hmmm... kick me to the proper forum if this ain't it. what do you think is a realistic budget (keeping it reasonable) to record a cd and have it mastered (by the same person/studio doing the recording) if the following is the plan: -15 songs - we're pretty tight, 1 or 2 takes per song usually cuts it. -2nd guitar and/or other instrumentaion overdubbed on all 15. -vocals - which i'd estimate would take up to 15 hrs tops, possibly banged out in a third that time. -mixing -mastering (we've found places to do that for a few hundred bucks, I know that can be upwards of $1000, but we ain't doin that). i ask because I was asked to make a proposal. the guy we're recording with wants to charge by the project, not by the hour. jeeezzz. never did that before. i made the proposal already, waiting to hear back from him. curious what you'd propose.... i'll tell later what I did.