Payments can be made with cash or PayPal (All major credit cards can be used without a PayPal account)
Undercaste offers studio time at three price points.
$40, $50, $60 / hour (3 or 4 hour minimum depending on engineer)
PayPal, Debit/Credit Card
$42, $52.50, $63 / hour (3 or 4 hour minimum depending on engineer)
Undercaste will send an invoice that can be paid with a PayPal account or Debit/Credit card once a session has been scheduled.
- Hourly rate depends on time of day and engineer.
- Studio time includes an engineer / producer
- Hourly rate applies to Recording, Mixing/Editing, Development, Beat Revamp
- Open 24 hours 7 days a week
- Payment must be made by the end of the session
- 48 hour minimum advance notice to cancel a session
This is the step that everyone thinks about when they think “recording studio.” You would think this would be the majority of what happens at Undercaste Studios, but there are several other steps that can take as long or longer.
Recording/Tracking at Undercaste Studios consists mostly of vocal recording but can sometimes include instrument or percussion recording as well.
Mixing and Editing are crucial steps in making a great product. The producers of Undercaste are proud of their reputation for performing one of the best mixdowns available. One of the first steps of the mixdown process is the tedious editing and tuning of the multi layered vocals and instruments that make up a song. Next is equalizing, compressing and mixing each layer with specific goals in mind that meet the needs of the song and the standards of today’s sound.
A coach can be a great asset during a recording session. The producers of Undercaste Studios are involved with the creation of music on a daily basis and each have years of experience to share with the recording artist.
Many of the regular artists that work with Undercaste Studios take advantage of the Artist Development offered by the studio producers. This can immediately improve the performance and will improve the artist greatly over time.
When an artist fully understands studio etiquette the recording/editing process times can be cut down dramatically, saving money, while still maintaining a great performance.
As more and more artists have home studios, it has become easier to find background music for our recording artists to write to. While these home studios may produce good musical ideas, they mostly lack in high quality equipment and experience. We regularly “revamp” these music productions to meet the quality on the project the artist is working on.
Along with song revamp, Undercaste producers can create beats in session or sell custom pre-made beats to you. Of course you are welcome to bring in your own beats or leased beats for studio sessions.
The final and very important step in finishing an album/project is Mastering.
This process allows the mastering engineer to unify the album using EQ, Compression and Limiting creating a big consistent punchy listening experience while not taking too much from the dynamics of the album. This will show the shine of the quality steps taken from the beginning of the album/project.
Most people confuse Mastering with the final Mixing/Editing process. Mixing/Editing needs to be completed before Mastering can be done. Pro Tools sessions for specific songs are not opened and adjusted during the Mastering process like they are in the Mixing phase. The final Mixing process will produce a high quality stereo wav file, per song, that is used in the Mastering process.
List of general steps in the Mastering process:
1. Create a cohesive listening experience when listening from one song to another. Example: One song shouldn't have an excessive amount of high end compared to another.
2. Sweeten the songs by giving them the warmth and shine they need to compete with other similar industry products.
3. Bring all songs on the album to an industry standard level.
4. Transitions between songs are adjusted for the best listening experience.
Mastering will make your songs/album sound more expensive and should be done when releasing a commercial album or project.
Mastering is not considered “Studio Time.” Prices for mastering are different for each project. A general price estimate would be $63 a song. This price is capped off at $630 for an album between 10-20 songs.
Studio hourly rate depends on time of day and engineer.