Bird Records is an independent label with a primary focus on artist development. Through education and collaboration, we strive to build strong relationships with musicians, making and selling new music in a way that they are proud of. We help musicians realize the highest quality audio recordings of their original artistry. We work to align them with causes of their choice. We market their music and further align them with the fans in the public and business sectors. We are committed to releasing exceptional music. We are determined to properly develop our artists. We are enthusiastic about creating a true community of music lovers. We are modestly optimistic.
For booking, please email info@birdrecords-sf.com.
STUDIO FEES: Bird Records recording studio services are $120/hour.
Studio Services include: Recording – Mixing – Demos – Audition Tapes – Editing – Full Band Recording Sessions – Singer/Songwriter Recording Session – Voice overs
RECORDING GEAR:
-Phoenix Audio DSR-8 Mic Pre Amp – UA 6176 Mic Pre Amp – Yamaha DM2000 Mixing Board
-Neumann U87 Microphone – Neumann KM184s – Cascade Fathead Mics – Audix DP-Series Drum mics – Slate Digital VMS Virtual Microphone System – d:vote™ 4099P Stereo Microphone System for Piano
-ProTools HD 16×16 – Apple Mac Pro 6 Core – Raven Slate Touch Screen System
INSTRUMENTS:
-Keys: Yamaha C3 Conservatory Grand Piano – Multiple Roland keyboards, Yamaha Keyboards and Controllers
-Amps:  Fender Deluxes, Twins, Super Reverbs – Ampeg – Lunch Boxes
-Drums: Rogers (vintage) – DW – Slingerland (vintage) – Yamaha
-Guitars: Gibson 135 studio – Fender Relic – Fender P-bass (vintage) Fender Jazz and Jaguar Basses – Engelhardt Custom Upright Bass

SESSION MUSICIANS:
Bird Records has a network of session musicians that can play on your tracks including guitar, bass, drum, piano, and other instruments upon request. The fee for these services is $100/hour per musician.
 

FAQ:

Do you charge by the hour?

Yes, we charge $120/hour and we require a 2 hour minimum for all sessions.  Rate includes house engineer.

What are the hidden costs?

There are no instruments or recording equipment that you will be charged extra to use at Bird.

Can we get a tour of the studio?
Of course. Email is easiest, or call us at (415)441-3551. We’d love to show you around.

Do you have a demo CD of tracks from Bird?

Check out these rad records we’ve made at Bird.  You’ll be stoked: https://birdrecordingfoundation.bandcamp.com

Do you work weekends?

Yes we do!  Weekends are popular, please be sure to schedule these well in advance as they fill up fast!

Can we come in early or the night before to set up?
No. Sessions begin at the time you schedule them.

What’s a producer?
In general terms: A producer is someone who is heavily involved in your project, possibly attending shows and rehearsals, working on arrangements, checking your equipment, recommending outside musicians, deciding what songs to record and more. They will see your project through completion, and help you get the best takes. A producer doesn’t have to be an engineer, and you may see sessions where a producer and engineer work together. One would hire a producer based on the quality of the previous work this producer has done, familiarity with their style and an understanding that they will be calling the shots and raising the quality of the album project.

What’s a co-producer?
In general terms: A co-producer is someone who will engineer your album and make suggestions and subjective comments in order for you to make the best recording possible. They will be active in assessing takes and suggesting sounds, arrangements, etc. Usually they will jump into the session cold on the first day. Generally they will be the sole engineer as well. One would hire a co-producer based on work they’ve done before and their familiarity with the studio being used.

What’s an engineer?
In general terms: An engineer is someone that knows how to operate the recording equipment in the studio, get sounds and accommodate the requests of the artist or producer. One would hire an engineer based on a recommendation from the studio, work they’ve done before and their familiarity with the studio being used.

Do you do voiceovers, video editing, music for film or radio spots?

Yes, we love doing work for commercial businesses.

Can I bring my own engineer for my sessions?
Yes, but we’ll need to talk to them and see if they are qualified to run the studio.

Is Bird non-smoking?
Yes. Smoke cigarettes outside only.  Consumption of alcohol is also prohibited in the Bird.

 

Pricing Examples

Songwriter Two-Song EP – Full Band

Description Quantity Unit Price Cost
Recording Session 2 hours $120 $240
Post Production 6 hours $120 $720
(Optional) Guitar Session Musician 2 hours $120 $240
(Optional) Bass Session Musician 2 hours $120 $240
(Optional) Drums Session Musician 2 hours $120 $240
(Optional) Piano Session Musician 2 hours $120 $240
Total $960-$1,920

Four-Song EP – Full Band

Description Quantity Unit Price Cost
Recording Session 7 hours $120 $840
Post Production 8 hours $120 $960
(Optional) Guitar Session Musician 4 hours $100 $400
(Optional) Bass Session Musician 4 hours $100 $400
(Optional) Drums Session Musician 4 hours $100 $400
(Optional) Piano Session Musician 4 hours $100 $400
Total $1,800-$3,400