What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing system isn't exactly a cut and dry $25hr to $60hr rate. For instance...
Studio Recording Rate: $40hr.
It covers any instrument / vocal parts or song material already created but needs to be recorded and mixed. Mixing Rates: $40hr., or $50 - $200 per song. It depends on how many tracks and how much needs to be done to each track.
Pitch Correction Rate: $100 per vocal track.
Music Composition Rate: $100 for the first instrument, $65 each additional instrument.
Vocalists Rates: $65 per vocalist per song. Example 1, if a tenor singer is hired to sing on your recording, they will sing all the tenor parts of your song at $65. Example 2, If you have a 3 part harmony you want recorded, the rate will be 3x $65 per vocalist per song...exception, if 1 vocalist were to sing all the harmony parts, the rate would be: $65 for the first vocal parts, and then $30 per each other vocal parts. Example 3, if Hey Girl is hired to sing 3 harmony parts, she will be paid $65 for the first harmony vocal, $30 for the second harmony vocal, and $30 for the last harmony vocal.
Lyric Writing Rate: $200 per lyric.
Mastering Rates: $40 per song. This includes Eq, Compression and limiting, anything additional will be at a rate of $60 per song.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am always updating my skills with the latest tools of technology in the mixing and mastering arena.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've been involved in the music industry for most of my life. I was the guitar player for various bands for several years, including the floaters orchestra, David Ruffin, Tyrone Davis, Laura Lee, and many others. I had been writing, composing and mixing songs all that time, but didn't become very serious about it until 1998. Once people started hearing my mixes and asking me to record and mix their music, I know it was time to open up my own studio.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Music Production, Music Composing, Music Arranging, Lyric writing, Artist and Band Promotion, Mixing & Mastering, Studio Musician services, Audio Editing (of which I do them all). I also provide graphic design and website building services.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Whenever you are in the process of hiring someone who provides the type of services Belltime Production provides, make sure you get references and can hear samples of their work.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I think it's good for customers to know that I truly understand every facet of the music creation, recording, mixing & mastering, album design, and marketing/promotion side of their music project. My experience isn't only as a studio engineer, but I am also a musician, music composer, songwriter, music editor, artist/band promoter + more.