Looking for a recording studio in Cleveland?
Bad Racket is a state of the art full service recording facility located downtown in Cleveland OH. Owned and operated by James Kananen who is a professional engineer, producer and mixer who has worked with international touring bands and l0cal heroes around Cleveland. As an engineer and artist, we’ve had the opportunity to work with Clients like Lebron James, Senator Nina Turner, and BET television. With an extensive client list consisting of diverse bands such as Goldmines, Two Hand Fools, and Seafair. We have established ourselves as a unique experience in the music community.
Offering our services to the community since 2009
We have many services including mixing and mastering audio in our downtown Cleveland studios. Mixing rates start at $150 a song, and mastering is $50. Mixing rates can also be negotiated on a project by project basis. We do our best to accommodate any budget, but this isn’t a hobby for us, its a professional recording studio business (what we do for a living). We can offer payment plans or discuss a payment structure that works for you once the price has been determined. Once time has been scheduled, we can start your project. Mixing and mastering usually takes a few days, but the time reacquired to complete your project will be heavily influenced by the quality of your recordings. We have a ton of experience working with many genres. Everything from hip-hop, to heavy metal, and pop music, classical recordings and punk rock.
Send Files as WAV or Pro Tools 12 session File
If you send mixes, try to send WAV files or Pro Tools 12 session files that are well labeled and organized. If you are sending the full session, try to consolidate tracks to all start at the same time (0). Color coding is great, and if you are sending mix files, feel free to send a rough mix. Feel free to visit our contact page if you have any questions about sending wav files, stem files, or WAV files. We usually like to use wetransfer.com, or you can upload the files to Google Drive or Dropbox.
Rendering Effects and Electronic VST Instruments
Please render out all effects and instruments or VSTs you are using. If you have a a sound you are using, print it, and send 2 tracks, one affected and one raw. This may include delays, reverbs, guitar pedal effects etc. Please consolidate your sessions as best you can. Don’t be afraid to commit to a great sound. If you decide as a band you like it, keep it! Whatever sound you’re going for let us figure out how you can best make it work with the tools you have available. If something needs to be changed to achieve the sound you want, we can let you know.
We can render out tracks for home mixing, mixing by another engineer, or live backing tracks. Please let us know if you want us to render effects, or give you the raw recorded material for mixing from scratch. Can I still make changes after you send the mix? Of course! We do revisions at our standard rate. Once the mix has been finalized and rendered, we will send you WAV and MP3 files of the final mixes and you can listen back and let us know what you think. Tastes vary, and good art is a matter of opinion. Take time to understand that achieving exactly what you want takes time.
Professional Recording Equipment
Our gear includes the latest digital and analog tools. With Neve SSL and Otari 2″ 24 track tape machine available upon request, we have some of the best recording studio equipment available to us. Our console is a vintage Soundcraft b800. We use Logic and Pro Tools to record (tape machines available with purchase of tape). We have a vintage Neumann u87 and many microphones from Shure, Sennheiser and RODE, including Electrovoice RE-20 and amplifiers from Marshall Fender, Peavey and several custom guitar speaker cabinets to try out.
In addition to being killer mix engineers, we understand the complexities that go into a good mix. We know how to bring out the chord structures vocally and instrumentally that the average person might not think of. We are great people to be around, and we understand how to coach the best performance out of you and achieving a higher level of performance than you even thought you were capable of.