SAMPLES

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Kick Drum Slam

Hard Kick Sound 

£0.10

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Distorted Latin

Distorted Latin Loop 

£0.10

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Funking Loop

Live Funk Drum Loop 

£0.10

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Room China

An awesome Room China sound 

£0.10

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions we experience at the Audio-Repubik.

How can I save money?

There are a few rules about the studio environment which properly followed can save you a great deal of money, time and disappointment.

  1. First and most importantly. NEVER EVER WRITE IN THE STUDIO. This is the biggest budget killer of them all. End the session go home and finish that masterpiece in your own time.
  2. Secondly, BE PREPARED. Know what it is that you are playing, practice it and rehearse it until you are sick of it. Vocalist should have lyric sheet so they can concentrate on singing not on the words, also the producer needs the lyrics to direct the session.
  3. BE SOBER. Contrary to popular belief artists do not take drugs or get drunk before recording you will NOT sound good at all. Prepare to do it all again when you listen to it later and realize you're mumbling, flat and out of time.
  4. Lastly, DO NOT FIDDLE. That snare drum sound and samples can be fixed in the correct stage of production, do not waste your own time changing sounds early on, you would not put a cherry on the top of a bowl of splodge, finish the cake first.

How many stages are there in the production process?

In general six. Pre-Production, Recording, Production, Post-Production, Mixing and then finally, Mastering.

  1. Pre-production involves laying out a rough template of the song to check its commercial potential and to highlight and fix any missing parts and/or weaknesses in the material. This stage is essential if tracking when recording, especially for drummers, and you will save lots of £££s getting the song right in the first place.
  2. Recording involves replacing all the roughly sketched parts in the template with high quality finalised counterparts. All parts are edited and tweaked, any auto-tuning of vocals and minute adjustments, cross-fades and quantization take place. Editing is a lengthy process which needs to be factored into your budget. Remember to be prepared and well practised (see above point 2). The better the take the less editing has to take place.
  3. Production begins once ALL the individual parts are recorded and edited. Here all the drums sounds, loops, sample sounds are selected and modified as required and any extra programming takes place.
  4. Mixing involves blending everything you hear in the song to make sure that it all sounds like it belongs together and that parts don't interfere or compete with one another. Mixing should only be done once all the parts are in and the sounds are finalised.
  5. Post-Production is the final stage in the actual production where ends are trimmed, fades are performed and any sample based intros or sections are inserted and blended as necessary.
  6. The very last stage is Mastering. This is where the beautiful sounding mix is compressed, equalized and balanced to make it sound incredible. Because not all audio systems are equal and some can not handle certain frequencies or loudness, Mastering is specific. e.g. A radio master will sound very different to a web broadcast master.

OUR ADVICE: Never ever try to accomplish two stages at the same time, all you will do is burn a hole in your pocket.

Can I use my own pre-produced backings in the studio?

Of course any material you bring into the studio that you wish to use is acceptable so long as you own the copyright to it OR are not using it for commercial gain. Please bare in mind that if this backing already has vocalists etc then as far as mixing goes, there is little we can do other than best blend on the track. Also if there are any time dependent effects to be placed in the track, ie delays, then the preferred format is .wav or .aiff as mp3 drops some samples and the track will drift in tempo making this process more lengthy and more expensive.

Do you have a fixed price list for work undertaken?

No, we do not offer a fixed price for any work that is to be undertaken just a fixed hourly rate. This is because musical production is not an exact science. The length of a project depends on the actual complexity of the material, preparation (see top point 2) and the level of musicianship of the recorded artist.

Can I have it on a ****?

Depending on whether that is a data disc, HDD, DVD, mini-disc, tape (if you can find a cassette!), server, or even in an email then the answer is yes. Any format you like, high quality mp3, wav, CD, flac, all the usuals etc at any bit depth and at any sample rate. We provide high quality Verbatim CD-R's for free so the only thing you pay for is time.

What materials do I need to bring along with me?

You will need to bring CD's or USB storage devices with backings, samples on if you require them. If you intend to play something then bring instruments, pedals etc although we have multiple guitars, a bass, keyboards, piano and a good Yamaha Stage Custom Kit with AAXs. Also we have a few pedals lying around, wah, FX, etc. If you are laying out song for first time then we would suggest jotting down lyrics and chord chart or if you feeling adventurous a score of any level will definitely help and save you money and time. You would be surprised how many people forget their own lyrics.