Sussex Media Studios Policies
SMS Studios provides adequate hard drive space for client projects. Files are not retained or archived at SMS Studios after conclusion of project. Backup of files to CD-R or DVD-R is available. Please call for details.
SMS Studios does not stock analog tape. If booking analog sessions, please allow adequate lead time for SMS Studios to obtain it, or you may supply your own. Please call for details.
All sessions that cancel with less than 24 hours notice to SMS Studios will be charged $25.
All charges for each session must be paid for at the conclusion of the session except by prior arrangement. SMS Studios accepts check, cash or credit card. For larger projects such as albums, we require a deposit equal to 50% of the project's total estimated cost, paid for in advance. When actual charges exceed the total estimated cost by $500, all charges must be paid for recording to continue
Any unpaid balance of charges are subject to 1.5% per month late fee
Checks returned unpaid by your bank are subject to $35 fee
No recorded media can leave the studio unless all charges to date have been paid
The Client is the Producer
Unless the client has prior arrangements with SMS Studios' engineers to act as Producer, thereby providing production input, all decisions and approval of recorded material are the responsibility of the client. It is therefore recognized that the client is the Producer. The client is thus responsible for adequacy, appropriateness of music style, performance, microphone/preamp choices, tape type, format and all use of outboard effects, reverbs, equalizers, limiters, instruments, and studio performers. It is also recognized that it is the responsibility of the client to insure that final mixes are performed to his/her satisfaction. The engineer must in this case only respond to the values chosen by the producer. Finally, payment of all arrangers, musicians, and contract labor are the responsibility of the client
SMS Studios can recommend a variety of independent producers to fit your specific project. Production fees should be discussed with the individual producer. SMS Studios Recording is not responsible for the quality of work by independent producers or engineers
SMS Studios will make every effort to prevent its own equipment failure, but assumes no liability for delays or charges caused by failure of SMS Studios equipment during sessions. SMS Studios also assumes no liability for clients' equipment, other personal property, or audio tapes stored on the premises. Client should take responsibility to insure his own tapes, recordings and equipment from loss or harm
-No smoking or illegal substances are allowed in the studio building
-SMS Studios provides no personal services, except rest rooms
-Since SMS Studios is near other residential buildings, please respect the privacy of others, especially when parking, driving down the street, and at night