Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to record a CD?

A typical album costs about $1500, including recording and mixing depending of course on the project.

What do I need to bring?

Your talent. And instruments and amps you are comfortable playing.

Do you know anyone who can play the ____________?

Fill in the blank…guitar, mandolin, clarinet….and yes, we probably do.

How long is a typical session?

Anywhere from 2 to 12 hours, and it depends on a lot of factors.

What are your business hours?

We accommodate the musicians’ schedule, from early morning to late night sessions.

Do you provide food or a place to stay?

There is a kitchen so feel free to bring what you like and an artist or two has slept on one of the many couches during the recording experience… camping is an option, weather permitting.

Post recording, how long does it take to get the final, produced album?

Mixing and mastering, (the last stages of producing a finished product), can take as little as a couple of hours to a couple of weeks depending on the complexity of the project.

What’s Mike’s background?

Mike is a graduate of the Radio-TV department at Southern Illinois University. After college he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Cameroon for two years. Upon returning to the U.S., he held various engineering jobs in the Chicago area, with radio and TV stations when he started Misunderstudio in 1988. Upon moving back to southern Illinois in the mid 90’s he relocated the studio to Murphysboro while also helping to build the digital recording program and lab at SIU. He taught audio and recording engineering for the Departments of Music and Radio-Television. He also is a gifted song writer and musician, working on his own recordings and events—much to the happiness of his new wife.

What kind of music do you specialize in?

We’ve recorded many different kinds of music over the last 24 years….hip hop, bluegrass, big band, accapella, blues, rock, jazz, folk, spoken word, jam, rap…. no opera though. We specialize in recording the sounds you make.