production rates

podcast voice-over ($150)

  • up to 250 words
  • polished, with noise reduction
  • 2 day delivery, or less
  • up to 2 revisions
  • WAV, FLAC or 320K MP3
    • 1 day delivery: add $25
    • each additional 100 words: $10
    • timed-audio sync with an existing video or presentation: $10 per 60 seconds, plus 1 day possible delay
    • add background music you provide: $10 // or, sourced for you: $50, plus 1 day possible delay
    • split recording (up to 5 files): $10
    • additional revisions: $25, plus 1 day possible delay

podcast day rate ($300-$1500)

  • depends on the specific services you require, travel time, and urgency (see notes at document end)

podcast pilot production ($5000 and up)

  • Rendering ideas from the commissioning organization: $5,000–$8,000, depending upon complexity (e.g. talking heads vs. extensive field production), level of completeness (script, music, access to guests, travel requirements), and whether more than one pilot episode is being commissioned.
  • Original production from the ground up: $8,000–$15,000

broadcast rates

Rates for voice-over recordings for broadcast usage are determined by the length of the recording, the medium in which it will be broadcast and the size of the market in which it will appear.

radio commercials

  • Radio Commercial : Local, :15, :30 or :60: $200
  • Radio Commercial : Regional, :15, :30 or :60: $300
  • Radio Commercial : National Network, :15, :30 or :60: $1000

  • Radio Station Promotion / Station Imaging / Tags, :05, :15 or :30: $200

  • Public Service Announcement on Radio, :15, :30 or :60: $200

television commercials

  • Television Commercial : Local, :15, :30 or :60: $300
  • Television Commercial : Regional, :15, :30 or :60: $500
  • Television Commercial : National Network, :15, :30 or :60: $2000

  • Television Station Promotion / Station Imaging / Tags, :05, :15 or :30: $300

  • Public Service Announcement on Television, :15, :30 or :60: $300

non-broadcast rates

Rates for voice-over for non-broadcast or industrial usage are determined primarily by the length of the finished recording. B2B advertising and training matter, phone systems and explainer videos and other not-for-broadcast projects will use these rates.

  • 00 to 05 minutes: $100-250
  • 06 to 15 minutes: $250-500
  • 16 to 30 minutes: $500-750
  • 31 to 45 minutes: $750-1000
  • 46 to 60 minutes: $1000-1250
  • 61 to 75 minutes: $1250-1500
  • 76 to 90 minutes: $1500-1750
  • 91 to 120 minutes: $1750-2000
  • 120+ minutes: Request Quote

long form narration rates

Rates for audio recordings of 2 or more hours in length for non-broadcast usage (like Audiobooks, Podcasts, and Educational material) are based on the length of the final recording and time in studio. Please note that the time in studio required to rehearse, record, correct and edit will typically be 2 to 4 times the length of the finished audio recording.

  • 1 hour recording session: $250-500
  • each additional hour: $100
  • 60+ minutes (finished audio): Request Quote

notes on rates

  • Rates include a worldwide unlimited usage "full buy-out" license for the specified medium and audience
  • For Internet-based publishing or distribution, national rates may apply
  • Unless otherwise specified in the service description, rates are guaranteed for finished dry voice only. Any post-production required may be additional

notes on the complexity of commissioned work

basic:
  • involves interviewees found through other reports/news conferences
  • contains interviews conducted mostly in one place or on the phone
  • involves minimal sound and sound effects
intermediate:
  • involves multiple interviews and a variety of perspectives
  • involves more than one on-site interview; subject carrying on activities relevant to story
  • use sound well, and in support of the storyline
  • reflects good prior knowledge of subject matter
  • includes new information, multiple perspectives
advanced:
  • involves research and enterprise reporting
  • requires substantial subject matter expertise
  • has a sophisticated narrative; written in scenes
  • requires travel by the producer
  • is sound-rich, with a variety of sounds demonstrative or supportive of the story
    • may require music sourcing and licensing
  • may be funded through grants or other third-party sources