FAQs

Q: When will the studio remodel be completed?

A: We are slated to finish construction anywhere between three months ago and January 2027. For the time being, check back regularly for progress videos!

Q: How are you planning to stay safe during the pandemic?

A: Great question! Safety is our utmost concern at Sonic Zen. We have thorough procedures regarding required masks, sanitizing, ventilation (complete with MERV-13 filtration, which removes viruses from the air), and distancing. With 4 fully isolated rooms and a separate studio in the back, we have plenty of room to socially distance and heed precautions. For any other concerns on this topic, please feel free to reach out.

Q: When are your hours?

A: We usually book sessions between 10am and midnight with some flexibility. 

Q: Do you require a deposit?

A: Yes, we ask for 50% of the session cost to book it on the calendar.

Q: What genres does Sonic Zen typically record?

A: We love all genres of music and have recorded a wide range of styles (see the Music page). Studio A is capable of recording large or small bands of all typse, and Studio B is ideal for post-production and limited overdubs.

Q: Can I see the studio before I book a session?

A: Certainly! Please Contact us to schedule a studio tour -- or we are happy to show you the facilities over Zoom or Skype at your Covid-safe convenience.

Q: Can we bring our own engineer?

A: We welcome outside engineers and producers, but still require one of our house engineers to ensure that everything goes swimmingly.

Q: Does the piano require tuning?
A: We generally suggest for the client to have the piano tuned before tracking. The piano tuner costs about $150 and we're happy to make those arrangements for you.. Unless you want a chorus-y piano sound in your song. That's cool too.

Q: Do you have your own house drum set?

A: Yes, and it's free to use! Several snare drums and a selection of cymbals are at the ready. Your drummer will probably want to bring their favorite snare and cymbals too, just to have options.  

Q: Is there anything else I should know before booking a session?

A: We love good music and we're flexible here. Our priority is to accommodate you and make your recording experience fruitful and memorable. That being said, we like our studio clean and gear unbroken, so please be prepared to replace anything you break or... "irreversibly reconfigure."  Responsible musicians welcome!

Sonic Zen
Recording Studios | Mixing | Mastering

510-798-5115

2888 Chapman Street, Oakland, CA 94601

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