1. Is a recording studio really for me?
Chances are that since you're on this website, yes, a recording studio is really for you. Despite common misperceptions, recording studios aren't only for award-winning artists. They too had to get their start somewhere. So, beginner, intermediate, or advanced - or even just one-time project planners - all have a place at Crystal Blue Sound Studios.
2. How much does it cost for recording time?
This question is rather broad, so it's difficult to give a specific answer here. Contact us with details on what exactly you'd like to do at CBSS and we'll give you a quote tailored to your specific situation.
3. I see the equipment list on your website. Can't I bring my own gear?
What we have available at Crystal Blue Sound Studios is for those coming in that don't have any gear - or don't have all the equipment they need. Our clients are more than welcome to bring their own instruments. We know you're comfortable playing on what you have, and simply have on-hand what's listed on our website as an added service and convenience to our clients.
4. What payment options do you have?
We have packages available for all budgets, and Crystal Blue Sound Studios accepts cash, checks, or credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). Please note that your initial consultation with CBSS is free and that we have client discount programs, referral programs, and student pricing. For 24-hour convenience for our clients, we also have an online payment system available.
5. Where are you located?
Dover, Florida, is in the same county as Tampa. Let us know where you're coming from and we can give you driving directions to our facility, which has easy access to I-4, making it convenient for those coming from Orlando or Tampa. (We are two miles north of SR 60 off Valrico Road, near the intersection of Valrico Rd. and Wheeler Rd.)
6. How do I contact the studio if I need further information (block rates, booking, etc.)?
E-mail is the fastest way to get a hold of us (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also call us at 813-928-4052 or find us on Facebook. Feel free to contact us either way if you need information about recording studios, the process, or if you have general questions.
7. What kind of music styles does CBSS specialize in?
Projects recorded at CBSS are diverse; anything from guitar and/or synth-based pop to modern rock as well as country, modern or traditional. The studio also records audio and/or video demos for bands, students, recitals and talent showcases. Audio and video podcasts are recorded on a regular basis as well.
8. How many tracks do I have available to record on for each song?
Unlimited tracking! Audio and midi.
9. How do we monitor our performances during recording?
We have five Behringer Powerplay P16-M Personal Mixers so that you can independently create your own mixes. You can also record in the control room, listening to the control room monitors if you like. (Most guitar, bass, and keyboard overdubs are done with the artist in the control room and their speaker cabinets in an isolation booth).
10. How much input do we have into the producing/mixing of our tunes?
As much or as little as you want. Being that we are all musicians and play many instruments, if desired we will suggest ideas during the tracking, production, and even songwriting, but the final decisions are always left to the artists.
11. Are groups charged for set-up time?
CBSS offers initial complimentary setup time. The usual process is for a band is to record rhythm tracks then overdub additional tracks at future sessions. We have found this to be the most efficient workflow in terms of maximizing your budget and achieving best results.
12. If I have to cancel an appointment, how do I handle this?
CBSS requires a 24-hour notice for all canceled sessions via email and/or by phone.