Discussion in 'Music Business Forum' started by studio33, Jan 3, 2012.
Could I interest you in a new Delco Car radio from Detroit? I forgot... Delco Remy is gone. No matter...
Mx. Remy Ann David
My rates are hugely variable depending upon the clientele. Major acts & major FM & TV broadcasts pay a premium rate. Local bands get an average local rates & package deals, comparable to my other local studio competition. Friends get me to help them out with cash and prizes. My rates as a freelance engineer follow closely with my rates as a union broadcast engineer. I'm not out to kill the competition but I am up to compete with them. So it varies by vicinity & area. Toledo might bring you $15 per hour in a recording studio? Whereas the same studio, not even as nicely equipped in the suburbs of NYC may command upwards of $55 per hour. So you have to determine your own value and what the market can offer. There is no hard or fast rules. I know that Toledo is not an entertainment nor performing mecca. Detroit used to be. Chicago used to be. NYC used to be. So what is your time worth and investment worth if your market area can't support that? Brain-dead auto mechanics make more money than us, on the order of $80 per hour to tune your car. Imagine charging someone to tune their guitar for $80? That's what you're doing isn't it? And can you command $80 per hour in your studio? Maybe you should put a hydraulic lift in? You can tell them it was specially designed for tuning guitars and no other studio has it. When you're not busy recording, you could be swapping audio engines? That lift would certainly make light work of that. And then when somebody's music doesn't sound right, you can tell them their carburetor needs loading.
Now I've got grass in my carburetor!
Mx. Remy Ann David
Isn't that the truth.
API truck for $134,000! The API console alone is worth at least half that. So this is a tough game. There might not be any winners? It's the musical lottery that's why.
I only purchase lottery tickets when I know I'm going to win. So, one day I'll purchase one.
Mx. Remy Ann David
Neve console I currently have installed is 1 of 2, serial number 3869. I started the truck with a couple of AudiTronics 501's. But those quickly ended up in my basement studio. I had the opportunity to acquire a Sphere Eclipse C. It was a glorious console but it actually didn't travel well. Back in 1996, NBC-TV, DC (where I was still working) wanted to decommission this 36 input Neve I had been using since 1984. I bid on it and got it. In 2004, I acquired the matching console, serial number 3868. 8 of those modules (3115's) I have already sold to Paul Reed Smith. I gave 2 of them to a colleague/friend that had thrown me a bunch of work over the years. So while I still have all 36 I/O modules, I only have 14 of the 24 3115's left to that desk. So I was just freaking lucky. This custom-built NBC-TV Neve is also not built like any recording consoles similar to it. These desks were built like tanks. Much heavier duty than any recording console. It's also incredibly simple in its operation. The Sphere was more like an American designed and built SSL from Chatsworth California. The Neve is about as simple in operation as a Mackie. Yup, super simple and nothing much to go wrong. What makes it so versatile is that at every stage there are transformer isolated output & input patch points. With 48 passwords, I can configure this desk as an in-line console looping back from the 24 track digital machine. Or I can use an outboard monitor mixer. I can patch into the summing buses with sidecar mixers when I need more inputs. That's where my API's also come into play which I have 20 of. I muse over all of these boutique preamps out there. They are all trying to create something better than these old school design. But what would you rather have? A brand-new Toyota or a fully restored Duesenberg? How about a fully restored vintage Rolls-Royce, Bentley? So I'm quite happy with this old crud. What I'm most happy about is their fabulous head room. Not even most reasonable consoles have this kind of head room. So this Neve is quite a bit like having 1073's completely stuffed in it albeit, class A/B output drive. Otherwise my 3115's are configured identically to 1073's. And this is probably why I'm such a snob? I've heard and played with virtually everything from the lowest entry-level crap to state-of-the-ART digital SSL desks. While I love the features on some of the more modern consoles, I have no problem dealing with this consoles physical limitations. The Sphere had automation & VCA subgrouping. Very handy. This Neve doesn't have any of that stuff which can actually make things a little more challenging. So it keeps me on my feet, yeah out on my feet, looking for more work. But nothing much is happening in the DC area here anymore and so I think I'm going to have to relocate to somewhere else in the country. It's OK really. Even though I'm not really happy about the collapse of business. I believe there is income to be made elsewhere. So in spite of being married for 10 years and in a relationship now for 18, I've never had any children and