Hey GS, long time lurker, first time posting here...
I own a fairly new audio company, and every time I try to research the typical 'what to charge' questions, I inevitably end up here. I've seen dozens of similar questions, yet often don't find the specific circumstances for my situation.
It seems like there should be a decently laid out 'master list' out there. I've found one for voice acting
which brilliantly goes through a wide variety of situations and appropriate prices...
Does anyone know of something similar to cover sound design and/or music, and/or general audio post-production?
For example, at this moment, I'm perfectly familiar with sound design and music pricing for video games of various sizes, but I'm pretty well lost on what to charge for sound design or complete audio on a 30 second commercial or a short film (working via online from my studio). Given that I don't know how long it would take to score a 30 second clip (it changes dramatically depending on how much sound design is in it), it's hard to just say 'know how long it takes and charge based on that'. I know these things change depending on the scale of the companies and the work and such as well. Despite all this, it seems like we should be able to lay out a few starting ideas for people who have no idea of the industry standard for certain things. Lay out low and high prices, based by experience, wealth of company, complexity and length.
If no such list exists, could we perhaps, as a group with combined experience, create one? I would be happy to lend my experience of working with game developers.
If no one else finds this idea appealing I would appreciate knowing that too - I'm genuinely hoping this would be more useful than answering each question specifically, for everyone involved. :)