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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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Setting Rates

Determining your hourly rates is as difficult as being a manufacturer trying to set a price for the new “Mr. Soapdish.” You should expect to go through a certain amount of trial and error before you’re likely to find a comfortable level of acceptance in the marketplace.

First off, you’re going to need to know what the general rates are at the other studios in your area. If you’re unaware of that, it’s time to get to work. Check the local publications for ads. Also, check out the Recording Industry Sourcebook, an annual directory of pro audio facilities and services.

Real Life Research

The Recording Industry Sourcebook listings will give you an idea of which studios have comparable equipment to yours. When you find them, you might ...

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