therefore am much more footloose and fancy free. My responsibilities are nil and since my divorce in 1993, I no longer own a house nor basement studio. I have an RV mobile home that's also as large as my Remote Truck and they're both parked in an industrial complex with all of these defense contractors near Dulles international Airport in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC, along with my Chevy van and antique motorcycle. Crowmobile.com So I feel a bit like a gypsy these days maybe a circus clown? I think clown would be more apt if you've read my posts here over the past six years since my brain surgery. Yeah, real serious brain surgery. So essentially, after a couple of years of being completely physically handicapped & mostly blind, I was given a new life weeks before my 50th birth day. Just so I could suffer through this lack of income, collapse of the broadcast industry, collapse of the record industry. Plus I really got burnt out doing talking head news & politics as those are two of my least favorite subjects. So when you have to go into work every day for eight hours of bad news, corrupt politicians & war, it takes its toll on you. I'm a creative musically oriented entertainment person and that really doesn't exist much here in the DC area. Nightclubs don't even want to pay for bands anymore so they have DJs drying up further income possibilities. So I think, I'm going to have to pay a visit to Nashville as I've never been there before? Or Austin Texas? Personally I love Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. But even there, it's not what it used to be as I've worked in Fort Lauderdale now twice since 1978. The only were predominately keeping me a float in recent years it is all of these analog to digital transfers since I still have quite a collection of analog recorders, Scully's, Ampex', TEAC's, Nakamichi's. Oh yeah and disc/phonograph players with API & Neve RIAA preamps along with a Shure tube preamp. So lots of quality colors that really sound like something. But recording music of truly professional musical acts is my ultimate passion. So I'm working on a business plan that should do well in a more entertainment oriented area of the country. Yes, I have tested that out here in the Baltimore-Washington area but you cannot fix a huge collective of stupid. Interestingly enough, my biggest obstacle here is that most people don't feel worthy of making any live recordings. Or so most have indicated. I also don't work well with rank amateurs so I need to pursue only the crème de la crème and they ain't here. Even the number one local rock 'n roll station that served both Baltimore & Washington has faded away into a Latino station. Not even the contemporary jazz station exists any more here. Radio has become so highly automated that none of them are doing any live broadcasts anymore. And the public radio stations which specialize in more classical oriented music doesn't need a remote truck anymore either. So in a sense, one of the reasons why I have time to spend here is my lack of time spent in the control room, on projects & on location. After all, any bands here that are working just bring their Alesis HD 24's and plug it into their local PA boards. And they think that's good enough. Like I said, collective stupid. It might be different in Nashville? Then again, it may not be? If that turns out to be true, I'll sell everything off and get out. After all, I've had a good run of 40+ years at this. Unfortunately, being so broadcast oriented in my work, I may have major award nominations but I received no royalties from anything I've done. And that's basically because I've never had personal management of my own. So it doesn't matter if you are as good as I am when there isn't enough work to support it or me. So I'm here trying to help others make the best recordings they can, freely providing my knowledge & experience. People ask me why I don't teach at the University? That's because I've never been to any college. I can work as an adjunct professor but so far that hasn't panned out either... he he, I said panned out à la panoramic potentiometer. So I have a great panorama here looking at all of the non-work in front of me. But the Neve still looks sweet (kiss kiss).
Now everybody knows I'm kinky.
Mx. Remy Ann David
studio33recording from the ground up and can do a bigger one. Ive done a bunch of classical work out here and want to have a place to fit them in. I cant wait to design the place.
Neve VR with the flying faders in school from Jeff Harris who used to be at The Village in LA. Loved it! The room sounded like crap though(it was too shallow). So what did I do? I grabbed chairs from every room on campus and piled them up behind me when I was mixing to break up the sound in the room. It totally worked. Every instructor that heard the room when it was like that agreed that its gave the room a way better sound. I was able to work in there way longer than the other students because my ears werent getting boxed by bad modes. That board had its issues but we had a good tech and it sounded amazing.
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