The Little Studio with the BIG Sound!

Welcome to Fingerman Studios

Ideal for singer/songwriters or vocalists who play an instrument

Hearing is Believing

Here is a little more about how we work with artists:

We Record Your Tracks

We start by listening to you and learning about what you'd like to accomplish. We'll record your guitar, vocals, or any other tracks you wish to record, providing a high quality recording of your music. We have been doing this for some time, and are expert at capturing you at your best. We may also suggest a different mike placement, attention to pitch, etc. as required.

We Add What You Need

If you want additional instruments, we can add them quickly and affordably, whether they may be drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, or some of each. You're the boss though - we will suggest, but won't impose. We have a knack for anticipating what the client wants for their music, and our additional tracks are generally what the song needs, and therefore, what the client wants.

We Mix It Down

Once you are happy with the recorded tracks, we'll produce it, by equalizing instruments, vocals, and mixing tracks to produce a stereo mix that will sound professional and highlight your performance. We have everything from basic reverbs to virtual tape decks, pitch correction, virtual vinyl pressing, and more, all to give you the exact sound you are looking for.

The Little Studio With The BIG Sound

Yes, we are in a physically tiny space, yet we are well equipped with professional equipment, and the latest software. Most importantly, we have the knowledge and experience that allows us to use what we have to the max! The result is always a professional final mix that sounds like it came out of a much larger studio. We can lay down as many tracks as you need, and with panning, equalization, effects and proper mixing, the resulting production will sound awesome! Whether you're a seasoned professional, or a first-time songwriter, we'll make you feel at ease, and capture you at your best.

SINGER-SONGWRITERS

We're ideal for you. You come prepared with your voice and instrument and we can make it happen - all the way up to a fully-produced master. We generally record your guitar or piano track first, then your vocals, then we add whatever you may need, such as drums, bass, other guitars, keyboards, etc.

BANDS

We have recorded bands here, but we do it one track at a time. Usually the drum track is laid down first, and often a guitar and vocal can be played along for reference - then added to the mix later. This works well, but if your band wants to record 'off the floor', we might not be the studio for you. If you can do one track at a time, we can create a very tight and high quality recording of your songs.

RAPPERS

We receive inquiries from young people wanting to put down a rap recording. You will need your own background track, either on a CD or thumb drive, and if it's someone else's work, you'll need copyright clearance in order to use it. Once we record your background, you can simply rap your vocal track over it.

PRO BONO

Often a young person will be convinced that they are about to become the next big star, and therefore we should work with them at no charge. (pro bono) Although we do our very best to bring out the talent in everyone we work with, we do NOT work for free, no matter how good you may be. We respectfully request that you come prepared to pay our fees for the time we are working with you.

RATES

Our fee structure differs from that of the larger studios. We charge a single hourly rate for all of the services we provide. (see below) For that hourly rate, we begin as your studio engineer, professionally recording your tracks. We may then act as your studio musicians, adding instruments to your piece of music. We can also assist in arranging your music elements. Finally we work as your music producer, mixing, equalizing, and creating a final mix. We may even do other tasks, such as video recording, graphic design for a CD cover, etc. and it is all done at the same rate. This is far less expensive than hiring individual people, as you would need to do at a larger facility.

Fee Structure

Hourly Rate: $45.00
Regular client* hourly rate: $40.00
Regular client* three hour session: $100.00 (works out to $33.33/hour)
Regular client* four hour session: $130.00 (works out to $32.50/hour)
Regular client* five hour session: $150.00 (works out to $30.00/hour)

We do not offer sessions in excess of five hours, simply because both creativity and attention tend to weaken after more than five consecutive hours of work.

*Regular Client means anyone who comes to record on a regular basis. After your first two sessions with us, we will consider you to be a regular client if you return on a regular basis, for example, to work on a CD project or any group of songs. Please note that our prices are subject to change without notice, but we will always post the most current prices here on our website.

MISSED APPOINTMENTS

When we book a client for a date/time, we have to shuffle other work to clear the time for them. As a result, if a client fails to contact us in reasonable time to cancel, we will assume you are late but will continue to honor the booking for one hour. If or when you arrive, you will be expected to pay from the start of your booked time. If you are a no-show, we will charge you that hour at your next session. If you are a no-show more than once, we will refuse to book you again. This policy is necessary in order for us to offer our services at the rates we do. It would not be fair to other clients to have to raise our rates because of those who don't show up or fail to cancel.

Samples

Here are a few samples of songs written or covered by our clients and recorded here at Fingerman Studios.

Please note that we have provided the backing instruments and production for each of these samples.

We can work in any genre of music, so please don't be swayed by these samples if your music style is different.

Our Amazing Clients

Here are a few of our songwriting clients:
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ABOVE THE VIOLET

Band

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ALAIN MENARD

Vocalist / Songwriter

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JONNY YUMANG

Vocalist / Songwriter

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CALLIE PITICCO

Vocalist / Musician / Songwriter

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SCOTT ROBINSON

Vocalist / Musician / Songwriter

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GARDEN OF DARK INERTIA

Band

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EARTH GRRL

Band Project

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LINDSAY FOLEY

Vocalist / Songwriter

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A NEW DAY

Instrumental Project

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THE CAPRICORN DILEMMA

Vocalist / Songwriter

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THE NEW FOLKIES

Band

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JOSEE SEGUIN

Vocalist / Songwriter



Testimonials

Here are a few comments from some artists who have worked with us:

"The first time I heard about 'Fingerman Studios' was from a friend that had been there to record a few tracks. John is an easy guy to work with. He has a flexible schedule, very understanding and professional! He carefully listens to what the client needs and then puts it together. He's an excellent musician and you can tell with the years of experience! I've recently recorded my third song and there will definitely be more to come! Working with John at the studio has always been a pleasure! Enjoyable experiences at 'Fingerman Studios'!!! Thank You!"
Matthieu Cameron

"Great job, John! The songs came out really, really nice! It's musically very rich sounding and I'm more than pleased with what you've done! I just hope the vocals will do justice to your work! I really like the "build-up and pause" combination to add dynamics to that particular song, which in turn, gives the tune a whole new element to play with. Nicely done! I'm beginning to think you should change the name of your studio from "Fingerman Studios" to "Magicman Studios"!"
Frank Stanley

"I met John by accident, looking up studio web sites one morning. I had decided to go ahead with my singing career and see where it would take me. From the moment I first met him, he has inspired me to the core; he is keeping me going and certainly believes in my singing. We have already done three songs together for my sites and are currently working on my own personal song. John is a musical genius; I can just walk in and he knows exactly what I want and how it is supposed to sound. He just has a "zen" let's say and for whatever reason we were brought together to do this song. I will forever be grateful we met and look forward to doing a whole Cd together. Thanks John."
Cathy Belyea

"I really enjoy working & spending time at Fingerman Studios! John's a great engineer who works WITH you to get the sound and vibes that YOU want. He has a gift of understanding & hearing exactly where I want the song to go. Great to work with; patient, tolerant, creative, and much more. I look forward to every session, filled with excitement as to what we will create next! I LOVE IT! Thanks John!"
Callie Piticco

"Did it ever happen to you to meet someone that believes in what you do and encourages you to do it, just by a simple sound thats able to read your mind and your heart and make a miracle out of your song? :) Thats what happened to me when I went to Fingerman Studios. Thank you John for everything. Looking forward to make more songs with you!"
Lindsay Foley




Contact Us

613.935.9719

For booking or any other information, fee free to get in touch!

Please be aware that we operate from a small space. We cannot accomodate whole bands, but specialize on duos, trios, and individual musicians and singers.

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