What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Recording Studio starts at $75 per hour and goes as low as $50 per hour if blocks of time are purchased in advance.
Live Sound & Event Planning have too many variables to have a set structure for pricing but we know from years of client responses, we have some of the best prices in the business.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Our 1st concern is the date. We stay booked pretty far out. 2nd is to get a detailed description of what the client would like to have us do for them. 3rd is the budget range discussions. Then we work out a proposal and present it to the client and discuss it to 'fine tune' the details until we have an exact, agreed to, plan of action.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
1. I have been doing this for 40 years.
2. I'm on the Sound & Video advisory board for Valencia College
3. I've taught hundreds of students and interns over the years
4. I've worked with many Grammy winners, top 10 artists and Major Record Labels
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started playing piano at 4 years old and I've never looked back. Music has always been my passion.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked with every type of person imaginable! Total professionals to total 'newbies'. We are very easy to work with. We can follow just as well as we can lead. It's up to our clients wishes.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I produced the 2 day 4th of July event for the city of Groveland,FL. We had 2 stages and over 30 bands/artists. We were 'turn key' responsible for everything for it. Vendors, Artists, Placement, Scheduling, Advertising, Fire, Police, EMTs, Parking, Sound, Staging, Lighting and Video Production. I enjoy working with a lot of moving parts and making them all come together!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Go see them in action at an event before hiring them. Talk is cheap. The bottom line is not whether you can get it done, but rather how WELL you get it done.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Asking questions is good and I could make a long list but if you don't know what the answers mean, it's kind of pointless. Most companies will send in a long itemized list of all the gear & equipment they're going to provide, but most clients don't have a clue what most of the things on the list mean. If you're planning a large event and don't have the personal technical experience to evaluate, either find someone you trust who REALLY does have the knowledge or (as I said before) go to at least 1 event prior to booking a company and observe, listen and ask the person in charge of that event if they think they got what they paid for. If a company is good, they will be busy and have bookings for events that are open to the public. If you do have the expertise to understand the answers, then you already know what questions to ask.
2nd option: make it easier for yourself and just call us ;>) We'll take care of you start to finish.