What is a producer? What is the difference between producing and engineering?
When I am engineering your project, I am responsible for the audio quality of the final product. Often, my role as an engineer might also include opinions on performances, recommendations on different amps or instruments for a certain part, or help tuning your drums or dialing in your amps and pedals. I believe in doing everything possible in getting the best sound starting from the source. For some bands or artists with a clear vision, this is the extent of what they want and need from an audio professional.
Many other bands and artists need someone to be more deeply involved in their recording project, and this is where a producer comes in. When I am producing you project, my responsibility expands to encompass the quality of the project as a whole, musically and sonically, and I make use of additional tools to help make your record everything it can be. A producer might help determine the artistic goals for the project, help allocate the budget, help select the songs to record, work with song structure and arrangements, write charts, guide pre-production rehearsals, hire additional musicians, schedule sessions, coach performances in the studio, and direct other audio professionals involved in the making of the record. Production is a constant dialogue, so I do not perform every one of these functions on every record I produce – my job is to join your team and fill in those roles that are otherwise missing. As the producer I can help you keep track of the big picture through the sometimes daunting process of making a record.
Like the rest of the world I now do most of my mixing in my private digital studio, which offers the best combination of excellent quality, easy revisions, and rates (see below) that allow me to put the necessary time and energy into each and every song. I also still offer analog mixing in commercial studios around the Bay Area for those who want to have the old-school experience (and sound). Please contact me if you have questions about selecting a mix engineer!
As your recording engineer, my job is to wrangle the tools and technology to serve your aesthetic vision so that you are free to concentrate on your role as a musican/songwriter/producer.
I charge a flat producer’s fee that varies with the scope and the needs of the project. Please contact me for more information.
$500 per song (3 or more songs)
$650 per song (fewer than 3 songs)
Studio Engineering (including attended mixes):
$35 per hour
Location & Live Recording:
$450 per day. Includes “basic equipment.”* Partial day rates available when appropriate.
Home Studio Consultation & Education:
$50 per hour
If you’re not sure if you can afford to have me produce, mix, or engineer your project, please contact me – we can discuss your budget and I can listen to your material and see if I can do the material justice within your means.
*For remote recording sessions, I can provide the “basic equipment” necessary to record one or two musicians at a high level of quality. For more complex sessions, the rental of additional equipment will be necessary.