FAQ

Got questions? We’ve got answers. Here’s pretty much everything you need to know about recording at our studio:

How do I book a recording session?

You can visit our booking page and fill out the online form to book a recording session. The online form collects all the information we need to set up and personalize the studio for your recording session.

Once we receive your booking request, we’ll email you a confirmation and an online payment request. And we’ll contact you if we need more information.

We’ll have the studio set up for you and your guests, if you’re bringing any, before you arrive to record. All you have to do is arrive on time and get comfortable. If you have any questions, please email us: studio@permanentrcrd.com.

Will you help me record my podcast or audio project?

Of course! A Permanent RCRD engineer will be on hand to make sure all the tech and gear is set up and runs smoothly for your recording session. All you have to do is show up, sit down and talk. The engineer completes a quick tech/gear setup before you arrive, performs a short sound check with you, and goes over a microphone technique for each recording session. The engineer also initiates and finishes the recording process for every session. The engineer will also transfer your audio files to your USB storage device or upload them to a private cloud folder where you can access them remotely following your session.

We provide an optional Monitoring Service. If you contract this service, an engineer will remain in the studio room for the duration of your session and monitor your recording at a rate of $20 per hour. The engineer only remains in the room to monitor your recording if you contract the optional Monitoring Service.

How does the studio record my audio?

We record in multitrack with digital audio software. This means every microphone being recorded has its own audio channel or track, and every channel/track results in an individual studio quality, 24 bit WAV audio file. So, for example, if your party of three records in our studio, you will receive three separate, synched studio-quality WAV audio files. If you would like your multitrack WAV files mixed down to a single audio file, let us know and we’ll perform the mix down at no extra charge. We also record a backup session on a digital audio recorder. Does this sound complicated? No worries, we’ll make it easy!

Can a guest or co-host call into the studio?

Yes, your guest(s) or co-host(s) can call into the studio using our Skype number, or we can call your guest’s phone or computer from the studio via Skype. We can also use another third-party software to call and record a remote participant, depending on your guest’s setup.

What equipment and software is available?

You can learn more about our industry standard equipment and software here. Here is a list of the studio’s current gear and software that’s available:

    • Sennheiser E835 Dynamic Microphones
    • Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphones
    • Audio-Technica ATR 2100 Dynamic Microphones
    • Sterling Audio ST51 Condenser Microphones
    • Cloudlifter CL-4 Mic Activators
    • Focusrite Scarlett Audio Interfaces
    • Behringer U-Phoria UMC 404 HD Audio Interfaces
    • Behringer Xenyx 1204 USB Mixer
    • Zoom Digital Recorders
    • Sony Monitor Headphones
    • Logitech HD Webcam C920
    • Apple Computers
    • Adobe Audition
    • Rogue Amoeba Audio Hijack
  • Skype
  • Ecamm Skype Call Recorder

Can I bring my own recording gear?

Yes, you can bring your own recording gear. Please let us know what equipment/gear you plan to bring before arriving.

What happens to my audio after a recording session?

Immediately following your session, we will transfer your audio files to your portable USB storage device. If you do not have a storage device, we will upload your files to a private cloud folder where you can access them remotely. Please note: Uploading can take from two to four hours, depending on file size and our engineer’s schedule and availability. We archive your session files for thirty days.

How many people can I bring to my recording session?

Our studio recording rooms are typically set up to record up to four people at a time. We can accommodate up to 6 people recording at once, but please note: If you need more than 4 people on mic at the same time, we will charge a $7 setup fee for each additional microphone setup.

If you have a producer or guests that will not be on mic, they are free to sit with you in the studio room or wait in our lobby.

Can you edit my podcast after recording?

Permanent RCRD does not offer editing and post-production services at this time. However, we do send every client a “Post-production Best Practices” email, which outlines recommended steps for editing and mastering a podcast. We can also recommend some great podcast editors. Just ask!

Do you have free wifi for guests and clients?

Yes. We’ll set you up when you come in.

Can I bring food or drinks?

You can bring food into our lobby, but please do not bring food into the studio rooms. Drinks are fine in both the lobby and studio rooms. Our fridge and drink table is typically stocked with water, coffee, and tea. Help yourself!

How do I pay for studio rental?

Before your session, we’ll email you an online payment request. We ask that you pay for your session before arriving.

What is the cancelation policy?

If you need to reschedule or cancel a session, please do so at least 24 hours before your session. You can do this by clicking the “Cancel” option in your confirmation email, or by emailing us at studio@permanentrcrd.com. If you do not cancel at least 24 hours before your session, we will not charge you the full amount of your booked session, but we will charge a 15% cancelation fee.

What happens if I don’t show up to my session?

If you schedule a recording session but don’t show up and don’t contact us to cancel the session, you will be charged for the full amount of the booked session. (If you can’t make it, avoid the full charge by emailing us: studio@permanentrcrd.com.)

How early can I arrive to my session?

We ask that you arrive no sooner than 10 minutes before your session is scheduled to begin.

What happens if I’m late to my session?

If you know you’re going to be late to your session, please give us a heads up by contacting us right away by emailing studio@permanentrcrd.com, or by calling or texting (737) 210-2931. We’ll do our very best to accommodate you based on the studio’s schedule for that day. It’s possible we might need to reschedule your session for another day.

If you are more than 20 minutes late, and you didn’t contact us to give us a heads up, we will cancel your session and you will be charged the full amount of the booked session.

What’s the parking situation?

You can park in any open parking space in the building lot; if there’s a parking attendant on the premises, just let them know you are heading upstairs to the studio and you’ll be able to park in the lot for free. Please note: The lot can sometimes fill up; please try to factor this possibility into your schedule.

Here is a handy graphic to help you find our building and parking lot.

How do you pronounce your name?

It’s pronounced pur-muh-nuhnt rek-erd. Like the permanent record your principal warned you about in middle school.

Do you have other guidelines I should be aware of?

Yes, here are our General Guidelines:

Please let us know beforehand whether you have any special requests (including the need for wheelchair accessible entrance, etc.) or further questions before you arrive. We’re here to help you have a great recording session. Our studio guidelines, implemented to ensure a great session for all parties, are listed below:

    • We’ll confirm the functionality and inventory of our equipment before you begin your recording. Our guidelines for our property are as follows:

      • Damage to the space, property, equipment or software facilitated by the renter-client becomes the financial responsibility of the renter-client.
    • We ask that you don’t smoke inside the premises or enter with any illegal drugs.
  • We choose to prohibit guns from the premises, so please don’t bring any firearms.