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Frequently Asked Questions



General Questions


1. What exactly does Session Pros do?
2. What makes Session Pros different from other sites that offer similar services?
3. Your web site and your Estimates Page confuse me. Can you help me?

File Questions

4. What type of mp3 do I send you?
5. What recording format do you use?
6. What format do you send me the files in?
7. How do I send you my files?
8. If I don't have high-speed Internet how do I send you my songs?
9. If I use a different DAW than you how do I import them?
10. Do I get to keep the raw tracks from the sessions?

Session Preparation

11. What if I have lyrics only?
12. Do I need charts for the songs?
13. Do I need to have arrangements done for the sessions?
14. What can I do to make it easiest for the musician's and the studio - or - what can I do to keep the number of session hours down so I can save money?

Session Questions

15. How do I hear and produce the sessions live like you tell me I can?
16. What is the difference between regular, special, and limited pressing recordings?
17. What if I don't like what the musician played on my recording?
18. What about analog?
19. How do I know how long to book the session for?

Talent Questions

20. What if the musician I want is not on your list?
21. What do I do if the person I want to use isn't available?
22. What if I need an instrument that no one on your list plays?
23. Why do you recommend that Session pros books horn and string sections as opposed to letting us select the players ourselves??
24. How come you have a bunch of musicians on your list I've never heard of?
25. What reason may a musician have to refuse to do my session?

Critique Sessions

26. How do the Critique session work?

Payment Questions

27. How and when do I pay for the session?
28. What if the session runs longer than expected?
29. What about union contracts - how does that work?
30. Can I pay over a period of time?
31. Do you have Bulk Discount rates?
32. How are the rates charged - is it all blocked as 3-hr sessions?
33. I really like your service but it's still out of my price range. Is there anything we can work out?
34. What can I do with my song after I'm finished?
35. My English isn't so great - do you have translators?

Songwriter Session Questions

36. What if I want to sing on my own Songwriter Session?
37. What instruments do you use for the Songwriter Sessions?
38. What if I want to add more instruments to the Songwriter Sessions?
39. What can I use my Songwriter session songs for?


 

General Questions
' 1. What exactly does Session Pros do?
a. For a full description of what we do and the services we supply please see the About Us page.

 2. What makes Session Pros different from other sites that offer similar services?
a. There are several things that separate us. The most notable of which is you can get an estimate for our services from the front page of the web site without becoming a member or paying a fee. You can also hire multiple musicians for a session and choose your studio, engineer, and producer. Our Newsletter, Blog, and Podcast are designed to not only keep you informed on what were doing but also to help you do what you do better by offering you tips on recording and playing. We also offer the critique sessions that enable you to virtually take a lesson with your favorite musician, engineer, producer, or other talent. We will be adding services and growing as a community as we move along.

 3. Your web site and your Estimates Page confuse me. Can you help me?
a. We have a tutorial in our Support Section that walks you through the Estimates Page.


File Questions

 4. What type of mp3 do I send you?
a. Any kind of mp3 is fine. Please see the "Preparing your files" in the Support section of our site or download the PDF here.

 5. What recording format do you use?
a. This depends on the studio you choose. Formats range from analog to all or most of the computer based programs.

 6. What format do you send me the files in?
a. For computer-based recording we send you either WAV or AIFF files which can be dropped into whichever program you use. We also send you the raw program session files. If the studio you choose records in the format you want you will be able to load that file directly into your system.

 7. How do I send you my files?
a. You can upload them to our ftp site. The directions are in the "Preparing your files" section of the site. You can download the PDF here.

 8. If I don't have high-speed Internet how do I send you my songs?
a. You can mail us CDs of the tracks.

 9. If I use a different DAW than you how do I import them?
a. All the files we send you will start at the same measure as your files. You can drag whole files and drop them into your computer program.

 10. Do I get to keep the raw tracks from the sessions?
a. Yes except for the Songwriter sessions where you will receive the full mix.


