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HOW DO I GET THERE? We are in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland at 7923 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202 – GoogleMap for directions. It’s not a bad idea to have our phone number with you: 503.235.9693.
CAN WE GET A DEAL ON STUDIO TIME? We offer block and weekend rates. Look at our Services page for rate details. Basically, the more time you rent, the less you pay. We have a 1 hour minimum on weekdays and a 3 hour minimum on weekends.
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR MASTER FILES OR TAPES AFTER WE’RE DONE WITH OUR PROJECT? If you recorded to analog tape, you must take them for storage at the end of your project. Regarding digital files – our greatest wish and desire is that you buy one of our Client FireWire Drives to record your tracks on and back up to when you’re finished. New technology offers drives capable of recording digital tracks direct to drive as opposed to having to drag the sessions back and forth from a slower storage drive to the recording drive. It saves time (and money as the studio’s clock ticks) and is the safest method to avoid file loss or corruption. If you don’t want to do this, we insist that you back-up your project onto DVD or CD at the end of your sessions so that you will have a copy of your final masters. There is a one time archival fee. If you do not do this we keep your whole project on one of our storage drives as a courtesy for up to 90 days. If you have not made arrangements at the end of this 90 days, we are not responsible for your masters and you are on your own.
WHAT IS “LOCKOUT”? Lockout is when you have the studio for 24 hours at a time. This means you won’t have to tear your gear down when you are busy recording or mixing your tracks. Lockout time is based on a 10-hour recording schedule. You can go longer than that if you can take it – just as long as your engineer says it’s cool. There is an hourly engineering rate incurred in addition to the lockout rate after the 10 hours.
HOW MANY “ISO” ROOMS DO YOU HAVE? We have one isolation room of about 104 sq ft and one isolation area of about 48 sq ft. We can comfortably do full bands recorded live. The main recording room is 300 sq ft. Each of the rooms is separated with glass walls, doors, or windows so everyone can be seen during recording.
WHERE DO I SEND MY DEPOSIT MONEY? To confirm your studio time, we need a deposit (payable to Dead Aunt Thelma’s or DAT) equivalent to 50% of the total cost of time booked. Your sessions are NOT confirmed until we have your deposit, unless prior arrangements have been made. If you cancel within 7 days of your session, portions of the deposit may not be refundable. Mail checks to: Dead Aunt Thelma’s Studio, PO Box 82222, Portland, OR 97282.
WHAT’S YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY? After you confirm your sessions with a deposit, we need ONE CALENDAR WEEK notice to release the time without penalty. If you cancel with less notice than this you will lose part of your deposit unless we can schedule another client on those days. Sorry, but tough love is the way to go.
DOES THE STUDIO RATE INCLUDE MATERIAL COSTS? No. You can either buy materials from us or bring in your own. Talk to your engineer if you have any questions about what kind of supplies you’ll need, and by all means call ahead to make sure that we have enough of it here before your session starts.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Questions about start times, pre-production needs, etc. should be directed to your engineer. Please communicate as much as you need to before your session starts so that there are fewer surprises.
Billable time includes set-up and tear-down of your session. Additional engineering fees will be charged during lockout sessions if the recording time exceeds 10 hours.
We have teas, coffee, bottled water, a fridge, microwave, and toaster. The lounge is your friend!