phone:  858.484.0220  -  email:  [email protected]

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Sound Services & Rates for Film & Video

BEST RATE GUARANTEE: Everyone wants the best deal they can get and I’m willing to make deals – so long as they don’t sacrifice quality. To that end; I will match or beat any legitimate quote from any qualified mixer with the same or similar gear for the same job. I will also be happy to discuss your specific needs for combined packages or multi-day bookings that may result in a considerable discount.

The "Day/Project" rates below are for my time, expertise and the level of skill I bring to your project. Equipment rental is separate and will vary depending on your production requirements.

Studio Production Rates

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I taught myself to edit music at 12 years old and have been serving the film and video production communities with a complete array of sound services ever since. My goal is to breathe life into your productions with Emmy® award-winning sound design, recording and post-production audio and video services. 

Basic Studio Time (includes directing, editing [sound and video], etc):  $125/hour
Voice Actor audition sessions:  $1.00 per minute (minimum audition session of 20 minutes)
Block rates available for single sessions in excess of 4 hours - please call
Production rates available for projects requiring more than one full production day - please call

  • Voice track recording, editing and talent directing
  • ADR (dialog replacement)
  • Foley (sound effects from library or customized)
  • Audio sweetening/post-production/editing
  • Audio clean-up (noise reduction/elimination, etc.)
  • Music editing for live theater, dance, specialty performers, video and film
  • Music scoring for video and film (from music libraries)
  • Music licensing
  • Video Editing

Location Sound Mixer Rates

I've been recording, mixing and editing sound for live events, film, video and television productions for more than 5 decades. When you need an experienced location or on-set sound mixer for your next project, I've got the equipment, and expertise to give you great sound. 

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(Rates apply to San Diego County only.)

FULL DAY (Standard day 10 hours or less. Equipment package is not included in labor rate.)

  • $500 / 10 hour day – Portal to Portal
  • $700 / 12 hour day – Portal to Portal  


  • $350 / 5 hours or less – Portal to Portal  


  • Within US: Labor = 50% Contracted day rate within US unless travel exceeds 10 hours from airport call to arrival at destination hotel.
  • Outside US travel days are at full day rate.
  • Equipment = 50% daily rate for gear rental
  • Mileage at prevailing IRS allowance (53.5 cents/mile for 2017)
    [Applies for ground travel in excess of 25 miles one way within San Diego County (point-to-point)]
  • Per Diem at prevailing GSA M&IE rates. (per day - minimum $91 lodging, $51 meals)
    [Applies when booking requires travel outside San Diego County for one or more days]

  • All travel related expenses (air, hotel, parking, vehicle rental, etc.) paid by production
    [Applies when booking requires travel outside San Diego County for one or more days]
  • Air or International travel: I have a US passport. Production covers round-trip business class air fare to the airport closest to the production destination, plus ground transportation. Travel documents and visas are to be arranged by the client.
  • Cancellations within 24 hours or less will pay 100% of full day rate for contracted days
  • Cancellations within 48-24 hours will pay 50% of full day rate for contracted days


  • Boom Operator  – $400 / 10 hour day
  • A-2 Assistant – $400 / 10 hour day
  • Sound Third / Utility – $350 / 10 hour day
  • Additional hours – $75 / hour


  • First invoice for ALL new clients is COD with full payment due upon completion of work (Cash, PayPal or Company Check)
  • All invoices are net 30 days. Late or past-due payments are subject to a 10% collection fee.

Equipment Packages

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I use my own equipment to handle most film/video production and live event situations, including multi-room/multi-mic audio setups. Equipment Package is in addition to labor rates and can be adapted according to your specific production needs. I can easily handle up to 8 wireless mics on set or up to 16 audio sources for a live event. Should your project require third-party rental of additional equipment, a 10% surcharge will be added to the rental fee. Additional personnel may be required at separate charge.

Equipment packages:

Standard field equipment package 
Feature equipment package
Additional Gear
PA System

Rates below are in addition to labor day rate. 
Suitable for Commercial, Film, Television, ENG, Corp interview, Documentary and most video shoots.
Additional À la Carte Gear can be added to this package (see below).

