A Practical Approach to "Budgeting" A Recording Project



It is very easy to  desire a finished project or album (a term still used by those of us with more than a couple years experience), in as little time as possible.  The music may be ready, the musicians may be ready, even a fan base may be ready...but the wallet isn't!

This is when collecting your thoughts and mapping out a long term approach may well be the smartest method to creating a product that you will have no later regrets.  Simply put, pace yourself.  If you start a recording project and EXPECT IT to grow and shape itself as it develops, you are starting with the right mind set. "Everything creative needs breathing room" (J.L.B. 2011).*

Over the years, we have had many clients come to us with a full plate of music and a small cup of funds.  This is not a good way to begin a project.  When that is the case, we first advise them to work in chunks, and spread the sessions over a period of time. This way, they can achieve the goal they desire, but in good time.  Case-in-point, several years ago a client started an album but didn't take our suggestion of purchasing in at a block rate (we offer block rates of 10 hours for $450, or 20 hours for $800).  As she claimed, she knew her material very well and would be able to 'fly through it' in short order.  She was well into her first 8 hours of recording and then realized how much time had passed, and that if she had booked in a block rate, she would have saved money.    Lesson learned.

When you plan out your recording, have fair expectations for yourself and the other musicians involved.  If you are too busy 'clock watching' after every take, you will make yourself and your band members (working under pressure), too worried to give the best performance of that song.  Block time takes much of that feel away.  Why? 1. You have prepaid for these hours, so they are already 'in the can' (so to speak)! 2. You are saving money per hour over the standard rate (a saving of between $10 & $15 per each hour), & 3. You are looking/ working in the long term interest of project.

If you do approach the project and understand there will be times that tracks just aren't coming together, then you stop the work and continue on another day. By trying too hard, just to complete something, more often than not, will call for a re-do at a later time.  Realize, opening up the physical time frame of completion, will open up the chance for a much higher quality project.

Here at Blasingame Audio Productions, we don't charge extra for maintaining the recorded tracks for a 6 month period (although we do recommend you provide a drive to back-up your project).  If you need longer, we can talk about it.

We would rather see an effort that is stretched out and solid when complete, than one that was rushed into and therefore, shows those shortcomings at playback.  Once your CD is released, it's FOREVER!



* Sorry for qouting myself above, but damn, after I wrote it...I liked it!






Last Updated: July 20, 2012