NOTE: I am quite flexible with the pricing, and can adjust fees to meet the needs of the client.
The goal is to work closely with the artist or client to produce music that coincides with their vision. To achieve that end, I'll be in contact as needed as I work through the project. Full mp3's or snippets of work in progress on the mix, or the composition may be e-mailed to the client for audition and critique when requested. If the request is too large for e-mail, we'll work out another way to transfer the files. (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
Of course, this is all negotiable, but as I get close to finishing a work, I like to be able to send tracks back to the artist for review before making final adjustments. This applies to both mixes and compositions. I'm willing to e-mail the artist an mp3 version of the work in progress (encoded at 320kbps)
When working with an artist's music, or with the music of a cover band, I will not publicly post complete full-length sound files of works in progress nor finished works. Though, if I have the band's permission, I may post a 30-second low-quality snippet to help promote the band as well as build my portfolio.
For tracks I compose myself for a client, I reserve the right to publicly post work in full on my own artist pages and accounts for feedback and/or portfolio and demo reel purposes. Furthermore, any original compositional works written and/or recorded for clients will be listed with my PRO (BMI) with 100% writer's share. Publisher's share will be reliant on client's publisher.
Please Contact me, and we can negotiate a quote for the work to be done.
Pricing and fees for Recording/Tracking Service:
- 50% refundable Deposit: $100 payment (covers maintenance, utilities, gas fees, room usage etc.)
- $30/hour service fee.
In Detail: I offer on-site recording services to bands, groups, students, and other folks in the Philadelphia Main Line suburb areas. I would be traveling to your location, be it your rehearsal space, home studio, basement, live show, etc. I would like to keep the experience easygoing, and stress free. As the session will be taking place at your locale, I cannot guarantee a commercial quality recording due to unknown acoustics of the spaces, but it will be good enough to have it mixed, and create some CDs for portfolios, handing out at gigs, getting more gigs, selling CDs to fans at your shows or Bandcamp, and the like. (assuming you take it to the next level and get it mixed by me or someone else) Note: clients are responsible for obtaining mechanical and/or sync licenses for any covers or remixes BEFORE recording begins!!!
The $100 deposit fee is not generally negotiable for live shows, but if the source recording ends up being completely unusable due to technical reasons from the venue, or rookie mistakes on my part, I'll give your money back after the show, no questions. However, once I leave the premise with the recording to go do the cleanup/editing, that fee becomes non-refundable. Again, there is no pressure, and no major commitment. If a session doesn't go well, nothing gets done, we can break it off, call it a day or night, and I won't charge you a dime. We can always agree to meet again at a later date. So, if you don't get a recording, you don't pay me for the session. Also, if it's your first time working with me, I will not charge any hourly rates, just the flat deposit.
I can provide the raws, edited tracks/stems, and make them available via downloadable link.
NOTE: Live show recordings at venues will generally be subject to the full deposit fee. If I'm coming over to record in your home or garage, then I may reduce or possibly waive the deposit, depending. Also, depending on how the live show recording is to be done, I may not charge the full deposit fee (e.g. if I'm just taking a feed off the FOH, and not using my own mics). But I am flexible, so talk to me, we'll work something out.
ALSO: If I am recording a student concert or student recital, say for a High School or College, then I would be willing to do the work at a heavily reduced fee. Music in education is something I value greatly, and it needs all the support it can get! Contact me, we'll work something out!
Pricing and fees for music compositions:
- Simple Projects: $5 - $10 per minute of audio, $50 deposit up front, non-refundable.
- Complex Projects: $20 or more per minute of audio, $100 deposit up front, 50% refundable.
- first minute of audio is the minimum fee, and then to the closest minute after.
- If work is to be mixed by myself as well, then the mixing service fees will be added.
- all per-minute fees (composition and mixing) are negotiable.
NOTE: For non-profit work (indie-games, open source projects, etc.)
I am extremely flexible towards non-commercial work, and I'm willing to work with you on the details. Please contact me for more information, or to negotiate a quote.
