Policy and Procedure Document for Tributary Studio – Since 2003
Booking & Payments:
Tributary Studio always encourages potential Clients to come and visit our Recording Studio. We usually will schedule a 30 minute visit to see the studio and ask any questions that you may have.
Tributary Studio recommends booking studio session dates a minimum of thirty (30) days in advance. A minimum deposit for 50% shall be required at time of booking before any session dates are guaranteed. You can bring your payment upon arrival on your scheduled date – but we prefer a deposit to be made in advance. Any cancellations or reschedules must be received no later than 72 hours before booked session date or deposit may be forfeited. Client agrees to pay Studio the rate specified or quoted by Tributary Studio. Hourly sessions are billed as a minimum of 2 hour, and then in 30-minute increments thereafter. Day rate or Flat rate projects are billed in each applicable increment. Charges do not include the cost of any additional media (CD, DVD, tapes, hard drives, etc.) including backup / archival media. Payment in full is required at the end of a session. The session clock begins at the scheduled session start time – if you are late then you are still expected to pay from the scheduled start time – not when you arrive. In some cases, studio may accommodate early arrivals; session start clock will be adjusted to reflect actual start times.
Musicians that have been hired for your project will need to be paid at the end of the production as well. If there are any changes thereafter, the studio musician will expect to be reimbursed for their time. This can be as much as the initial cost already incurred or billed hourly. If you choose to not be present during the initial production (which we highly recommend to avoid added studio musicians fees), and you do not like the direction that was taken, then any and all changes will be billed at $50 per hour for the studio time and additionally the studio musician will be paid again for their time. No media or recordings will be released by Studio to Client until outstanding monies due are received. We are grateful for the very talented musicians that work for our studio, and we want to protect them and honor their time and talent.
Media & Storage:
Studio will use it’s own media for recording each session and will create internal backup/archival of media when deemed necessary by Studio. Studio reserves the right to erase session data one month after the end of each session. Client may purchase backup copies or a backup hard drive for an additional cost. Samples and other musical material that is copyrighted by a 3rd party or owned by Studio will not be included. Studio may not be held responsible for lost, damaged or destroyed session media.
No smoking, alcohol, firearms or drugs allowed on premises at any time. No food or beverages allowed on or near equipment racks, recording gear, mixing board, or in control room (at Studio's discretion). Loitering by individuals and guests of clients not directly involved in the session is discouraged. We promote a fun, creative and professional atmosphere. Disruptive individuals will be asked to leave the premises at Studio's discretion. Client or Client’s guests shall hold client financially responsible for any damage to Studio’s equipment or facilities. Studio shall have final say on proper and safe methods of use for all of its equipment and facilities. Studio is not responsible for any of Client's property that is left on the premises including their car. Studio shall not be liable to Client for equipment downtime or delays caused by equipment failure beyond Studio's Control. Any downtime as a result of Studio equipment failure or availability shall be re-scheduled to a time agreeable to Studio and Client. Client agrees to indemnify Studio and employees and hold harmless from any claims, costs, losses, detriments and expenses incurred by client. Client affirms that he/she is the rightful owner or assignee of material to be recorded/reproduced. Studio is not responsible for copyright violations, talent or creative royalties, mechanical reproduction licenses, or any other liabilities for such material or services. Studio makes no warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied, except those contained herein.
Album & Song Credits Policy:
MIXING ENGINEER: For albums or songs mixed by a Tributary Studio Engineer: Credit for mix engineer shall be displayed on outside packaging and liner notes of all copies of any Record in which the Mix (es) is/are embodied on and shall read: "Mixed by (name of Tributary Studio Engineer(s) at Tributary Studio "
Credit for Mixing Studio shall be displayed in the liner notes of all copies of any Record in which the Mix(es) is/are embodied on and shall read: "Mixed at Tributary Studio, Kennesaw Ga. 30144"
For albums or songs recorded by a Tributary Studio Engineer: Credit for recording engineer shall be displayed in the liner notes of all copies of any Record in which the Master Recording(s) is/are embodied on and shall read: "Recorded by (name of Tributary Studio Engineer(s) at Tributary Studio "
Credit for Recording Studio shall be displayed in the liner notes of all copies of any Record in which the Master Recording(s) is/are embodied on and shall read: "Recorded at Tributary Studio, Kennesaw Ga. 30144" If both recorded AND mixed by Tributary Studio, credit may be combined, such as "Recorded and Mixed at Tributary Studio, Kennesaw Ga. 30144" or "Recorded and Mixed by (name of Tributary Studio Engineer(s) at Tributary Studio".