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Realtime Records - From the Stage to Your Stereo in Real Time
We record live shows and have CDs ready for sale immediately after the last song is over! - Capture an exceptional performance you may never get from a studio release - You get to hear the show even as you drive home - You know exactly what you'll hear on the recording you buy - Online sales service: for those who missed the show, available online the next day
Realtime Records Services and Costs
1) Local show, within the Victoria area: we come out and record and release your show, we find a room to mix in at the venue (can be up to 300 feet away!), and we use your merchandise person to sell the discs and preorder tickets. We can also release a less expensive, digitally mastered room mic plus board mix.
Income and costs, arrangements with clients:Option 1 (flat rate commission/large volume sales expected): We charge a commission at a flat rate per unit sold starting with the first unit sold. We negotiate with you on the commission amount on an individual basis. We sell all shows throughout the tour, and further use of the recording after the tour is negotiated individually with each band. We suggest letting us offer online sales from our site, and the band makes all profit after online sales commissions outlined below.
Option 2 (fixed fee is taken from first CD sales): This has the most value if you want a high quality . We determine if we want to take on the risks associated with the recording and production ourselves. We collect the income from net disc sales from each show until the number of units sold reaches our costs. If sales do not reach the minimum by then end of the show or tour, we collect the balance from online sales or further sales at shows (we print extra copies for you to sell later). If a show doesn't turn out well, there's no obligation to you: we take the risks! At any time, you can of course pay the remaining minimum sales balance yourself, and once our costs are covered, you own full rights to the recording and DVD backups of the 24 channel source files, which can be edited further and released.
Option 3 (pay us outright to come do a live CD release): You can opt to work with us by paying the recording costs up front, and we provide recording and instant live disc release services. You can recover your costs that night as discs sell, you have use of our no risk online sales service to sell further copies, we can print extra copies at our low CDR duplication rate for you to sell at later shows, and you own a high quality multichannel live recording at a very low cost. Since we also run a regular recording studio and production facility, after your show or tour we can always do postproduction and audio mastering, graphic design and photography, and larger runs of pressed CDs for you.
Real time CDR duplication and sales costs: The disc sets sold on tour consist of a burned CDR with a full colour glossy label, with custom graphics for each show, packaged in paper sleeves with a clear window. This is the fastest and most economical and environmental packaging for instant releases.
Recording and production costs per show: (units-sold to cover costs (in parentheses) based on the $20.00 disc outlined below)
Example of CD production costs during a show:
Profits paid out to the band and sales bonus paid to Realtime Records: once the night's sales have reached Realtime Records' minimum sales for production costs, the band makes 100% of further net sales until sales reach double our minimum amount (minimums are stated under recording and production costs above), after which Realtime Records collects a bonus of $3 per 2-disc show, or $1.80 per 1-disc show.
Online sales service with no up front cost or obligation to the band: our online sales service is an easy way to get your recordings to fans. We set up a sales page for you on our website for free, and then we duplicate and ship orders as they come in and subtract the shipping, handling and CDR duplication cost from each incoming sale. We also can maintain an email list in our database and send out bulk emails, upon approval by you, announcing new releases
to your fans (we also suggest a link be placed on your band's website announcing new releases).
Online sales policy:
CD packaging options: For online sales, we suggest printing on the sleeves. It costs from 35c to 80c per 2 disc set depending on print content, lowers shipping costs compared with jewel cases, and looks good. If you want CD replication (pressed CDs), this will cost about $3.50 each for the minimum run of 1,000. However, the advantage of our on-demand shipping and CDR printing is that you don't have to come up with $3500.00 up front for the CD press run!