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Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios Industry Analysis

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- Market Size
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- Market Forecast   .
- Products/Services Breakdown   .
- Revenue per State . .
$ Financial Metrics . .
$ Salary & Compensation Benchmarks . .
@ Key Companies   .
- Industry News & Innovators   .
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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios

Overview: the U.S. Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

market forecast

Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Studio Recording Services For Music Clients

Studio Recording, Excluding Mixing Of Musical Recordings

Studio Recording, Including Mixing Of Musical Recordings

Mastering Of Musical Recordings

Studio Recording Services For Spoken Word Clients

Studio Recording Services For Radio Material

Studio Recording Services For Radio Material - Radio Spots

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Sound Editing And Design

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Sound Editing And Design - Contract Production Services For Original Music

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Sound Editing And Design - Additional Dialogue Recording (Adr)

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Sound Editing And Design - Sound Integration And Synchronization

Postproduction Services - Other Sound Services For Audiovisual Works

Sound Editing And Design Services, Excluding Audiovisual Works

Live Audio Recording Services

Live Audio Recording Of Other Events

Rental Of Non-Residential Space In Buildings Or Other Facilities

Rental Of Recording Studio Facilities

All Other Receipts

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 11%

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Top Executives 6%
Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers 6%
General and Operations Managers6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 10%
Business Operations Specialists 7%
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 40%
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers 7%
Media and Communication Workers 5%
Media and Communication Equipment Workers 25%
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators 23%
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 7%
Sound Engineering Technicians 16%
Sales and Related Occupations 7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 23%
Information and Record Clerks 5%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 5%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 5%
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers 5%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score

Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

Latest Industry News

  • Sound of 2018: Unsigned artist IAMDDB comes third - Her sound, which melts together neo-soul, urban jazz, hip-hop and R&B, is by turns sharp and seductive. That, and her stylistic vision, are astonishingly assured for an artist who only started making waves six months ago. Her vocal and production talent ... (01/10/2018)
  • Mikme wireless mic hands-on: recording studio in your pocket - Fortunately, there’s Mikme, a successfully crowdfunded wireless microphone that delivers studio-grade ... s less than stellar audio API. Fortunately, you directly record on the Mikme’s 16 GB storage. Ideal as Mikme might sound, no pun intended, there ... (01/10/2018)
  • Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II For Waves SoundGrid - Adding SoundGrid connectivity to Symphony I/O MkII offers customers the best of both worlds in professional audio quality and ultra-low latency plugin processing over a network. It's an ideal solution for studio recording and live sound production." (01/10/2018)
  • Bluesound Joins Forces With Hi-Res Audio Leaders for CES 2018 - and part of the Stream the Studio™ initiative, the HRA pavilion is designed to highlight the key listening benefits of hi-res music and educate consumers on the end-to-end process of creating music—from recording to production, to storage and to playback. (01/09/2018)
  • Ford Unveils Hi-Res Audio for Cars at CES 2018 - At CES on Tuesday, the Ford Motor Company unveiled a hi-res audio ... recording studio. With an expanding number of Hi Res Audio titles available, the industry is working closely with device manufacturers and digital services to make studio quality sound ... (01/09/2018)
  • Recording Drums by the Genre: 6 Mic Setups to Match Any Budget - Many engineers get their start the same way: They join a band and save up enough money to record in a professional studio ... high sound quality for the price: Behringer U-Phoria Focusrite Scarlett series PreSonus Audiobox series MOTU Audio Express ... (01/09/2018)
  • The Recording Guitarist: DIY Mastering Tools - Producers and performers bring in their final mixes, and the mastering engineer just… makes them sound better ... the turn of the century: production budgets shrank and audio software improved. With a typical DIY recording budget—oh, let’s say ... (01/08/2018)
  • Professional Podcast Sound: Four Recording and Mixing Mistakes to Avoid - As podcasting listenership escalates, so do the opportunities for audio engineers ... you have too much room sound they can sound phasey and mechanical.” The myriad connections in a professional studio also allow Yow and the production team to add ... (01/03/2018)
  • Meet Laura Sisk, the Grammy-Winning Sound Engineer Behind Your Favorite Pop Hits - After majoring in audio engineering and sound production at Indiana University, she decided to focus on studio recording, inspired by the Flaming Lips’ sonically dense 2002 album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. What she actually does: Sisk operates ... (01/01/2018)
  • The DIY Dream Audio Production and Recording Studio - Nothing fancy going on in this clean, light-filled studio—oh, except for all that equipment and that huge DIYed desk. Toronto-based songwriter, producer, and audio engineer Yaro J designed and built his desk, roomy enough to support three monitors ... (11/10/2015)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $787,580 on Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios. It has awarded 65 contracts to 24 companies, with an average value of $32,816 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

Postproduction Services For Av Works - Sound Editing & Design
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Sound Recording & Audio Production StudiosOpportunity/Threat
Video Postproduction Services
Teleproduction & Other Postproduction Services

Since sales from Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Postproduction Services For Av Works - Sound Editing & Design, companies in the Sound Recording & Audio Production Studios industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
Postproduction Services For Av Works - Sound Editing & Design Product Sales Report

Segments classified within this market research report

This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
Recording studios, sound, operating on a contract or fee basis, Audio recording restoration services, Sound recording studios (except integrated record companies), Audio recording post-production services, etc.

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