Our major expenses for this project are as follows:
* Studio space and recording equipment. We want to start with the best vocal audio we can get, and we won't get that if we're sitting around a laptop mic in somebody's living room. The plan is to rent a set of standard vocal mics and record in a studio space large enough to accommodate each episode's whole cast. This way, we can interact, react to each other, and all follow the story as it takes shape.
* Sound effects. We want these audiodramas to create Lovecraftian worlds in your minds, and one effective way to do that is with sound effects. Also, we want to obey the law, and that means paying fair prices to the sound-effect engineers who've created them.
* Mastering. We want to make sure that an episode of Tales from the Black Vault sounds good on your headphones. We want to make sure it sounds good in your living room. We want to make sure it sounds good in your car. The art of making a recording sound good *everywhere* is called "mastering", and a good mastering engineer is worth their weight in gold. We're employing Emerald City Productions in Washington, D. C. to master each of our episodes.