Rager Sound

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FAQ

What is mastering?

Mastering is the process of taking the final recorded mixes, and creating an album, record or single ready for duplication/replication and digital distribution. It is the final creative stage in the music recording process. During this process, extra sound processing is usually applied in order to get the sound just right, to achieve a consistency between the different tracks and to fix any problems from the recording stage. It’s what makes a record sound like a record as opposed to a collection of songs.

Why should I have my music professionally mastered?

Mastering makes your sound as good as possible. Professional mastering engineers have years or decades of mastering experience and have mastered hundreds, perhaps thousands, of projects. They know exactly what to do to make your music sound better. It’s not just a case of making your tracks loud before pressing copies. Mastering is a process that gets the best possible sound out of your music.

Mastering makes a good recording a great record.

What file formats can you master with?

The best format for you to export or bounce in, is the format that your project was recorded in.

If you use 24 Bit samples or if you record at 24 Bit, then you should bounce or export also at 24 Bit.

44.1kHz is the minimum sample rate required for mastering.  16 Bit word length is also accepted but we strongly recommend not working lower than 24 Bit as there is a noticeable difference in quality.

The following file formats are supported:

WAV, AIFF, au, bwf, sd2, caf, paf, mat, raw, dsdiff, FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis formats are accepted.

44.1kHz Minimum Sample Rate

24 Bit word length is recommended but 16/20/24/32 bit fixed point, 32/64 IEEE float, DSD are all accepted.

44.1 kHz 24 Bit and 48 KHz 24 Bit are the most common and are perfectly adequate for mastering.

Up conversations are not recommended i.e. going from 16 bit to 24 bit. Send us your 16 bit files. Highly recommend against MP3 or other heavily compressed file formats, the sonic quality is just not going to be there and there is not much we can do with them.

We no longer can accept tape such as reel to reel, DAT or ADAT for mastering.

 

Can you provide me with a DDP Master for a CD duplication/replication?

Yes, we can provide you with either a DDP file set or a Red Book Audio CD file set (PMCD).  This is only useful if you are sending your final production master to a CD pressing plant and these are the industry standard formats.

We also provide a custom DDP player. The will allow you to listen to your DDP master and burn CD’s.

What are ISRC codes?

The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording, independent of the format on which it appears (CD, audio file, etc) or the rights holders involved. Only one ISRC should be issued to a track, and an ISRC can never represent more than one unique recording. ISRCs are widely used in digital commerce by download sites and collecting societies such as BMI or ASCAP. An ISRC can also be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. Encoded ISRC provide the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments.

If you plan to have your material distributed digitally (iTunes, CD-Baby, Rhapsody, etc.) then an ISRC code is required. Also, if you plan to have your physical CDs distributed you will need ISRC codes for each track.

If you have ISRC’s we can include them in your master or provide your master with ISRC’s.

What is a UPC code?

The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a type of barcode that is widely used in the United States and Canada for tracking CDs sales in stores and online. The UPC is a bar code with only numbers. If you provide a UPC code, we can include in your master or provide one for you

What is the CDDB and Gracenote?

CDDB, short for Compact Disc Database, is database for software applications to look up audio CD information over the Internet.

Gracenote is the CDDB iTunes (and other music player systems) retrieve the Artist and Title information when you insert a CD into a computer’s disc drive.

What is CD-TEXT?

CD-TEXT is the additional information such as Track Name, Artist Name, and Album Title that can be stored in the table of contents of the compact disc. This information is displayed on CD players, except computer based CD players.

CD-TEXT has nothing to do with the titles in iTunes or other computer based CD players. iTunes and other computer based CD players get there CD information from Gracenote’s CDDB.

Is there a drum set provided or should I bring my own?

A high quality great sounding drum set is provided, however most drummers bring their snare, cymbals and petals they use. Drummers are welcome to bring their own kit, but please make sure the kit is tuned with fresh heads.

How and what do I need to do to prepare for recording?

The golden rule for recording, the best recordings are made with the best performances.

Practice – When you come into the studio make sure you are ready to record. Lyrics should be memorized, instrumental parts worked out before coming in.

Arrangements -Work out arrangements and make sure that everyone in the band is comfortable with them.

Tempo – Having the correct tempo for a song makes a big difference to how the finished product will be perceived. Practice with a metronome or a drum machine and work out exact tempos for each song. Make sure to get accustomed with these tempos and that they feel right

Lyrics – Write lyrics down on paper so they will be available for vocalists. Lyrics should be memorized before performing them but a lyric sheet is a good reference.

