Spyder Byte Studios
7999 W. Long Lake Road
Alpena, MI 49707
Spyder Byte Studios has the best of
both worlds. Not only can you count on state of the art recording
equipment and a technical engineer that can
use it, but you also get a musical, creative
ear and mind to fully capitalize on the artist's talent.
are inclined to write and perform music, utilize Ed Bolda at
Spyder Byte Studios...an unbelievable value, an unforgettable
All studio rates include a qualified engineer
In Studio Tracking, $35.00/hr
Remote Tracking, $35.00/hr including mileage
Mixing (D8b or Pro-Tools), $35.00/hr
What can you expect to pay for a
full length, retail ready project?
There is a tremendous amount of room for extra hours to
creep into a project. As the artist you should be aware of the
pitfalls and be prepared to address them as timely as possible.
Assuming you have a high level of preparation (songs fully written
and arranged, well rehearsed, and a realistic schedule, etc), an
average full fledged CD of 12-14 songs with a total playing length
of 50 minutes that's ready for retail distribution may take upwards of 65-85 hours of studio time
for tracking and mixing.
Photography, if necessary for any graphic work can be a few more
hours. An average full color duplication run of 1000 CD's can
be an additional $1700-$2200 depending on the number of pages in the
insert and assuming normal packaging options.
Our goal is a $4.75-$5.50 unit cost for the client. This
should allow them to recoup their investment by selling 500 units of
a 1000 unit CD order at $10-$12 each. Be realistic, if you
don't think you have the distribution plan to sell 500-600 CD's,
then you may want to reconsider why you are spending your hard
earned money to create a CD in the first place. (See "What
You Need To Know")
What's My Budget?
A successful CD project starts with one key ingredient,
knowing and understanding your budget. Nearly any
project can be completed on nearly any budget. The only
variable is the quality of the end product. If your budget is
limited, then you may have to accept limitations like only allowing
a few takes, no vocal pitch correction or comping tracks, no
waveform editing and restricted time constraints for mixing.
It is important that both the artist and the studio find a common
ground between what the client is able to spend, and what the
expectations are for the end product.
Can't You Just Quote My Project?
Unlike many industries, short of any special package offers,
it is very rare to find a studio that will quote a project and hold
that number. Why is that? It is nearly impossible for a
studio to know all the variables that will impact a project.
Will band "XYZ" show up on time? Will they be prepared?
Are they competent musicians? Can they really sing in pitch?
Are they going to make me do five different mixes of a song so they
can compare and then pick one? Are their songs really
completed or will they start re-arranging in the studio? Will
the bass players rig be fraught with buzzes and hums?
Recording is not unlike painting a picture, it's very easy to "never
be done", you can keep throwing paint on, layer after layer.
Using an hourly rate helps everybody to focus and use the time they
have as efficiently as possible.
We can help
you determine your budget and your outlay plan. If you're not
successful and happy, then we've failed our primary job. It is
important for us that you succeed, we look forward to working on
several CD projects with you, so it is in our best interest to
assist your directive needs.
We can also help you choose a production company that can perform
much of the legwork for you. Historically, the extra few bucks
have been worth it for our clients. We are currently endorsing
The Small Print
We typically require a deposit to book time to protect us from cancellations.
Your deposit will be applied to your studio bill. We will not release
any reference material (CD's, MP3's or other) until the outstanding
studio balance is paid. This protects our investment in the
project from clients that may take a
reference CD and never return.
Studio musicians are currently compensated at $25.00/hr or $75.00
whichever is greater. All session players may not be available
all the time, so we suggest advising of your needs at the projects
inception so that scheduling can be pre-arranged. Spyder Byte
Studios does not mark up nor take a profit from session player
earnings. The amount you are billed for session players is
paid in full (100%) to the musician.
We welcome any musicians you may wish to bring in to help with your
Graphic Design Services
Design services are provided free of charge for all full length CD