Session Preparation

 11. What if I have lyrics only?
a. We suggest you contact one of our songwriters who can help you with the chords and melody and creating a chart.

 12. Do I need charts for the songs?
a. It certainly helps. If you have tracks for our musicians to play to and no chart please expect this to add 1 or more hours per song to the session time depending on the part needed to be transcribed. Please see "Preparing your charts" in the Preparation section of our Support pages for more details on chart options.

 13. Do I need to have arrangements done for the sessions?
a. Arrangements vary depending on what you want from the session. If you want specific parts played by specific instruments then you will need to write them out and this is an arrangement. If you want the players to create their own parts based on a chord chart then you do not. If you want a horn section or background vocal parts you really should have an arrangement. You can search for arrangers on our site.

 14. What can I do to make it easiest for the musician's and the studio - or - what can I do to keep the number of session hours down so I can save money?
a. Have charts!!! Please see "Preparing your charts" in the Preparation section of our Support pages for more details. We cant stress enough how smoothly this will help make a session go.
b. If you are sending tracks for musician's to play along with make sure they are grooving and with a click. If a drummer has to find his or her way through a bad track it is going to add time to the session. In cases where it is really difficult the musician's will play to the click and you will have to edit the tracks to match.
c. Set up your tracks as listed in the "Prepping your files" document in the Preparation section of our Support pages for more details.


Session Questions

 15. How do I hear and produce the sessions live like you tell me I can?
a. Some studios can broadcast the session using a plug-in called Source-Live. You can listen to the session live on the Internet. All you need is the QuickTime plug in for your web browser. You can then communicate with the studio via iChat, AIM, or Skype using text messaging to produce your session live.

 16. What is the difference between regular, special, and limited pressing recordings?
a. Regular Sessions are for big budget albums (CDs) and are booked with a minimum of three hours for a total of 15 minutes of recorded music. Overtime is booked in 30-minute segments and includes an additional 5 minutes of recorded music.
b. Special Sessions are similar to Regular sessions but they have a 1&1/2 hour minimum call for 7&1/2 minutes of recorded minutes. Overtime is added in 1/2-hour increments.
c. Limited Pressing Scale is for CDs that will sell 10,000 units or less. There is a two-hour minimum call for musicians and the finished product can contain 7&1/2 minutes of music for each hour of the session.

 17. What if I don't like what the musician played on my recording?
a. Since we're hiring players for sessions there are no corrections. We can't have them load the gear back in and redo something for you. If you want to be able to produce live and comment on their playing we suggest you choose a studio where you can listen live over the Internet. In some of the budget studios you may be able to work it out where the studio can email you the tracks and you can listen to it. Be warned - this will take up studio time waiting for tracks to be sent back and forth.

 18. What about analog?
a. Some studios have analog 2" capabilities. Please check the studio specs.

 19. How do I know how long to book the session for?
a. On the estimates page we have a Session Time Calculator where upon answering a few questions you can get an approximation of the amount of time it may take to do your session. Once we get the files from you we may want to discuss the amount of time with you. Factors for deciding session length include number of players and overdubs, whether or not charts exist, and such.


Talent Questions

 20. What if the musician I want is not on your list?
a. Please tell us who you'd like to have and we will do our best to make it happen. Were adding new musicians all the time.

 21. What do I do if the person I want to use isn't available?
a. We can recommend someone else or you can wait until your first choice becomes available.

 22. What if I need an instrument that no one on your list plays?
a. Please tell us what you need and we'll do our best to find a quality musician who plays it. Were adding musicians all the time and we're based in Los Angeles - there is someone here who plays it and plays it incredibly well!

 23. Why do you recommend that Session pros books horn and string sections as opposed to letting us select the players ourselves?
a. There are two main reasons. One is scheduling issues. Our String and Horn Players are all very busy either doing session or on the road and it may be exceptionally difficult to get the exact people you want together at the same time. The other main reason is our contractors know which players work well together and this will make the tracks sound better and the session go more smoothly. We will work with you to make sure you are happy with you horn or string sections.

