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Resonate Sound is a professional recording studio located in Chicago’s northwest suburb of Arlington Heights, just a 20 minute drive from O’Hare airport. We offer audio recording services for music, voice-over and audio post. Call us today at 847-483-5052 or email Jon at jonweber@resonatesound.com.

About

Resonate Sound started in the early 90’s under the name Energy Command Studios and has become a top-notch recording studio. Based in the heart of the northwest suburbs in Arlington Heights, Illinois, the studio offers top quality recording and audio post production for all aspects of music production, radio & TV advertisement and audio for video without the hurdles and high cost of downtown studios.

Over the past two decades, the studio has become known for the comfortable atmosphere that allows bands, songwriters, musicians, artists and voice talents to sculpt their sound. Whether recording a full-length CD or working on a fresh set of tracks for a demo, or adding narration to a project, the studio has the flexibility to meet our clients’ needs. Full production services, songwriting, arrangement, engineering, mastering, music editing, Pro Tools mixing, drum gridding and editing, hard disk recording, MIDI production, voice overs, direct to CD recording, live recording and a great live tracking environment are just a sample of the offerings from Resonate Sound.

The studio has an outstanding live room with its custom floating floor and 15 foot ceilings. Bands can track all at once, or take a traditional studio track-at-a-time recording and overdub as they need. A unique feature of the studio is the visibility through all of the rooms at the facility, which allows multiple players to be isolated while still seeing the other band members. On larger projects, bands can also set-up and play together in the large live room to maintain the feel of playing live.

Resonate has produced acts that range in style from Pop/Rock, Blues, Country, Metal, Folk, Jazz, Gospel, Hip Hop, R&B, rap and more. The studio has a wide array of musicians available for projects, and engineers on call for specific needs. Two accomplished independent producers, Jon Weber and David Banks, are often tapped by clients for their production skills.

We can also provide entire music arrangements, music beds, drum tracks, beats, etc., which all help to complete a band sound. DK Drum Beats was added to house a drum set-up with ready to record top of the line SJC custom drum kit, all mic’d with a dedicated Pro Tools Rig.

While we often work with package rate structures based on client needs, we also have traditional hourly bookings. For larger projects we can custom tailor a rate package to fit your needs along with studio and engineer availability. We look for ways to wisely use your budget by learning about your needs and finding recording packages or block time arrangements which often work well for artists with longer term projects. We welcome discussing your project and will work to find ways to fit within budgets.



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Welcome to Resonate Sound, located in Arlington Heights, IL.



Recording

We are NOT seeking internship candidates at this time. We apologize in advance, but we simply cannot honor all of the requests for people to sit-in on sessions, be interns, etc. We can not provide daily or on-demand tours. Also, we are not a rehearsal space.

Looking to record? – click here to learn about the process

We are happy to work with independent engineers and producers who need a great place at which to track. For those that have home studios but still need a great room and high end gear to work with to get that ‘sound’, Resonate Sound is really worth checking out! We have a great selection of plugins, pre amps, mics, instruments and creative tools to help your sound.

Acts that have had music projects produced at the studio range in style from Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop, Rap, Blues, Country, Folk, Metal, International, Jazz, and more. The studio has a wide array of musicians available for projects, and engineers on call for specific needs. Two accomplished independent producers, Jon Weber and Dave Banks, are often called into the studio for their production skills.

While we often work with package rate structures based on client needs, we also have traditional hourly bookings. For larger projects we can custom tailor a rate package to fit your needs along with studio & engineer availability. We look for ways to wisely use your budget by learning about your needs and finding recording packages or block time arrangements which often work well for artists with longer-term projects. We welcome discussing your project and will work to find ways to fit within budgets.

At Resonate, our focus is on producing quality recordings. We have produced songs that have had radio play and even made it to national commercial spots. Our skill and experience can produce songs that compete with anything else that’s out there in recording quality, mixing, and production. Resonate Sound has great pride of a repeat client base.



If you are thinking about recording, we recommend you read this entire page... it has a ton of useful information that can help save you money & time.

Part 1. Some thoughts about recording…

Every band need is unique. The following information is to try to give you an idea of how the recording process generally works. Of course, sitting down in person is the best way to understand what your needs are as a band, songwriter, or artist.

Typically, before we ever get into the discussion of rates we need to get a solid understanding of what your goals are. For example, is the recording one of the following:

Songwriters and acoustic bands often want to enhance their production with percussion, even adding drums, or take their acoustic performance full scale with other instruments. In some cases to attract potential new band members, other times to rework a song idea with a producer to create a production ‘masterpiece’.

