4D Audio Services
Audio recording (or tracking) is the process of capturing sound(s) for future playback. The purpose is usually to to create something revisit-able, share it with others, and elicit an emotional response from your audience.
Pre-production is the development of concepts that will directly effect a recording. For example, songwriting and arranging, or production planning. In our pre-production sessions we discuss your ideas, learn about any difficulties you might face, and do what we do to contribute to your projects development.
Our studio sessions get setup before the session even begins. Our engineer will rearrange the space, power and test equipment, and make sure the studio is ready for you. Once you arrive, we may spend some time sound checking before we begin any recording. We will usually record multiple takes, and edit together the best moments from each. If you’d like, we can provide productive feedback and advice for capturing great takes. When we begin to reach the end of our session we will create a working mix for you to take home and listen to.
Mixing is the process of combining multiple audio elements. Without it, each sound you record is only playable one at a time. All 4D recording sessions include the essential mixdown.
Our mixing services transform essential mixdown into an art form. Mixing usually becomes a strong sonic influence on the recording, especially for music. Through the careful application of processing tools, effects, and automation, we create synergy in our mixes, and bring out energy in your sound. With us, your audio gets the love and attention it deserves. We spend several hours on each mix making decisions, experimenting, and referencing other songs and playback systems. You’ll hear the difference.
Mixing services are scheduled and billed separately from recording sessions. We include 3 complimentary mix revisions, so if you are not completely satisfied with the mix, we have opportunities to make changes.
Mastering is the final audio processing stage. It is the final chance to make sonic changes to the entire mix, and/or to put a glue across a collection of mixes (aka an album).
Most commercial audio today is digitally mastered. Our mastering process maximizes the sonic impact of an audio mix, and results in a more convincing end product. We achieve this by processing the entire mix, adding a final gloss to the sound.
Mastering services are scheduled and billed separately from recording sessions. We include 2 complimentary master revisions.
4D Audio Studio Policies
a. Studio sessions are booked in 2-hour intervals.
b. All sessions include an engineer.
c. If a session exceeds 30-minutes over schedule, the following 2-hour interval is billed for.
d. For sessions 6-hours and longer please account for a food break.
How To Book A Session
a. To book a session please read through this page and then Contact Us.
b. Please provide your name, email, telephone number, the best times to reach you, and a brief scope of work (details on the contact page).
c. We will respond, usually by phone, to discuss the project and arrange a date and time for the session.
d. Before your booking is finalized, you’ll need to make a deposit.
a. Deposits are upfront payments that secure your session booking. They deduct from the amount you owe the day of. Without a deposit, your session time will be available for booking by someone else. For sessions that haven’t been secured, contact us a day or two ahead of time to see if the session time is still available.
b. Deposits can cover the entire session charge if you so choose. The minimum accepted deposits are:
1. $50 for 2-4 hour sessions.
2. $100 for 6-10 hour sessions.
3. 33% - 50% (depending on workload) for mixing and mastering.
a. To cancel a session please Contact Us to let us know.
b. Sessions cancelled within 72 hours of the start time will incur a cancellation charge equaling the minimum deposit.
Data & Files
a. 4D Audio Productions must receive full payment before delivering audio files.
i. Electronic and credit payments may take 2 or more business days to process. We can deliver files after the transaction has been verified.
b. We deliver files via physical storage device (hard drive or flash drive), Dropbox link, or email (single mp3 only).
c. Please bring an external hard drive to your session. The drive should have substantial free space and USB or Firewire 800 connectivity.
i. Please bring any files you want to work with on this drive.
d. We hold your session files on our system for a minimum of 90-days after your last session. After that, deletion is possible.
Payments & Refunds
a. We accept cash, credit/debit cards, and online payment via PayPal. PayPal and credit transactions have associated transaction fees.
b. Refunds may be issued for sessions cancelled over 72 hours in advance.
c. Refunds may only be issued for funds sent to us within the last 30 days.
d. Transaction fees will be deducted from refunds via credit card and/or PayPal. (PayPal fees, credit card fees, etc.)
Studio Session Rates
a. 2 Hours - $100; 4 Hours - $175; 6 Hours - $225; 8 Hours - $265; 10 Hours - $300
b. Not all projects are right for hourly sessions. To get a more accurate quote for your project please Contact Us.
Promotional Use & Damages
a. To showcase our work, 4D Audio Productions may post your content on web pages under our control including our Soundcloud page, our social media sites, our Website. If this is an issue, please let us know ahead of booking your session.
b. Please don’t goof around with the equipment. If you break it, you bought it. Thanks for reading! :)
Studio A is our control room and primary work space. It is a hand built room-within-a-room, has great isolation, and is suitable for both tracking and mixing environments. The room is surrounded in pine wood and full of natural sunlight.
Studio B is our live room and rehearsal space. It has a pine wood diffusive sound wall, floating floors, and great acoustic treatment. This room has a home-y feel, and a tight, energetic sound.
Our gear list has many notable pieces, acquired over the course of several years. Everything listed is available for use on your next session.