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The Studio

WildGoose records all of its own albums in a studio which was purpose built for recording acoustic music. It is properly soundproof and acoustically treated to achieve good sounds from microphones.

We have plenty of good quality vocal and instrument mics from Neuman, Earthworks, CAD, SE, Audio Technica, and AKG.

The track laying desk and recorder is 24 track all digital by Mackie and has full multi-track editing capability. Mixing is done to a Soundscape system using outboard Lexicon professional reverb units and other outboard units. Mastering is also done in-house using Acuma Labs software running on the Soundscape system.

Hiring the Studio

The studio is available for hire, with myself as an engineer, either to record and mix a demo or full album or to master albums which have been recorded and mixed elsewhere. We can take a recording project all the way from track laying, through mixing and mastering, to CD artwork lay-ups and final CD pressing. Package prices can be arranged for a complete job if required.

Accommodation while Recording

Many of the projects we record take several days and during that time it may be more convenient, and more pleasant, to stay with us rather than trying to drive into the studio each day with all of the attendant frustrations and wasted time. The studio is adjacent to the cottage and has 3 double bedrooms available (one with en-suite bathroom and the other two sharing a private bathroom) as well as a dedicated sitting room and small kitchen. Breakfast and lunch and evening meal can be provided and there is a village pub only a 100 yards away which serves great food. The village itself is small and very pretty and has some pleasant walks close by if time away from the studio is needed. Prices for accommodation and meals can be arranged.

All in all, this is a very relaxing and pleasant place to focus on recording a demo or album.

Prices and Costing

Track Laying

The cost for this is based on the time taken at the following Studio Rates:

Per hour (with a minimum of 5 hours) £20

Per day (with a minimum of 2 consecutive days) £150

Mixing and Mastering

After track laying, the tracks need to be mixed and then mastered ready for pressing. I usually do this on my own after the track-laying (but this could be negotiated if an artist wanted to be present during mixing) and send a test CD to the artist. Any change of track sequence or minor changes to mixes will be fixed before a final master is delivered ready for pressing or burning. I would normally expect to take 1 day to mix and 1 day to prepare a master. The cost below is based on that.

Mixing & mastering cost estimate £300

Accommodation

including meals if staying with us while recording £25 per person/day

Example of an Album Record Package

To record and deliver a fully mastered CD ready for pressing including £1200
50 hours (5/6 days) studio record time;
1 day mix;
1 day mastering and CD prep for pressing

Plus accommodation including meals if staying with us while recording £25 per person/day

The cost of this package is based on an estimate of the amount of time it should take to record an album. Any extra time used will be charged at the hourly studio rate.

Artwork Costs

Artwork preparation can be done by the artist, or if required WildGoose has the skills to lay up all CD packaging artwork. The price for this would depend on what the artist required and the complexity of the design required. However, as a guide, to prepare all the packaging artwork ready for printing based on a front cover design/photograph provided by the artist and all track notes and titles provided by the artist in Word or electronic text format, would be as follows:

Artwork estimate: £120.

CD Reproduction

Pressing vs Burning

CDs can be reproduced either by burning or pressing. Burning uses the same technology as for CD preparation in home PCs. Pressing is used for most commercial recordings. Pressing produces more reliable CDs than burning but has up-front costs involved in producing a ‘glass master’ before pressing can commence. The cost of pressed CDs per copy, after the up front costs have been covered, is cheaper than for burning. The minimum quantity for pressing is 500. Burning requires no up front costs but is more expensive per CD. Burning can be done in much smaller quantities even down to 50 at a time. The cost per CD varies with the quantity ordered. In very rough terms, by the time the printing of CD insert material has been taken into account, once the number of CDs being reproduced exceeds 250 it is cheaper to press than to burn.

CD Burning costs

These vary tremendously from company to company depending on what quantities they are set up to handle and whether they do the printing themselves or the printing is done with a separate company and the package assembled by the artist. The costs for a burned CD with label information printed on the CD and a 4 page colour booklet and tray card (back of CD insert) is around £2.00 to £3.00 each depending on quantity.

WildGoose can arrange CD burning but the costs will be quoted separately once exact details are known on top of any recording package.

CD Pressing Costs

500 pressed and packaged CDs with:

- a 4 page booklet with full colour on the outside pages and
- black and white on the inside booklet pages
- a full colour tray card
- 2 colours on the CD disk,
- shrink wrapped in jewel cases ready for sale £560 plus VAT (£672)

No allowance has been made for royalty licensing payments to MCPS. The artist will be responsible for applying for MCPS licenses and paying any royalties which will depend on the choice of recorded material. WildGoose could help with this process if required.

These costs are based on our best estimate of the amount of time it should take to prepare the album for pressing.