The first song was recorded by a New Zealand singer John Jago in 1890. Since then a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. Nowadays, composers, soloists and bands may turn to the services of so called indie labels, which are local independent record companies, or record a track at a studio. Seven places with best prices and quality services are presented below.
If it is difficult for you to scrape together the cash to record a song, opt for Velcrochin Records. It gives a unique chance to starting independent artists to release their own EP or album for free without signing any contracts. The only charge that the studio keeps is up to the first $50 (NZ) the release makes. Anything above this is the artist’s personal proceeds.
The Village Recording Studio
It belongs to Otara Music Arts Centre, which can boast of nearly 30 year history and has recorded such performers as Savage, David Dallas, Opshop, OMC, Sisters Underground, Rosita Vai. As most old recording establishments, it is situated in Auckland. Its advantage is a competitive prices policy for both commercial and community recording projects. A day of the recording session will cost you about $250.
Music Production Service
Solo artists can easily make a track in Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty. The studio offers a full recording package including music production, tracking of vocals, mixing, mastering of the single, charging only $400.00 per a song.
Ellamy Recording Studios
This Aucklands studio pretends for the status of premier one. It specializes in vintage style, offers lots of great instruments and recommends experienced music engineers for further promoting of your track. Costs for releasing a song here start from $500.
MCA Studio Recording
It is a private studio in Auckland operated by Jason Backhouse. Here you will find the ideal space for recording your demo. Many notable singers like Annie Crummer or Hammond Gamble recorded their hits at MCA. Nevertheless, pricing is loyal. The charge for an hour of recording for a single singer is $120. If the band is going to record their song, it will cost them $240. Artists can also order a 20 hour weekend recording session for $1200.
Flying Nun Records
This music label is worth recording under, at least because it it 36 years old and still sparks tremendous public response. It is located in Newton, Auckland, but you always can contact the group online. Prices for services and royalties depend on the contract conditions, which are determined individually.
Roundhead is an Auckland recording studio established by musicians for musicians. It is prominent in comfortable conditions and professional atmosphere. At this place you can successfully record a simple vocal melody or a full orchestra. Roundhead offers the best spaces and equipment for those needs. The budget for your session will be calculated depending on the style, instrumentation, involving musicians and producers, etc.
If you are a creative and talented musician, have some money for promotion of your ingenuity or want to record your masterpiece song for free, do not waste time! New Zealand gives you great opportunities to show yourself within the music industry.