Depending on the production arrangement with the artist, the producer may bring in other musicians to help polish the sound – adding other instruments, back-up vocalists, etc., to compliment the overall recording. We have done this many, many times to a level where the artist is amazed with the end product – often exceeding their expectations with such a high level CD / radio quality final master that compares in sound with anything you could buy in a store or hear on a radio.

The most basic demo…

When we hear ‘demo’ that can mean a wide range of sound from the recording production perspective. Some bands a ‘demo’ means they play the tracks live to capture that ‘live sound’ and do so in a couple of recording takes. Then the band sits back, listens and says, “yeah, take #2, we performed well as band, go with that”. In those cases, the band usually has a tighter budget and simply wants us to set up a mix on-the-fly with the mixing console, and spend maybe an hour or so to mix-down their song. This type of approach allows the final product to give the listener an idea that the band is tight, performs well, and has talent in the group. This type of approach, though, is rarely ever turns out a mass production ‘CD’ quality or radio-ready sound.

Track by track…

On the other hand, more often than not, bands want to spend time tracking each instrument. We do this by usually doing scratch music takes while we capture the drummer’s perfect performance. Keep in mind, there are some amazing things that can be done with editing, but in this step, we are generally looking for a steady drumming meter, clean fills, and a groove the rest of the band can perform well to. In some cases, we’ll get usable tracks for bass & rhythm guitar, keys, etc, along with the solid drum track – maybe only needing a minor overdub to fix a small mistake here or there.

From there, we focus the next steps of the recording on each instrument through vocals, one at a time. This ensures each musician / vocalist is focused solely on the part they are recording at that time without having to worry about nuances or pressure of screwing up their take for the rest of the band and having to start from the beginning again to get the groove of the song back.

Once all the instruments and vocals are recorded, and sometimes edited, we assemble the parts to create a final mix. Often this is done with Pro Tools, digitally. And, alternatively, we have the capability to mix a full-scale song with a unlimited tracks. Some mixes warrant the use of both digital mixing and analog outboard gear to make the process perfect for that song’s needs.

The final step…

The final step after the mix is done is mastering. We could write a ton of stuff about mastering, but instead we simply say, that most all songs being distributed to any sized audience need to be mastered. Mastering brings out the potential of the recording, emphasizes detail that sometimes gets lost in a mix, and improves the over sonic quality of the recording.

Keep in mind…

There are many ways to minimize wasting extra time in the studio. The best way is go into the recording process extremely well rehearsed. Have a clear vision on the overall recording goal. Know when you have performed your part well. Have one, or two key members of the band be designated as the final decision makers when it comes to the ‘sound’. Often, too many cooks spoil the dinner when it comes to mixing. Allow engineers to do their job. What you hear during the recording process at any given moment is not necessarily a representation of what you will hear when your song is finished. Engineers have to keep track of a ton of things during recording. What they may be listening to at any given moment is something you can’t hear or are not used to looking for when listening. That is where the years and years of experience recording the engineer has behind the mixing board are extremely valuable. Sure, the recording process has a huge element of trust involved in it – that’s a good reason to make sure you can work with the people involved in recording your songs. And that is what makes meeting in person before the recording session so important. An at length, over the phone discussion before the recording can be very beneficial, too.

One of the worst things an artists/ bands do…

During the recording process, take a rough mix, play it for people, or listen to the rough mix over and over again. People are critics. Their expectations will be blown away a lot more if you wait to show them the final mix. Rough mixes are simply designed to provide a sample of the parts that were recorded for the band to review - never intended for the average listener. Too many times bands take rough mixes out only to either become frustrated with what they hear because levels are not final, nor is the sound ‘dialed in’ for that specific mix. Other times, musicians will want to redo their part over and over again. Recording is simply a snapshot in time. Most people can always do it better and better each and every time they try playing a part. The key is, to find the point where the drums, music, & vocal parts are well executed and ultimately blend and mixing that in a way that makes the overall recording sound great.


Artists and bands really benefit from knowing what they want to accomplish before the record button is every pressed in a studio.


Thinking about a 3 or 4 song demo?

Your budget will drive where to put your recording energy. Leave enough time for mixing. Are you really looking for an all-out "album" sound or simply a solid recording that lets people know you are a great band or artist?

Not sure on what to do?

We try to help narrow down your needs by showing you some examples of what we've done previously (usually this is done in person where you can hear some sound examples – here we describe the budget that was used to get the sound for the artist or band). Also, knowing a bit about your studio experience, playing abilities, and vision of how things would be mixed helps, too. We take all of this into consideration when estimating what your project might cost.

For example, some bands are very particular about a guitar sound or other instruments and want to be part of every step of the recording process (i.e. editing, staging the mix, the actual mix, mastering, and direct the tracking of everyone else’s parts) and others simply chose to rely on our experience as engineers and producers to help guide them to an overall sound that we would consider full and ready to be presented to the world. In many ways, recording can be a partnership in the sense that we at the studio want the best sounding product to go out the door, and so do you. If we let a crappy sounding stuff leave, then that's not good for us, and certainly does not help the band any.