Instruments – Replace strings a few days before coming into the studio. Bring an extra package in case a string breaks. Replace batteries in equipment and instruments, bring extra batteries. Bring drum sticks, brushes other percussion items you may need. If using your drums replace heads a few days before coming into the studio.

Demos – if you have a demo or rough recordings of a song bring it, we can use it as a guide or reference and it gives us an idea of what you are looking to achieve.

Recordings With Sounds You Like –  Everyone has sounds they are trying to achieve. Bring CD’s that have sounds that you like. This will go a long way in helping understand the kind of sound you are trying to achieve.

How much will it cost or how long will it take to mix a song?

This really depends on the quality you are trying to achieve as well as how well you or your band preformed while recording. Below are approximant times it takes to mix one song:

Karaoke mix – approximately  30 min.

Demo song mix – approximately 1-2 Hours

Indie mix – approximately 3-6 Hours

Complicated Indie mix – approximately 6-10 hours

Major label or Radio ready mix – approximately 10-20 hours or more

Contact us to discuss your mixing needs. We can give you an accurate quote of the cost to complete your project.

What is included with your hourly rates?

Freedom and the ability to create any kind of music you want using all of our equipment. A dedicated audio engineer for the entire session to make sure  your recording meet expectations. Media with all your audio tracks and session data.

 

How many tracks can you record at once?

We can record 32 channels of audio simultaneously, that’s enough to record an orchestra, a large band live with everything on its own track. Our recording software has no limit to how many tracks it can record or mix.

How long does it take to record a song?

Most often, recording session length is related to  the performer’s abilities , and the number of instruments. Typically, it will average one hour per track, meaning: one hour for drums, one hour for bass, one hour for lead vocals, etc. The average five-piece band will typically record one song in three to six hours.

What payments do you accept?

We accept most payment methods, including cash, all major credit or debit cards.

What is the difference between a Demo and a Record?

A demo is what the abbreviation implies: something for demonstrating the artist’s intentions or abilities and is a simple recording. A record is a finished work intended for commercial release. The best performances and production are used to make a record.

Demos are usually used to help get new business or gigs.

Records are usually used to sell.

In today’s market we see most artists making three to five song records.

How much does it cost to record?

Recording studio costs very depending on location, equipment and experience. Remember the old saying “You get what you pay for” this applies very much to recording.

A lot of what determines the cost are the goals of the artist, how well rehearsed they are, how complicated the material is, etc.

The costs all comes down to time. It usually takes a day for recording and a day for overdubs and mixing of three to five songs are typical. Albums have been known to take anywhere from a few days to over a month, for a more polished sound.

It’s best to contact us to discuss your needs and goals specifically. We can give you an accurate quote of the cost to complete your project.

How do you buy a beat?

  1. Click the shopping cart next to the beat you would like to purchase.
  2. Select the licensing term either Lease or Exclusive.
  3. Click the Buy Now button
  4. Enter your Email, First and Last Name.
  5. Review and check the Licensing Agreement Terms.
  6. Click the Checkout Now button.
  7. You will be redirected to Paypal for payment.
  8. After payment you can immediately download your beat(s) from the link on your receipt. An email receipt will also be sent including a download link for your purchase.

 

How do you pay by credit or debit card?

Credit and Debit card payments are made through Paypal. When you click the Checkout Now button, you will be directed to Paypal for payment. From the Paypal page click I Don’t Have A Paypal Account. You will be directed to the credit card acceptance page to enter your credit card information and make payment.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, Discover and Paypal.

 

What genres of music do you produce beats for?

We produce beats for all genres of music. Our main bread and butter comes from producing mostly Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Dirty South, EDM and POP music. We have produced beats/songs from metal to rock and even a polka or too.

Do you have technical support?

Free Technical Assistance is available to customer who have purchased beats/songs. Contact: TA@ragersound.com

 

How do I receive my beat/song files?

There are two ways to receive your beat/song files:

  1. Digital download- after payment has been accepted you will be directed to a download page were your purchase can be immediately downloaded. Files will be in a ZIP format for faster downloads.
  2. A CD can  be shipped with to you with your purchase. There will be shipping and handling charges associated with a CD purchase. Pricing to be determined, contact: customerservice@ragersound.com for a quote and shipping arrangements. Link to purchase CD: http://www.ragersound.com/additional-services-store

 

Can a beat/song be customized?

Yes, beats/songs can be customized with the following?

  1. Song structure arrangement
  2. Tempo changes
  3. Key changes
  4. Elements added or removed to beat/song

In addition to customization we offer mixing and mastering services.

Contact: customshop@ragersound.com for pricing. Be specific with your requirements and expectations.