I’m starting to see why most artist don’t get paid their royalties and/or monies until after recording expenses are paid.
I want this album to sound right, which means I’ve gone out of my way to buy items and/or pay for studio time that will make “The A.P.T. Album” sound like a high-quality product. Little did I know when I started this just how much money it would cost for me to do so!
Let’s just look at some of the math, shall we:
1. STUDIO MIC: This was a freebie, as I already had one. However, what I did NOT have was a way to hook it up to my laptop. I had to get this thing called an interface which allows me to plug the mic into a box which then goes into my computer.
Cost of Interface box: $149 (plus tax)
2. BACKUP DRIVE: I wanted to make some extra space on my computer so that my music program would work better. So, I went to Wal-Mart to pick one up.
Cost of Backup Drive: $79.99 (plus tax)
3. STUDIO TIME: I can’t yell in my apartment, but some of my songs require it. So, I found a studio in downtown Atlanta where I was able to use their sound-proof room.
Cost of Studio Time: $60 for 3 hours (but I got there 3 minutes late, so 2.5 hours)
4. SOUND MIXING: Fruity Loops sucks ass as a recording studio because you can’t directly record onto it; you have to cut-and-paste everything, and it takes a long-ass time. So, courtesy of a friend’s suggestion, I got a Magix Studio sound studio. I did the trial version, and it made putting together a song so damn easy and less time-consuming that I had to get it.
Cost of Magix Studio: $74.99
In total, I’ve spent a whopping $363.98 on this album. In short, before I see any profit, I have to sell at least 73 copies of the album at 5.99 just to break even. (Incidentally, I also see now why record companies charge $9.99-$14.99 or higher for CDs – this doesn’t even take into account how much it costs them to package and ship the items.)
Assuming this project goes well, the good news will be that I won’t have to spend any more money on getting items I now have (except for the studio time part). I’ll also be able to charge a bit more for any future CDs – probably around 7.99 – since people will realize my albums are more than worth the amount.
Because I’m still finishing up the project, I didn’t have time to film a “new” video this week. However, it just so happens that I filmed a video earlier this year for a song that’s going to be on the album. And, since hardly anybody saw that video since no one knew who I was prior to the “Obama Obama” song, I can bring it out of the archives and post it back up! Three cheers for future thinking!
That’s it for now – get “The A.P.T. LP,” dropping Sunday, August 24th!