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Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by osmuir, Jan 28, 2002.

  1. osmuir

    osmuir Member

    how do yall deal with yr pricing and payment situations?

    example: currently, i'm charging $35/hr recording/editing time [i hate editing]. and then i am charging flat rate for mixing [i haven't been mixing as long as i've been doing tracking, so i take my time to get it right].
    i'm only charging $150 per mix [when i recording the thing].

    how do yall do it?
    [ when i can, i'll mp3 stuff for yall. so you can tell me if this price seems comensurate with my abilities].

    i do location stuff [i.e. i move in] so no "studio expenses" as it were.

    i have a reasonable amount of top flight gear...[pendulum mic pre, Neumann, earthworks, soundulux mics, rosetta converter, distressor, rnc's, cool gtr amp things, gtr's if need be, emu paris daw].

    how do you deal with yr gear and clients? do you "rent" pieces to them?

    example. i have 2 clients who want to 24 bit mix downs. i have a 16-bit dat, but i could buy a 24 bit dat and "rent it" to them. but that is all i want it for, i don't want to have to suck the cost up.

    ideas? i just want to know standard procedure/ neat ideas.

  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I bought a bunch of gear not to rent out to my clients, but to give me better tools and an edge. When freelance, many pro folks on net newsgroups commented that I should charge for it, that was echoed by others - 'damn right' 'without a doubt" etc..

    I never charged for it.. it was included in my fee. I can't immagine charging for it. It would go down very badly with my clients. But that's just my situation, I am understanding of those that 'get away with it"! :)
    For me, the idea that a clients lack of planning and misfortune derived thereof is an oportunity to bill for more studio time seems "cold" or unfair. It is irelevent to my situation anyhow because I am always producing, so the sessions progress is all MY responcibility.

  3. osmuir

    osmuir Member

    basicly the only stuff i'd want to rent out is stuff i don't consider fun, and would rather not own, but have to [cause, for example, you can't apparently find anywhere to rent a f$*%ing 24 bit DAT outside of NYC in the northeast.

    thus, it's them rent it from dreamhire at a way too high price, or me give them a bit of a break by purchasing it and renting it to them.

    is this cool?
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Why haven't you allready got a 'deal' going with Dreamhire?

    No one pays card rates, everyone pays 50% many less... :)

    Pay for it on credit card, make the band pick it up and deliver it back to save some dough.... (if they want it that bad)

    Masterlink is a better 24bit recorder buy:

    CD player with word clock input!
    24 bit 44.1k & 96k recorder
    CD Burner

  5. drumsound

    drumsound Active Member

    I work out of an "actual" studio. I charge an hourly rate for recording and mixing. It's a DAW free zone, so editing doesn't come into play. I have a "project mastering" room at home. I charge by the song and usually work alone and have the client come by and we assemble the CD together.
  6. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    I don't rent anything that I own and is in-house to clients. If someone wants a specific piece of gear from a guitar amp to a 24-bit A/D for transfers I rent it. I'll get a deposit from my client and then rent the gear from whatever source I can find. If your clients want 24-bit mixes they can either pay for you to rent the gear or they can go somewhere else.

    I tend to buy things that people ask for. After a while if I get enough people asking for 24-bit mixes and files I'll get a 24 bit converter. If it only happens twice a year I'll skip it.
  7. osmuir

    osmuir Member

    further info on cutting a deal w/ dreamhire julian? that would be rad! [ah, "hip" terms from the 80's...]

  8. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Right who here can hooook Owen up with Dreamhire? :)
    (I don't know em in the US) but the UK devison of the company just went bust so the US side will be getting get a lot of cool gear send over (I happen to know)
  9. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    That sucks. Rather then send all the gear to the states why don't you and a few engineer chums buy some of it and start your own rental company?

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