Trackland Studio Services
updated August 2019
This page is a quick list of the services we offer and their starting rates. Keep reading and you’ll find in-depth descriptions for each service and a few studio pictures. After that is our complete equipment list.
Prices may vary based on complexity and how long we think the job will take. We’ll always let you know up front.
If there’s anything you need that’s not listed here, we’re probably worth a try anyway:
Edit (your track or someone else’s)
starting at $5
DJ Mix Master
starting at $10
starting at $50
Outboard Sum (max 16 channels)
starting at $25
minimum order $25
minimum order $15
Edit - starting at $5
What even is an edit? For us, it’s the re-arranging of a piece of music from the stereo mixdown. We can do simple tasks for DJs, like extending intros, outros and breakdowns, or removing the 16 bars where that sax solo comes in and messes up the vibe. We can also do complete deconstructions and rearrangements, loopy Ron Hardy-style edits, and even add elements that aren’t in the original, approaching remix territory.
For producers, we can take your 20-minute live jam and distill it to a 5-minute DJ-friendly club burner according to your input. We do most edits (especially simple ones) without timestretching, fully preserving the sound quality of the file you send us.
Remaster - $5
The most common reason we remaster is when older digital files aren’t up to current standards. We can correct some frequency balance and loudness issues, making tracks playable that really weren’t before. We also do this for vinyl rips--we can give your old records a boost so they sit alongside your contemporary trax.
DJ Mix Master - starting at $10
Sometimes DJ mixes don’t come out as loud as individual tracks. We apply mastering techniques to your whole mix to get it up to a competitive volume without sacrificing energy or clarity. For a little extra we can also even out volume changes from track to track.
Digital Master - $25
Standard mastering for digital release, competitively loud and clear and ready for Bandcamp or whatever digital distribution service you choose.
Deep Premaster - $25
The “deep premaster” is something we’ve done on many of our own releases, especially when the source is a live jam recorded from a hardware setup. Most mastering engineers will try to preserve the overall sound and frequency balance of your premaster as much as possible, but raw recordings can sometimes benefit from a heavier hand. We’ll talk about your intent, get some reference tracks from you, and then apply the tools and techniques we’ve discovered over the years to enhance your work and prepare it for the mastering stage. This is especially helpful if your track is headed for a vinyl release since it’s not as forgiving as digital. We also have ways to rough up your computer-based tracks and give them an analog energy.
Mixdown - starting at $50 in the box / $75 outboard
Send us the individual parts of your track and we’ll do the mixdown for you. Another set of ears and tools can do great things for anyone’s work--newcomers and experienced producers too. It was common to have your work mixed by another person well into the 2000s and it still happens more often than you’d think.
We know what record advances look like these days and our mix work is priced accordingly. The starting rate is for an in-the-box mix using VST plugins and effects, but for a slightly higher price we can run up to 16 channels into an outboard mixer and effects for a different feel. We have a Midas Venice F24 console and the legendary ‘90s Mackie CR1604, both of which can bring something special, particularly to a track produced in the computer.
Outboard Sum - $25 Mackie CR1604 / $35 Midas Venice F24
Summing is the process of adding individual tracks together into a single stereo track. This is usually done in the computer--it’s what happens between the track faders in your DAW and the master channel. It is also possible to sum using analog gear, by running the channels out of the computer separately all at once, into a mixer or summing box, and then recording the stereo output from the mixer back into the computer.
The value of doing this in the analog domain instead of the computer has been debated, but some people swear that it gives increased clarity, power, and depth to your mixes. Since we have the ability to do it, we offer the service. Send us up to 16 pre-leveled channels and we will run them out from the computer (conversion via Focusrite Scarlett 18i20mk2 & MOTU 828mkii) and into one of our mixers--either the Mackie CR1604 or the Midas Venice F24--preserving the balance of your final mix but with the mojo of the mixer’s various gain stages.
Tape Bounce - $12
Yes, you could use a plugin, but why not get the real thing? We have normal- and high-bias cassettes and we can record to our Tascam Portastudio 414 (with pitch control--interesting things are possible…) or a standard Onkyo cassette deck. We’ll record your track to tape and calibrate for whatever result you like, whether it’s haze, clarity, or heavy distortion.
Sample Creation - minimum order $25
One of the downsides of commercially-available sample sets is that everyone else has access to them. We can create fresh sounds from scratch for you to whatever spec you need. You can choose what equipment we use and create a custom signal path to the final bounces. We’re still working out the pricing for these so it’s on a case-by-case basis; creating samples is a lot of work but we want to make the service accessible.
Sample processing - minimum order $15
Some samples need help. Maybe you have free sample packs that aren’t quite cutting it, or you’ve created your own samples in the computer that could use some hardware realism. Tell us what you’re after, send over the files and we’ll tune them up--or warp them beyond recognition if that’s what you want. As with our sample creation service, we’re still working out pricing for this.
Additional Production - varies
With most of the services we offer, we’re acting at your direction, trying to realize your vision with our technical knowledge. Additional production covers scenarios where we’re also offering more creative input. Maybe you need strings, pads, or percussion, but you haven’t been able to find a line that works; maybe you’re stuck at the loop stage and need someone to get an arrangement going for you. We’re happy to help with stuff like this. Since there are so many possibilities for this work we figure out the price on a case-by-case basis.
Gear Repair - varies
We have a small workbench where we’ve been tinkering with our own equipment since late 2018. We’re very comfortable with things like cleaning, replacing internal batteries, replacing buttons, knobs and switches, and almost any repair that is well-documented online (we’re good at following instructions). We’ve worked on MPCs, mixers, turntables, rackmount FX units, and a couple of keyboards. Let us know what’s going on and we’ll give you an honest, conservative evaluation of whether we can help.
Trackland Studio Equipment List
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20mkii
Midas Venice F24
Mackie CR1604 (1990, pre-VLZ)
Allen & Heath Xone:92
Midiman MicroMixer 18
Roland VS-880 with VS8F-2 effects board
Tascam Portastudio 414
Effects & Processing
Alesis NanoVerb 2
Pittsburgh Modular Analog Delay
Doepfer A-106-6 XP VCF
Alesis 3630 Compressor
Fostex 3070 Compressor
Roland VT-3 Voice Transformer
Akai MPC2000 with 8 outputs expansion
Realistic Concertmate-650 (rebranded Casio SK-5)
E-MU Proformance Plus
Kurzweil K2000 v3
Roland Alpha Juno-1
Tama Techstar TS-305
Boss DR-5 x2
Korg Volca Beats
Ableton Live 9 Suite
Brainworx SSL 4000 E
SPL Vitalizer MK2-T
Creative Labs TravelSound
KRK Rokit 6 Gen 2