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Old 11th April 2018
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Studio hardware designer - costs?

What are the typical hourly rates for someone to design and spec the entire rig for a ground-up studio design n build including console choice, computers, softwares, mics, pretty much everything except the room !!! There's a lot of responsibility to get gear that works well together.

Last edited by MadSynths; 11th April 2018 at 01:08 PM.. Reason: Made question more specific
Old 11th April 2018
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That is an impossible question to answer as there are to many variables. IE: Size of room, room treatment needed, track room design, control room design, type of recordings you want to do, audio hardware needed/wanted, audio interfaces, computer systems to run everything, in house instruments needed, etc, etc. The best thing you can do is answer all these questions, and then people will have a better chance of giving you some advice.
Old 11th April 2018
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To get it done right I suggest it would more likely be a percentage of your budget not an hourly rate, paid up front. You want it done right you have to pay right. Same way you would pay a studio designer per m2 of designed space required upfront for the plans.
Old 11th April 2018
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Even-though you have edited your first post, you still need to provide readers with very specific requirements you may be looking for. Most Professional Audio Design Firms WILL NOT give you a cheat sheet and I think this may be what you are looking for. It would be like asking a Construction Company to come out and give you a bid for a 20 x 30 deck on the back of your house. They will not give you a detailed list of the lumber, hangers, screws, etc, just so you could go to Home Depot and buy the material yourself.

You need to provide room dimensions for your track room as well as your control room. Audio measurements must be taken to see the type of room treatment needed as both will require separate treatment plans. Then you need to explain what you wish to record. What styles of music, narration, podcasting, commercial voice overs, etc.

Then you must move on to how many tracks do you want to be able to record at one time. This is what John Bryant says:

Each application of acoustic sciences and related technologies is unique though they may share properties. For this reason we provide several service options, each of which are adapted to a specific application and use.
Anyone who may be interested in setting you up with a set of acoustical plans, will ask you just about the same questions I have, plus a dozen or two more. The very first question will always be: "What type of budget do you have to achieve this".

You can also Google "recording studio design firms". Make sure you pack a lunch, you will be reading for a long time.
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