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Custom Drum Tracks – FAQ

Q: What does your service cost?

Every project is different and unique. It would be very difficult for me to quote a “one size fits all” fee that would be appropriate for every budget and artist. I prefer to find out as much as I can from the artist about the project to see the amount and type of work that is involved before I quote a fee. I feel this is in the best interest of both the artist I’m working with and myself. 

Rates are normally agreed to on a per-song basis, with a per-project fee applying for larger projects involving several songs or days of work.  Rates are generally negotiated according to budget, time required, production level and allowance for revisions. Please contact me for specific rate information. I also guarantee my work and only expect to be paid in full when you are completely satisfied with the tracks that you receive.


Q: Do you offer sample rates above 48kHz?

I’m currently not using HD formats (96 or 192kHz) for file transfer sessions, mostly due to the larger file sizes complicating the process of transferring the files over the internet. I typically use 44.1kHz and 24bit sample rates (standard WAV files) as a default for sessions. These options will be used unless an alternative is desired.


Q: How many individual drum tracks will I receive?

Normally, you will receive 12 separate tracks: Kick drum, Yamaha Subkick, Snare (top), Snare (bottom), Toms (3), Hi-Hat, Overheads (left and right), and Stereo (left and right) Room Mics. This setup can be customized to fit your individual situation and needs.


Q: Do you send your tracks “dry” or with effects?

I will generally send the drum tracks dry (with no processing) so that you may process them and mix them as you wish. If you would like for me to record the drum tracks with reverb and/or other effects added, I can do that as well.


Q: If I’m not comfortable mixing drums, can you provide me with a stereo drum mix?

If you’re inexperienced mixing drums, I’ll be happy to provide a stereo drum mix for your reference.


Q: Can you send me files that will assist me with editing?

In most cases, I can send additional fills and/or single hit samples for editing purposes if desired.


Q: How do I receive delivery of my final drum tracks?

For online delivery, I use a professional and secure file transfer protocol (FTP) service called www.hightail.com. I have found their service to be fast and reliable. Once I upload the files to my account/server, you will receive an email notification with a download link that will allow you to securely download the files.


Q: If I don’t have a fast internet connection, can I receive the files via regular mail?

The files I’m sending out are usually in WAV format and are large in size. You will need a fast connection to download them in a reasonable amount of time. If you have a slow internet connection and prefer to receive your tracks via mail, I can send you the files via regular or overnight mail on a CD or DVD if your project file sizes exceed the CD’s capacity.


Q: What file format will my final drum tracks be in?

All the individual drum tracks I send you will be recorded in the WAV file format unless you request otherwise. I can also record them in the AIFF file format, if desired.


Q: What are the acceptable forms of payment?

I prefer Paypal for fast, secure online payments. If you don’t have a Paypal account, I can also accept a wire transfer (mostly for overseas clients) or a check. (which can delay the process)


Q: Do you have access to other professional musicians that can play on my tracks?

Yes. I have worked with some of the finest musicians in the world and have great relationships with them. I can provide recommendations, including audio samples.

 

For any additional questions you may have, please send me a message via the contact page. I look forward to hearing from you!

 


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