Audio

Recording Budget Example

 

 

Human Resources:

                 
                     
 

Musicians:

Number of Days:

Cost per Day:

Total:

           
                     
 

Drummer

6

$150

900

           
 

Keys

4

$150

600

           
 

Bassist

6

$150

900

           
 

Rhythm Guitarist

6

$150

900

           
 

Lead Guitarist

6

$150

900

           
 

Background Singer 1

2

$120

240

           
 

Background Singer 2

2

$120

240

           
 

Background Singer 3

2

$120

240

           
 

Lead Vocals

6

$150

900

           
                     
     

Musicians Grand Total:

5820

           
                     
 

Engineers:

Number of Days:

Cost per Day:

Total:

           
                     
 

Mixing Engineer

10

$500

5000

           
 

Recording Engineer

8

$200

1600

           
 

Runner

 

One time gift.

$250

           
                     
     

Engineers Grand Total:

6850

           
                     
 

Technicians:

Number of Days:

Cost per Day:

Total:

           
                     
 

Drum Technician

1

$150

150

           
                     
     

Technicians Grand Total:

150

           
 

Rentals:

                 
                     
 

Room Rentals:

Number of Days:

Cost per Day:

Total:

           
                     
 

Recording/Mixing Studio

33

$120

3960

           
 

Rehearsal Space

2

$100

200

           
                     
     

Room Rentals Grand Total:

4160

           
                     
 

Equipment Rentals:

Number of Days:

Cost per Day:

Total:

           
                     
 

Microphones

5

$25

125

           
 

Guitars

2

$25

50

           
 

Guitar Amplifiers

2

$25

50

           
 

Cymbals

5

$25

125

           
 

Drum Kit

5

$125

625

           
 

Leslie Cabinet

2

$25

50

           
 

Hammond Organ

2

$25

50

           
                     
     

Equipment Rental Grand Total:

1075

           
                     
 

Mastering:

                 
                     
 

Number of Songs:

Cost per Song:

Total:

             
                     
 

8

$120

960

             
                     
   

Mastering Grand Total:

960

             
 

 

 

                   
 

 

Incidentals:

                 
                     
 

Catagory:

(Count is for entire project)

Total:

           
                     
 

Food

$1,500

 

1500

           
 

Vehicle

$100

 

100

           
 

Gas

$100

 

100

           
 

Hard Drive

$250

 

250

           
 

Equipment Re-tuning

$200

 

200

           
 

Equipment Breakage

$200

 

200

           
 

Shipping, (Fed-Ex)

$100

 

100

           
 

Legal

$150

 

150

           
 

Liquid incentive

$500

 

500

           
                     
     

Incidentals Grand Total:

3100

           
                     
 

Days in Studio:

                 
                     
 

Position:

Recording/Mixing

Rehearsal

Total:

           
                     
 

Drummer

4

2

6

           
 

Keys

2

2

4

           
 

Bassist

4

2

6

           
 

Rhythm Guitarist

4

2

6

           
 

Lead Guitarist

4

2

6

           
 

Background Singer 1

1

1

2

           
 

Background Singer 2

1

1

2

           
 

Background Singer 3

1

1

2

           
 

Lead Vocals

4

2

6

           
 

Mixing Engineer

10

 

10

           
 

Recording Engineer

8

 

8

           
                     
 

 

                   
 

Demo:

                 
                     
 

Wrap Up Heading

Count:

Cost per:

Total:

           
                     
 

Human Resources, (days)

2

$400

800

           
 

Studio, (days)

2

$120

240

           
 

Mastering, (2 songs)

2

$120

240

           
 

Incidentals

1

$250

250

           
                     
     

Demo Grand Total:

1530

           
                     
 

Profit:

                 
                     
 

Starting Budget

 Grand Totals

Grand Totals Amounts

Final Wrap-up

           
 

$25,000

                 
   

Musicians Grand Total:

5820

             
   

Engineers Grand Total:

6850

             
   

Technicians Grand Total:

150

             
   

Room Rentals Grand Total:

4160

             
   

Equipment Rental Grand Total:

1075

             
   

Mastering Grand Total:

960

             
   

Incidentals Grand Total:

3100

             
   

Demo Grand Total:

1530

             
     

Total:

23645

           
     

Project Profit:

1355

           

Budget Justification:

 

This was tough.

