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Session Attendance

Because Torchlight Productions Recording Studio is located in a private residence, it is imperative that you discuss the session attendance list with the studio before bringing people to your session. Please do not take it upon yourself to invite people to the studio without studio permission, even if you feel that they are an integral part of the recording process. The only people who should be present during a given session are the artists, the client (Executive Producer), the producer, the songwriter, if appropriate, and of course, the recording engineer.

Be Prepared

As an artist you should be well rehearsed before entering the studio. Booked studio time is not rehearsal time. For some artists this can be a hard lesson to learn. Be professional and be prepared.

Have a Session Plan

Prior to beginning a session, the "session plan" should be understood by all involved parties. At a minimum, those parties include the engineer, the producer, and the artist. Modifying this plan during a session can result in poor time management and inefficient use of funding. Everyone involved in the session should understand and support a common goal.

What You Can Expect in a Recording Session

If the engineer knows ahead of time what the session plan is going to be, he may choose to prepare the studio for the session prior to the artist's arrival. That could include setting up microphones and DI boxes, laying cables, and setting up preamplifiers, effects processors, and the recording console.

  • When you arrive you should be made to feel comfortable and welcome. You will have ample time to set up your instruments, warm up your vocal chords and mentally prepare yourself for a good, solid session.
  • A typical session consists of recording basic rhythm tracks first to provide a foundation on which to lay the other "overdubbed" tracks. Rhythm tracks are usually instruments such as drums, bass, rhythm guitar, keyboards, etc. If appropriate, sometimes a vocal artist is asked to lay down a "scratch vocal” track. This track is meant to provide guidance to the rest of the band. Later in the recording process a stronger lead vocal track is usually recorded with the intention of using it to replace the scratch vocal.
  • If the session is to consist of overdubbed tracks, and it generally does, the engineer may ask for each instrument to be recorded separately, or he may select key instruments to be recorded at the same time.
  • From time to time, the engineer may ask the artist if he/she would like to come into the control room to hear the playback. This is a good way to take a quick break and listen to what has been recorded so far. Keep in mind that a recording session is not a mix session. The engineer is not likely to waste time and your money creating mixes at this point in the process. Also, mixing often requires a different frame of mind. The point of your recording session is to RECORD.
  • At the end of the recording session, the engineer will remove his equipment (microphones, DI boxes, cables, etc.) from the studio BEFORE the artist starts to pack up his equipment. There is a very good reason for this, so please be patient.

Session Payment

It is Torchlight Productions policy to receive payment immediately following a recording session. If the client/artist fails to make payment by the end of a given recording session, the studio reserves the right to place a hold on the artist/client's project. No further sessions may be scheduled until such time that payment is made.

Payment for editing, mixing, and mastering sessions can be made at the completion of a project instead of at the end of each editing, mixing, or mastering session, if the artist/client so desires. When the project is completed Torchlight Productions will provide the artist/client with the agreed upon product, assuming that the artist/client can make the final payment. The studio will only release the product to the artist/client once payment is rendered. That is our policy and it is firm.

Session Cancellation

If a client wishes to cancel a session, he/she must do so with at least 48 hours notice.  Clients who cancel sessions with less than 48 hours notice will be billed for the reserved session time.  The balance will be due within 30 days or prior to booking any future sessions, whichever is the lesser.

 Policy Regarding "Mix CDs" 

There is a fixed, non-negotiable price for creating non-mastered "Mix CDs" using studio-supplied CD-Rs and cases. That price is $5.00 per CD. If the client does not want to be charged for creating a Mix CD, he/she has the option of providing his/her own CDRs and cases.  This is our policy, and it is firm.


All TLP clients and projects are handled with the same level of professionalism.