The primary services that are available from Lucid Recording Sciences
are listed below. Click on the bold underlined title links below or the icon links above for additional details.
- Live Concert Recording
Lucid will pack up our mobile recording studio equipment and set it up
to record your live concert, on-site, at the Arizona venue of your
choice. For most unamplified music in 'acoustically live' venues
such as churches or concert halls, we start with a great 'stereo
pair', and augment that as needed to provide the recording with depth
and space. However, for amplified music or 'acoustically dead'
environments such as stage shows at the Orpheum or Herberger, a
multi-track recording taken from many different microphones and from
the house sound system will often provide better results.
- Location Recording Sessions
Just as in the Live Concert Recording, Lucid will pack up our
mobile recording studio equipment and set it up in the local venue of your
choice. We will then record your music in the privacy of a 'closed recording
session'. This has the
advantage of allowing multiple takes and partial takes to fix
mistakes, as well as the ability to avoid all of the noise a live
audience would generate. Location Recording Sessions are
commonly used for recording tracks to be used on a commercial CD.
Audio Post-Production occurs after the recording
sessions in Lucid's studio. During this phase, the recordings for each song
are listened to, edited, and mixed into a single good take for that
song. Then, various other post-production 'mastering' processes
may or may not be performed, depending upon the need and upon the
budget. These other processes include: Noise Reduction, Audio
Detailing (removal of extraneous noises), equalization,
limiting/compression, normalization, effects (such as reverb) and putting the songs
together for 'album' continuity. When desired, Lucid provides
MP3 files of the intermediate phases of our post production results
for the artist to listen to and provide feedback on. We provide
this via our customer portal on our web site. This allows us and
the artist to be sure they are going to like the sound that comes out
on the final CD. The final result of most
post-production jobs is a master CD meeting the official "Red Book"
Audio CD standard, that is ready for duplication or replication.
- CD Artwork and Credits
Lucid can create your CD's artwork at a number of levels: None,
Template, Pseudo-Custom using your provided artwork, or Complete Custom designed
solely by Lucid. Given the information on your group and the
songs performed, we also can create the music and artist credits to be
placed on the CD. Lucid also makes the artwork available to the
artist as a PDF file over our customer portal, so that we can make
sure the artist approves of the artwork before is is printed.
- CD Manufacturing - Duplication and Replication
Lucid has the capability of manufacturing small runs of CDs via
CD-R Duplication (CD Burning). Alternatively we can work with a CD Replication house for larger
quantities (500 or more) of true commercial 'pressed' CDs. In both Duplication and Replication,
Lucid can provide just the discs, the discs with artwork, or the discs
in jewel cases with artwork.
- Digital Download Preparation
- In modern time, many people no longer want physical CDs for their
music. They want digital downloads such as MP3 or FLAC
files. Lucid can create many kinds of digital downloads for your
use, and in fact, we include these as part of most of our packages to
allow you to 'review' the post-production work from our artist
collaboration website. We produce everything from simple stereo
MP3 files to high resolution 192k, 352.8k, or DSD recordings. We
also produce stereo, quad, or 5.1 surround mixes for digital
- Music Licensing
If you want to sell a CD commercially, you must either own the
copyright to the song (composition and arrangement), or you must
license the use of that song from the copyright holder. Given a
copy of all of the sheet music you are using, Lucid can act as the
'license chaser' in obtaining the mechanical licenses for you.
Alternatively, we can provide you with a few hints on how to do this,
and you can do it yourself.
& Package Deals
Lucid has a few "package
deals", such as a "Concert
CD" package. Please see our Packages
Page for more details on these. If your project doesn't fit
any of our packages, we can consult with you to come up with a custom
quote to meet your project's needs. Additionally, Lucid can
simply provide hourly rates for our services if that is what you
- LP and Cassette Transcription
Lucid uses audiophile playback equipment and digital
tools to transcribe your records and cassettes into CDs, Audio DVDs, or FLAC and MP3 files. Our optional manual 'audio detailing'
service results in optimal transcriptions for which you usually can't tell
that the recording started out as a phonograph record.