FAQ

Below is a list of some of the commonly asked questions we receive via our phone and email enquiries. Have a read of the responses below and if you still have some questions about your session, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via the Contact Page.

Do you record all styles of music?

Yes, we record any and all styles of music.

Do you produce beats for EDM / Hip Hop and Rap artists?

We outsource the making of beats and backing tracks to a third-party producer to procure before your session. Alternatively, this can be done during your session. However, this process can take a long time depending on how complex you would like your beats/backing tracks to be. Speak to our studio manager to discuss this in greater detail.

Can you help with arranging my songs before I record them?

Yes, we can, our team of producers are available to help with arranging your songs and the pre-production process.  Feel free to get in touch with us to chat about how we can help realise the full potential of your songs.

I’m not sure about the recording process. Can someone help me with this?

With any recording session (especially large scale projects such as EPs and Albums), planning is essential. Our team of dedicated engineers and producers can work with you to create a realistic plan/timeline for your recording sessions. Please feel free to contact us to arrange a meeting at the studios for a tour of the facilities and forge a ‘plan of attack’ for your recording sessions.

I’m not so sure about the whole recording process. Can someone help me with this?

With any recording session (especially large scale projects such as EPs and Albums), planning is essential. Our team of dedicated engineers and producers can work with you to create a realistic plan/time line for your recording sessions. Please feel free to contact us to arrange a meeting at the studios for a tour of the facilities and forge a ‘plan of attack’ for your recording sessions.

How long will it take to record a song?

The process of recording a song varies depending on the proficiency of the performers, the style of music and the instrumentation involved  (i.e., how many instruments, etc.,). As a guide, for example, to produce a release quality recording it takes around one day to record a song and around one day to mix it. Please note that these are guidelines only.

What happens if I go overtime or don’t finish what I need to get done during a recording session?

While we will always try to gather as much information from our clients as possible to realistically plan out your sessions, sometimes things go overtime. Please consult our studio overtime rates.

Which studio should I book?

Studio A is our primary recording facility with a spacious control room adjacent to the live recording spaces (a live performance room, and two isolation booths), this studio is where you would record all instruments and vocals and is the main studio for the mixing of Albums and other release quality projects.

Studio B is specifically for Audio/Video Post-Production, Editing, Mixing, Pre-Production and Songwriting sessions.

How far ahead do I need to book?

Ideally, you should book the studio well in advance, the more time, the better. Having the mandate to work towards will mean you get the sessions you want and are well prepared to deliver the goods on the tracking days. As a rule, give yourself around a month to prepare.

Do you have instruments and amplifiers available for use?

Yes, we have an array of backline equipment available. Please consult the “Backline Hire” section of the rates page for rates and available equipment.

Is mixing included in the hire rates?

It all comes down to planning. The process of producing a finished product is divided into four parts, these being; recording, editing, mixing and mastering. These are all included in the hire of the studio. However, there needs to be time allowed for these processes to fit into your session. Whether or not these processes can be done during your session depends on the instrumentation, number of songs, desired quality and proficiency of the musicians/artists. We will work with you to estimate how long these processes will take and therefore let you know how long you will need in the studio to get the job finished.

What is engineering vs producing?

A producer is the creative leader of a recording session or album. He oversees the recording, mixing and arranging of tracks and songs, advises musicians on how to approach or play on a track, helps artists select which songs to record and enhances individual tracks. Often, a producer will play an instrument or add sounds to a recording and also oversees the recording budget, hires session players and oversees non-recording studio personnel.

A recording engineer is a technician who operates the console and other equipment during a recording session, under the supervision of the producer. They also set up studio and recording equipment. An engineer’s job is to use their technical skills to bring the producer’s and artist’s vision to fruition.They are also responsible for mixing recorded tracks that produce the final recording.

Can I talk to the engineer/producer beforehand?

Of course, call the studio and we’ll put you in touch with them.

Am I able to engineer my own session?

Most of the time, our clients require an engineer to run their recording session. However, this is not always necessary. If you would like to hire the studio without an engineer, you will require an assistant engineer to help you set up and orientate you with the facility (Fees apply). Alternatively, if you require multiple sessions without an engineer, then perhaps our uDrive arrangement is for you.

Please consult the uDrive section of our website for costs, terms and conditions.

Can we bring our own engineer or producer?

Yes, our studios are available for sessions without having our engineers present. The first session you do with us will require a staff member to be present for studio orientation, but after that, you’re free to book the studio without an engineer/producer. We also offer our uDrive model so you can hire our studios at the cheapest possible rate.

For more information on uDrive, please click here.

I'm a freelance engineer, can I hire your studios?

Yes, you can hire the studio for short or long term sessions, we also offer our uDrive model to freelance engineers so you can hire our studios at the cheapest possible rate.

For more information on uDrive, please click here.

You recorded me a while back, do you still have my backup files

More than likely, we have your data on file at the studios; We are happy to try and find your audio for an hourly rate booking fee. However, we cannot guarantee how long it will take. Best to call us first to chat.

I have my own session from home that I would like to add tracks to or have mixed. Can I bring this session to Salt Studios?

Yes, we have a variety of Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) platforms to work in. Alternatively, we can open your session and import the data into our preferred DAW platform, Pro Tools.

Do you master songs?

While we have the ability to master your recordings, we would always recommend the use of third-party mastering studio and dedicated mastering engineer. We can recommend Mastering facilities and engineers that are best suited to master your recording.

Do you know where I can go to get CDs duplicated/pressed?

We have a great relationship with some of Melbourne’s biggest and best content duplication providers. They offer our clients great discounts and fast turnaround.

Do you provide catering?

Yes, we can arrange for catering to be provided. However, we have a range of cafes and restaurants just 10m from our front door which provides marvellous food/drink and great coffee options. We also have an IGA supermarket and bottleshop directly across the street from us, and you are welcome to use our modern, clean kitchen facilities.

How does payment work?

We take Cash, Credit/Debit Card or bank transfer.