Originally Posted by brainspin
$500 for cables is insane,
Is it? Let's check your math......
How many lines does he need? How many running from the booth to the console? How far? How many cables coming out the pre-amps and any other outboard gear? How many coming out of the interface? Into the Speakers? And if he does surround? Now you have 6 cables that are at least 20 feet (to account for slack, running around the gear, the room, etc.), that's 120' right there.
Good cable is about a dollar a foot. With cables running every which way, it is not inconceivable that he would need 4-500 feet. Even if we pretend it's 300 feet, you are at $300.
Connectors? $2.49 for each end, so about $5/cable. Let's say he makes 20 cables. That's about $100.
What if he does a wall panel in the booth? Those are $25-50 or more for only 6 connectors!
What about cables for the 416 and one for the Lav?
You still think $500 is "insane"?
ADR in a VO booth sounds horrible. Does it happen? Unfortunately, yes, more and more.... But hey, everybody does stuff and starts somewhere. And the opinions of others be damned, do what you gotta do. I don't recommend it.
A 7x12 booth for VO is not bad, that is an ok size for VO. But really, how much isolation can you get?? Floors transmit as much as walls, and so do ceilings. Do you have the budget to do the framing, the multiple layers of insulation, drywall, green glue, etc? What about a door? You budget for that? What about a window? You ever put in one of those? You ever price 2 pieces of differing sized glass, neoprene and framing?? Or will you have no window and a video camera? Some basement price studios do that, but I can't imagine any talent would enjoy that or be comfortable, or have it instill confidence in a film Director.... (then again, there are LOT of FIRST time and ONE TIME "film Directors".....).
Get a designer to come in and look at the space and tell you where to put doors, how to frame booths, and how to deal with your 13x13x9 cube. To do it right, you will need bass trapping, but maybe also Helmholz boxes. But that is not something I would trust to an internet forum, I would get someone in there. Or, cheap out completely and just hang some panels and hope for the best....and save for a better place.
My advice is get a REALISTIC assessment of how much "work" this other company can ACTUALLY bring in...not your HOPE...but what is reasonable to assume. Then build to suit the need. And consider it a work in progress...
I think you could get a lot of good editing, sound design, and VO done in a place like that. Also, if you are not that experienced at mixing, maybe best to get someone else to help you bring a project home. When I first started "mixing" films and TV, most of the projects were teeny little micro-indies and we learned as we went.... (and wondered what that big booming sound was when the film played...). But PAYING customers came later. And I cut my teeth on little industrials, spots and putting in many many hours.....