Electric Canyon FAQ

Studio Recording Services

How much is studio time?

The current rate for studio time if $40.00 per hour. This includes, the studio space, all related recording gear and Dale Price, a three decade veteran of the music industry, as your engineer. A ten hour block of time can be purchased at a discount.

Is there a minimum time for recording?

Two hour minimum. It is possible to record one or more songs in a short session. If the music is practiced and prepared, much can be accomplished in a small amount of time.

May I come check out the studio in advance of a session?

Sure, because Electric Canyon is a private location this is done via appointment. Just give us a call text email or message.

How long will it take to record an album?

No two projects are alike and there is no way to pinpoint an exact price. This is why studio time is billed by the hour. Complete records have been recorded in six to eight hours by well prepared groups. This 10 to 30 hours is common, and finely created albums in the tradition of great album craft may require fifty to one hundred hours or more. Most recordings average 10 to 25 hours total.

I’ve never been in the studio before, can you help me get started?

Absolutely. Many artists have come to been to Electric Canyon as their first recording experience. Dale will explain the process in detail and guide the artist in a positive, fun and educational process. All musicians should record as an exploration growth. It is as important as practice and performing to become a well rounded artist.

Can you mix a project recorded elsewhere?

Yes.

Is it possible to record drums and other basic tracks for a band at Electric Canyon, then take the files elsewhere for overdubs and or mixing?

Yes indeed. Many artists use Electric Canyon for key aspects of their recording project, the do stuff elsewhere. That way, the band can benefit from the excellent acoustics and recording technology at the studio, and save money by performing overdubs at home or in another project studio to keep costs down. Today’s recording climate offers efficient methods to share tracks between studios. The more engineers, the more ears on a project, the better, as far as I’m concerned.

I’m a solo artist who would like to record my songs on guitar with voice first, the have you produce the song adding drums, bass, keyboards, guitars and percussion. Can that be done?

Sure. Dale Price produces many songwriter projects and albums in this manner at Electric Canyon.

What is I have to cancel?

Schedules change and it is understandable. Call earlier than 48 hours to reschedule a session. With less than 48 hours, a two hour charge will apply.

Have you recorded or worked with anyone famous?

That depends on one’s definition of famous. An artist I have worked with in certain circles may be highly regarded while being relatively unknown in other circles. Music has many specialized niches. I work within a myriad of stylistic circles. Check out the recording, live sound and video credits and there will be some familiar names.

What should my band or I bring to a session?

  • Lyric sheets, recording notes or ideas
  • Camera
  • Snacks, food and drink. We have coffee, tea and water
  • Instruments, Instrument amplifiers like guitar amps and pedals if they create the sound we intend to capture. We have some instruments, drums, weighted digital piano, keyboards and amplifiers available. Please check with Dale when booking a session.
  • USB thumb drive or hard-drive to take backup audio files home

What don’t I need to bring?

  • CDs. Electric Canyon supplies professional quality blanks to leave with reference or final mixes and or masters
  • Microphones, mic stands, and PA related equipment

Any advice on preparing to make a great recording?

Here is a blog on preparing for a session.

What kind of gear does Electric Canyon use?

Electric Canyon uses a combination of analog and digital gear both vintage and contemporary to create a unique sound and vibe. ProTools, as well as other software is used, however the room acoustics, the microphones, the transformer laden class A microphone preamplifiers (which emulate vintage mixing consoles such as Neve, API, Trident, and tube designs) followed by Apogee analog to digital converters add stunning depth and detail to voices and instruments at the point of entering ProTools. The computer hosts great plug ins for internal processing, from Universal Audio on the way to a final mix. The name of the computer program has little to do with the quality of the product compared to the front end before the computer that is the difference. The control room monitoring environment.

What is so special about a professionally designed studio space?

A professionally designed recording studio space combines many sonic, visual and comfort aesthetics and detail to be a conducive space for recording. It needs to sound good. It needs to be visually pleasing to the occupants. It needs to stay cool on the summer and warm in the winter with many people inside. It needs to have space to comfortably spread out musicians, their guests, instruments, cases throughout the rooms. Seasoned recording veterans often comment with reminiscent joy that Electric Canyon reminds them of their favorite recording spaces in Los Angeles, Nashville or studios in other music centers.

My buddy has a recording setup at his house. What’s the difference in a recording studio and a project or home setup?

