I am currently learning c++ and have your latest book as well. I am also starting to get curious about what the Music Software Industry is like. More specifically, what the industry is like for subcontracting in terms of projects and hourly rates. Any resources or advice on these topics would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time,
There is definitely an industry for sub-contracting audio software, especially if it has a heavy musical or DSP-for-audio component to it. It is a niche market, so there are lots of software engineers doing C++, but often it is hard to find a C++ programmer who knows music (dynamics and tempo markings, notation, etc...) and/or DSP (many CS and CE degrees do not require DSP, or the students take very "vanilla" DSP courses).
Hourly rates depend on geographic location of the company and what they are used to spending. I've seen, and billed, rates from $75 to $300 per hour BUT the client's needs usually dictate that.
If you are good with schmoozing and networking, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention has a good trade-show floor (and now linked with NAB as well, with its own trade-show floor, all one entrance price) to hand out biz cards and make connections.
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