Policy & Procedures
Hours & Booking: S1 Studios main office hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday. Our session hours range from 9am-2am. We ask for a minimum of 24 hours advance notice on studio bookings, and the booking of new sessions will be subject to the studio’s availability.
Deposit: To secure a booking, S1 Studios requires a minimum deposit of $79 per session for studio time ($49 per voiceover session), 25% of the estimated total for production services and 50% of the estimated total for flat rate mixing, mastering and editing services. This deposit will be credited towards the services you receive. This deposit is refundable if the session is cancelled or rescheduled a minimum 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time, and the deposit will be forfeited for cancellations (including no-shows) the day-of the session.
Our Right: S1 Studios reserves the right to refuse service to clients based on the subjective discretion of the staff.
Billing: Billing for studio time begins promptly at the scheduled time, regardless if the client is present. Plan on arriving on time or 15 minutes early. We are unable to shorten the scheduled booking without a proper 24 hours notice. Additional time, if available, will be billed in 1/4 hour increments from your scheduled booking at a rate of; $79/hr for 2+ and 3+ hour bookings, $75/hr for 4+ hour bookings, $70/hr 7+ hour bookings.
Studio Time: All setup time will be billed as regular studio time. This includes: load-in, load-out, instrument setup and teardown, microphone placement, level setting, editing, mixing, mastering, bouncing, client data preparation, CD burning, file transfer, client breaks, etc.
Payment: The remaining balance (scheduled booking - deposit) is due in full at the end of the scheduled booking. We welcome pre-payment for the session. Payments can be made in person or over the phone via cash, check, paypal, and major credit card. (there is a $35 fee for all returned checks). Mixes, CD-R’s, Hard Drives, Masters, etc. shall remain the property of S1 Studios until all invoices are paid in full.
Guests: Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and we ask that you limit the number of non performing guests to a few. You will be held liable for any damages you and your guests cause to the studio.
Etiquette: Smoking is only allowed outside. Food and drink is allowed in the lounge ONLY (NO Alcohol). Don’t leave your trash around. Place your unwanted trash in the trash cans provided and please be respectful to the neighbors during arrival and departure.
Data: S1 Studios is not responsible for data left on premises, either the dissemination of said data or loss thereof. S1 Studios is not responsible for educating or instructing any client on the care and safety of digital data.
Responsibility: S1 Studios is not responsible for unrecoverable data, whether it be on analog tape, hard drive, or ANY other medium. S1 Studios is not liable or responsible for the storage of client data. Clients are responsible to provide their own hard drive or storage devices to back up their data at the end of each session.
Storage: Clients assume all risks associated with storing, on or off the premises of S1 Studios, or our use of, any and all sound recordings, video recordings, digital data in any storage format including but not limited to audio, video, midi, or other file types, or equipment of any kind or nature and shall hold S1 Studios harmless from any and all damage that might occur to said articles for any reason.
Liability: S1 Studios is not liable with respect to “downtime” of any and all studio sessions as a result from equipment malfunction or availability, personnel, hired musicians, acts of nature or public utility companies, etc.. Liability shall be limited solely to the studio time of such booked session; and client(s) agree to hold S1 Studios free from any and all damages from such “downtime”.
Damages: Any and all damage to the building, persons attending sessions, and equipment used during the use of the facility, by client and/or their visitors, is the sole legal and financial responsibility of the client. All damage costs incurred by the client must be paid in full by no later than (48) hours from the time that the incident occurred. We are not legally of financially responsible for items brought into or left on the premises. It is recommended that clients obtain insurance to protect against possible damage expense or loss of article(s) of value left on the premises. This includes equipment, masters, hard drives, or any media left at S1 Studios during sessions or before payment.
Backups: Make multiple backups of your data. It is recommended to backup your data in at least three locations. S1 Studios does backup client files, although this is still the clients responsibility! Backup copies of sessions in the realm should be made daily during the course of a session and taken home with the artist or producer at night. Post-session backups can be made onto internal hard drives or computers, onto external fire-wire or usb hard drives, stored in an online data storage bank or burned to DVD-R or CD-R. There is no certainty that a CD-R or DVD-r will hold data for the long term or that a stored hard drive will play back after sitting for any amount of time, so we highly recommend you back up your data to newer media as time goes on. S1 Studios recommends purchasing quality, name brand hard drives.