The Remote Recording Process
You decide whether you want saxophone/clarinet/flute/a horn section, or any combination of those, on your track.
You get in touch for a quote (you’ll need to send your track over at this point. The file format doesn’t matter too much - MP3 is fine. WeTransfer or Dropbox are useful here if the file size is too large for email). No problem if you’re not totally sure what you want to have played on the track - it can be discussed, and you’re welcome to suggest references to other tracks with sounds/vibes that you think might work, or you can send full, written out arrangements. It’s all good. It’s also necessary at this point to think about PPL and BPI forms if appropriate.
For first-time clients, once the performance style/content and fees have been agreed upon, George will send an invoice for a 50% deposit payment prior to recording.
Once the deposit has been received, recording will commence as soon as possible. Like an ordinary recording session, input from the client is welcome during the session and this can be arranged by joining George in the studio or over Skype if desired. Depending on availability, you may have your track back within an hour, or it may take a few days. George will always let you know the turnaround time when liaising initially.
You receive your tracks and check that you’re happy with the quality of performance.
For first-time clients, George will send an invoice for the remaining 50% (or just the full invoice for repeat customers).
You provide payment.
For recording, George charges MU rates plus 10% (if all those different agreements look confusing, just get in touch and George will be happy to help). If excessive transcribing or arranging is required then extra costs can be discussed on a case by case basis. A 50% deposit is required for first time clients prior to recording. Payments can be made by Paypal or bank transfer.
George is always happy to source extra musicians in order to provide full brass section recordings. This can also all be done without studio or engineering fees. When using multiple musicians, part writing/arranging is usually required; George can provide arrangements in cooperation with the client, or outsource the material to a full-time arranger.
The approach to recording horn sections can be pretty flexible - if you’re in a hurry, George knows plenty of musicians with their own remote studios so can sometimes organise for a full horn section recording to take place within a day’s notice. If there’s no hurry, all musicians can be recorded either in George’s studio or elsewhere.