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Euphonic Studio Recording Service Fees

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Euphonic Studio
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Serving the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor
Call 319.895.8002 for a tour or recording appointment or write
We record all types of music and your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Please note: the entire indoor area of our buildings are non-smoking areas.

Rate increases (from $30/hour to $45/hour) took place August 1, 2012.  Customers who started before that date can keep the old rate until August 1, 2013.

Euphonic Studio bills on a monthly cycle. We will appreciate and expect all fees to be paid in that cycle unless we have a prior arrangement.  I don’t want to lose any friends over money.

Euphonic Studio Recording Services… recordings you will love – guaranteed!


Recording time (1 hour minimum) -$45/hour

Mixing, including rough mixes, working mixes, etc – $45/hour plus cost of tape WHEN APPLICABLE

Mastering – $45/hour plus cost of tape

Setup – $30/hour, this may be waived at my discretion and usually will be for simple setups


When you choose a place to record there is a cost/hour factor that should be considered, but that number is only part of the decision.  Recording software has become so inexpensive (even FREE in some cases) that home studios pop up all over the place.  If you buy a Mac laptop it comes with Garage Band which can create passable recordings.  You can record with Audacity, a very handy utility I’ve used for various tasks.

But the end product is much more than a few .wav files on a CD.  The end product is your attempt to make an artistic statement using music which should reflect the best effort you can put forward.  Anything else will be a CD with flaws in it that you will ALWAYS feel obliged to explain to each new listener.  Trust me on this, I have drawers full of  early 4 track tapes that have imperfections that make me cringe due to the limitations of the media. (See, I just made an excuse right there).

I want you to leave Euphonic Studio with a recording that we can both be proud of.  You can say that you chose the best audio room, the best microphones and mixers, the best software, the most comfortable environment, the best keyboards, and that your engineer knew how to record you in an efficient and friendly manner that helped you concentrate on the artistic aspects of what you were doing.

If you can say that, you will have a recording you can play for people without making excuses or explanations.  That is what separates the artists from the rest, and that is what I strive for with my own playing, my teaching studio, and my recording studio.

The #1 Question I get asked: How much is it going to cost?

There are 3 answers to this question.  Here are the first two: less than you think and probably less than anywhere else.  I will give the 3rd answer (more specific) below.

Fee Schedule – 2012

Tour of the Euphonic Studio and Sample of Our Processes: FREE.  This is where you come and visit our facility, inspect our recordings and processes, and most important, we spend some time getting to know each other.  If I were a customer, I would never book a session unless the studio was willing to take the time to come in for a look.  This is a free service that is worth real $ because it gets all that nervous getting-to-know-ya stuff out of the way and you won’t get charged for it when you come in to record your first time.  I encourage everyone who is thinking about recording to visit us before booking your first date. You will love our low-pressure environment, and this is one way I help to create it.

Recording session setup: $30 per hour  This includes you bringing in any gear you might need for the session and also me setting up the mics and recording system to record it.  This may be waived at my discretion.  If you are a regular client and I know what the mic and recorder setup is going to be, I will probably not charge for this.  If you are going to sing or play to backing tracks there are no setup fees if you bring in your own backing tracks.

Recording (tracking): $45 per hour.  This is the time you spend in front of the mic or otherwise working in the studio.  Sometimes tasks overlap, so if we are doing more than one take of the song or section of the song, you may want to listen to see what it sounds like.  (Let me rephrase that: you WILL want to listen to it to compare it to previous takes).  If you have someone you can use in a producer role, that’s great.  That could be a voice coach, a close friend, a band member, or somebody you trust to encourage you and let you know when you can do better.  If you don’t have a person like that, you can do it yourself or you can ask me to do it.  I have produced a number of albums and I know what my software is capable of fixing, so those are other options.

Recording (mixing): $45 per hour.  Tracking is the part where I do everything I can to squeeze the best performance out of my equipment (and you)!  Mixing is where I take the tracks we recorded, select, massage, repair as necessary, and combine with effects to create the best sounding musical  product I know how to make.  I have analyzed a LOT of music (over 2500 LP albums of all types in my collection).  I’ve had 30 years to make and correct mistakes.  I will present you with a final mix;  you’re going to like what you hear, and if you don’t, I will continue to fix your specific objections for no extra charge until you do.  That is our satisfaction guarantee.

Mastering: $45 per hour plus cost of tape.  Euphonic Studio can master your project with a fine suite of mastering tools including a late-70s Otari half track tape deck that makes a perfect target for your mixes.  When your project comes back into the digital world, I use Sony CD Architect to create your project and burn your pre-master to standards that are much, much better than Red Book.  Your CD pre-master will be presented in a sealed envelope along with the burn report so there are no questions asked by the duplication house.

So, how much is it going to cost, really?

Scrooge McDuck

This must be at the other guy’s studio.

As promised above, I will offer up an estimate based on previous experiences.  Your mileage may vary!  These are budgetary numbers, not a bid.

If you are coming in to do a singalong with a karaoke track, you have 0 hours setup, 1.5 hours per song singing/performing, and 1 hour mixing.  That would be the HIGH END, totaling 2.5 billable hours (2.5 * $45 = $112.50) for one song.  If you want to stick around for mixing (not a bad idea) you can leave here with a CD in your hand.  I have recorded in a $200/hour studio where money was tight and believe me, this is not a good way to spend an afternoon.  It’s almost like do or die on every take, and the stress of this kind of work is unbearable to some people.  Some people are stimulated by it.

Now Offering Mastering Service

New this year… we are offering CD Mastering services.  We will mix analog to an Otari mastering deck and then digitize for the master.  We can create high-quality masters with error rates just a tiny fraction of Red Book standards.  I furnish a mastering report that shows the number of each error type for you to send along to your replication house.  My mastering service is not cheap, but nobody’s is because it takes time.  I can’t do every project, but I can tell you up front whether I can or can’t and I will refer you elsewhere if I cannot do your project.  If I take your project, you will get at least twice as many hours as you pay for because I am REALLY big on listening to each previous day’s masters with fresh ears in the morning.  I don’t charge for those comparative listening sessions.

Euphonic Studio Recording Services… recordings you will love – guaranteed!

Call 319.895.8002 for information or email


Euphonic Studio
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Serving the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor
Call 319.895.8002 for a tour or recording appointment or write
We record all types of music and your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Written by Mr. Bill

June 28th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

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