DMI Recording Services
The Delta Music Institute is pleased to offer affordable high quality audio recording services to the Delta State community, and the public at large. These recording services offer entertainment industry majors an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they gain through their DMI course work under the supervision of faculty professionals. This type of opportunity offers clients an exceptional recording experience along with a substantial savings over commercial studio rates. Requests for any of the DMI Recording Services must be initiated by clicking the online form HERE or by mailing a hard copy of the request to the DMI office.
Studio Rates & Policy
*Studio Recording Rates $20 per hour (includes student engineer)
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|Mixing (All Studios)||$20 per hour|
Upon receipt of online form, DMI personnel will contact client within 5 working days to set up a pre-production meeting by phone or in person with a DMI student engineer. All studio reservations require a minimum booking of two hours time.*EVERY RECORDING PROJECT IS UNIQUE.
To complete a recording project at a high-quality, professional level, here are the steps involved:
1. PREPARATION: Know your material. Rehearse your material. The more rehearsed you are, the less time your recording will take, and the more of your budget you can use elsewhere (promotion and marketing).
2. TRACKING: If your project is a band/group project, this is the stage where the key players in the band record tracks for the foundation of each song. This stage usually involves rhythm instruments (drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, etc.). This stage could also involve loop-based production using computers and/or digital audio workstations (DAW).
3. OVERDUBS/VOCALS: Once the tracking is complete, additional instruments and vocals are added. This is called overdubbing, and often this stage of the session may involve only one musician or vocalist and the engineer.
4. MIXING: After all the parts of the song are recorded (rhythm tracks, overdubs, vocals), the engineer applies audio technology to each individual track as well as the whole track and mixes the recording to a stereo track – L and R -. This step takes time and very critical listening by the engineer.
5. MASTERING: This final step in the recording process involves very small audio adjustments to ‘maximize’ the sound quality of the recording. This step is not required, but it is recommended if you plan to put your work into the marketplace.
During the pre-production meeting, the DMI engineer and client will discuss the direction and technical needs of the product and agree upon an estimate of time and budget for the recording project, and schedule session time(s) on the DMI studio calendar. DMI requires a deposit of 50% of budget estimate three working days before recording begins, with the balance to be paid at completion of the project. Clients must provide their own media for file storage (external hard drive, DVDs, etc.) Audio files will be released to client upon full payment. Checks should be made payable to Delta Music Institute. Any exceptions to this policy will be at the discretion of the DMI Director.
Requests for information regarding studio availability and scheduling should be directed to the DMI office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or hardcopy at DSU Box 3114, 1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS, 38733.Recording sessions may be requested any day of the week that the University is in operation, as long as sessions do not conflict with DMI classes or events.
The rate for each DMI studio is $20 per hour, which includes the services of a qualified student engineer.
A recording session is a unique environment that requires preparation, focus, and patience on the part of both the artist/client and engineer. Most recording projects take longer than expected due to required set-up time and technincal preparation by the engineer in order to achieve the highest-quality results for the artist/client. “I’ve got two songs – just me and a guitar – I can knock that out in an hour right?”