How much should a drummer or percussionist be paid to add some drum sounds to a song in a studio session if it would only take them about an hour at most?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 19, 2020 04:56 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 19, 2020 04:57 PM

It depends on whether you’re hiring an actual session pro, or not.
A professional session player will want at least Union Scale, which is currently $100/hr. (in CA, NY, and TN; it varies from state to state) with a three hour minimum (meaning, even if someone “nails it” in 20 minutes, they still get $300).

A “guy off the street” will work for considerably less – (maybe even for an album credit or points on the sale of the record) – but (probably) won’t be a “one-take” wonder.

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