How long is a piece of string?
...or, how long will it take to record and mix my music.
I will always endeavour to give the best possible estimate of how long it might take to record and mix a certain set of songs based on the information a band gives me, but the reality is that this will always be an estimate. Recording in the studio is a creative process like any other and it's impossible to say exactly how long certain things will take. For example, when recording a single, Band A might nail the drums, bass and guitar basic tracks in one take and be ready to move onto overdubs, while Band B might take ten takes to find the one with the magic.
Somethings to keep in mind though:
Setting up and mic'ing drums is the most time consuming part of any session. From the time you arrive at the studio and start loading in, to the time when we are ready to push record on the first drum take will likely be between 1-2 hours, depending on how much work needs to be done on preparing the kit for recording (tuning, muffling, etc.)
I have had bands set up and record drums and bass for six tracks in one day, and I have had bands that take the same amount of time to do two tracks. Your band will probably be somewhere in the middle.
The complexity of the songs and the number of overdubs required will obviously affect the amount of time needed.
After all that though...
Call Ben on 0400 742 218 and he'll do his best to give you an estimate of how much time you'll need!