Frequently Asked Questions
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED.
WHAT IS YOUR ADDRESS & LOCATION?
Our address is:
6330 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
We are located in Hollywood, right after the historic Capitol Records.
WHAT ARE YOUR BUSINESS HOURS?
Our studio hours are 10am-1am every day. We continue to take calls and book sessions after hours until 10pm. Our Studio Sessions are booked upon appointment only.
I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET A HOLD OF SOMEONE?
The best way to have your questions answered is to give us a call at 323.820.2876 during the hours of 10am-10pm, daily. If you're unable to call, you can always fill out our "General Inquiries" form on the Contact Us page and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOES IT COST SOMETHING FOR ME TO HAVE A CONSULTATION?
Nope! Consultations to go over the details of your project with us are always free.
IS BURNSIDE STUDIOS HIRING OR LOOKING FOR INTERNS?
We are currently not hiring or looking for interns but you are always welcome to send in your resumes and samples of work to email@example.com.
BOOKING & PAYMENTS
I WANT TO RECORD A SONG. WHERE DO I START?
HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?
When it comes to booking a session, give us call at 323.870.2876 to go over studio/engineer availability. To book the session, we require a full deposit which secures your time on the schedule. We accept cash, credit card, cashapp, and/or zelle. You can review our Procedures and Policies page to answer any further questions about booking.
CAN I PAY THE DAY OF THE SESSION?
No. We require a 100% payment to secure your time on the schedule for the studio and for the engineer.
I NEED TO RESCHEDULE. HOW DO I GO ABOUT THIS?
Please notify Management 48 hours in advance if you need to reschedule. If you notify Management to reschedule in LESS than 48 hours, 50% of the payment is forfeited. This action is required to prevent the loss of re-booking the Studio and the Engineer to another client.
I'M GOING TO BE LATE TO MY SESSION. WILL THE ENGINEER ALLOW ME TO MAKE UP MY TIME?
Appointment times have been arranged specifically for you. If you arrive late, your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose sessions follow yours. Depending upon how late you arrive, your engineer will then determine if there is enough time remaining to start the session. Regardless of the length of the session, you will be responsible to pay for the entire session. Out of respect and consideration to your engineer and other clients, please plan accordingly and be on time.
WHAT IS A RECORDING SESSION LIKE?
This really depends on what you're recording:
For Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Pop, Acoustic and Voiceover sessions, one of our incredible engineers will set up your microphone, prepare the track and record you as you go.
WHAT IS AN AUDIO ENGINEER?
An Audio Engineer is a highly skilled audio professional responsible for proficiently utilizing all of our state-of-the-art equipment to obtain the highest quality audio of any singer, instrumentalist, and musician who records.
WHAT DOES AN AUDIO ENGINEER DO IN A SESSION?
During recording sessions, an audio engineer can either have two roles depending on what the artist needs and wants. An audio engineer can either function as a producer or co-producer whom helps the artist develop their music and enhance their sound. Or they can simply record you and stay on top of the technical side of things, making sure that everything runs as it should and making adjustments as necessary.
WHAT GENRES DO YOU RECORD?
We specialize but not limited to! Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, EDM, Indie.
MIXING AND MASTERING
WHAT IS MIXING?
Mixing is the process which commences after all tracks are recorded and edited as individual parts. Mixing can consist of various processes where the mix engineer takes the raw recorded tracks (or a rough mix from producers) and sets levels, EQ's, uses compression, uses stereo panning, and the addition of effects. In a way, mixing is like taking the raw ingredients and blending it together as if it is a presentable meal. You can learn more about mixing and mastering rates by going to our Mixing and Mastering page.
WHY DO I NEED MY RECORDINGS MIXED?
You need your recording mixed because mixing will absolutely do your songs justice. When we record your music, we are focusing on the performance and the capturing of it. But mixing puts attention on making it sound and feel better, and post-production is the only time we get to do that. Even if it is recorded perfectly, not every instrument or voice will fit right together so as absolutely necessary step to finalize your track. In fact, all commercially released music that you hear on the radio or on television has been mixed, so if you want commercially professional music, you have to have it mixed. At Burnside Studios, we have a dedicated room for mixing which provides the perfect workflow for our mix engineers to speed up the process and maximize the quality.
WHAT IS A MIX ENGINEER?
A mix engineer is an audio professional who specializes in only mixing. Because it is a different process than recording an artist, the workflow and skills is different. During the mixing process, the mix engineers reveal every detail of each song, bring it up to the surface and expose it all where they are EQing, compressing, and enhancing the overall sound. Highly educated on the anatomy of all sounds recorded individually and combined, are appropriately described "the MacGyver's of the Studio" where they are highly competent impressively aware so that nothing gets by them.
WHAT IS MASTERING?
Mastering is the process of turning a song or collection of songs into a final master for manufacturing so that it translates well across systems: CD player, radio, computer, car stereo, phone, bluetooth speakers, headphones, etc.
WHY DO I NEED MY MUSIC MASTERED?
Mixing is the one people absolutely have to have. But good mastering can make a track sound great and make it sound comparable to commercial releases. Part of mastering is also getting all of the songs to have consistency across the album in volume and tonal balance.