I will answer the question with a series of questions:

  • Does the project studio use outboard Class A microphone preamplifiers? And if they do do they have enough for most voices and instruments on the recording?
  • Does the studio have dedicated high quality standalone analog to digital converters?
  • Is the studio capable of tracking the entire band at once and/or capable of completing a project in less than a day (if that is the goal)?
  • Is the engineer fast in the studio?
  • Is the studio setup and ready when you arrive?
  • Are there long periods of down time in the studio due to technical issues?
  • Does the engineer understand the style of music and exude sincere, yet controlled, enthusiasm?
  • Can the engineer work with your vision yet make non-dominating suggestions through continual engagement in the recording process?
  • Do the studio acoustics sound pleasant to your ear?
  • Can the artist discern the subtleties of a high quality mix from the control room monitoring and make swift mixing decisions with the engineer?
  • Does the studio promptly fit you into the schedule and honor your vision and deadlines?
  • Does the studio have many pairs of working headphones with at least five separate mixes for the performers?
  • Does the studio celebrate in the process of recording and put the artists in a relaxed and productive state of creativity?

ProSound and A/V

What type of events does ProSound provide audio services for?

  • Live events: ProSound offers complete systems delivered, setup and operated by qualified audio engineers for events from 10 to 1000 attendees. Concerts, music festivals, banquets, graduations, weddings, parties, any event that needs sound reinforcement. ProSound has provided sound for thousands of events since 1988.
  • Corporate events: ProSound provides sound for small to medium corporate events including dinners, luncheons, meetings and panel discussions.

Do you offer video projection services?

Yes. ProSound has XGA video projectors available in the 1000 to 3000 lumen range.

What is Movie Night?

ProSound offers a complete movie night setup including video projector, screen, sound system and DVD playback. The movie night system is popular to bring a family or party of people together in a collective viewing experience, often outdoors on a Summer evening, sort of like the old Drive-In days. Kids parties, oldies night, or YouTube streaming night are common themes our movie night customers pick.

I need to a couple pieces of gear for the weekend. Is that possible?

Yes. We can provide a single microphone, one amplifier, additional speakers, or whatever is needed to complete your audio system for your event.

I need a small PA system with two speakers and two mics. Is that something ProSound provides?

Yes. We provide small systems you can pick up and take to an event, or it can be delivered.

Do you have wireless microphones available?

ProSound has lapel/lavalier style wireless microphones available as well as some handheld mics. If the customer needs several mics, that can be arranged with advance notification.

So is this all you make a living as a full time audio engineer in Butte County? No day job?

That’s correct. I have been a freelance audio engineer and sole business owner since 1995. ProSound was formed in 1988 between three partners, Michael Rogers, Jimmy Richards and Dale Price. Mike left the company in 1992 and is now an accomplished film and video editor in San Francisco. All of us worked at a music store and performed in bands for income while growing establishing. ProSound. We did not pay ourselves for a few years reinvesting earnings in the company. By 1995, with the untimely passing of co owner Jimmy Richards to cancer, it was high time to focus entirely on ProSound and audio engineering full time. I went home and waited for the phone to ring. It did, and continues to ring this day. A career as a successful full time audio engineer working one job at a time has been nothing short of amazing and very challenging. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Only the most dedicated engineers stick it out for a lifetime career. Many do it until marriage or try it for a spell becoming demystified by the daily grind that is audio engineering.

Do you do sound for film and video?

Yes, The primary focus of my work in this area is on location musical act recording multitrack for later post production in the studio. Post audio mixing sweetening editing and mastering for film and video are a regular service provided. I have worked on network films, and segments, and several independent films and shorts.

Tell me about your video creation and editing experience.

I have edited documentaries and shorts at Electric Canyon and worked with independent creators who post to their own channels YouTube, Vimeo, and other online streaming services. My personal YouTube channel currently hosts one-hundred videos with over two-million views and one-hundred years of cumulative lifetime minutes watched.

These are the questions for which Electric Canyon says “Yes”

I have an old cassette tapes and some 78rpm records of my family. Can these be converted and restored?

Yes, This is a service we provide.

  • Cassette tapes and reel to reel tapes
  • 33 1/3, 45 and 78rpm records are transferred with great care to digital format where optimization and, budget permitting restoration are applied to remove a fair amount of noise, static clicks and scratches
  • CDs or computer audio files (wav, mp3, etc.) are then delivered

This is popular with family heirloom and keepsake recordings. There has never been a better time to transfer aging audio formats to digital audio and easily share with the entire family.

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