RECORDING RATES (Includes Engineer)


Rates are for tracking, engineering, mixing and musical instrumentation, production & input.

A session at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR) begins billing at the time the client booked it for, whether the client is present or not, and continues until the final load-out. Consecutive studio day rate rentals (not hourly) are mandatory if gear or mixes are to be left set up overnight. Payment is due at the end of the session, in cash. All content, sessions, mixes, CD-Rs, hard drives, etc. shall remain the property of LSRR until all invoices are paid in full.

HOURLY RATE: $55 per hour

DAILY RATE: $500 per day
  Includes overnight accommodations.
Daily rate is for a 12 hour day. If the artist brings producer, there is no studio pre-setup. If Mick Hargreaves is producing, or co-producing, a free "load-in and setup night" can take place, previous to the day actually being booked, focused on getting as much setup and checked as possible, with an emphasis upon drum setup, basic instruments/components, and sound.

If an outside producer is running the recording project, the day begins with a clean, un-set room. The producer on the project sets day's agenda, and how things will be set up.

All bookings will include a beginning and end time at the time of booking.



As songs are tracked, rough mixes for performance evaluation are furnished at no additional cost in MP3 format. CD-quality files are supplied for finished-mix review.

Mixing services are offered to all artists at a fixed rate per track.
If the artist wishes to be present for the mix session, hourly rates apply instead.

For simply arranged pieces, such as vocal, guitar, some additional accompaniment / percussion.

FULL BAND MIX - $150 Per Track
For full-band arrangements (either real drums OR drum loops/’samples), typically guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, lead and background vocals. This rate is based on three hours of work per song mix. Including prep work, EQ-ing, processing, routing of effects, editing, organizing, and bouncing/reducing tasks. Projects that began as Singer Songwriter mixes that turn into Full-Band arrangements will be mixed and billed as Full-Band Mixes.

Generally, the per-song mixing rates involves getting the mix very close to finished, yet fully revisable, after which the artist comes in to review subjective/artistic concerns, visions. Since the mix is already close at the point the artist arrives, it makes for a quicker, more inexpensive process. All mixes in all needed formats is included, and all reasonable revisions are included, in the flat mix fee.

 If a song is in the mixing process and mixes are being circulated for review, and it is then decided that additional parts need to be added, overdubs will incur additional hourly rates, and additional hourly mix rates will also be charged.

For remote review and approval of mixes, we send AIFF/16-bit (CD Quality) formatted digital files to the artist, and we can burn CD discs for review. Although we send lo-res files, we do NOT employ these lossy formats (such as AAC or MP3 format in ANY resolution) for mix evaluation. Final Mixes will be delivered to the artist via highest-resolution file transfer. Alternately, unmixed data files / stems can be supplied for the artist to arrange mixing and mastering at their own discretion.


    The Lantern Sound Recording Rig reserves the right to require a 50% deposit for booking studio time. Balance of payment owed is due at the end of that day's work. If an artist or client has a balance due, the LSRR reserves the right to deny subsequent bookings for studio time until said balance is paid. For any recording project, no content, session files, or mixes of any kind will be released until all balances are paid, and accounts are made current.



    This information is intended to educate LSRR clients about the nature of digital media and also to establish legal boundaries regarding their digital data.

    The LSRR is making backups of all active recording projects at all times.
    Make multiple backups of your data. Unless there are at least two copies of the data somewhere it is not safe. Three copies is preferred. This is YOUR responsibility!

    Backup copies of sessions in the digital realm can be made daily during the course of a session and taken home with the artist or producer at night. Post-session backups can be made onto external Firewire or USB hard drives / Flashdrives.

    There is no certainty that a CD-R or DVD-R will hold data for the long term or that a stored hard drive will play back after sitting for any amount of time so back up your data to newer media as time goes on. We highly recommend purchasing quality, name brand hard drives.



    The LSRR is not responsible for:
    1. storing your data or audio tapes during the course of a recording project.
    2. storing your data or audio tapes once the project is completed.
    3. data left on premises, either the dissemination of said data or loss thereof.
    4. educating or instructing any client on the care and safety of digital data.
    5. unrecoverable data, whether it be on flashdrive, hard drive, CD-R or DVD-R