As it turns out $25,000 is really not enough to get things done. Some major concessions had to be made in order to come in on budget. Profit unfortunately sat at the kid’s table on this one.

The first major concession was in the recording engineer.

Having just been through a year at P.A.V.I. I felt confident in doing most of the capture myself, however I did make room for eight days throughout the course of the recording schedule.

The idea was to have a second engineer of sorts to help with mike set up and tweaking on the drums, and one day for the other instruments. My thought was if I had multiple days, I could just have help for the set up, (or half days for set up and break down) then I could run the show the rest of the time myself. The hourly cost of this position is indicative of this decision.

$500 for a day rate on the mixing engineer is also a bit low in my estimation. Seagers for example has a bottom end flat rate of $700, but I figure that I could bring the mixes to about 30% to 40% easily enough. Then pay for the pro to take it from there. This would bring their time down from eight hours per song and netting them a higher rate per hour. The understanding would be that their total net profit wouldn’t be altered whereas their time on the project would be.

If there were one area I would change, it would be the demo. I would have liked to both re-record the two songs and fold them into the mix of ten, or at the very least have them re-mixed and mastered once. The cost of it was $1530, (which is stretching it to begin with) and as the profit came in at $1355 I really couldn’t change anything here without going over budget.

 

Vision:

 

I would use this budget for a personal project I am currently working on. In terms of vision, my personal bio, vision statement and mission statement sum it up nicely:

 

 

Mark Coghlan is a singer/songwriter living in Lions Bay B.C.

 

Since his youth in the city of Thunder Bay, music has been with him. Taking his cue from pop icons of the seventies and eighties, he’s worked to hone his natural ability for writing and performing. His aptitude towards word-craft and pop song structure enables him to create soulful, radio-friendly songs that encourage thoughtful introspection… as well as the desire to get up and dance.

 

Relying on raw emotion and musical fearlessness, Mark dares the listener to pay attention. He offers the chance to be part of the story, challenging the conventions of music each step of the way.

I believe a song doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. Just as I believe if the listener knows the outcome too soon you’ve lost them… As long as you spin a tale that holds them until the last strum of the guitar, so long you’ll have a satisfied customer.

 

His current project pulls the listener from the desolation of small town Canada to the very edge of the river Styx. His musical journey stops only to wax on the push and pull of life, love, happiness and sorrow.

 

For the past two decades, Mark has lived on the rustic coasts of British Columbia.

A wondrous, musical place of inspiration.

It could be said that this land has played a major role in Mark’s life and development.

Mountains defiant of conquest, whispering sagas of long ago…

Oceans conjuring up swells of emotion and fluidity, with storms of passion and rocky intrigue…

Mark is just finishing up a year of intensive study in audio engineering at Pacific Audio Visual Institute in Vancouver. With newfound skills, matched with time earned ones he looks towards the future.

 

One full of promise and challenge, wonder, music and life.

 

Mark is dedicated to creating soulful, heartfelt and honest music. Pushing the edge of the modern rock style, he seeks for innovation in poetry and sound. Weaving songs that dare the listener to look ahead, yet giving them roots grounded in the hits of yesteryear.

 

At the end of the summer, 2012 Mark will be finalizing his latest project. Ten songs fully mastered. After this, his two-year plan is to dedicate himself to the pursuit of obtaining representation, aligning himself with a publicist and promoting the project. His focus is to push towards radio play, touring and at least one showcase event.

 

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3 responses

  1. Malatji

    this helped me a lot.i am a producer and i learned a lot today.thank u Mark.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:14 am

  2. You’re welcome Malatji.

    March 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

  3. Mark, great post! thank you for sharing. It gave me insight into the budget items and cost for songs recording.

    April 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

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