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How long is a piece of string?

Jack May records with the Brian Hatcher Band

...or, how long will it take to record and mix my music. 

We will always endeavour to give the best possible estimate of how long it might take to record and mix a certain set of songs based on the information a band gives but the reality is that this will always be an estimate.

Recording in the studio is a creative process like any other and it's impossible to say exactly how long certain things will take. For example, when recording a single, Band A might nail the drums, bass and guitar basic tracks in one take and be ready to move onto overdubs, while Band B might take ten takes to find the one with the magic. 

Somethings to keep in mind though:

Setting up and mic'ing drums is the most time consuming part of any session. From the time you arrive at the studio and start loading in, to the time when we are ready to push record on the first drum take will likely be between 2-4 hours, depending on how much work needs to be done on preparing the kit for recording (tuning, muffling, etc.)

The complexity of the songs and the number of overdubs required will obviously affect the amount of time needed.

Come prepared ,new strings ,tuned instruments ,refreshed and know your material so well that you can spend the energy and passion to make a good song great

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