Rates & Terms

How much does it cost?


This is a flat hourly rate - there are no hidden costs.

* Minimum booking/billing time is one hour

* Payment is expected at the end of each session - or - at the end of each working week if there are back-to-back sessions scheduled. I don't require a security deposit except under very limited circumstances. We'll discuss that before the session. 

* There is no charge for a visit to see the studio and discuss your project in more detail. Please call to schedule an appointment.

* Officially the clock starts ticking at the point where I begin placing microphones and hooking things up. The clock stops ticking at the point where I hand over the mixes at the end of each session (either a rough mix or the final master). 

* I'll stop the clock for extended lunch and/or dinner breaks.

* The hourly rate includes the use of all the equipment and instruments the studio has to offer, as well as my services for recording & mixing. If you're planning to use any of my musical instruments, let me know ahead of time so I can make sure they are set up properly and ready to go. 

* Gift certificates are available - give the gift of music! 


Payment options - what kind of dinero do you take?

Cash. Cash payments are the preferred method.  I will always give priority to clients who choose to pay in cash.  Any other method of payment could possibly result in a delay of service, or delivery of work, due to banking/routing processing times (which could take 24-48 hours). 


Plastic  Credits cards are accepted directly using the Square scanning and point of sale system for iPhone. It's safe and secure. Receipt of payment can be sent directly to you via email. I can accept either chip scan or swipe cards.



Paypal. Electronic payment through Paypal is also accepted. Click on the Paypal icon below to make a payment

I can provide a receipt if needed for tax purposes.


Hours of operation.

Monday - Sunday:   10 AM - 12 PM (ten in the morning until midnight).

The studio is available seven days a week unless previously booked. I definitely want to be wrapping up by midnight. 


Scheduling time & checking on studio availability.

Scheduling a recording session is easy. Just pick up the phone and call (847) 622-9109. If you get the answering machine, please leave a message and I'll get back to you shortly. I do return phone calls!  Or email me.

You can find me on Facebook too. I'm there almost every day checking messages and conducting business. 

I might suggest before you call me, talk to the band and figure out a couple of schedule options (like a plan A and a plan B) in case your first preference is already booked. It's not uncommon for me to be booked out a couple of weeks in advance. 

Please be aware that "scheduling a recording session" and "checking on studio availability" are two different things. Open dates that were available one minute might be gone the next. If asked, I will hold a specific date open for you for 24 hours. That should give you enough time to check with the rest of the band and get back to me. 

I will attempt to contact you 24-48 hours before a scheduled session as a courtesy reminder. If you don't get a confirming call or email from me at least 24 hours before a scheduled session,  please call me! There have been a few times where clients have shown up here on the wrong day. Or there was some sort misunderstanding about the date. 



All I basically ask is that you do the right thing and call as soon as possible if you have to cancel or reschedule. 


CD duplication/replication.

Many clients want a CD copy of the work in progress so they can listen in their car on the way home. You'll probably want a final master CD if you plan to have them professional duplicated. You tell me how many copies you want and I'll burn them for you (within reason). I don't charge extra for blank CD's but please be aware that the clock is still ticking while I am burning CD's for you. It takes about 4-5 minutes per copy to burn a CD with 10-15 songs on it. A standard CD-R disc will hold up to 80 minutes of audio. 

LnL Recording is also an authorized studio partner with Disc Makers. If you need larger quantities for commercial distribution, call for more information or click on the icon below. There's a little more info in the FAQ section.

Block rates, discounts and spec deals.

I don't offer block or discounted hourly rates. Sorry. If you can't afford to pay $25/hour for your recording project then you should probably rethink your goals. Other studios around the area are charging a lot more than I do for quality that frankly, isn't that much better. 

And I'm not interested in "spec" or "backend-participation" deals. Sorry. I'm also aware that some studios charge "per song" as opposed to an hourly rate. I don't do that because it doesn't make a lot of sense to me personally. What if the song takes 2 months to record? What if the song only takes 10 minutes to record? In the end it seems like someone is getting screwed. I honestly think it's in our mutual best interest to simply charge by the hour. 


Children and Pets.

Children under the age of 10 are not allowed in the studio - even as guests of clients. Sorry, but stuff has gotten damaged because of kids running around loose during a session or visit.

Sessions involving children between the ages of 10-13 years old will be limited to 3 hours per session maximum. Children tend to get antsy and lose focus after an hour or two. 

I don't have any pets and no pets are allowed in the studio. Some of my clients are very allergic to them. The smell of pet dander literally causes their throats to clog up. And I'm not about to have your pet marking their territory on my mic stands. 



Sorry no smoking inside the studio. I don't think anyone allows that anymore.


Food & Drinks.

You are encouraged to bring your own food & drinks along. Especially if you're going to be here a while. Hunger pains are distracting. There are a few restaurants nearby as well as a major supermarket. Alcoholic beverages are fine although I will terminate the session if you can't handle your alcohol and start acting like a jerk. There's a bar down the street where you can drink and they won't charge you $25 an hour.



If you're coming in from Chicago, and traveling light, I might suggest taking the Metra train (Milwaukee District West line). The train makes three stops here in Elgin. You want to get off at the first stop - the National Street station. The studio is an easy 5-10 minute walk from there. If you need me to pick you up let me know ahead of time. 


Wi-Fi Enabled.

Hi-speed internet access is available.



As much as I'd like to be all things to all people, sometimes it's just not a good fit. I reserve the right to decline, or terminate the recording project, at any time, if it seems as though I can't satisfy your needs or it just ain't workin' out

If it seems as though I won't be able to accommodate your project here, I can recommend other studios in the area that might be better suited to your needs. 


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