COSTS AND SAMPLE STUDIO BUDGETS

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked when people come into the studio for a consultation is: How much is it going to cost? The simple answer is: It depends. It depends on you as the talent and it also depends on what sort of results you’re after. So I’ve set up some different scenarios here with different price points to illustrate that there are often times many different ways to approach a project, all with different results. There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong scenario as each project is unique. However, there is a significant difference in price depending on exactly how you want to record your project. Each session is based on a ten song EP and the studio rate is $50/hour.

 

SINGLE ACOUSTIC GUITAR WITH VOCALS

In this scenario there would be a single guitar accompanied by a single voice. This is about as simple a session there is.

 

LIVE STUDIO RECORDING
No click track
No song map
4 Complete passes per song
No punching in to fix mistakes

Recording Time 14 Hr/$50 $700
Edit/Mix Time 08 Hr/$50 $400
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                             
$1,575

LIVE STUDIO RECORDING
Click track
Song Map
4 Complete passes per song
Punching in to fix mistakes

Recording Time 16 Hr/$50 $800
Edit/Mix Time 08 Hr/$50 $400
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                             
$1,575

STUDIO RECORDING
VOCS AND GTR REC. SEPERATE
No click track
No song map
4 Complete GTR and VOC passes per song
No punching in to fix mistakes

Recording Time 25 Hr/$50 $1,250
Edit/Mix Time 12 Hr/$50 $500
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                            
$2,225

STUDIO RECORDING
VOCS AND GTR REC. SEPERATE
Click track
Song Map
4 Complete GTR and VOC passes per song
Punching in to fix mistakes

Recording Time 30 Hr/$50 $1,500
Edit/Mix Time 14 Hr/$50 $600
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                            
$2,575

 

 

THREE PIECE COMBO WITH VOCALS

In this scenario there would be any combination of three instruments accompanied by a single voice . Often times this consists of guitar, bass and drums and a singer. This is a fairly common setup, but as there are more pieces involved, there are more options available in the recording process. Each setup is slightly different and each will yield different results.

 

LIVE STUDIO RECORDING
No click track
No song map
4 Complete passes per song
No punching in to fix mistakes
No GTR solo overdubbing

Recording Time 16 Hr/$50 $800
Edit/Mix Time 10 Hr/$50 $500
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                            
$1,775

LIVE STUDIO RECORDING
Click track
Song Map
4 Complete passes per song
Punching in to fix mistakes
GTR solo overdubbing

Recording Time 20 Hr/$50 $1000
Edit/Mix Time 11 Hr/$50 $550
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                              
$2,025

STUDIO RECORDING
GTR, BS and DR RECORDED TOGETHER VOCS SEP.
No click track
No song map
4 Complete passes per song
No punching in to fix mistakes
No GTR solo overdubbing

Recording Time 20 Hr/$50 $1000
Edit/Mix Time 12 Hr/$50 $600
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                               
$2,075

STUDIO RECORDING
GTR, BS and DR RECORDED TOGETHER VOCS SEP.
Click track
Song Map
4 Complete passes per song
Punching in to fix mistakes
GTR solo overdubbing

Recording Time 25 Hr/$5 $1250
Edit/Mix Time 14 Hr/$50 $700
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                               
$2,425

STUDIO RECORDING
ALL REC. SEPERATELY
No click track
No song map
4 Complete GTR and VOC passes per song 
No punching in to fix mistakes

Recording Time 40 Hr/$50 $2000
Edit/Mix Time 15 Hr/$50 $750
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                              
$3,225

STUDIO RECORDING
ALL REC. SEPERATELY
Click track
Song Map
4 Complete GTR and VOC passes per song
Punching in to fix mistakes

Recording Time 45 Hr/$50 $2,250
Edit/Mix Time 18 Hr/$50 $900
Mastering $475 flat rate $475
Total                                                                             
$3,625

 

HOME STUDIO BUNDLES

I’ve included some bundles here for bands/artists that are looking to only partially have their projects completed in the studio.

 

RE-AMPING SESSION
(2-4 GTR or BS TRACKS/SONG @ 3 MIN.)

Recording Time 03 Hr/$50 $150
Total                                                                            
$150

RE-AMPING SESSION
(5-8 GTR or BASS TRACKS PER SONG)

Recording Time 06 Hr/$50 $300
Total                                                                           
$300

RE-AMPING SESSION
(8-12 GTR or BS TRACKS/SONG @ 3 MIN.)

Recording Time 09 Hr/$50 $450
Total                                                                            
$450

 

RE-AMPING SESSION
(11-16 GTR or BASS TRACKS PER SONG)

Recording Time 12 Hr/$50 $600
Total                                                                             
$600

RE-AMPING SESSION w/DRUM OR VOCAL TRACKING
(2-4 GTR or BS TRACKS/SONG @ 3 MIN.)
No click
No song map
4 passes per song
No punches to fix mistakes

Recording Time 18 Hr/$50 $900
Total                                                                             
$900

RE-AMPING SESSION w/DRUM OR VOCAL TRACKING
(2-4 GTR or BASS TRACKS PER SONG)
Click Track
Song Map
4 passes per song 
Punches to fix mistakes

Recording Time 24 Hr/$50 $1,250
Total                                                                               
$1,250

RE-AMPING SESSION w/DRUM OR VOCAL TRACKING
(5-8 GTR or BS TRACKS/SONG @ 3 MIN.)
No click
No song map
4 passes per song
No punches to fix mistakes

Recording Time 20 Hr/$50 $1000
Total                                                                                
$1000

RE-AMPING SESSION w/DRUM OR VOCAL TRACKING
(5-8 GTR or BASS TRACKS PER SONG)
Click Track
Song Map
4 passes per song 
Punches to fix mistakes

Recording Time 26 Hr/$50 $1,300
Total                                                                                   
$1,300

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