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Services

We do a lot of things here at Fingerman Studios, but you could break it down into the following three steps we take with each client who works with us.

1. Recording 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

We charge a flat hourly rate with discounts on larger projects. You never need worry about how much something will cost, and this allows you peace of mind during the music production process.

The Little Studio With The BIG Sound

Yes, we are in a physically small 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.

We've helped numerous singer-songwriters over the years, and this is our specialty - taking a bare-bones song and adding instruments, effects, arrangements and production to create something very uniquely yours.

From a Client

"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

BANDS

Although we can and have recorded bands here, 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 re-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. However, 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. Many of these hopeful rappers are not equipped with backing tracks, or if they are, they are other peoples copyrighted works. Also, the process of recording the backing tracks, then having the rap track performed over top is time consuming and therefore costly. For this reason, we are not working with rappers at this time.

PRO BONO

Often a 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 and is prompt and pays on time. 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.

WE LOVE MUSIC MORE THAN MONEY

When we meet with you, we'll be honest. If you don't have your songwriting skills together, we'll let you know and hope that you'll come back once you're ready. We don't believe in taking your money if we can't help you. That doesn't mean you need to be perfect - far from it. As long as you can hold a tune and have some sort of song ideas, we can help.

In fact, there's nothing we love more than seeing the look on a client's face once they hear their song in its fully produced form. So contact us today and we'll see if we can help you. Chances are, we can and you'll be thrilled at the results!