For writing music , I charge a sliding fee per minute of audio based on the genre and complexity of the work. If the work is to be mixed by myself, there will be a flat mixing fee that will be included based on the number of tracks. Shorter, simple work, such as a jingle or simpler video game soundtracks might run $5 to $10 per minute of audio. More complex works (such as complex orchestration, and other complex, involved tracks) could be $20 per minute of audio, or more. It really depends on the scope of the work, tools used, and we can negotiate a price that works for everyone. Regardless of length of the audio, the fee will include the first full minute. Tracks exceeding 1 minute will be charged to the closest minute.
Please allow ample time for the project. Smaller projects involving one or two tracks may only take a week or so, but a larger, more complex work could take up to a month or more. A large project consisting of many tracks could take several months. This all depends on various factors, such as how many projects I have going concurrently, and how busy I am with my own band and other local musicians.
Prices are negotiable, and I am fully willing to work with the artist or client to meet their budget requirements.
Prices and Fees for Mixing Work:
- Single track: $15 per minute of audio
- 5 tracks or less: $12 per minute of audio
- Full album (minimum 45-minutes of audio regardless of track count): $10 per minute of audio.
NOTE: For non-profit work (freeware indie-games, open source projects, etc.)
I am extremely flexible towards non-commercial work, and I'm willing to work with you on the details. Please contact me.
Artists and clients who want to have their work mixed need to send me the individual files. Mailing me a CD or DVD with the .wav files is probably the easiest and most secure way. The .wav files should be 48 KHz and 24-bit (standard PCM wav form). The first track is on the house, and if artist or client likes the work, we can negotiate a quote for the rest of the work and estimate a turnaround time.
For mixing of live shows, turn around is about a week for a 45min to 1-hour set. Depending on the venue, setup, acoustics and other miscellaneous factors, the quality could be anywhere from decent demo to commercially viable also depending on the sources and performance quality. A full live show (3 to 4 hours-ish) might take me about a month or so to complete. Though it depends on the quality of the source recording and how much of the performance ends up being usable. Complex projects will take longer to mix, but I try to finish a song a day. Some may take longer.
If I'm mixing stems you've provided me, turnaround depends on the complexity and quality of the source recordings. As an example, for relatively simple songs with 12 channels or fewer, it might take me a week or so to mix an E.P.
Finished mixes and mix stems in wav, mp3, and ogg formats will be provided via downloadable link. (e.g. Google Drive)
Now that the basement rehearsal space is complete, I may offer recording/tracking services in the very near future. The room is a 16x20 space w/ wet bar that should comfortably accommodate a 5-piece band. For acoustic groups (classical/chamber/jazz bands) I might be able to accommodate more than 5 people, but I don't have a clear idea what the upper limit might be. Would require some experimentation (and extra chairs).
The room splits the basement, so on either side of the room are unfinished spaces where we can set up and close-mic guitar and bass cabs. The walls are NOT soundproofed. They are typical insulated partition walls with MAYBE an STC of 38. There is roughly a 10dB SPL attenuation through the wall. (Thermafiber Ultrabatt R15, and 1/2" drywall, single layers, no air gap) though I may consider installing a layer of hemasote w/ green glue on the outside of the walls in the future to improve STC rating a bit. The ceiling is heavily insulated starting with Armstrong ceiling tiles, and a double layer of Thermafiber (Ultrabatt + Fire & Sound Guard) insulation w/ airgap in the joists. (about 40 dB SPL attenuation into the living areas) So, the ceiling is basically a giant cloud. Walls and front corners are treated with GIK Acoustic panels/corner traps. If levels are reasonable, tracking should go smoothly.
I still need to figure out a price structure for this service, but it will depend on a few things: Up front partially refundable deposit, hours booked, facility fee, and engineer fee. I plan to model the pricing after the on-site recording service, so it won't break the bank. In any case, we can negotiate the estimate. Of course, none of this will happen until after Covid settles down as this is a basement studio/rehearsal space in our private residence. As it is a residence, I may not be able to offer tracking services every day of the week as it's not technically zoned for it. But talk to me, and we'll work something out.
NOTE: I do not do mastering work. However, I am willing to critique a mix (taken with a grain of salt), and I can recommend a couple competent mastering houses that won't break the bank too badly. If the client wishes I can "finalize" tracks and work towards a cohesive sound between tracks, but it's not truly a mastering process.