Several factors influence the cost of sound design, including the number of services required for a specific game (sound supervision, dialogue editorial, re-recording mix, Foley, Music Licensing), project complexity, deadlines, audio development hours, and sound designers' professional expertise.

Sound design services can be paid for in a variety of ways, such as by the hour, a flat fee for the entire project, a price for each sound effect, or a combination of these methods.

Because of this flexibility, pricing can be tailored to each project as well as the client's specific needs and budget.

It is critical to find a reasonable price that reflects the amount of work required for high-quality design. If you require any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Which pricing to select?

Flat Fees

The majority of customers prefer this method of payment. The total cost of the project is fixed in advance, and payments can be made in stages. Profit sharing can also be combined with flat fees.

The cost can range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the project's complexity and deadlines.
Setting a reasonable fee for sound design work is critical. I can help you calculate the cost and difficulty of your project.

Hourly rate

Hourly rate is preferable for post-project edits.
It enables sound designers to accurately track their time and receive payment for additional work that is difficult to estimate with a fixed fee.

Hourly rates can range from $30 to $300, depending on the sound designer's experience.

Rate per asset

It is best suited for small games or modifying an existing project, where you can accurately calculate the number of effects you need.
The per-asset rate involves determining the cost of each sound effect and each music track and adding those costs together.

  • Simple sound effects, such as footsteps or ambient sounds, can cost between $10 to $50 per sound effect.
  • Complex sound effects, such as a weapon or character sounds, can cost between $50 and $200 per sound effect.

Example: budget for the hyper-casual game

The average budget (Background music, UI Sounds, Gameplay sounds) will rate from $1200 to $5000.

  • The average sound designer rate of $30 – $100 per hour, average time for project is 40-60 hours.
  • If you choose per-asset rate, the budget is about the same.

Thanks for reading!

It is critical to find a fair price that reflects the amount of work required for high-quality sound design.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further assistance.

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