Pricing, Discounts, and FAQs

Pricing for Student Recordings

Audition Tapes, Recital Recordings,
Simple Portfolio Recordings*
Audio Equipment & Setup$50-100 per setup (depending on location)
Video Equipment & Setup (opt.)$50 per setup
Recording Time (1 hour minimum)$85/hour or $450/day (a day is 5-8 hours)
Audio Mixing & MasteringIncluded
Video Trimming & Color GradingIncluded for first hour of video ($50 per addt’l hour)
Livestreaming$75 per stream
*Student Setups consist of very high quality stereo audio and (optional) single-camera video.

Pricing for Professional Location Recordings

I use a fixed pricing model so you know how much each project will cost upfront. My services are extremely customized to your needs, and every project is different. Reach out to me so we can discuss what yours looks like. After I get to know your project vision, I will make you a customized proposal with a 2-4 package options that reflect a range of needs and budgets, so you can choose exactly which one is right for you.

Each package option outlines an itemized list of services including pre-production costs, equipment use, setup fees, recording session length (the only item based on hours), and post-production charges like mixing, mastering, and video editing. That way you know what you’re getting, exactly what it costs, and that every stage of the process from planning to final deliverable is included in the package price.

Classical Recordings
(Solo & Chamber)
Classical Recordings
(Large Ensemble & Opera)
Audio-Only Recording ProjectsPackages start at $350Packages start at $800
Simple Video+Audio Recording
or Streaming Projects
Packages start at $500Packages start at $1000
4-Camera Video+Audio Recording
or Streaming Projects
Packages start at $1000Packages start at $1450
I’ll send you a contract to sign after you select a package. 50% of selected package cost is due at the beginning of the project, and the remainder is due at final delivery.

Pricing for Non-Classical Recordings (Jazz, Folk, Rock, and Other Genres)

I can provide professional quality audio recordings of albums, songs, and live sets, multi-camera video recordings for release or promotional use, and audio editing, mixing, and mastering services for any genre of music that utilizes acoustic elements.

These projects can vary widely in size and scope, so get in touch with me to discuss pricing details. I use fixed pricing so you know what each service will cost you upfront. I’ll be able to scale the work to fit within a wide range of budgets.


Discounts

I regularly facilitate livestreams at An die Musik in downtown Baltimore. 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 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

Do you have a studio? I don’t have a dedicated recording studio—as a location recording engineer, I can work anywhere! My equipment is a mobile rig which I transport and set up at any space: concert halls, live venues, churches, recording studios that allow third-party engineers, and more.

Where should I plan to have my recording sessions? Do you provide the space? We can record any space in the Baltimore/D.C. (DMV) area. I am happy to discuss space options with you and can provide insight on acoustics. Note that it is 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, let me know ahead of time and I will be sure to allot enough time to deliver quickly, 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. For simple projects and a light work season (for me), I can sometimes return a product in under a week. In the case of especially complex video productions, that timeframe can be 3-12 weeks depending on the number of ongoing projects I have at the moment. Keep in mind that deciding on edit points (which is usually up to the musician or producer of the project, and so is beyond my control) can take some time and tends to be the factor that draws out project timeframes.

How will I receive the final product? I use a file transfer service called WeTransfer, which is sent to your email address, or given in the form of a link. You can then download the file(s) to your own computer (you don’t need an account to download).

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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