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STUDIO FAQ

1) Where are you located?
2) How much will I be charged?
3) Am I required to pay up front?
4) Will I have to sign a contract in order to record with PWR?
5) I need musicians or announcers for my project.
6) I have a movie project. Can I develop it at PWR?
7) I need photos for my project and help producing the the artwork.
8) What kind of equipment does Pine Woods Recording use?
9) Can I bring in my own producer?
10) How long will it take to finish my CD or video?
11) Can I bring my friends to the recording session?
12) Do you do CD or DVD duplication/replication?
13) Do you have an internship program?
14) What types of music or video do you specialize in?


1) Where are you located? Back to Top
Pine Woods Recording is located in northeast Olmsted County, a wooded area just outside city limits away from city noise and traffic but close to Rochester hotels, restaurants, and shopping.

2) How much will I be charged? Back to Top
Our rate is $75/hr for audio and $650/minute for video which covers just about everything related to producing reference masters, ready for duplication or replication.

3) Am I required to pay up front? Back to Top
Payment is usually 1/2 down of the estimate, with the balance to be delivered before reference masters are delivered to the client. A free initial session is scheduled in order to estimate the project. Final costs may vary.

4) Will I have to sign a contract in order to record with PWR? Back to Top
No. However, we are required to keep records. For a typical project, the following process is usually used:

- The studio invites you to a free pre-production interview during which no charge is made. We become aware of your goals/requirements and obtain an understanding or "feel" for the project timeline, duration, additional equipment, special services, etc.

- A quotation is delivered verbally and in writing. You'll provide down payment and signature indicating acceptance of the estimate, terms, and schedule.

- The studio will note progress using session tracking sheets, either requiring approval after each session or at selected intervals.

- Final acceptance of the project results in transfer of reference masters and payment balance.

5) I need musicians or announcers for my project. Back to Top
The studio has in-house and local talent available to assist with your project. Minnesota is ripe with artists; we can help you find them.

6) I have a movie project. Can I develop it at PWR? Back to Top
We do storyboarding and complete video post-production digital non-linear video editing and audio, meaning the same great audio recording can be integrated into a full-blown music video or feature presentation.

7) I need photos for my project and help producing the the artwork. Back to Top
There are high quality artwork services in Rochester and numerous sources in the Twin Cities. We enjoy providing photos for your project, either taken at the studio or an external shoot location.

8) What kind of equipment does Pine Woods Recording use? Back to Top
Both Studio A and Studio B run Digidesign Pro Tools digital-based computer non-linear editing platforms, Studio A using the HD3 system with 192 I/O, while Studio B uses a MixPlus system with Apogee convertors.

We use Neumann, AKG, Audio Technica, and Shure mics, Neve, True Systens and Presonus preamps, Empirical Labs, FMR, and DBX processors, Genelec and Yamaha monitors, and Mogami cable to create accurate high quality recordings and mixes. Video Studio C uses Final Cut Studio video editing suite, Canopus video interfaces, Sony video decks, and Panasonic cameras to create video productions.

9) Can I bring in my own producer? Back to Top
We offer service ranging from simple engineering to expert production of CD releases or DVD video. We can be as "hands-on" as you need. Recommendation - try our production, you won't be disappointed!

10) How long will it take to finish my record my CD or video? Back to Top
Production is a dynamic process. For audio production a consistent rule-of-thumb is that edit, mix, and master of a CD will take about the same time span spent recording it. A typical full length CD taking 50 hours to record will usually require 50 hours to finalize. Videos require careful planning, methodical image collection, audio recording, and timeline production.

11) Can I bring my friends to the production sessions? Back to Top
Of course, if your guests can help you achieve the success you desire, we will gladly accommodate them. Keep in mind - it's your project!

12) Do you do CD or DVD duplication/replication? Back to Top
We can make master reference discs for clients. We can provide recommendations for excellent duplication or mass replication facilities in Minneapolis or via the Web.

13) Do you have an internship program? Back to Top
During busy periods we like to accept qualified students looking to acquire experience in the studio. Call or send a resume to P.O. Box 943, Rochester MN 55903.

14) What types of music or video do you specialize in? Back to Top
Pine Woods Recording specializes in all types of recording and video production. Singers, bands, songwriters, ensembles, music videos, documentaries, soundtracks...there are few styles that we have not produced here!




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