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  1. Do you have a piano?
  2. What equipment do I need to bring to my recording session?
  3. What are the studio hours?
  4. What is Pro Tools?
  5. Do we have to record our parts one at a time?
  6. Can you fix our mistakes?
  7. Can we record, mix, and master our demo all in one session?

1. Do you have a piano?

Yes, we have a Yamaha digital piano with graded hammer-action keys (feels & responds just like an acoustic grand piano). It has several awesome sounds sampled from actual grand pianos.

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2. What equipment do I need to bring to my recording session?

Just bring your instruments, amps and any effects pedals that are integral to your sound. If using the studio drums, we suggest that you bring cymbals, snare, stool & kick pedal.

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3. What are the studio hours?

Normal hours are Monday - Thursday evenings. Daytime & weekend sessions can be scheduled, generally with 2 weeks notice, to suit your availability.

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4. What is Pro Tools?

Pro Tools is the professional digital recording software that we use at Parallel Productions. As Pro Tools is used in most major recording studios, your project will be compatible with thousands of other systems worldwide.

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5. Do we have to record our parts one at a time?

Recording your parts one at a time gives you complete isolation from other instruments, which can be useful in editing and mixing.  However, in most cases, we recommend recording the rhythm parts of the song as a group in order to best capture the feel or "groove" of the music.  We can still achieve good isolation by positioning the instruments appropriately in the room and using sound absorbing baffles.  Solos and vocals are recorded later, one at a time, to give you the option to try different ideas without worrying about bleed issues.  However, if you desire, we can track each instrument separately, or record your entire band at once. The final decision is up to you.

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6. Can you fix our mistakes?

In many cases, yes. We can punch in fixes while tracking, copy a good part over bad while editing, realign missed hits, and pitch correct vocals and some instruments.  We can not, however, turn a poor performance into a good one.  (See our tips page).

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7. Can we record, mix, and master our demo all in one session?

If you are doing a simple singer/songwriter demo, it is sometimes possible to get everything done in one session. Our experience has shown that, in most situations, it is best to schedule a separate session for mixing. That way you can step away from your project for a few days and then come in to mix with fresh ears.

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