Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does this whole thing work?
A. You perform a set before a live audience here in our secret space. We record multitrack audio and multicamera video. Following your performance, we’ll team you up with one of our terrific mix engineers, who will work with you until everyone’s happy with how things sound. After the mix is approved, our talented mastering engineer will add final polish. When the master is approved, it’s sent to our video editor to be paired with the multicamera video capture. Finally, we release your live record for sale on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, and other major online retailers, as a limited run of CDs and download cards (thanks to our partners CD Baby), and for pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp. We’ll also release several live videos to Vimeo and YouTube. When possible, we’ll put together a release event for the record. It takes a while for us to get all this done, but we’re working on that.
No part of any artist’s performance is released without their permission.
Q. Do I have to sign a contract?
A. Yes. Because we want to release your performance as an album for sale, it’s necessary to sign a contract to codify the terms of our relationship (we suggest that it’s good practice to set out a contract whenever any recordings are created).
The contract is totally non-exclusive (you’re never prevented from further recording) and governs only the sound recordings we create together, not the rights to the songs themselves (which we will never touch). Just to be clear: your contract with Banana Stand Media will be non-exclusive, which means we will never, ever prevent you rerecording the songs you record with us, whenever with whomever.
Contracts protect both artist and Banana Stand and specify the terms of our relationship with artists and mixers. They also govern the rights to the documentations that we create for you. They should not be approached with anxiety, but they should be taken seriously. We will be happy to answer any questions you have. We are happy to provide our contract for your review, contact us.
Q. Where are you located?
A. It’s a secret. To learn the location of Banana Stand, you must either save the life of someone who has been here or defeat them in single combat. Or contact us.
Q. When is your next show?
A. It’s a secret. All shows at Banana Stand are now private. If you know one is coming up and want to attend, please talk to the band and they will put you on the list.
Q. Is your venue all ages?
A. Yes. However, bring your ID. Underage people are not allowed to consume alcohol here.
Q. Do you charge a cover for shows?
A. No. They’re free, aren’t you lucky.
Q. Do you provide alcohol?
A. Absolutely not. Shows are BYOB for people of age with valid ID. Please bring your ID or you will not be allowed to consume adult beverages. Heavy consumption of alcohol is strongly discouraged.
Q. How can I support what you’re doing?
A. Please buy some music from our online store or donate to us, you big sweetie.
Q. Do you pay bands?
A. No. These are free, BYOB shows at a secret house venue, and we provide high-quality recordings of them, paying bands would require us to charge a cover for shows, which we don’t want to do.
Q. Can we buy the live recordings from you?
A. Maybe. Contact us.
Q. Do you offer a subscription service?
A. Not at the moment. Please contact us if you desire one.
Q. Can I record at your place, studio-style?
A. We no longer offer that as a service. If we’re pals, contact us and we might consider it, though.
Q. How do you pick the bands for your live series?
A. It’s a secret. We do our best to get as many people in as possible, but we can only record so many folks. If you’ve contacted us about a show and are waiting to hear back, it’s not because we don’t like you, it’s because we record just two bands per month. Except it might be because we don’t like you. If you want to play the ‘Stand and haven’t contacted us, though, please do so.
Q. Who does your art/mixing/mastering/stuff? Will they work with me on x project?
A. Please see the pages linked from our about page and contact us.
Q. Can I help with Banana Stand?
A. We’d love that. Please contact us.
Q. What kind of equipment do you use to record?
A. We use a Mackie Onyx 1640i, Logic Pro 8 and Pro Tools 9. We are able to record up to 16 channels simultaneously and record in 24-bit at 44.1 kHz. We have a large complement of live microphones, but artists are asked to bring any that they prefer to use.