SESSION RATES & SERVICES
Wanna know what it will cost to record your music?
The rates are all right here, up front, not hidden or hard to find.
There's just one price point, regardless of which studio room(s) you use. Even if you use all four at once, it's the same low rate.
If you are not sure what is entailed or what to expect regarding time-intensive recording projects, let's meet and discuss your music so you can get an idea what your final costs will be.
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LIVE STUDIO TIME - $48
Hourly Flat Rate* regardless of type of project (music/podcast/corporate)
Includes studio, all gear, recording engineer
MIXING/EDITING/SWEETENING - $36
Hourly Flat Rate* - includes audio technician
CD MASTERING - $40 per track
Mastering is the process of finalizing a fully-mixed recording and preparing it for distribution. Sometimes a recording will sound good in one listening environment, but not another. While it is true that every recording will still sound different on varying systems, well-mastered tracks generally sound good even through cheap speakers or earbuds (so long as they have not been damaged). Some factors involved in mastering are: enhancing the overall sound of each track, unifying the sound of a record, giving depth and dimension to the mixes, maintaining consistency across an album, and embedding metadata.
Producing is included in all services above at no extra charge except for related pre-production costs (listening to your songs, transcribing/notating the music as necessary, creating scratch tracks if applicable). The pre-production rate is the same as the Mixing/Editing/Sweetening rate ($36/hr).
SESSION MUSICIANS - $52/$104
Hourly Flat Rate for Instrumentalists and BGVs* - $52
Hourly Flat Rate for Lead Vocalists* - $104
Musicians-for-hire are available to play or sing on various projects. These are primarily professional musicians who perform and/or record for a living and require no rehearsal. They can hear your song in scratch form in the session and perform in any key or meter on the fly. Most single-song sessions do not require more than one-to-two hours of recording time (although this may vary depending on the complexity of the music). Multiple takes of each instrument or vocal part are recorded and the best elements of each take are comped into a single track and put in the mix. The Session Musician Fees listed above are in addition to the studio time for them to record. If you want to bring in your own musicians, you are free of course to do so (and negotiate payment with them individually if necessary) instead of using studio musicians, but do keep in mind that amateur musicians generally require more time in the studio and the difference in quality is noticeable in the final product.
For music production and original music composition & scoring, see the Music Production page.
*One-hour minimum per session, billed in 15-minute increments after the first hour.
All necessary set-up time is billable.
All rates subject to change without notice.
However, any project started under current rates is kept at those rates for the duration of the project up to one year.