Why Calm Frog Recording?
You've put a lot of work into your songs. Handing them off to someone else can be stressful. With Calm Frog Recording you will find an engineer who, first and foremost, loves the genres he works in and gets no greater satisfaction then delivering exciting, punchy mixes that will help your music stand out. You also get someone who sees meticulous attention detail and clear communication with the artist as paramount to achieving those results. You didn't craft those songs in automated, mass production process and with Calm Frog, they won't be mixed or produced that way either.
Why can't I see rates on the web site?
I generally don't like to treat artists' projects on an hourly rate basis - preferring instead to charge by scope. So, if your project only needs mixing, I would estimate the price based on the number of tracks, genre. etc., You can then feel confident that there is a fixed price for your project so you can budget accordingly. Different projects have different needs and require different levels of effort. Reach out to discuss if you have other questions. There's no risk in getting a quotation! Better yet, there's no risk in getting a free mix sample!
Do you offer tracking and engineering services as well?
Yes! My goal is to make sure you end up with best result possible as cost-effectively as possible. Depending on your project scope, I may recommend different tracking options - including tracking with me and tracking yourself. Reach out for more information and to discuss your specific project needs.
I want to have a professional mix but can I really afford it and is it really worth it?
Well, the answer is maybe. It certainly depends on your budget, your genre, your DIY abilities, etc., If you're writing folk music (or a genre in which a live, raw feel is accepted and often preferred) a diy approach may work well. If you're working in a production-heavy genre like pop or metal, a certain level of mix quality will be necessary to get people's attention. In the latter case, a professional mix can be seen as an investment in your brand as an artist. You can think of it as kind of like buying a nice outfit which you will use for job interviews: it's an investment to help you stand out and make a good first impression and it can ultimately pay off in orders of magnitude above your investment. If you're asking yourself this question, just reach out. We can talk through your specific project needs, budgets, etc.,
I don't have a band right now but I do have song ideas. How will you help me turn my riffs and ideas into finished song?
This is EXACTLY who the Riff to Record process is for!
We'll start with having you record your ideas onto a cellphone (or whatever recording device you have) and sending them to me.
I load your tracks into Pro Tools and set up a grid with all of the song sections, time signatures and tempos mapped out. We will use this grid to add other production layers - such as drums. If you are looking for drum production, I will send you rough drum takes of your song. We will go back and forth tweaking the song until you are happy with the arrangement and flow of the song.
We will record your sections to the drum parts. I will guide you ever
I will mix the song - including the detailed revision process which allows you to fine-tune the results to you complete satisfaction
That's it! You get a fully-finished, professional sounding song ready for distribution.
It can be MUCH easier to find talented bandmates if you can show them a polished vision of the songs you're working with.