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What types of music do you record at your studio?

We can record any type of music, We specialize in country, rock, pop, jazz, Blues and Christian music.

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Can I bring my own musicians?

Yes! you can bring your own musicians and just pay for studio time.

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Can you get musicians for my recording project?

Yes! We can get any musicians you need for your session. We can help you get anywhere from a single guitar player to an entire band for your project.

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Can you record my vocal tracks over existing music tracks?

Yes! We can record your vocals over any existing music tracks that you already have

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What recording format do you use?

We can record using .wav, .aiff, or mp.3 files. We can transfer or convert any file necessary for your session.

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Can I Record Another Artist's Work?

When your songs contain sampling. Using a portion of another artist's work on your recording is referred to as sampling. Samples can come from TV shows, movies, commercial sound bites, or music clips of any kind. A sample, regardless of the length, requires that you obtain a Master Use License to include it on your project. When your disc or compilation includes previously released recordings. For any previously released song you wish to use, you will need permission from the owner of the master (usually a record label) in the form of a Master Use License. The owner will generally request information about the number of CDs you are making and the countries where you intend to distribute, and will often charge you a fee. If the rights to any content on your master belong to a third party, you must also submit a completed Audio Manufacturing Agreement or a contract authorizing you to reproduce the recording. If your project contains even a snippet of someone else’s recording, A-Frame Recording LLC cannot begin a replication project unless we have a copy of your Master Use License.

 

 

                                                                                                     

 

THIS HAS TO BE HANDLED BY YOU” AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO COVER THIS ISSUE SO YOU CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT IS INVOLVED. 

 

STATUORY ROYALTY RATES

 

AS OF JANUARY 1, 2006 THE STATUTORY MECHANCAL RATE IS AS FOLLOWS:

 

9.10 CENTS FOR SONGS 5 MINUTES OR LESS OR 1.75 CENTS PER MINUTE OR FACTION THEREOF OVER 5 MINUTES.

 

5:01 to 6:00 = $.105 (6 x $.0175= $.105)

6:01 to 7:00 = $.1225 (7 x $.0175= $ .1225)

7:01 to 8:00 = $.14 (8 x $.0175= $.14)

 

HERE ARE TWO METHODS TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE.

 

YOU CAN CONTACT THE HARRY FOX AGENCY IN NEW YORK AND THEY WILL HANDLE THE WHOLE PROCESS WITH FEES.  THEY NORMALLY CONSIDER 2,500 UNITS AS A LIMITED QUANTITY.  YOU CAN APPLY FOR A SPECIAL 500 UNIT FEE (AS THEY DON’T WORK WITH ANYTHING UNDER THAT AMOUNT).  SO IF THE SONGS (UNDER 5 MINUTE PERFORMANCE TIME) RECORDED COME TO A DOZEN TRACKS, YOU WILL NEED TO PAY $546.00 (9.1 x 500 x 12 songs).

                                                                                                                                                

 

THE MORE PAINLESS METHOD TO ENSURE COPYRIGHT COMPLIANCE IS TO CONTACT THE PUBLISHER DIRECTLY, STATE YOU ARE NON-FOR- PROFIT AND DESIRE TO RECORD THE TITLES THEY HOLD AND EXPLAIN THE NUMBER OF COPIES THAT WILL BE MADE (NORMALLY 50 to 100).  THEY WILL TELL YOU OF ANY FEES INVOLVED.  IF PUBLISHER CAN’T BE CONTACTED, NEXT YOU NEED TO REACH THE COMPOSER.

 

 

 

A SIMPLE LETTER AS SUGGESTED BELOW, WILL GET THE ANSWER!

 

Dear Publisher,

 

We request your permission to record our performance of the song (title) ______________ composed by________________ from your catalog.  The number of copies will be

limited to ______ of said recording.  We are a non-for-profit school.

 

Please contact us as soon as possible, as our desired date to record at our school will be ___________________.

 

Sincerely,

 

Address

 

Email address

 

Phone number

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can I Do A cover Song?

When you record a cover version of someone else's song, you need to get a mechanical license authorizing you to reproduce their composition. You can find out who owns the copyright by contacting ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. Then either contact the owner directly and negotiate your own rate, or contact the Harry Fox Agency and pay the prevailing statutory rate of 9.1¢ per song up to five minutes, $1.75 per minute per song over five minutes. Applications for less than 2,500 copies can be made online at www.songfile.com. (See copyright page)

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Your Responsibility

Note: It is your responsibility to obtain a mechanical license when covering someone else’s song on your disc and to properly credit the copyright owner on your artwork. (See copyright page)

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Do I need to Copyright my songs?

Register all your original songs scripts, artwork etc. with the United States Copyright Office. You automatically own the rights to your creation, but registering it with the Copyright Office is the best way to prove and protect your ownership. (See copyright page.)

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Can you pitch my song?

A-Framerecording LLC, does not pitch songs. We are primarily a recording studio. Check our links page for useful resources for songwriters.

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Can I use a click track?

Click tracks can be very helpful in the recording process. Not only can they help the artist to record with steadier tempos, recording, using a metronome can assist the artist in making greater use of many modern techniques such as "cut and paste" editing. Make sure all band members are comfortable playing to it. If you are a solo performer and have no plans for adding other instrumentation to your project, click tracks are not necessary. Of course, you are in control of your project, so what you choose to do is up to you. We offer experienced advice but it's your decision.

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What is a songwriter's demo?

A songwriter's demo is a recording for the purpose of pitching a song to a publishing company or artist.

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What is a custom demo project?

A custom demo project is a recording for the purpose of pitching an artist to a record label or management company.

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What is a custom CD project?

A custom CD project is a recording of an artist for the purpose of selling the music by CD or downloads.

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What is a tracking session?

A tracking session is a recording session where the instruments are recorded. We have the ability to record from 1 instrument to a full band with live drums.

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What is mixing?

Mixing is when all the recorded tracks are blended to make the final mix. This is when all the volume levels are adjusted to the proper levels.

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What is mastering?

Mastering is the final step in the recording process. Levels of songs are balanced and optimized.

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Can I have guests in the studio?

Please do not bring family, friends and fans with you (unless they are the performers). Firstly, the studio is small and cannot accomodate many people. Secondly, visitors can be a significant and unnecessary distraction.

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