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FAQS

Here are some questions we are frequently asked, and our answers ...

  • Why don't you record rappers

    In our experience, we cannot offer what most rappers are looking for. Many are on a very low budget. They do not need instrumentation, as they rely on 'beats' which are backing tracks. One of our concerns is when someone brings us a thumb drive with some random music on it which they wish to rap over. We have no way of knowing if this is copyrighted music, or if the rapper has paid for a license to use it. Our skills are better used musically than simply in recording someone rapping over what amounts to music they probably don't have permission to use. We would work with a rapper with licensed beat tracks but so far, we haven't been approached by any.
  • Why can't I use my Karaoke CD

    Your karaoke backing tracks are licensed for public or home performances only. The people making these CDs pay a license to the record labels to provide the music, but only for personal performances at a bar or at home. To create a track of your voice over their music would be a copyright violation, so we will not use any karaoke backing track. Here is more informaion found online: "To record your voice or instrument in a track and upload video to Youtube, iTunes, to burn your cd or dvd, video clip or any other commercial or promotional support, you need the phono-mechanic license of the record label and music producer." In other words, you may NOT re-record someone else's music to use as your backing without paying them a substantial fee. HOWEVER, this is where we come in, because we can re-create the backing, playing each instrument until you have a fully produced song. For example, listen to Matthew Cameron's version of 'Cry Me A River' where we played each instrument that you hear.
  • Why don't you show your address on your website

    We operate on an appointment basis only. In other words, we do not accept 'walk ins'. Our studio is in our home, and many home-based businesses do not publish their address for this reason. Once we talk with you and arrange a preliminary session, we'll be happy to give you our address and directions.
  • I am about to be discovered, so why can't I pay you once I'm signed to a label

    A number of people who contact us believe they are the 'next big thing' and we'll become rich if we are their producer. They say that if we work (for free) with them at the beginning, they'll keep us on as their producer once they make it to the top, and then we'll get paid nicely. Unfortunately, we can't work that way as we have bills to pay and must be paid for the work we do.
  • Isn't recording one track at a time a cop-out

    No. There was a time when a band had to play all at the same time, with the studio providing only a few microphones to record everything. Those days are long gone. Today, bands can and do record 'off the floor', but more often than not, they record individual tracks in order to maintain clarity and precision. The advantage is that a track may be re-recorded, or changed, without affecting any of the other tracks.
  • I'm a starving musician. Can you cut me a break on the price

    We offer a standard hourly rate, but we also provide lower rates for regular clients. Our equipment, operating expenses, software, etc. costs us money, and we have to earn enough to stay in operation and be able to repair and upgrade equipment and software. When you consider that you are getting an engineer, producer, studio musicians, arranger, and mastering - all for one low hourly rate - we end up having the lowest rates around. Listen to the samples and you'll hear professional quality tracks.
  • Why aren't you in a building like other studios

    By dedicating space in our home, we can offer lower rates. We are home most of the time, so this also adds a level of security. Lastly, we don't need more space than what we have, so there would be no advantage to renting commercial space for what we can already accomplish here.
  • You're providing my backup instruments. What style are you

    We provide the style of music that the composer wants. So if you come with a rock song, it will be rock, or the same for folk, country, jazz, etc. We are well-versed in many styles of music, and we provide what the client requires, not what we prefer.
  • Can you help me with artwork for my tunes

    Yes. We can create full CD covers, or small graphics for music sharing websites. We also run a photography business and can take your photos as well. We can do basically anything you need from an artist logo, to a full CD insert, or just a simple graphic.
  • Can you get me signed to a record label

    No, as our specialty is in music production as opposed to music promotion. What we CAN do is provide you with the best quality tracks, suitable for radio, CDs, or online music streaming. By having your tracks professionally produced, you are one huge step ahead of the artists who are trying to get signed but only have live recordings or videos from a smart phone.
  • Is promotion on Facebook enough

    Ideally, all serious artists need a website to truly promote themselves. We can help. (We built our own Fingerman Studios website, and can do a similar one for any artist) If you do it yourself with page-builder software, you run the risk of low Google search results. If we build it for you, it's a little harder to keep updated, (We'll have to be your webmaster) because we built it from scratch using html code. It ranks better in searches though, and will come up in search results a lot more than any Facebook or music sharing page.
  • Can you give me special pricing if I do a group of songs

    Yes. Our normal low hourly rate of $45 can be slashed to as low as $30 when you work with us for 5 hours at a time. We usually recommend 3 hour sessions, as that keeps fatigue from being a factor, and the rate works out to just $33.33 per hour. This hourly rate includes any work you require, whether it be recording, adding instruments, mixing, producing, even graphic design for CDs, etc.
  • Why must I pay for you to find cables, mike cabinets, etc.

    Although this is a normal part of the recording process, here at Fingerman Studios, we keep all of that to a minimum. For example, our bass and acoustic guitar channels are pre-leveled, pre equalized and pretty much ready for you to plug in and record. We've heard of some studios taking twenty minutes to find the right cable and get things set up to record a track. That will never happen here, and if it ever did, due to unforseen problems, we'd take that time 'off the clock' for you.
  • Do you have a pool table, offer bar drinks, or at least have a lounge we can chill in

    Perhaps some larger facilities offer these amenities, but we focus on recording you and making you sound awesome. If you want to chill, go to a bar. If you want to work on your music, come to us.