FAQ

What is Sparrow Sound Studio?
Sparrow Sound Studio in Redlands is a recording service owned and operated by record producer and audio engineer Steve Sparrow. Steve has been involved in the recording business most of his life.  He is also a highly regarded musician, entertainer and recording artist. He has a wealth of experience as a recordist, session musician and producer.

Where is Sparrow Sound Studio located?
Sparrow Sound Studio is a recording studio located at 57 Agnes Street, Birkdale, Queensland, 4159.

How big is Sparrow Sound studio?
It’s a four room, fully sound proof studio consisting of a control room, main studio area, vocal booth and another attached room often used for recording drums. All rooms are soundproofed and acoustically designed.

What recording work does Sparrow Sound Recording Studio Redlands cater for?
Whether you are a soloist, duo, group or band, Sparrow Sound Studio has the right recording solution for you. Steve is also heavily involved with radio production and undertakes the recording of voice-overs, jingles and promos.

How much do you charge per hour?
Please contact us for fee details as we prefer to discuss exactly what you want to achieve and pre-plan your complete project. This allows us to provide a firm, up front quote before we start recording, ensuring that you get maximum value for your money. Click here to find out more

I sing but don’t play an instrument and need to record a song, can you assist?
Yes. If you are a vocalist, you don’t necessarily have to play an instrument to make a recording. In fact many artists do not play on their albums. We have a wide selection of world class session musicians on our books. Producer Steve Sparrow is also an exceptional guitarist who also plays a range of other instruments and will be very happy to help you to arrange and produce your music. He will often contribute musical backing to your project, if required.

What is the process involved in making an album, E.P or single?
There are a lot of stages to making a record. There are also a lot of variables depending on what you require. Here is a very brief overview of the general way things are usually done:

The first step is to talk to Steve about your work and your thoughts and ideas. Pre-production sessions are scheduled to talk and play through music and discuss various ways of tackling the production of material. These pre-production sessions can be time well spent as it means that when we start recording your work we have a basic idea of what the final outcome will be. This can often save a lot of time when recording. There are many ways of recording your project and the time of the recording process can range from a few hours to several weeks depending on what you require.

When the recording, overdubbing and editing is complete we then mix your project. You can think of mixing as kind of like an assembly process of your work, volume levels, equalisation, dynamics and panoramic position of vocals and instruments are manipulated or enhanced.  Effects are added for extra colour and depth.

When this is done the final stage for your project is the mastering stage. Briefly, Mastering is a final smoothing and levelling process for your product. The mastering engineer will also prepare the project, ready for distribution. We do a lot of mastering at Sparrow Sound Studio, but if you have the budget we often recommend that a specialist mastering suite is used to maximise the sound of your music. We have access to a couple of excellent and very well respected mastering engineers.

What recording package-software is used in the Redlands Sound Studio?
For most multi track recording we run PROTOOLS.  We also use Logic and other audio programs for certain applications.

Can I hear some demos of the work previously recorded at Sparrow Sound Studio?
Yes. Please see the demo section of this website.

Can you produce Voice-Overs?
Yes, that’s no problem. At Sparrow Sound Studio we have a number of very good voice over artists available to us.

Does Sparrow Sound produce DEMO CD’s?
Yes. If you require a demo of your work for promotional purposes Steve Sparrow will take care of this for you. He can also advise you on the best way of going about recording your demo.

Do I need chord charts when recording?
If you plan to use session musicians, chord charts will be required. We have an excellent chart writer who can assist you with this task. However, chord charts are not always required at the beginning of the recording process. Talk to Steve about your recording needs before making your charts.

Do you offer Backing Tracks and MIDI sequencing at your Sound Studio in Brisbane?
Yes. We can make MIDI files and backing tracks on request.

Can I use my own producer at your Studio in Brisbane?
Yes, that’s no problem. You are welcome to self-produce, or if you have someone who knows what you want to achieve, by all means bring your producer.

Does Sparrow Sound Studio assist with promoting my product?
We do not offer promotional packages. However, Steve has a lot of experience in this area and can provide you with information and contacts to help you to promote your work.

What about Copyright?
If you are recording other peoples work, we can advise on the correct way to deal with the legal ramifications of copyright. We can also advise on ways to protect the copyright of your original material.