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How long does it take to record?

This is one of the most difficult questions to answer. We are of course asked this regularly, and the answer is never straightforward as it depends on so many things. As a rule of thumb however, if a full band (drums, guitar, bass, vocals etc.) wants to come in to do a first demo we would recommend two days in Studio 2. This because it can take up to 3 or 4 hours to even get the drum kit mic'd up and ready to go. Then the recording starts, and assuming that the band are prepared and there aren't any parts still to be written, then hopefully they can get the majority of the parts recorded before the end of the first day. On the second day, any remaining parts/vocals will be recorded and the mixing with start. We would also only recommend that 2 or 3 songs be attempted by a full band in this way. Mixing can take quite a while and you certainly don't want to rush it. Saying all this however, there are many different types of artist who want to record with many different types of setup and so the above example won't always apply. An instrumental artist playing only guitar might be able to get 4 tracks recorded in one day, and even mixed too if the setup is simple. Also, the artist coming in without a drum kit benefits from not having to spend so much time setting it up, so some folk & traditional bands find they can work a lot quicker as a result. The amount of music to be recorded also has a huge impact. An artist coming in to record an album will have to think about the amount of instrumentation involved, whether all of the parts are ready or whether some improvisation might take place, which can take up time. It all depends on how the artist works creatively, as well as practically. Add to this the choice of studio and things change again. The benefit of Studio 1's large live room, vocal booth and amp booths means that a full band can pretty much record live simultaneously, without any worries about bleed between tracks. This can save a huge amount of time and leave only vocals to be tracked later on, then the mixing. An album can be recorded in this way in as little as one week, and mixed the next. The best thing to do is phone us and have a chat about your plans. We can guide you towards booking the right amount of time, and in some cases the best thing is just to book one day and see what rate you will be working at. Then more time can be booked where necessary.

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