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Sound Engineers?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Chase743, May 20, 2011.

  1. Chase743

    Chase743 Member

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    What is the going rate for a live sound engineer?

    I know, broad question. Here is some info to help narrow down the scope.

    - Cover Band situation
    - We provide 100% of the gear (they just have to show up and work)
    - Figure 4-5 hours of work (set-up + engineering the show)
    - Small - Medium sized bars... PA will run about 10-14 channels (all instruments+drums+vox).

    Thanks guys. Just looking to get some ranges so I know what to expect. My band might start hiring an engineer to set-up / run our shows, and I want to figure out how reasonable/expensive the cost could be.
     
  2. loudboy

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    $75, around here.
     
  3. SBRocket

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    We usually pay $100. We bring the gear but make him set up and tear down. Our shows are about 1 hour but we often need to be set up before an event starts and break down after so they need to be with us for 5 hours or so. FYI, guys with their own small PA and transportation get around $500-750 for that.

    SB
     
  4. Chase743

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    That's what I was thinking. $75 or so. We have all the gear, and we can transport it too. He would help us with load-in/load-out, but he wouldn't have to do it entirely by himself.

    FWIW, we're also not looking for someone that just got off tour with Frampton. Just a local guy with a good ear and some experience.
     
  5. ObiK

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    Yup 75-100 sounds about right. :)
     
  6. KungFuLio

    KungFuLio Senior Member

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    jeez, you locations are cheap! i won't do FOH for less than $200 and even that's low in my book.
     
  7. Jiffy_Jeff

    Jiffy_Jeff Playin Tunes and Having Fun! Silver Supporting Member

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    $100 bucks a night if I just walk in and turn knobs.

    If I bring a system it starts at $250.00. And that is a very small system.
     
  8. robare99

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    Yeah, we pay our guy $100 to babysit the board.

    :thu:
     
  9. jamiefbolton

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    $25 an hour for me plus the expenses for getting me from Louisiana to NY :)
     
  10. TimmyP

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    At the theater it's $20/hr with a four hour minimum. For bar gigs, it's $100 minimum.
     
  11. MrBanjo

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    This is about right IMO.
     
  12. Somniferous

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    :agree

    For normal bar gigs $100 is pretty normal, and there better be a few drinks thrown in.
     
  13. speakerjones

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    $350 for a 10 hour maximum, $55/hr over 10. Any gear is extra.
    I have been known to mix my buddy's band at a bar for $100 though. :)
     
  14. jmoose

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    Around here (metro NY/NJ/PA) most cats won't leave their house for less then $100 period... $150-200 for a walk in is far more normal. $350 plus travel is not uncommon but at that point I'm also carrying some gear... mics and maybe a simple record package.

    For $75 a night you'd be lucky to get a kid who went to full sail for a semester and might not be halfway through a 30 pack when he arrives...
     
  15. ObiK

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    100 an hour is about right here in SLC.
     
  16. loudboy

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    For a bar band?
     
  17. ObiK

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    Yup. The band doesn't matter as much as the venue/gear here.
     
  18. loudboy

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    I don't think Robert Scovill makes $100/hr. <g>
     
  19. Snap

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    $100 sounds about right for a bar band in most Texas locations...
     
  20. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    I know this is whiny, and I apologize in advance, but guys who mix in bars for $100 a night OR even FOH for Metallica aren't engineers unless they have an engineering degree. They are sound mixers.

    It's not appropriate to say the guy who helps you fill out our 1040EZ at Liberty Tax is a tax attorney unless he's, well, an attorney. It's just one of my pet peeves. I'm just sayin'
     

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