This is one of the most frequent questions that we are asked, and it really honestly depends on what you plan to do. We have recorded albums that have cost $150 to $10,000. Some times people believe that you have to spend a lot of money to get good quality, and that is not always the case. What you first need to do is to sit down and decide what you would actually like on your recording, after that you need to spend some time doing preproduction – we blogged about that here – https://platinumgoldstudios.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/pre-production-101/
Here is a list of questions that one of our engineers will ask you if you call/email looking for a quote
1. What type of music is it?
The reason we want to know this is that certain types of music can sometimes take longer than other ones to record. Do you want to sing to backing tracks? Do you have a band and want to record life off the floor? Do you have hip hop beats and need to record your vocal dubs on top of the beat? Do you want to take your original songs and produce them fully to a completed album project? Let’s say your a gospel singer that plays acoustic guitar, and you want to record 12 songs and have a few musicians add parts to it. This doesn’t take as long as say recording a rock masterpiece with extra musicians.
2. Do you have a band?
Are you a solo act? Do you want a few extra musicians to highlight solos, etc? Do you know a band in your area that you can hire and practice with?
3. Do you want to hire musicians?
We can hire musicians for you, but this can get a little expensive, and you need to keep that in mind. Consider most session musicians are looking for at least $100 per song/per instrument. Now don’t get dissuaded, this is the going rate for most quotes, but these hired guns want to work just like you do, and sometimes deals can be struck! Consider what you would like on your recording, do you need a sax solo on every song? Do you need drums on every song?
4. Can you play all the instruments yourself?
A lot of albums we have done have been created from scratch with the artist and the producer. We will sometimes start with digital drums, add the artist’s vocals and rhythm instrument, and then build up the tracks from there, having the artists play all the other instruments. Of course this can take time.
All of the above are things to consider when looking at recording an album. However the biggest thing to consider is, what do you want the album to sound like? Would you be happy having a recording of yourself playing the instruments and singing all of your originals? Do you want the album to sound like a huge production? Do you want to come in and sing 10 songs with a backing track? (karaoke)
The other thing to consider is budget. Do you plan to sell CD’s or digital downloads of your album? How many albums do you need to sell to recoup the recording costs?
If you are interested in getting a quote to make an album our staff would be happy to help out! email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-307-8057