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Jam Eater Records

The Studio

Jam Eater is a residential-based recording studio in Oceanside, NY.

Rates

8 Hour Block - 200

4 Hour Block - 120

Full payment is due at the end of each session, without exception. Please do not show up to record without the means to pay for your session. Jam Eater accepts personal checks and cash, as well as PayPal, Venmo, and Quickpay.

Samples

FAQ

What time of day do sessions start?

Most sessions start at Noon and end at 8pm. Just ask if you'd like to work different hours. We generally ask that sessions end by 10pm.

Can I record for more than 8 hours at a time?

Yes, provided you give us heads up and don’t ask when you get to the studio. Its $35/hr for each additional hour after the first 8.

Are there special rates for mixing? How long will it take?

No, normal studio rates apply. As for how much time you should book for mixing, there are a bunch of factors at play; the number of tracks / instruments / vocals, the amount of editing and processing you want to perform (effects, automation, etc), and the extent to which the songs are similar to or different from each other (we can save time by retaining settings from song to song). If you can fill me in on these details, I’m pretty good at guessing how long the mixing will take.

Can we work [insert unreasonable number here] hours straight without a break?

Please understand that to do a good job, it is important to have a break at some point in the day. We usually break for around 30 minutes a day, sometimes an hour, depending on how crunched we are for time.

How can I back up my sessions/files?

Bring a decent sized flash drive or portable hard drive. Project files usually range from 1-10GB per song. We don't have enough disk space to keep your files in our computers forever after your project is completed, so you will need some kind of storage solution anyway. We recommend backing up your data in at least two locations, so make sure you have either two hard drives, or a hard drive and a computer you can back up to. Jam Eater is NOT responsible for your files after a project is completed.

Can you send me rough mixes of the sessions at the end of each day?

Yes, but only during booked time/at the cost of the standard rate. This means if you want mixes for the session we need to end early. Bouncing & emailing mixes takes time and effort. I don’t really encourage this in general, as bands tend to be overly critical of unmixed, unfinished matirial. It usually causes more problems than it aleiviates.

Should I bring my own amp, drums, keyboard etc?

It never hurts to bring the gear you are most comfortable with. This applies especially to guitars, effects pedals, kick drum pedals, snare drums, and cymbals. We have an array of gear (see equipment list) for use at no extra cost. One thing to keep in mind when recording on a budget is that we can often get good sounds with our own gear more quickly.

So we brought our guitars but forgot to change our strings, thats cool right?

No! You can get away with old strings on stage, but not in the studio. If you forgot to change strings, you can use any of the studio guitars, which are always kept in top shape. If you inisist on using your guitars, you can buy strings from me. for $5 a pack. We keep packs of most guages on hand. I'm not letting you record with rusty strings. This will make or break your record. So please, change your strings a day or two before coming into the studio. Old bass strings can be ok, though.

Pre-Production: What can I do to prepare for recording?

  1. Practice! While practicing, make a simple demo and listen to it as a band.
  2. Make sure you know the parts everyone else in the band is playing. There's often confusion when someone will hear a part they never heard before and don't like. Arguments ensue and we don't like fighting in the studio. It's unproductive.
  3. Provide us with audio examples of the kinds of sounds you want to achieve.
  4. Make more demos! Take any recordings you've made and figure out possible overdubs such as solos and backup vocals. You have no idea how much time ($$$!) can be wasted on figuring out one harmony while in the studio.

Equipment

Mics

  • AKG C414 B-ULS 1x
  • Ev RE20 – 1x
  • Sm7b – 1x
  • Sennheiser MD421 – 1x
  • Sm81 – 2x
  • Audix D6 – 1x
  • Sm57 – 2x
  • Sm58 – 1x
  • Sennheiser – e609 – 1x
  • Sennheiser – e604 – 3x
  • AT 2050 – 1x
  • Assorted cheap dynamics – 5x

Preamps/DI

  • Universal Audio 4-710D - 4 ch
  • Universal Audio Apollo – 4ch
  • Focusrite ISA Two – 2ch
  • Art pro MPA II (tube swap) – 2ch
  • Cloudlifter CL-1 - 1ch
  • Radial JDI – DI box
  • Radial JCR – Reamp Box

Amps/cabs

  • Orange OR 15
  • Fender blues jr. III
  • Mojotone 1x12 Cab w/vintage 30
  • 1x15 Bass Cab w/Eminence Legend CB158
  • Ampeg Portaflex 350

Pedals

  • EH memory man delay
  • EH Big muff pi (russian)
  • EH Freeze
  • EH LBP1 boost
  • Way Huge Green Rhino
  • MXR Dynacomp
  • T-rex reverb
  • Boss ds1 distortion
  • Boss RC3 loop station
  • Boss flanger
  • Boss tuner
  • Ernie ball vp jr

Guitars

  • Gretch Electromatic g5120 hollow body
  • Fender strat (mexican)
  • Squire p-bass
  • Epiphone sheraton II
  • Takamine g series acoustic
  • Takamine EF341SC (amazing) acoustic electric (available upon request)
  • Savanah banjo (open back)

Keys/Synths

  • Alesis 49 key usb-midi keyboard
  • NES Chip Maestro
  • Toy accordion
  • Baby piano

Etc

  • Glockenspiel
  • Cornet
  • Clarinet
  • Kalimba (key of e)

Drums & Percussion

  • Rogers 4pc Kit 20″16″13″12″ (70’s)
  • Ludwig black beauty snare 14×5
  • K Custom Dark Hi Hats 14″
  • K custom dark crash 16″
  • Zildjian ZHT Medium ride 20″
  • Zildjian ZBT Hi Hats 14″
  • Misc percussion (tambourines, maracas, egg shakers, wood block)
  • Iron Cobra Single Kick Pedal
  • Tune Bot drum tuner
  • Drum Dial

Converters

  • Universal audio apollo

Monitoring

  • Focal CMS 65 Monitors
  • PSB Platinum M2 Monitors
  • Radial MC3 Monitor Controller
  • Art Head Amp 6 Pro
  • Senheisser HD280 (2x)
  • Senheisser HD350 (1x)
  • Audio Technicha ATH M50 (2x)
  • Direct Sound ESX 29(1x)

Software

  • Logic X, Logic Pro 9
  • Pro Tools 11
  • UAD plugins
  • PSP Vintage Warmer