Frequently asked questions

King Killer Audio Services FAQ

What times of day do you do sessions?


Sessions can start as early as 10AM and end as late as 10PM. Let us know if you'd like to work different hours. We typically don't encourage or book overnight work.




Is mixing extra? How long a process is that?


Mixing and mastering both carry the same hourly and block rates as any studio service. Mixing involves a number of factors, and the scheduling for it should be commensurate with those factors; high track & instrument counts, extensive processing, effects & automation needs, and the a desire for sonic variety across the board are all things that will result in a longer mixing process, and need to be taken into account. Send us an email and fill us in on the details of your project; once we have a clearer idea of what we'll be working with, we'll be able to more accurately predict the necessary mixing time.




Who's available to work with? What have they worked on?


As of January 2018, there's Dave Bunting, Ian Elkind, Dan Kramer, and Willie Chen. They each have their individual strengths, and they're all versatile and well-weathered engineers and producers with the knowledge of a variety of techniques that can get you where you want to go. We're still working on individual engineer's pages. While we do that, feel free to send us an email, and we'll send you a few links and/or files so you can have a listen to things we've done.




What are some features of your live room?


Various amp cabinets, drum kits, guitars, basses, percussion, and keyboards that are free for guests to utilize Isolated guitar closet / vocal booth Massive pedal collection; build a crazy tone Wide variety of dynamic, condenser, and ribbon mics and outboard preamps & compressors Relaxed, comfortable, low-pressure atmosphere; easy to get into the flow




You guys want any help, like any intern or anything?


Not at the moment. If that changes, so will this response.




What's included in the day rate?


Load-in, equipment setup & mic'ing, and data transfers are considered included in a standard 10-hour day block, as well as a 1-hour lunch and scattered breaks as needed by clients or staff. Generally, we will load-in and rough out personnell, instrument, and mic placement the evening before a block session. This does not count against studio time.




Should I/we bring our own instruments?


You should bring the stuff you are most comfortable playing on, especially guitars, effects pedals, kick drum pedals, snare drums, and cymbals. We have a bunch of stuff to play on, and it all sounds great, but it's not yours, ya know?




What should I/we do to get ready for recording?


Practice. A lot. Seriously. It can shave hours and save goodwill. Have honest conversations with your bandmates about parts that have always bugged you. Slow songs down, record them on your phone, go over parts, and make sure you're all on the same page with your arrangements and parts, and what will be done live and what, if anything, will be overdubbed. Nothing's worse than finding out in the studio that you've all been playing kind of a different song all along. Send us some playlists (YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, etc.) with songs that have sounds you dig. It'll help us reference what you're going for and make things go smoother as recording approaches.




Can I bring friends?


You can bring whomever you please; it's your dollar. But, keep in mind that the more variables there are in the studio, the more potential there is for the fracturing of focus and drive. Generally, we recommend you not bring in non-essential personnel until later in your session.




What about pets?


Quiet dogs are cool.




What are your rates? What's included?


Tracking, recording, and engineering services: $60/hour $500/full day (10 hour block) Mastering: $125/song Includes 2 versions (1 analog, 1 digital) and 1 revision Please contact us for custom project, production, and blcok recording rates.




If I'm an engineer, can I rent out the room to work with a client?


We're not really set up for that right now. Send us an email about it, though; we'll consider what you have in mind.




Are there any additional fees or terms?


Tracking & Mixing We need a mobilization deposit equal to 50% of contracted studio time's value and a signed studio agreement before our first session with a recording studio client. This deposit covers any potential missed session fees with first-time clients, and must be replaced in that event before any future sessions will be booked. Mastering King Killer requires a 50% deposit before work will begin, with the remainder due before final file deliver. We accept Venmo, PayPal, PopMoney, QuickPay, and of course, cold hard cash. Clients must bring their own Mac-formatted hard drives with at least 100GB of free space to every session. We will archive sessions online for 1 year, after which the data is automatically deleted.




Can I/we split up a day block?


No, sorry. Bookings under 10 hours are billed at our hourly rate, $60/hour.




So you guys rent out rehearsal spaces, too?


We sure do, buddy. If you want, you can have a look at some of the spaces we have available at either building, and let us know if you want to see it in person. If you have any other questions, check out the Prospective Members FAQ, or send us an email if you don't see what you're looking for. We're happy to take you on a tour and go over what's involved.





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