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Please browse the list below for answers to many frequently asked questions.


How can I help the accordionist give me his best performance?
I don't have a high-speed Internet connection. Can I mail you my scratch/reference track(s)?
Will I get to preview and approve the final accordion track(s) before they are sent to me?
How will I receive my MP3 sample and final accordion track(s)?
How long will it take for my final accordion track(s) to be delivered?
Can I download my final accordion track(s)?
How big will my final accordion track(s) be?
What format will my final accordion track(s) be in?
I use recording software other than Sony Vegas. Will your tracks line up with mine?
Will you use any samples or loops in my project?
Do you record your accordion in mono or stereo?
How much do you charge for retakes?
Can I call the accordionist about my project?
Can I use your accordion tracks on other projects I am working on?
Should I copyright-protect my song?
Who will hear the scratch/reference MP3 track(s) I provide?
Do I need to credit the accordionist for his work?
What musical genres do you play?
Are your services available in the USA only?
Who designed your website?

How can I help the accordionist give me his best performance?
Follow the directions listed here. Then, provide all the requested information when completing our simple online session setup form.
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I don't have a high-speed Internet connection. Can I mail you my scratch/reference track(s)?
Yes. Please send a data CD (recorded to the specifications listed here) to the following address:

AccordionArtist.com
PO Box 240894
Milwaukee, WI 53224-9023
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Will I get to preview and approve the final accordion track(s) before they are sent to me?
Yes. After we complete your session, we will upload an MP3 file for you to preview for each song you ordered. If you accept the file(s), your final accordion track(s) will be sent to you. If you would like the accordionist to record a retake, you will be billed an additional $54.99 per song. Please reply with the specific changes you would like made.
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How will I receive my MP3 sample and final accordion track(s)?
A link to a password protected section of our website will be emailed to you within 24 hours to 21 business days of your order depending on which package you purchased. Once you enter the password we provide, you will have access to a page dedicated to your project. This page will contain all of the tracks we have recorded for you that you have paid for, including final accordion tracks if you choose Internet delivery when setting up your session.
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How long will it take for my final accordion track(s) to be delivered?
There are several packages to choose from, ranging from delivery within 24 hours (Internet only) to within 21 days. A number of factors determine the time it takes for us to complete your project, including the proper preparation of your reference track(s) (please view our simple, detailed instructions here), the complexity of your song and desired accordion performance, and - in the event you require your track(s) on CD - the location your final tracks need to be sent (express mail is available upon request at an additional charge).
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Can I download my final accordion track(s)?
Yes. The default delivery method is via the Internet. Because these files can be very large (generally no smaller than 15 MB), we recommend that you have a high-speed Internet connection, or saintly patience.
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How big will my final accordion track(s) be?
Depending on the sample rate, bit depth, and the length of your project, a single track could approach 50 MB. If you have a slow Internet connection, you'll need to decide whether you want to spend hours downloading your tracks, or choose delivery by mail. AccordionArtist.com offers standard First Class and Express shipping options through USPS, which you can select when completing our online session setup form.
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What format will my final accordion track(s) be in?
At your option, our accordion tracks will be recorded to WAV or AIFF files at the sample-rate and bit depth you select when completing our online session setup form.
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I use recording software other than Sony Vegas. Will your tracks line up with mine?
Following the directions listed here will ensure our tracks line up with yours. We start our accordion tracks at 00:00:00.000 (Time), so once you receive our final tracks, you should simply be able to drop what we provide into a new track in your project without the need for any realignment.
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Will you use any samples or loops in my project?
Absolutely not. Each project we work on is custom-recorded for you, meaning that you will have an entirely unique accordion track for each song you order.
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Do you record your accordion in mono or stereo?
An accordion isn't like a piano with a left-to-right sound spread. Especially when dealing with melody, which comes from the right-hand side of the instrument, the sound is strictly vertical in nature. Therefore, we record almost always in mono.

There are exceptions, however. If, for instance, you have a piece where the accordionist won't be accompanied by supporting tracks or with only sparse instrumentation, we may then opt to record in stereo to capture the right-hand (melody) and left-hand (bass and chords) sides of the instrument. Unless you have a special need like this, we recommend mono accordion tracks.
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How much do you charge for retakes?
$54.99 per song. Please allow three business days for new takes.
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Can I call the accordionist about my project?
Yes. If you have questions about your project before or after you start it, simply email us at to schedule a telephone meeting. We will gladly discuss your project with you. Please note that we do not make outgoing calls, nor do we have a toll-free number.
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Can I use your accordion tracks on other projects I am working on?
Yes. You are licensing the accordion tracks we send you. You may use them as you choose in your songs and productions. However, please note the following:

  • You CANNOT distribute the accordion tracks in ANY form unless they are part of your own songs and/or productions

  • You CANNOT sell, give, or distribute in any way any part(s) of the accordion track(s), in any format, to anyone unless the accordion track(s) is (are) mixed with your own songs and/or productions

  • You CANNOT edit or mix the accordion track(s) into any kind of loop(s) or sample(s) that will be used for resale or distribution of any kind
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Should I copyright-protect my song?
To ensure that your work is protected, you should have your song copyright-protected. For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/copyright/.

Once you do this, it is safe for you to send us your MP3 reference files. Please also note that only the accordionist and engineer will hear the music you provide. AccordionArtist.com will never disclose or distribute any of the information or files you provide without your prior consent.
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Who will hear the scratch/reference MP3 track(s) I provide?
Only the accordionist and engineer will hear your songs and/or files. Your music - along with any information you have given us - will be kept strictly confidential and will never be given to or shared with third-parties.
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Do I need to credit the accordionist for his work?
While this is not necessary, we would appreciate credit given to accordionist Mike Schneider. Please also include our website: www.AccordionArtist.com.
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What musical genres do you play?
AccordionArtist.com offers creative performances in many genres. For a small sampling of what we do, please visit our Listen page.
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Are your services available in the USA only?
Absolutely not. Thanks to technology, AccordionArtist.com provides the best accordion tracks to artists and producers the world over.
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Who designed your website?
The founder of AccordionArtist.com, Mike Schneider. If you would like to offer your musical talents to the world, visit MikeSchneiderDesigns.com today.
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