Let's talk about accessibility

I am committed to operating the studio in a way that is affordable to musicians of all backgrounds.

However, like with any business, I'm not exempt from the dreaded "bottom line."

Without charging appropriately for my time and equipment, I won't be able to stay afloat financially myself.

If you feel studio sticker shock – don't worry. I understand.

Below you can learn more about the value you're getting for your money.

If you would like to be a part of our community but cannot afford the monthly plan, I will offer a limited number of studio sponsorships in the future. Stay tuned!

Recording Alternatives

Traditional Recording Studio

Let's say that you're set on recording your debut single, EP or album. It's impossible to estimate how many hours your project may take you but we can estimate the average cost at an LA recording studio to be around $100/hour [1].

Traditional studios also typically have a minimum number of hours you must book and lack a flexible calendar that allows projects to unfold progressively over time. 

In other words, you need to have lots of money, know exactly what you want to record, and not make any mistakes (or you literally pay for them).

Unaffordable

If our plan seems expensive, then it is needless to say that most studios in LA will be out of budget within a few hours. When you tack on the uncertainty of how long recording a project will actually take, traditional studios quickly feel like a pipe dream.

Intimidating

There is an aura of mystique with traditional recording studios that make it seem like you shouldn't be there unless it's on your label's dime. This can be uncomfortable for independent or newer artists/groups who are not accustomed to the recording process.

Unpredictable

While there are organizations and specific studios actively fighting this battle on the daily, most of the traditional music industry is still dominated by wealthy cis het white men. If you identify with an underrepresented group (like me), then there is always the risk factor of not knowing how you'll be treated in a studio session. 

Build Your Own Studio

With traditional recording studios out of the picture, there is always the bittersweet possibility of building your own studio (this is the route I took!)

 

Home studios have the advantage of comfort, no commute, and flexibility when it comes to recording your single, EP or album. Still – to go from zero to home studio hero takes a lot more than you might think. Beyond thousands of dollars in (often hidden) start up costs, you'll also need to tackle recording and production learning curves.

Costly

Sure, it is strictly true that you can make music only with a laptop, pair of headphones and a DAW (digital audio workstation) like GarageBand. However, many musicians looking to record won't be able to achieve their desired results without investing in more equipment, a lot of which you might not initially consider. For a glimpse on studio start up costs, check out the equipment breakdown.

Challenging

When I first started making music, I thought, "How hard can it be? Everyone and their mother has a YouTube channel explaining how to do it." But can you actually trust everyone's mother? While the democratization of music production online has increased substantially and is great for finding quick answers to specific questions, a comprehensive education remains difficult to piece together, especially for free.

Isolating

Operating a studio is a demanding task to undertake alone and you'll run into so many questions along the way. At some point, you may get tired of consulting the Internet and wish that you had a trusted friend right next to you to show you the ropes. This is where Switterbeat Collective come in...

Switterbeat Collective

With these alternatives outlined, I hope you can understand how Switterbeat's model offers a solution to some of the most common issues facing musicians on their recording journeys.

Affordable

Operating on a sliding scale model, I keep my hourly rate for community members as low as I can charge for my time. Switterbeat also offers complimentary benefits including open access to our space (and all of its perks!), community building workshops, concerts, and get togethers.

Educational

I consider myself a lifelong learner and hope you do, too. I'm not shy about admitting that I make mistakes and run into issues during the recording process but I always frame them as opportunities to learn. Sharing learnings will help empower both of us on our recording journeys.

Community

No musician is an island, especially at Switterbeat. We're here to build a network of musicians who share passion, drive, and a lot of fun. By joining our community, you're not only investing in your own growth but also the development of other artists like you.

Apply for Membership

Interested in becoming a member of Switterbeat Collective?

You can apply for the first cohort below. The application takes less than 10 minutes.