2023 Production Sound Mixer Rate Card

2023 Production Sound Mixer Rate Card

Sound Mixer Labor Rates:

Union Commercial: $971/10

Non-Union: $750/10 Hours

Minimum Call: 10 Hours

Overtime: 1.5x/Hourly after 10 Hours / 2x/Hourly After 12 Hours

Travel Day: Day Rate

Mileage is calculated based on the current IRS rate

Per Diem: GSA Rate

Local Zone: 30 Miles from New Orleans Production Hub

Sound Equipment Rental Rates:

  • Basic ENG Kit: $450/Day

Bag Based Sound Devices 888 Recorder/Mixer

Boom Mic Kit

Two Wireless Lectrosonics Lavalier Kit


  • Audio Playback System with Timecode $450/day


Playback Cart

MacMini with Pro Tools Ultimate

Playback Speaker

Smart Slate with Wireless Timecode Feed.


A La Carte Pricing:


Sound Devices 888 Multitrack recorder/mixer: $200/Day


Noise Suppression: $50/two instances (Perfect for shoots that do not have Audio Post-Production)

Boom Kit: $80/Day

Wired Handheld Mic: $30/Day

Wireless Boom Kit: $120/Day

Lectrosonics Lavalier Mic Kit: $85/Day

Wireless Handheld Mic: $85/Day

Mono Wireless Camera Hop: $85/Day

Timecode Sync Box: $50/Day

Smart Slate:  $75/Day

IFB Set:  $75/Day for the first receiver; $40/Day for each additional IFB

MOTU Audio Interface – $150/day

MP3 Transcription – $50/day

*Additional Gear Available Upon Request*

All published rates are subject to change without notice.


PAYMENT TERMS: Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date (Net 30). Multi-week projects will be invoiced weekly. These payment terms are non-negotiable.


EXTRAS: Any additional equipment requested on-site will be billed separately. No last-minute deals will be offered for equipment requested on the day of the shoot. The rate for equipment rental will be based on the national rental rate provided by Trew Audio, Gotham Sound, LSC, and Pro-Sound.


LATE FEE: Invoices that remain unpaid by the due date are subject to a 10% late fee, compounded monthly, until the invoice and late fees are paid in full. Payments must be issued in a timely manner to avoid late fees.


CANCELLATION POLICY: Once a shoot is confirmed, it is subject to cancellation fees. Cancellation fees for less than 72 hours from the shoot date will be 100% of labor and equipment costs, whereas cancellations 3 to 7 days prior to the shoot date are subject to 50% of labor and equipment costs. Any cancellation with 7 to 14 days notice is subject to a 100% charge of labor and equipment costs, if other work has been turned down after confirmation of production dates. Cancellations with more than 14 days notice will not be subject to any fees. Rescheduling shoot dates will only be subject to a cancellation fee if other work has been turned down since production was confirmed. In that case, the rescheduling fee will be 100% of labor and equipment costs for the originally scheduled production dates.


DELIVERABLES: Pelican Location Sound, LLC will provide broadcast-ready polyphonic wave files (“WAV”) in 24-bit / 48 kHz resolution via SD Card. Pelican Location Sound, LLC assumes no responsibility for the files once they have been downloaded and verified.


INSURANCE: Production must provide a Certificate of Insurance to Pelican Location Sound, LLC prior to the first day of work. Production/Client is responsible for any lost or damaged items rented during the term of the shoot. Production agrees to pay 100% of the replacement costs for any lost or damaged items rented during the shoot. The address for Pelican Location Sound, LLC is 125 Brooklyn Ave., Jefferson, LA 70121.


COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP: Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 201(a) of the U.S. Copyright Act, the Audio Engineer shall be considered the owner of the copyright in the sound recording until full payment has been rendered by the Client. Once full payment has been received, ownership of the copyright shall transfer to the Client. The Audio Engineer agrees to transfer all rights and ownership of the copyright to the Client upon receipt of full payment, in accordance with Section 204 of the Copyright Act.


ESTIMATES: Any estimate provided is based on the information provided and may change based on labor overages or additional rented equipment.


NEGOTIATIONS: Any negotiated rates or terms must be in writing and signed by both parties (Production Company/Client and Pelican Location Sound, LLC). If an invoice is not paid by the agreed-upon payment terms, all discounted prices will revert to the full rate.


PRE-PRODUCTION: 50% of the labor rate will be charged for all tech scouts and prep days.


TRAVEL: 100% of the labor rate will be charged for travel days, plus per diem at current GSA rates. Production must pay for all travel-related expenses such as visas, carnets, airfare, lodging, and transportation.


STORAGE: Pelican Location Sound, LLC will store audio files for six months once the job is complete.



Production Company/Client agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Pelican Location Sound, LLC, its employees, and agents from and against any and all claims, suits, damages, losses, liabilities, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from or in connection with any breach of this agreement by Production Company/Client, any negligent or intentional act or omission of Production Company/Client, or any infringement or alleged infringement of any intellectual property rights arising out of or in connection with the services provided by Pelican Location Sound, LLC under this agreement.




1. This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all prior negotiations, understandings, and agreements between the parties.

2. This agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective heirs, legal representatives, successors, and assigns.

3. This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Louisiana, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law provisions.

4. The parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Louisiana for any dispute arising out of or in connection with this agreement.

5. This agreement may not be amended, modified, or supplemented except in writing signed by both parties.

6. If any provision of this agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this agreement shall remain in full force and effect.

7. This agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

8. The headings in this agreement are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of this agreement.


By signing below, the parties agree to the terms and conditions outlined above and acknowledge their responsibility to comply with all provisions of this agreement.