Hourly pay?

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Member Since: Apr 12, 2003

I've got a few people (rap artists) who would pay me to record them. I need to know about pay. My setup is pretty week with one decent mic, and a decent soundcard, with lots of really good software. I've been recording for about a year with this setup and have actually got some really good recordings out of it (mostly vocals). What would you all recommend be the hourly pay? Or should I set one price and work from there? Or should I set a fee for recording, then mixing, then mastering, ect..? Thanks

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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

May 05, 2003 06:10 am


No easy answer. Call a few studio's in your area and get an idea of what they charge to get a baseline if you are looking to get into the market and compete. If you are just looking to supplement you hobby with some funding, figgure out what you will be satisfied with and use that as a baseline. Any way you want to charge is fine. Some here set a price for an album or demo. You might want to set some arbitrary price for the first one and see exactly what you have involved to produce it.

Since: Dec 30, 2002

May 05, 2003 07:01 am

Hey Lyon.

I usually work with rock bands in my local area and I will charge "per-job" as it were. For a 3 track demo fully recorded, mixed and mastered by me I will usually charge about 225 - however, the first jobs I did I charged considerably less until I had a bit of a reputation for good work.

The other thing I will say is that you should exercise a bit of caution about who you let into your home studio - I'm not trying to imply anything here, but the world can be a particularly dodgy place at times...


Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

May 05, 2003 07:34 am

Excellent point Jues! There have been a number of horror stories that have filtered through here from break in's to legal complications. One way around a lot of that is to either rent studio space or record on their location.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

May 05, 2003 07:53 am

Yes, and I bet Noize will come in here with a real horror story involving letting lame people into your home studio...he got some irreplacable discs ripped off...gigs and gigs of samples, loops and such...

It's sad, but people suck...ya gotta look out for yourself.

Since: Dec 16, 2002

May 06, 2003 07:03 am

When you are young you trust.
When you get older you CONTROL.

If you trust these guys, one day you'll WILL get ripped off. Remember you are dealing with (for the most part) young and poor wannabe rock stars many of whom are into drug culture cos it goes with the territory and they will do their granny for a fix.

Meet on neutral ground - and take a friend along.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

May 06, 2003 09:58 pm

AS Walt said, check with the local studios and see what the going rate is. Dotn tell them you are a studio, just ask as if you are thinking of recording there.

And as dB pointed out, please be carefull who you let in. Dont let them wonder off alone to case the joint. In my case it really wasnt the whole band, it was just one bad seed. And they were people I knew so I trusted everything was OK. the advice I would give is to make sure that you have anything easily lifted put away were it cannot be seen as something they can walk out of there with. The items dB spoke of can never be replaced, and I have not trusted many people in here since then.

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