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Even as a home-recordist, I couldn't afford to do this

Post by vvv » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:35 am

Local C/L ad:

My band is looking for a recording studio for our EP

We would like to record 6 songs. We have $200 give or take. Get at me!

:roll:

Feel like getting at him with a big stick. :twisted:
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Post by Snarl 12/8 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:22 am

That already sounds like a gig from hell. Reminds me of the bands I recorded for $10/hr in college.
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Post by vvv » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:43 am

Sounds about right - $33 a song @ 3 hours a song = $10 a hour.

I wonder if they'ed even throw in beer and a groupie ...
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Post by kslight » Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:54 am

I had some dude get flat out mad when I declined to work on a project of similar budget. I quoted him what would be fair to me, with a reasonable amount of time to make sure we both made something we could be proud of as opposed to a 3 hour job that we both thought sucked... and He told me about all these well known producers in the area (fwiw, there are no "well known" producers I know about in 300 miles so I call bullshit on that anyway) that would do it for $200 or whatever... I quoted I think about $600 for everything, was 6 or 7 songs I believe, and it was out of a studio, not his basement. I'm no well known producer myself, but I have enough work with a couple well known clients to where I'm not gonna take a cheap rush job that will hurt my rep because there was no time to do it right.

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Post by Snarl 12/8 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:44 pm

I always wonder, when I'm being bullshitted like that, if the "well-known" guy will do it for $200, then why are they talking to me?
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Post by kslight » Mon Nov 09, 2015 1:25 pm

Snarl 12/8 wrote:I always wonder, when I'm being bullshitted like that, if the "well-known" guy will do it for $200, then why are they talking to me?
Because if the "well known guy" will do it for $200, then that must mean I will jump at the opportunity to do it for a 12 pack of cheap beer and a couple mismatched peavey speaker cabinets.

I even thought my rate quoted was a hair cheap, but...first time client discount?

Another philosophical question would be if the well known guy is well known for working for nothing or if he is well known for being awesome, because those are not usually the same thing.

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Post by Jarvis » Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:29 pm

What color are those Peavey cabs. And don't say black.
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Post by kslight » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:42 pm

Jarvis wrote:What color are those Peavey cabs. And don't say black.
Well one of them is black. The other one was painted white for some "cool" cocaine reference in the 80s, and it just kind of looks patchy and shitty right now.

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Post by Jarvis » Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:00 pm

I can work with that.
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Re: Even as a home-recordist, I couldn't afford to do this

Post by drumsound » Sun Nov 22, 2015 3:18 pm

vvv wrote:Local C/L ad:

My band is looking for a recording studio for our EP

We would like to record 6 songs. We have $200 give or take. Get at me!

:roll:

Feel like getting at him with a big stick. :twisted:
$200 is a small deposit on that project.

Also "Give or take!?!?" So they thing UNDER 2 bills is a possibility? I suppose, if they're high school kids that would explain the lack of knowledge.

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Re: Even as a home-recordist, I couldn't afford to do this

Post by analogika » Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:08 pm

vvv wrote:Local C/L ad:

My band is looking for a recording studio for our EP

We would like to record 6 songs. We have $200 give or take. Get at me!

:roll:

Feel like getting at him with a big stick. :twisted:
Obviously a transcription error.

That should read "$200 to give per take".

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Post by cgarges » Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:52 pm

My hourly book rate is $55.

I'd suggest a live to 2-track project. Two hours to set up, two hours to bang through the tunes. I record the multi-track as well. They bring a hard drive and give me $220, and they've got a competently-recorded EP of them playing it down for less than $250. I'll even give them the multi-track files in case they want to save up to do a different mix at some point.

Easy.

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Post by vvv » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:15 pm

Shades of FB and the Catholic's Pistolero!
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Post by Corey Y » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:04 pm

Sounds like a job for the infamous "friend who has Pro Tools".

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Post by markjazzbassist » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:48 am

if they are good enough just book 4 hours at a pro studio. i did that with my bands many times. 1 hour setup, 3 hours to record. six songs would be 30 minutes on each song to get a good take.

granted the bands have to be well rehearsed and good enough to pull it off live. but this is do-able.

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