Originally Posted by Don S
I can't tell you how many times I get projects that where done for "free" and the client winds up paying more for me to fix it than it would have cost for me to record it correctly in the first place. As pro's we are sometimes helped by "free" competition, but as Thomas points out, in the larger picture sometimes "free" winds up not being of much help.
This is so true, I've had clients come knocking on my door scarred with the four lettered word known as 'free'. Recently a client just wanted me to do the live tracking and was going to send the tracks off to a buddy in Chicago who worked with the Bravery to mix. All for free of course. When they got it back it was all squashed, so they decided to mix it themselves. A couple weeks later, after shooting themselves in the ears trying to mix, they called to have me finish the project. They even said my quick mix and export after the show was better than anything else try tried.
I actually get excited when I see adds in CL for free recording or mixing, it's good for my business!