Given the uniqueness of every session, it is always a challenge to say with any certainty how much it is going to cost to record a song or to produce an album. But if you have a good idea how much time you need for recording, mixing, and/or mastering, how much video you need, etc., then here are some pricing guidelines to help translate those chunks of time into a financial budget.
Main Studio base rate (recording and/or mixing):
|Day Rate||Half-Day||Hourly (*)|
Main Studio base rate for concert recording: $2500 – $6000 depending on event requirements. (Catering can be supported, but is charged separately.)
Studio Annex base rate (mixing): $800/day, $500/half-day, $150/hour.
Piano tuning: $150-$175 (depending on tuner; requires one week notice)
Remote recording base rate (audio only): $1200/day for up to 8-channel recording. $1600/day for up to 16-channel recording. Transportation and setup time are part of the day’s work, but mileage is included in the cost. Special requirements result in additional costs. Please inquire if you want to record 17 or more channels for your remote session.
(*) Hourly rates are charged either for very short sessions (with known clients) or when session overruns “normal” descriptions. For us, a day is 8 hours of work, possibly (and preferably) with one or two hour-long breaks. If you book a half-day and it runs over, we’ll round the hours (29 minutes rounds down to zero, 30 minutes rounds up to one) and charge for that. Pro tip: If you know you need two days, it’s less expensive to use two days than extending a day by eight hours.
Video recording with your cameras and crew in the studio: no charge.
Video recording with our cameras, lenses, lighting, and crew in the studio: $1200/day per camera package or $200/hour. Media offload: $25/hour. Media charges: cost + 20%. If you want us to record at your location, we can do so, but be prepared to add costs for lighting instruments, support, grip, etc.
These guidelines should work for the vast majority of sessions, but we reserve the right to offer discounts and or charge premiums according to the unique needs/requirements/opportunities presented by the session. And we need to collect sales tax as required by law.
For first-time clients, a deposit of 50% of the scheduled session is due before the session begins. For all clients, payments are due when services are rendered.