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The Business of Audio Engineering


The Business of Audio Engineering, Second Edition

Many musicians eventually set up their own studios in order to record their music, but they may also hope to earn some additional income recording others. Even if you don’t have your own studio, audio engineering can be an excellent side career. Audio engineer and technical support specialist Dave Hampton shares his 25 years of experience in the music industry, offering modern approaches to success in the audio business. He’ll teach you how to legally form your own company, attract clients, know your value, and set a rate, among other details.

The Business of Audio Engineering, Second Edition, by Dave Hampton, Hal Leonard Corporation, Milwaukee, WI.

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