Studio time is billed at $50.00 per hour with a 1 hour minimum.
Projects involving the transfer of analog or digital audio tapes are estimated and
billed based on the total running time of the material submitted, not the actual
time it takes to transfer, which is generally much longer than the running time.
There is a minimum charge of $50.00. However, if the total running time equals
or exceeds the minimum charge, the minimum is dropped. Preparation, cleaning,
lubricating, tape baking (If necessary), etc., to provide the best possible transfer
is included . If, for some reason, there is a problem or an unusual situation, the
customer will be advised beforehand for approval. An unusual situation, for
example, would be the presence of mold that has to be remediated or a cassette
tape that has to be re-shelled.
Billing for running time is rounded up to the nearest 1/2 hour.
For example: If the total running time for your material is 40 minutes, it will be
charged as one hour. There is a page of
section of this website to help you calculate the running time of the materials you
Discs are somewhat different. They can vary from (instantaneous) home
recordings to transcriptions of old radio shows. Because of the variables involved,
(type, condition, etc.) it’s best to work on an estimate basis. For home recordings,
I can typically prep and transfer about two per hour of studio billing time,
sometimes more. It all depends on the type and condition of the individual discs.
Vinyl LP’s, for example, will take about one hour each because of the running
time. The minimum charge of one hour of studio time applies to disc transfers,
the same as it applies to all other types of transfer work. Please contact me with
a description of what you have and we can proceed from there.
Obsolete Computer Media
This is an estimate situation as well so, please contact me with your needs.
Usually, the “Running Time” rule will not apply to the transfer of digital media.
Once the materials have been received and assessed, a firm cost estimate is
provided (if needed) for approval before work begins. I should also be able to
give an idea of what kind of outcome to expect.
In all cases of ‘outside of the norm', the customer will be contacted for approval
before work is begun.
Damaged reels, cassette cases, etc. that have to be replaced will be charged at
the studio rate with materials billed separately.
Included in the overall cost is the editing necessary to prepare and conform the
CD files for presentation on whatever medium the customer chooses. Usually this
is a CD, however I can also supply DVD Audio resolution in place of the CD audio
files, MP3 files, and several other file formats. This is usually a copy of the lower
resolution CD or DVD audio file so that the original transfers remain intact. Thus,
the customer actually winds up with three files for storage: the archival file, the
original CD or DVD audio file, and an edited copy of the ‘CD’ file.
Every situation is different but, if I can improve the edited CD copies with some
simple filtering, noise reduction, etc., I will include it at no extra cost. This is done
strictly on a case-by-case basis and only after analysis of the transferred
material. One thing that I will guarantee, is that you will receive something
listenable. If I am unable to supply you with something listenable, I will email you
a sample of the raw transfer and explain what it will take to restore the original
recording if at all possible. It is the old instantaneous recordings, (Lacquer discs,
Recorido discs, etc.) that usually have playability problems.
The time involved doing file management, e-mails, bookkeeping, etc. is built into
the transfer rate.
I will often make images of the material submitted for transfer. The images can be
anything from a scan of the materials, a photograph or a microscope image. The
images are often used to help with organizing the workflow. Or, used to
communicate with the customer if there is an issue. If images of the customer’s
material are taken, they will be placed in a separate folder and included with the
digital files that are returned to the customer. The images are considered to be
the sole property of the customer and would not be used commercially unless
specific approval is obtained. The production of any images is included in the
overall price of the work.
Materials & Deliverables
Typically, product will be delivered on a playable CD-R with the archive files
delivered on a separate gold layer data DVD. However, the digital files can be
delivered on any media the customer chooses, including cloud based file sharing.
Materials (CD’s, DVD’s, etc.) and shipping costs are charged in addition the
studio rates for transfer.
Standard quality (Non-archival) CD’s and DVD’s are charged at $2.00 each.
Archival quality, gold Layer CD’s and DVD’s are charged at $5.00 each.
The cost of CD’s and DVD’s includes clear polypropylene cases.
So, in the end, what starts out as a seemingly expensive hourly rate actually
winds up to be less than minimum wage.
That said, the fees collected for work performed are structured to cover the
material costs of the equipment maintenance and supplies.
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