FAQs

How can I contact you?

Use our contact form.

How long do I need to book per song?

Usually, for a full band (3-5 members) we would be able to fit recording of 1 song into 1 day and usually 2-3 in 2 days. Mixing will take a half day per song.

What is a Toolmakers Live Session

Toolmakers Live Sessions are live performance videos filmed and recorded simultaneously. The video is filmed using multiple cameras to capture all the action as it is being performed. All the audio will be recorded mixed and mastered to get a studio quality sound. These are great to use for a band’s online portfolio, apply for gigs/festivals and showcase to labels.

What gear do I need to bring?

If you could bring as much of your own gear as possible that would be great. We can then work together on capturing the sound of your band on the instruments you created the sound with. I want to capture the true sound of your band, so feel free to also bring your own drum kit. Although if transport is a problem drum shells can be provided so you can just bring your breakables, stands, and pedals. I also have a bass amp and cab that you are free to use if you wish.

How do you know what we want to sound like?

It’s sometimes really easy to tell after initial conversations and in the first 60 seconds of being in the studio, however if you have any albums or tracks you’d like for us to use for reference in the recording/mixing and any rough demos to send over before your first session to help us plan for your arrival they’d be really useful.

How does payment work?

25% deposit is due upfront to confirm the booking. The remaining 75% is due on the day of recording. Cash or bank transfer is accepted.

How do I prepare my guitar for recording?

It would be best to get a professional setup on all the guitars you plan to record with. If your guitar is already setup great and you like the way it plays then a bare minimum requirement would be to put a fresh set of strings on. We usually find that putting on your strings on 1-2 days before and using them to practice for a couple of hours gives the best tone while reducing tuning issues.

If there are multiple guitarists with rhythm parts, we may ask for one guitarist to record all rhythm parts as this can help consistency, tightness and improve the overall sound, however, this may not be the case it all depends on how you’ve written your songs and what style of music it is!

How do I prepare my drums for recording?

Drums sound a lot better with fresh skins. So you should change your skins the day before recording and tune them to your taste. They will require tuning adjustments again before we start tracking. Also, make sure you try dampening the toms and snare and make sure you are happy with the sound, it will save time in setup.

If you’re a ‘rock’ band, drums sound so much better if you hit the drums HARD. Try practicing hitting your skins hard but go a little lighter on your cymbals. This gives the best drum tone and also help reduce unwanted cymbal spill into the other mics.

How do I prepare my voice for recording?

Avoid smoking, alcohol, cold water, dairy products, caffeine, acidic fruit and spicy food. Water at room temperature is recommended. Honey and lemon can ease up your vocal chords before the session. Make sure you warm up your voice for around 20 minutes before we begin recording.

When recording vocals usually we won’t have you running around with a handheld mic, but a high-quality vocal mic with room mics dotted around to capture the life of the vocal in the room. If you use harmonies and backing vocals it would be best to rehearse these before hand so each member knows exactly what they will be adding. If the rest of the band don’t have the best vocal range don’t worry, we can layer these up with the main vocalist. Just be sure you rehearse them.

Do we need to play to a click track?

Playing to a click track is usually advised. It makes the overall sound much tighter. Sometimes this isn’t the case if you’re aiming for a more loose/live sound but, don’t use this as an excuse for not practicing to a click. Cheap metronomes are available on the internet so you should buy one of those and practice as much as possible to achieve the best results. In addition to this, if you could let me know the tempo of each song before the session, we can save time setting up.

How can we get the best out of our songs during recording?

Practice, practice, practice! By far the best way to sound awesome is to be well rehearsed. The difference between amateur bands and professional bands is the amount of time they put into the songs. The more you rehearse the better your recording will come out in the end.

I have all my songs recorded. Would you be able to mix them for me?

Yes of course.

  • Make sure all your tracks are labeled up properly
  • Bounce all the track stems out ensuring the bounce always starts at zero
  • Bounces should be at 48,000khz, 24bit minimum
  • If you require more than one song make sure each set of stems is saved in a clearly marked folder
  • Label each song folder with the tempo info of the track (if the track has tempo changes contact me about exporting the tempo info)
  • Include a folder with a couple of tracks you like as references
  • Include a text document of mixing notes (describe how you want the mixes to sound)
  • Zip them up and send them across

I need to cancel my booking with TRS…

That’s fine just contact us either by email or through our contact form. Bookings canceled within 30 days of the session will loose the deposit unless the slot can be filled (either by us or by you recommending an artist for the slot). Bookings canceled within 7 days will owe the full amount of the booking unless the slot can be filled.

What are your hours of work?

The studio is generally open for bookings 10 am – 6 pm, 7 days a week. But we are very flexible and if you wish to record out of hours don’t hesitate to contact us.