On rare occasions artists & bands have ideas that they can achieve everything from set-up, recording, editing, mixing, vocals, harmonies for 3 or 4 songs in a 5 hour block of time for a {insert low dollar figure here} special that they heard about in some ad. Just so you know, we are not that kind

What we do is work with you, the band/artist. We learn what your expectations are and do our best to meet those. We can show you how to maximize your budget. We do project rates - which helps alleviate a lot of the stress and anxiety rushing through an hourly rate.

Traditional options for recording a band…

1. T & M – We do work on an hourly basis. We ask that you provide an estimate of how much time you think you will need, and then prior to session start, a deposit is paid. After a pre-determined set-up time the clock starts (minus a food break, rest room breaks for the engineer, etc.). Session is paid for that day before any CD product leaves the studio.

This type of situation is best for bands that are completely clear on how they will record, what order they want to record in, who will be the band member designated to make the final call on mix levels and performance takes, etc. The band gets whatever level mix they did during that time on a few CD's when the session ends. We use our media to record onto and, if the band wants the original tracks, they have to provide a formatted hard drive (or buy one from us) and are charged for the time it takes to transfer all session files. We can also put the session files on DVD's or data CD-Rs, but that usually doesn't make much sense when hard drives are so cheap these days.

2. Live tracking – this is where bands track everyone at the same time, we isolate each instrument, sometimes cutting only a scratch vocal track (unless it's a mic'd acoustic guitar, then the guitar player who sings cuts a scratch part and scratch vocals) - then we go back and track the vocal and minimize the overdubs except for glaring mistakes in performance. Then, as best we can, we mix the sound to a 2-track master and call it a day. I've seen full bands with drums track 9 songs in 6 to 8 hours, however, the mixes that come from this are only for 'demo' or ‘concept’ and wouldn't be called a true studio mix (from my perspective). We do try to set a block rate for this type of session up front (again, so we're not clock watching every minute, but generally keeping a very steady pace through the session. We record and mix with an HD recorder, analogue console, and outboard compressors, gates, effects, etc.

3. Acoustic studio demo – for a really solid sounding acoustic demo for a 2 or 3 piece w/ vocals (no drums), figure on the first song that each part usually takes "at least" the better part of one hour to record. The first song usually takes the longest, the following songs can take less, once the musicians are flowing in the recording process. Harmony vox and lesser played instruments can take less time, especially when the talent is solid and well rehearsed. Depending on the complexity of vocals, layers, etc, add in around 30 minutes plus per song for editing time. An hour total to stage the mix for 3 songs, then the actual mix time usually takes longest for the first song (plus, this all depends on how picky the final decision makers are). Then the other song mixes go pretty smoothly from there. Finally, mastering at this level is relatively inexpensive, and transfers and burning take a short time.

Overall, it is not uncommon for an acoustic demo to run anywhere from 6 to 10 hours for a 3-song acoustic demo that will sound great. Keep in mind, we are figuring time based on the fact that there would not be excessive re-takes, tons of layered overdubs, and a traditional mixing approach to the song. We may use Pro Tools, or depending on when we talk, also use a dedicated HD recorder to track and the mixing console with our extensive outboard gear to mix the project.

4. Band studio demo – similar to above, but we focus on tracking drums first - usually to a click track. Depending on the band, budget, and style, we may do some editing to ensure kicks and snares are on the beats (or ‘grid’) – basically aligned well. Depending on budget, we may get everything set to mix in Pro Tools, or alternatively, via the mixing console. Size of project, band needs, and so on, all influence the course of the recording process. A lot of times, we may spread sessions out over a couple/few of days to accommodate the schedules of everyone.

5. Single or Album – we do produce for artists and bands where they get a radio quality sound ready to go head-to-head with anything that you'd buy in a store - projects like this can range from low to high, depending on the level of our involvement and collaboration. We also consider and do projects on this scale sound for less up front fees and tie in back-end points. That type of situation is established through meetings in person and a production agreement.

Have tracks already that you want to mix?

Call us and bring them in. We can work from a lot of different formats.

Want to record tracks and mix in your home studio?

Record your drum tracks with us. We have a great live room, lots of guitars, amps, outboard gear, mics, keyboards, and more. Track your vocals with really high-end mic pres and fantastic mics. We’ll show you how to make your recording project go smoothly and provide tips to best use your existing set-up.

Most recording needs are unique…

Give us a call and we can discuss your needs.

847.483.5052
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Resonate Sound Recording Studio
201 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Telephone:

(847) 483-5052

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