you are unfamiliar with us and especially if you are considering
your first recording, we suggest you request our “Eagles
Nest Crash-course” CD. Ask about it. It’s free!
And it walks you through everything from Pre-recorded to Custom
tracks, MIDI vs. live tracks, royalties, licensing and all the
steps in recording. It even includes a section of sound-bites
in about 8 different styles.
PRE-RECORDED Tracks –
Before reading further, you may need to know that many, and perhaps
most, of the tracks you’ve already purchased, cannot be
used for recording – at any price, mainly because they are
major artist tracks and are licensed only for live performance.
However, all of our tracks are available for recording. Keep reading…
Recording with pre-recorded tracks is not only the fastest and
the most economical, but also the most predictable, because ‘what
you hear is what you get’ before you commit to spending
the money – and there is no sacrifice in quality. We’ve
made recording as affordable and as easy as falling off a cliff
(or is it a log). Here’s how we’ve done it:
The most incredible preview system in the world. All of our
tracks, with demo voice, are on an I-Pod which we loan you free
of charge. All you pay is shipping and the refundable deposit
which can be applied to your recording project. The I-Pod is
also a library allowing you to search by style, topic (Christmas,
hope, etc.) or by recording artist. Along with the I-Pod comes
the “Lyrics Library” – lyrics for all songs
in printed form.
2) Test-driving specific tracks
– You may select tracks for trial; you may purchase any
number of tracks with demonstration voice (or instrument, if
you are a player) at half price while preparing to record.
– You may fly or drive to Eagles Nest and, for example,
enjoy a family retreat, since Eagles Nest is located in the
remote Colorado mountains and includes full amenities such as
/ queen beds, hot
tub, four sun decks, pool
table and lots more. Our engineers take you from start to
finish. If distance or cost is an obstacle, we can ship you
the masters and you may record in any studio in the world, including
one in your hometown.
Costs – There are four basic costs to any recording project.
All costs are charges you would incur wherever you may record.
Leasing the tracks. A one-time per-track fee
of $145-165 (depending on the number of tracks leased), allows
you to manufacture one copy or a million copies.
– This is very important. Some production houses have
offered “royalty-free” tracks. If the song is copyrighted,
there is no such thing as
“royalty-free.” However, if a song is in “Public
Domain” (generally meaning it was written in 1922 or prior)
there are no royalties. We have over 150 Public Domain tracks
available through our storefront.
The “Royalty Rate” for copyrighted songs increases
about every two years. As of January 2006, that rate was 9.1
cents per song for each copy manufactured. Example: If four
songs are Public Domain and six are Copyrighted, you would pay
6 x 9.1 cents, or 54.6 cents per CD.
Licensing – Before you record, you must
secure a license to record each ‘Copyrighted’ (non-Public
Domain) song. Ask us how we can simplify that routine process
for you. What if a publisher won’t license a song to you?
Won’t happen. The “Compulsory Licensing Act”
requires a publisher or song owner to license anyone to record
it if the song has been recorded at least once prior. That includes
all of our songs – even the “original, unpublished”
c) Studio – Most studios
charge by the hour so the total cost will depend #1, on how
ready you are to record and #2, how picky you are. Typical recording
time, allowing for “punch-ins,” edits, playbacks,
2d-3d takes, etc., is about ½ hour to
1 ½ hours per song. Some perfectionists (and major label
artists) take even more
time. If comparing studio rates, be sure quotes include engineer
Mixdown and Mastering are the final steps in the studio. Our
hourly rate is the same for recording as for mixdown; however,
mixdown time, when using pre-recorded tracks, is much less than
the time to record your solo.
d) Replication – Replicating
cassettes may well be a thing of the past. We are in the CD
era – and that will change someday also. CD plants typically
have minimums of 500 with a good price break at 1,000. Our replication
costs, include art design, typeset and layout, 4-page booklet,
full color on two pages and tray card, plus printing. Contact
us for the most current pricing brochure. As with most products,
you may incur minimal add-ons such as additional pages, specialized
design requirements. Yes, you may handle your own replication,
artwork, etc. However, you then bear the responsibility of dealing
with mistakes, lost masters, booklet not matching the CD case
size, and other quality control issues. If comparing costs,
bear in mind that plants typically do not include all costs
in their quotes. They may even exclude the major costs of the
“CUSTOM” Recording –
While using Pre-Recorded Tracks is the most economical, you may
be a writer of original songs or for some other reason need to have
your tracks “custom-produced.” The cost is likely four
to eight times the cost of simply “leasing” a track.
There is no single quote for all custom-produced tracks. The many
variables include size of orchestra, length of song, MIDI instruments
vs. “live,” detail required such as one global layer
of strings vs. upper / mid / lower strings played independently
for realism. That’s one reason producer Ralph Carmichael called
our tracks “the most convincing” he’s ever heard.
Style of song enters in; for example, styles in which the tempos
vary, require considerably more production time. Original songs
often require more creative effort and time than “sound-alike”
tracks. After dialog with our producer, we can typically provide
you with a precise cost quote for producing your tracks. Our custom-production
pricing has remained the same for many years; rather than impose
increases, we’ve decided to reserve the right to use your
tracks in our catalog after you have released your project and thus
pass some savings on to you. You still retain ownership of the tracks.
This provision is subject to a client’s approval, of course.
Other Costs – All other costs
for custom-produced projects are the same as the costs shown under
“Using Pre-recorded Tracks” with one exception: Mixdown.
A soloist working with prerecorded tracks involves only the pre-mixed
orchestra and the singer (a total of 3 tracks). However, in the
case of full “Custom-produced tracks”, there may be
as many as 15 to 20 tracks which have to be mixed, equalized, independent
effects (reverb, etc.) applied to each track, and so forth. Thus,
typically, it takes 1½ to 2 hours to mix those tracks down
to 2-track stereo.