I've made a game and now I need to add real sounds and music to it. For the first time I've decided to hire a musician to make music for my games. Before I used to buy sound packs and licenses for tracks.
The negotiations didn't go well as the price was too high for me and the artist didn't like the idea of selling me the music and wanted to only license it to me.
I'd like to know if I've made a mistake or if I've been unreasonable.
Just to be specific, we're talking about 6 tracks, 90 seconds long each. The music is chip-tune done by one musician (that's important since I understand that hiring an orchestra would cost more than hiring just one person).
What I wanted was to get the tracks with all the rights, other than the authors rights - putting their name in the credits.
I've been told that nobody does this and the musician always keeps the rights to later sell OST etc. And if I want all the rights, one track would cost me $500. And even just getting a one-title license would cost me $200.
I have no idea if that's a standard market price, it seems high for me.
- Is the price reasonable?
- Is it unreasonable for me to ask for music with all the rights?