specialize in a wide variety of sub-genres across Hip-Hop and RnB. We even have one music studio equipped to record vocalists and solo instrumentalists. We can also accommodate custom production sessions for artists, along with recording and mixing of vocals and instruments and the mastering of full tracks and albums.