Located in Arlington, Virginia
Originally started in founder Don Zientara's basement, the studio has been in continuous operation for over 25 years. During that time, virtually all of Washington's most widely recognized and acclaimed bands have recorded here, from Minor Threat, Rites Of Spring and Fugazi, to The Dismemberment Plan, Q & Not U, and Black Eyes.
We pride ourselves on providing a casual, comfortable space for people to create and record music, which is why so many musicians have made multiple records at Inner Ear. Technology, equipment, and maintenance are important to us, but vibe and energy have always come first. So have a look around, and feel free to drop us a line!
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The studio rate is $425 per day. A normal day usually lasts about ten solid hours of recording and/or mixing.
Studio rates do not include the rate of the sound engineer you will work with. If you are not bringing an engineer with you we can provide you with a list of people who work regularly out of the studio and can be contacted directly for their rates and availability.
We charge by the day to keep the clock from influencing the choices made during a project. We also realize that not all projects work on a day-based schedule, so feel free to contact us for hourly rates.
A deposit equal to half the cost of the total amount of time you wish to book is required to reserve time at the studio. All deposits are non-refundable.
Full payment is expected at the end of a session. If you are coming from outside the U.S. or if a third party is paying for your recording, full payment for the entire session is due prior to the start date. We accept cash, checks, and major credit and debit cards.
Ring us up if you have questions , or send us a note.
Demos and home studio recordings on which you focus on crafting your tracks and arrangements before spending money in a professional recording studio are time well spent. They’ll help you achieve your goals in the studio.
What makes a great vocal performance? There are many answers to that, and they don’t all require being the most technically gifted singer with a five-octave range. Confidence, charisma, and the right repertoire are among the many subjective elements that go into any great performance, in addition to having chops as a singer. Catch us for "STAGECRAFT", every Tuesday from 4 - 5 PM on WERA (96.7 FM) for all this and much more!
Inner Ear Studio was started in founder Don Zientara's basement during the late seventies. Since it's beginning, the studio has played host to virtually all of Washington, D.C.'s punk and alternative bands. Inner Ear has also attracted a wide variety of other artists including chorale singers, film and theater composers, classical, Celtic, and jazz musicians, spoken word performers, and even readers for books on tape.
Rapid growth in the eighties provoked a move in 1989 to the studio's present location, a large commercial space in Arlington, VA.
Inner Ear has kept pace with changes in technology since its founding. Many clients need to work with both analog and digital technologies, so we've made it easy to incorporate digital files--either done here or brought here--into your analog project. And our syncing system locks digital recording and editing to the 24-track analog tape machine, so using a combination of digital and analog tracks at the same time is a snap.
And, let's face it -- few home setups have 36 channels of class A, Neve-designed preamps, a huge selection of dynamics processors, a large recording room, tons of mics, and a comfortable lounge with all the coffee and tea you desire. Fewer still have a helpful, knowledgeable engineer available to answer questions about any of the issues that can crop up when a recording project is in full swing.
Inner Ear has combined these resources with a strong commitment to the artistic aspects of recording, which is why we have been described as one of the most creative studios on the East Coast by Pro Sound, Mix, and Tape Op magazines (to name a few). We invite you to take advantage of our 30-year commitment to the recording process.
Bring your next project to Inner Ear.