In today’s episode, I talk about the importance of rehearsal not only for performing, but for mixing as well. And I answer your questions about stuff like:

  • figuring out production on a song
  • logistics of recording yourself (and tools that help tremendously)
  • figuring out what to charge for your recording services
  • what it means to mix quickly (and why it’s important)
  • EZDrummer programming tips

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  • Ricardo Quintero

    Hi! First of all thank you for everything Joe, you’re awesome.

    I do a lot of recording/editing/mixing/mastering for other people and, to complement the pricing methods answer, what I usually do is that I set the best type of rate for the project (# of days, hours, songs etc) based on what I need to do and how long it’s going to take. Although for recording I usually go for a time based rate and for everything else, since I’m the only one “deciding” how long it’s going to take, a flat rate (Again, based on how long I predict its going to be).

    I think this hybrid method is the best for you and the client, recording on the clock prevents the “one more extra take” syndrome and flat rate for everything else let’s the client know that you’re going to take all the time that you need to get it right, not only the time they paid.

    On full projects (the most common ones for me) I give the client a “big” day/hourly rate that includes all of the post work. So if they want to record for three days it’s going to be X per day, but within X I have my hourly recording rate AND my editing/mixing/mastering rate.

    I hoped my method helps 🙂

    Pd: I do mostly classical music, but on pop escenarios it has worked fine.