How much do you charge for studio time? Magnetic Memories does not have a studio. We do not maintain instruments nor do we retain talent. We do on-location audio recording….that is we come to your venue which can be your school, church, auditorium, dance hall, home, etc. We do occasionally record small groups out of our location (home). The equipment necessary for voice-overs is computer based at home, and therefore it is essential such recording be performed at our home. Our charges for recording at our home are the same as for on-location recording, i.e. $25.00 per hour.
Why do you have a price list? Magnetic Memories provides on-location audio recording and digital audio processing services. We do not have a ‘store’ per se, and do not sell merchandise. The list of charges (prices) presented on this site (see charge list) is to serve as an aid to assist you in determining what services and which end product(s) you desire for your project.
Do you do video? At the current time we do not do video recording or editing.
What is format conversion? For our purposes format conversion is simply converting your audio-cassette, 33 rpm LP, 45 rpm, 78 rpm, 8-track tape, 1/4” open reel tape, DAT, mini-disk, SD card, thumb drive, etc. to Redbook (music) CD format.
What is the difference between CD label imprinting, insert, and tray card? CD label imprinting involves printing the graphics and text directly on a CD. We use thermal wax system (Rimage) which results in essentially the same appearance and durability as silk screening. We do not use paper labels nor inkjet printing which can easily be scratched and also damaged if it gets wet. The ‘insert’ is a single or multi-page paper inserted in the front of the CD jewel case. The ’tray’ card is the paper inserted in the back of the CD jewel case.
What is meant by de-noise, sequencing/spacing, EQ, ambiance, pitch shift, time compression/expansion? See detailed explanation of these processes on our editing services explained page.
What is ‘on-location audio recording’ vs. ‘remote recording’? These terms are used interchangeably. There is no difference. It denotes that the recording process is performed on-site as opposed to a studio.
CD Duplication: If the program material on your CD(s) you wish to duplicate requires further processing/editing prior to duplication, it will need to be transferred to a PC (computer) for processing, and will incur the transfer charge (see charge list).
Most homemade CDs, and many studio CDs, have background hum, poor punch-in punch out noise, noise between tracks, etc. that would benefit from further cleaning up and editing.
Graphics: If you are submitting photos or artwork for inclusion on you CD, we recommend the following: Sharp B&W photo or color photo (glossy and large photos are recommend for best reproduction). Artwork must have a resolution of 300 dpi or better and submitted on CD, flash drive, thumb drive, etc. as a Windows compatible file, e.g. .tiff, .giff, .jpeg, etc. If submitted artwork must be scanned, or photos retouched/edited, a $25.00/hr charge will be added.
Set up fees do not apply for repeat orders of the same material or for orders over 100 units.
Copyright: Duplication of copyright material requires clearance from the owner of the copyrighted work. For duplication of copyrighted music compositions this is called a mechanical license. There may also be performance rights to consider if you are not the performer of the music being duplicated. Similarly, you may need to get copyright permission for any graphics you use that are not yours. You are responsible for securing licenses for duplication of copyrighted material. For music compositions, you can obtain copyright permission (mechanical license) directly from the copyright owner, which is usually the publisher of the music. Or you can more easily obtain a mechanical license from a licensing agency, two of which are listed here:
The copyright laws do permit you to obtain an archival copy of a copyrighted composition without having to pay for a mechanical license. Also you do not have to pay mechanical license fees for compositions which are from free or open sources or in the public domain. Generally, in the United States, a composition is copyright protected for the life of the composer + 75 years. By contracting with us (Magnetic Memories) to perform duplication services you warrant that you accept responsibility for obtaining the appropriate copyright licenses required by law.
Warranty: Magnetic Memories warrants our products to be of high quality. Any defects in workmanship or media will be corrected free oharge if notified within 30 days of receipt of your finished product. In the unlikely event that we are not able to satisfactorily produce your project, no charges will be incurred and your material will be returned to you (shipping charges may apply),