FAQ


Why Short Order Strings?
How does it work?
How much does it cost?
How do I make a payment?
How do I receive the final string tracks?
Can I have an arrangement without the recording?
Can I use my own arrangement?
I already have an arrangement, does that reduce the price?
Can I have the charts for live performances?
I’m concerned about uploading my song.
Do I have to pay royalties?
What if my song is longer than 4 minutes?
Where are you located? Do you perform live?

Why Short Order Strings?
Short Order strings saves you from the hassle of outsourcing an arranger to write the parts, booking expensive studio time, dealing with a copyist, finding musicians to play, and still having to hire an engineer to record them.
With Short Order Strings you simply send us your song and we return to you fully produced string tracks, without you having to do anything or go anywhere. Each song includes a free consultation as well as the reassurance that you don’t have to pay for anything until you’re satisfied with the direction your song is taking.

How does it work?
First you need to fill out an order form, where you tell us about your song, and send us an mp3.

Once you’ve submitted your song you’ll be contacted at a time that is convenient for you to discuss any concepts or ideas you may have for the direction to take with your song.
A short time later you’ll receive an mp3 demo with a MIDI-mockup of the arrangement to give you a sense of what the finished product will sound like.
Once you’ve approved the arrangement you will be sent a payment request via paypal, where you can use whatever payment method is convenient for you.
Upon receipt of payment we record and produce the strings and deliver the final tracks to you.

How much does it cost?
The cost per song* up to 4 minutes depends on the type of string section you are interested in using.

All songs include a FREE arrangement!

Our current rates are:
Violin/Viola/Cello Solo – $175
MIDI Arrangement Only – $300
String Quartet – $650
String Orchestra (quartet w/ multitrack overdubs) – $850

Interested in having strings on your entire album? Contact us to discuss a discounted rate!

* Rates for Film/TV scores, Library Tracks, and Classical Pieces are negotiated on a track by track basis. Please contact us for more information.

How do I make a payment?
After your approve the arrangement we will send you a paypal invoice. If you would like to make a payment but have not received an invoice, you can send it via paypal to payments@shortorderstrings.com.

How do I receive the final string tracks?
The final delivery is a stereo track with a string submix which can be easily added to your song’s mix. If you’d like the individual sections as separate tracks we can give that to you as well.
The final track is typically delivered via an ftp link as a 24bit 44.1kHz wav file. If you need a different specification just ask.

Can I have an arrangement without the recording?
Yes, we now offer an Arrangement Only option which includes the MIDI tracks but no live recording. The current rate is $300 per song.

Can I use my own arrangement?
Arrangement written by you or someone else are subject to approval before they are accepted. Arrangements must be checked for factors like complexity, readability and proper orchestration and are approved on a per track basis.

I already have an arrangement written, does that reduce the price?
The cost is not different if you already have an arrangement written due to the extra time that can be needed to acquire the parts and sort out any questions the players may have.

Can I have the charts for live performances?
There is a $50 surcharge to have the sheet music for use in future live performances of the arrangement.

I’m concerned about uploading my song.
Short Order Strings respects the privacy of the artists we work with. Your song will never be used for any reason nor in any context outside of the services offered on this site.

Do I have to pay royalties?
Short Order Strings works on a work-for-hire basis, which means that you retain all rights to the arrangement and final tracks of your strings. No future royalties or payments are expected.

What if my song is longer than 4 minutes?
The typical song we work on averages 3 to 4 minutes in length. If your song is just a little longer than that, don’t worry about it. But if your song is closer to 5 1/2 minutes or longer, we may charge extra because of any extra work involved. Generally we charge 1/2 price extra for each additional 3 minutes, but please ask because it can often depend on the complexity and needs of the song.

Where are you located? Do you perform live?
Short Order Strings is based out of Los Angeles, CA with access to string players from across the globe. At this time we are primarily an on-line only service, however if you are interested in a live performance in Los Angeles, New York or Boston you can contact us with details about your request and we will try to help.