Schedule a recording session
Dub Narcotic Studio is available for your recording project! To book a recording session, please send an email to:
In your email, provide your contact phone number, desired recording dates, and a brief description of your project ie. length, number of songs, types of instruments. Thanks!
Dub is located in a beautiful old synagogue on the edge of downtown Olympia. Studio A is located in the former sanctuary and features high vaulted ceilings and ample natural light. The space also features a full kitchen available to visiting artists and engineers.
We offer both analog and digital recording at the studio. Often our engineers work with a hybrid of the two to take advantage of their different strengths. Studio rental includes access to our extensive collection or vintage and modern recording equipment and ample microphone closet, as well as use of all studio instruments and amplifiers. For more details on our gear, check out the Equipment page.
The day rate at Dub Narcotic is $450, we prefer to work by the day to avoid watching the clock. For very short projects or to wrap up a nearly completed project we offer half-days for $300. This cost covers the space, the gear, and an in-house engineer. We welcome independent engineers! If you would like to bring in an outside engineer please email us to discuss the details.
We also offer mastering services, please contact us for a quote on your project at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to work with analog tape you can either purchase your own tape or rent our gently used reels (at about 1/4 the price of new tape). Our tape rental prices are: 2" - $75/reel, 1/2" - $40/reel, 1/4" - $25/reel. Each reel can hold approximately 30 minutes of audio.
If buying your own reels, you must purcase +9 tape (ATR Master Tape, RMG SM900, BASF 900, Ampex 499, Quantegy GP9, or 3M 996). If you are buying used, watch out for sticky shed syndrome. Many old tapes become sticky and are completely unusable. Please confirm you are getting the right tape with us before purchasing. We recommend Super Digital as a supplier for new tapes.
Tape can be used either for multitracking or for mixdown. Our multitrack decks are the Ampex MM1100 (2”, 16-track), and the Otari MX5050 Mk3 (1/2” 8-track). Our mixdown deck is a MCI JH-110B (1/4”, 2-track)
We require a 50% deposit in advance to secure a booking.
Full payment is due at the end of your session.
Deposits will not be refunded for sessions canceled with less than a month's notice.
All mixes, CD-Rs, hard drives, master tapes, etc. remain the property of Dub Narcotic Studio until all invoices are paid in full.
Consecutive day rentals are mandatory if gear or mixes are to be left set up overnight.
We accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, check, cash, or Paypal. Paypal, check, and cash are preferable.
We can recommend lodging at a number of nearby locations. Or favorite is the Ground Inn, a bunk-and-breakfast located two blocks away.