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The Studio Business Book: A Guide to Professional Recording Studio Business and Management, Third Edition by Jim Mandell, Mitch Gallagher

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Finding Space

In major cities like Los Angeles or New York, rent will most likely be the largest single expense you have. You can save a lot of money by renting unfinished warehouse space and building your own studio, but you should bear in mind that contracting charges on pro interior studio construction run from a bare-bones $30 to an ultra-luxurious $250 per finished square foot. Unless you’re an experienced carpenter with time on your hands, you can expect to pay at least $20,000 for a 1,000-square-foot control room and studio setup that potential clients will take seriously.

But in cities where the studio industry is well established, there are some very attractive alternatives. The first one is to find an existing recording studio that ...

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