FAQs

Rates are variable depending on the project.  Processing (EQ, Reverb, Compression, etc.) can also be incorporated if desired.  That way, the tracks will drop right into your song and should work well together.  If you need a physical disc (CD/DVD) it can also be provided.  Miscellaneous percussion, unique projects, or special needs are also available.


How long will it take to get drum tracks?

Once the information and files are in house, and if it is a straight forward one song project, then it should be finished in a couple of days.  If it is a full-length project (10-13 songs), then it will of course take longer, depending on the complexity.  Details can be worked out before and during recording.  Every effort will be made to reduce turn-around time.


What’S the PROCESS & PAYMENT METHOD?

Process

  1. Upload or email the song(s)

  2. Drum tracks are recorded

  3. An email is provided for your review and approval

  4. Once approved, payment is made and the files are available for secure download

PayPal is preferred (Solution Room Studios is a “PayPal Business Verified Member”), but Money Orders and Cashier's Checks are also accepted, drawn on a United States bank only.  If not paid via PayPal, delivery of the files will be delayed until payment is cleared.


what file formats do you use?

Virtually any audio file format can be used.  For the initial work and proofing, Mp3 is common and preferred, started at absolute zero, to ensure proper synchronization.  In rare cases, Mp3 files may cause sync issues, even if started at absolute zero.  In this case, send a wav or aif file.  Drum track previews (sub-mixed) are provided in Mp3 format.  Separate final drum track files will be provided in the pre-discussed format and resolution.  A click track, on it's own track, is helpful.  Starting at absolute zero, provide the exact BPM so it may be synchronized to a click.  Separate tracks, such as bass, guitar and vocals are also valuable, allowing a tracking sub-mix more suitable for getting a solid drum take.


Can revisions be made?

Yes.  Up to two revisions per song can be made free of charge.  The revisions must be requested prior to final drum track delivery.  All reasonable requests will be accommodated.  Complete satisfaction and a high-end product is the ultimate goal.


Can the drum tracks have processing applied?

Yes.  However, it is most common that it be applied during mixing, due to instrument interaction within the mix.  That being said, it is available.  Compression, limiting, gating, equalization, and reverb can be applied.  The tracks can also be delivered un-processed and processed both.  Once again, unprocessed drum tracks offer the most control later on during final mixdown.  Once effects or processing are applied, they cannot be removed.  Bear in mind that everything is recorded through a very high-quality signal chain (see equipment for details).


What if I am not satisfied?

If for any reason you are not satisfied with the drum tracks, a full refund will be given.  All legal rights for your use of the drum tracks will be relinquished.  Be aware that two revisions per song (free of charge) are allowed to meet your expectations.  Revisions must be made prior to final drum track file delivery.


Do I have a choice of drum sounds?

Yes. A large selection of drums are available.  Drum set is an interesting and very versatile instrument (although multiple components comprise a drum set, it is always treated as one instrument).  Many factors go into the sound produced and captured by a drum kit, such as head selection, tuning, dampening, microphone selection/positioning, drum or even stick choice.  Snare drum choice lends a significant defining character toward the overall sound of the kit, vibe and ultimately the song.  Various other percussion instruments are also available.  This is why it is always important to clearly communicate your vision.  Feel free to send a sample (another recording or band) of the sound you are looking for, and every effort will be made to get that type of drum sound.


what about security and protection of my music?

Exchange of files are kept as secure as possible, while maintaining a reasonable level of convenience.  Various means can be used for file delivery/exchange, such as email,  Dropbox (highly secure), or other online services are utilized.  Private secure login information will also be provided.  Dropbox is preferred, as it is extremely secure, convenient and reliable.  Email attachments to send the initial tracks is common, and also to preview preliminary drum sub-mixes.  Although common email is less secure, most people prefer this method for convenience.  Just keep in mind that some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have restrictions on file sizes for email attachments, while Dropbox is never an issue with large files.  Once in house, the utmost in security of your music is afforded.  Finally, it is highly suggested that your material be copyright protected (see below).


Are there any copyright concerns?

You should always copyright your material for legal protection.  Solution Room Studios is providing a professional service, and included in that service is a promise to maintain strict control of artists' music while in our possession.  Once the drums are recorded, they are yours to use however you wish, with a couple of restrictions.  The only action you cannot take with the drum tracks is to re-sell them, or provide them to another entity as stand-alone drum tracks (commonly referred to as loops).  Your rights are protected, and we will gladly sign a contract stating so if needed, prior to any services rendered.


What equipment do you use?

Equipment choice is subjective.  Solution Room Studios utilizes, what we consider to be, the best recording equipment available.  Many years of trial and error in search of the smallest audible gains in an effort to obtain the highest quality level and perfect sound is a never-ending process (long-time member of GearSlutz under user name solutionroom).  See the Equipment page for further details.  In addition to this, several drum sets, many snare drums and a myriad of percussion instruments are available.  The most important thing is... the final product.  Belief in the "keep it simple" theory is paramount. Rest assured, if a better sound can be obtained, it will happen.  The signal chain is always of the highest quality.  The main studio has been professionally and meticulously designed and built to obtain an acoustically superior recorded product.