 24. How come you have a bunch of musicians on your list Ive never heard of?
a. There are a lot of great musicians out there who you may have never heard of before. While you may not know them you probably know the people they have played with. We wanted to have a broad spectrum of talent to choose from. This is especially notable in our list of vocalists. Some are seasoned studio singers and some are very talented singer/songwriters. We've enlisted singers with different types of voices and styles to better help you find the right choice for your recording. All of the people on our list have been chosen because they are unique, sing in tune, and work quickly in the studio.

 25. What reason may a musician have to refuse to do my session?
a. We don't ask the musicians why they dont want to play on certain session (part of their right-to-privacy) but reasons may include the musician may not feel comfortable with the tracks you send or sometimes they may just not feel like it.


Critique Sessions

 26. How do the Critique Sessions work?
a. You send us the recording or lyrics you want critiqued. Your selected artist will listen to it and either give you comments on video or in written form. Some of our artists prefer to only do it in writing. If your Critique session is done on video you will see your artist listening and making comments on your recording. They may even stop the recording to comment. Think of it like a private lesson on your playing, writing, mixing or whatever.


Payment Questions

 27. How and when do I pay for the session?
a. We accept credit cards over the Internet or over the phone. Funding needs to be secured before the session starts.

 28. What if the session runs longer than expected?
a. You have the choice of ending the session or paying for overtime. We will take care to make sure the estimated time of the session will cover what you need.

 29. What about union contracts - how does that work?
a. We take care of filing the necessary union contracts. You will be the signatory on the contracts.

 30. Can I pay over a period of time?
a. We cannot accommodate payment over time. The session needs to secure payment within enough time to cancel the studio or the musician if the payment doesn't come through.

 31. Do you have Bulk Discount rates?
a. Not really. The more hours you book you'll find the rates go down per hour for the amount of music you can record.

 32. How are the rates charged - is it all blocked as 3-hr sessions?
a. No. Regular sessions have a three-hour-minimum, special sessions start with a 1&1/2-hour-minimum and Limited Pressing sessions have a two-hour-minimum. All types of sessions add on in 1/2 hour increments

 33. I really like your service but it's still out of my price range. Is there anything we can work out?
a. We can't lower the prices as we are bound by union rates but you can save money by choosing a less-expensive studio, musician, or engineer. You can play around with the Estimates page and see what you can work out. The longer the session the more money you can save. If you can't find a solution please call or write us and we'll see if we can help you figure it out.

 34. What can I do with my song after I'm finished?
a. This depends largely on what you want to do with it. If it is used for a use other than what it was originally planned and this adds to the price of the original session you will have to make up the rest of the payment. For instance, if you record musicians and pay them for a limited pressing but sell more than the limit you will have to pay the balance up to what a Special or Regular session would pay.

 35. My English isn't so great - do you have translators?
a. We can find translators for you and charge on an hourly rate.


Songwriter Sessions

 36. What if I want to sing on my own Songwriter Session?
a. First - make sure it's better for you to go with the Songwriter Session instead of hiring individual players.
b. If you are sure you want to sing on the tracks you can send us your vocal track done to a click and we'll fly it in for the session. We don't send the individual track files for the Songwriter sessions.
c. You can add your vocals over the mixed track we send you.

 37. What instruments do you use for the Songwriter Sessions?
a. We have two packages
i. Piano or guitar and vocals
ii. Drums, bass, guitar, keys, and vocals

 38. What if I want to add more instruments to the Songwriter Sessions?
a. We can add another musician to the Songwriter Session tracks at the regular Session Pros rates.

 39. What can I use my Songwriter session songs for?
a. The contract for the songwriter sessions is for Limited Pressing use. If you are going to use the song for some other use, such as in a film, you will need to pay a rate for the appropriate session scale.


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