Chung’s recording skills and experience comes from getting the jobs done. She might have been to some fancy recording studio a few times, but her true battle field is anywhere but the studio, such as big and small concert halls, theaters, crazy reverberating churches, dry classroom and someone’s living room. Imagine recording in places with all kinds of noise, constantly changing environment and limited resource? One must be extremely resourceful and Chung loves the challenges.
Chung did not major in sound recording at school. She is a conservatory trained composer as well as a piano technician. These musical experiences help Chung to recognize the beautiful sound and mechanism of every instruments, as well as the knowledge to communicate professionally with musicians and the understanding that the recordings she makes are extremely important for her clients’ future career.
Reasons you'd want to hire sound engineers:
We take care of all the hassle and save you a bunch of time.
You can focus all your energy for the best takes, for your career.
We know our equipment as well as you to your instrument.
Recording is stressful; we cheer you up.
You are not alone; we keep you company.
And if you are a poor struggling student, we will work something out!
Thanks for your interest in learning about the financial aspect of sound recording. The fee is determined according to these factors, with example from a 2-hour audio & video session recording (i.e. US$120):
Time for recording (2 hours)
Time for setup and strike (0.5-1 hour)
Time for mastering (1 hour)
Time for video editing (1 hour)
Time for exporting video and converting audio files (0.5-1 hour)*
Time for uploading media to online drive (0.5 hour)*
Time for generating a nice looking PDF contract (~0.5 hour)
Time for communication with client (~0.5 hour)
Equipment maintenance & investment (varies)
(* are less constraining factor as I could do other things while the machine is working.)
Total estimated time: 7.5 hours
My estimated hourly wage (w/o “equipment” & “studio rental” factor): $16 per hour.
I am explaining all this, so you can stop thinking that sound engineers are ripping you off.
Consider this a skilled labor, not just siting around. Is this a lot to ask? Obviously, if clients have massive excerpts to edit (more than 10 edits), work time will increase, while my hourly wages decrease. Hence there would be extra fee for massive editing.
If any equipment breaks, it would cost a lot of money to repair or replace, same as your instrument. A good 50ft cable costs $100 alone; a stereo recording requires two cables. If I were to hire an assistant to lower my workload without being a jerk, the assistant would be paid at least $10 an hour. As a result, one session would costs $30-40 more.
We should all understand that under-price hurts everyone, while fair price encourages quality. On the other hand, we are not offended that you do your own recording; it’s just a matter of quality.