  • 1x – Zoom F8 – 8 channel, 10 track digital mixer/recorder – record to SD (Time Code Lock capable)
  • 1x – Cart Based mixing/recording station with control surface and keyboard (as needed)
  • 1x – Boom mic kit with carbon fiber pole – Sennheiser 416
  • 1x – Wired hop for 2-channel audio to camera - up to 50' (XLR-M for camera input)
  • 2x – Wireless lav mic kit (Tx, Rx, lav mic, cables, and related accessories for up to 2 mics)
  • 1 – Bag, Harness, minor cable accessories
  • 1 – boom pole holder for c-stand or mic stand (tripod base mic stand available)
  • Expendables, cables, A/C power cords and batteries for one day.  


  • Package contents and rates subject to negotiation based upon production needs and duration.
  • The Standard Equipment Package will accommodate most film location productions.     

ADDITIONAL GEAR – À la Carte – per day, per rental, each item

  • Analog 16-input mixer for live event sound mixing – (Mackie 1604-VLZ) – $75
  • Analog 8-input mixer for live event sound mixing (Small room - 4 available) – $25
  • Wireless audio to camera (2-channel hop) – $65 per camera
  • Wireless lav kit - $75 – per mic in addition to first 2 (Includes Tx, Rx, lav mic, cables, and related accessories)
  • Handheld wireless mics (set of two with powered receivers - requires A/C power) – $ 50
  • Handheld dynamic cabled mics - $20
  • Head-worn (over-ear) mics for Sennheiser G3 wireless mics (2 available) - $50
  • 2-channel digital recorders (5 available) – $25
  • Time code jam sync for up to two cameras - $100 / camera
  • Whiteboard Slate (with dry marker) – $10
  • PA Speaker (small, portable) - for near-field audio playback or PA – $35 (see below for full PA system)
  • Microphone cables (25’ or 50’) – $10 / cable
  • Microphone stands: tripod base with boom arm – $10 / stand
  • Ear Prompter (with basic training) – $125
  • Portable Voiceover Booth – $35
  • 7' x 7' x 7' free-standing voiceover booth – $300 / 7-day rental (setup/teardown not included)
  • Setup/Teardown for free-standing voiceover booth (takes approximateily 1 hour) – $200 (delivery included)
  • Reference video monitor (HD 20") – $25
  • Portable 12v battery/A/C inverter – $25 (portable battery power supply for A/C powered equipment)


Standard PA / Playback System – $200
Suitable for small events and meetings up to 50 attendees

*** Package rental rate does not include the additional manpower that may be required with this equipment *

  • 1x - Mixer (4 mic inputs, 2 stereo line inputs)
  • 1x - Power amplifier
  • 1x - 100′ cable, and 100′ ac power extension cord. – (Client provides electricity)
  • 4x - Handheld microphones (cabled or wireless - includes mic cables as needed)
  • 2x - Speakers – Each with stands
  • Portable sub-mixer, related cabling, and related minor accessories. 
  • Video projector and screen available (add $75)

NOTE:  For larger events, additional mixers, speakers and microphones are available and additional crew may be required. Please call for a quote.


  • Please click HERE for more information about our 7'x7'x7' location VO booth, portable VO booth and other location VO recording options.

Terms And Conditions

  • Equipment package rental is in addition to day/project day rate commencing after first two consecutive shooting days and applies only when booked af the full labor day rate.
  • ALL invoices are net 30 days, due upon receipt. First time clients are COD (Cash, PayPal or Company Check). Late payments are subject to a 10% collection fee.
  • New clients may be required to pay an advance deposit, pay COD, and/or provide credit references.
  • Accepted payment terms are PayPal, cash, check, credit card (via PayPal), or approved payroll service.
  • Client must accept and sign VoiceActing, LLC rental agreement for all gear used, prior to use.
  • Client to provide approved insurance and documents naming VoiceActing, LLC as additional insured.
  • Client assumes all responsibility for loss, damage, along with repair or replacement of same of any rented item(s) or gear packages for the term of the shoot. Production is responsible for paying the insurance deductible if claim is to be filed.
  • All rates subject to change.

Book James Alburger today for your next production.

Call:  858.484.0220
(M-F, 10am-5pm Pacific Time)

Or email:  [email protected]

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