Pricing and FAQs

The following price charts include every item that I might bill for. Since every project is different, some rates are given in ranges, while others depend so much on the individual project details that I can’t provide a price range without knowing those details. Project factors that might affect the variable costs include ensemble/musical complexity, length of music to be recorded, the amount of time or equipment required, and driving distance and transportation costs.


Upfront Pricing Chart for Classical Music Recordings

Student Recordings (Auditions, etc.)Professional RecordingsLarge Ensemble Recordings
Equipment, Setup, Pre-Production Fee$50-100 per setup$100-500 per production$200-650 per production
Audio Recording$65/hr, 1 hr min.$100/hr, 1 hr min.$135/hr, 2 hr min.
Audio Editing$5 per edit$7 per edit$10 per edit
Audio MixingIncludedInquire for rateInquire for rate
Audio MasteringIncludedInquire for rateInquire for rate
Video Recording (add to audio cost)$25/hr, single camera$35-60/hr per camera*$35-60/hr per camera*
Livestreaming (add to audio+video cost)$50 flat$50-150/hr$100-200/hr
Multi-shot Video Editing and Coloringn/aInquire for rateInquire for rate
Recording Assistants (Large projects)n/a$150-450 per day per assistant$150-450 per day per assistant
*Fixed cameras are $35/hr, moving tripod cameras are $45/hr, gimbal cameras are $60/hr. Three cameras or more, esp. with moving shots, may require me to subcontract additional recording assistants to operate cameras.

Upfront Pricing Chart for Jazz, Folk, Rock, and Other Genre Recordings

Solos, Duos, Trios without Drums
Non-Drum Overdubs
Trios, Combos, or Bands with Drums
Drum Overdubs
Equipment/setup fee$100-300 per setup$150-500 per setup
Audio Tracking$100/hr, 1 hr min.$125/hr, 2 hr min.
Audio Overdubs$85/hr, 1 hr min.$115/hr, 1 hr min.
Post-Production Audio Editing$50/hr$50/hr
Post-Production Mixing$100-300 per track or per mix**$150-800 per track or per mix**
Mixing Already Recorded ContentVaries, Inquire for RateVaries, Inquire for Rate
Mastering Already Mixed ContentVaries, Inquire for RateVaries, Inquire for Rate
Video, Streaming, and Multi-Shot EditingSee Classical Music ChartSee Classical Music Chart
**Depends on the complexity of the song, length of the track, and type of project (e.g. promotional single, music video, album release, etc.). Smaller projects such as livestream concerts or demos that don’t require a fully polished mix (and have similar instruments from track to track) will only be charged just for one mix for the entire concert.

Get in touch with me about your project, and I’ll send you a proposal with package options for a variety of needs and/or budgets. For low budgets and simple needs, I can create smaller package productions which still give you my full attention and skillset, just for a shorter amount of time. For more ample budgets, I can create packages which will give you weeks of detailed, creative, uncompromising work to really bring your vision to life.

Once we’ve worked out and agreed to your project details, I’ll send you a contract that guarantees you have my services at the agreed times and rates, so there won’t be any surprises. At this time, I will also ask for a downpayment to cover the setup/equipment/pre-production fees, and 50% of the estimated audio+video recording time for the session. The rest of the project including post-production will be billed later.


Discounts

I regularly facilitate livestreams at An die Musik in downtown Baltimore, just a couple blocks from Peabody. It is one of the few venues still operating virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic (with room for safe social distancing for groups of up to 6 on stage, or 9 spread out in the entire room). Get in touch with the owner, Henry Wong, about booking the space to use for recordings (be sure to tell him I sent you). Note that he charges a separate hourly rate to use the space and a fee to tune the piano, but since much of my equipment is already stored there, I will deduct $50 off the Equipment/Setup Fee for any sessions booked at An die Musik.

As a composer, I care about new works being heard. The New Piece Discount is for world premiere recordings (either live or for a recording session) of recently composed works, especially for when the composer is involved. I also care about classical musicians programming older works which have been ignored over time due to prejudices against composers who are women, people of color, or other historically marginalized groups. For classical music recordings which favor programming of such works (at least half of the music being performed), I will provide an Underrepresented Composer Discount. Each of these discounts entail 5% off the final invoice price (or, if both discounts apply, then I will take 7% off the final invoice price).


FAQs

Where should I plan to have my recording sessions? Do you provide the space? I don’t have my own recording space, instead I work on location at concert halls, music venues, churches, or recording studios in the Baltimore/D.C. area. While I would love to help you find a venue, ultimately it will be your (the client’s) responsibility to book the space and to cover any associated booking fees.

How quickly can you get me the finished products? It depends on the project size and how quickly you need them. If you have a deadline for an audition tape, etc., let me know ahead of time and I will be sure to allot time to be sure you get them in time, even if it’s two days away. Even if you don’t have a deadline, I will be sure to deliver the finished product within a reasonable timeframe. In the case of complex video productions, that timeframe can sometimes take a few months depending on the number of ongoing projects I have at the moment.

How will I recieve the final product? I like use a file transfer service called WeTransfer, which is sent to your email address (you don’t need an account). You have a limited time to download the media files onto your own storage before they go away– but don’t worry! I always keep backups in case you missed it. If you want to arrange to meet in person for a local transfer, I can transfer directly from my storage drive to your computer or a flash drive.

How do edits work? For audio-only classical editing, the possibilities are vast so long as we get sufficient takes for all the material during the session. I will provide you with reference audio of all the good takes from the session. The best way is to send me a score either marked with annotations indicating the takes you want, or accompanied by a written key that references places in the score such as, “Measures 1-16 use Take 3; mm. 17-20 use Take 5; mm. 21 to the 3rd beat of 32 use Take 2…,” etc.

Can you edit my performance to single-camera video? In fact, upon request I can make very small adjustments to the audio part of the video, to correct single notes or very small phrases. This depends on the edits in question being consistently timed, without any disruptions around it so that it doesn’t go out of sync with the video. I can’t guarantee that everything you ask me will work, but I can usually pull them off. I will only send you edited content that is clean enough that I personally can’t tell it has been edited. Multi-camera video edits are much more flexible.

Do you master the audio? For archival recordings, audition tapes, etc. I master the mixes to standards consistent with most streaming services. But for more involved recordings meant for distribution, if at all possible I prefer to have mastering done by a different engineer than myself. That being said, if you’re tight on time or on a budget and don’t want to hire a separate engineer to master for you, I will master any mix I create for an additional charge per track, and I can provide you with both the unmastered and mastered products.


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