WaterFall Studio Policies

A 50% non-refundable cash deposit is required at least 7 days prior to your session to confirm. There is a 15-hour minimum on mixing sessions. The person to talk to when booking your session and making your deposit is Ken Sutton: WaterFall Records owner and Chief Engineer.

Payment Policy

  • All block rate sessions are to be paid in full prior to the session in order to receive the discounted rate.

  • Balance payment is due in full after every session.

  • Money orders or good old-fashioned U.S. cash are welcome. We currently don't accept credit cards.

  • Studio Rules

  • We are on the clock from the designated session time so try to be on time.

  • Bringing friends along is OK; as long as you realize sometimes that makes things take a little longer, especially during mixing.

  • The client will pay any damages to any WaterFall Records/WaterFall Recording Studio property during booked time caused by the client or 'guest' of the client.

  • The Studio is not responsible for masters, back-up files, tapes, or anything left at WaterFall Records.

  • Children (unless involved in the session), babies, and/or pets are not allowed in the studio.

  • No doing drugs or smoking inside studio.

  • You are responsible for your session so try to be prepared.

  • After the final mix session, everybody usually wants a copy. Go ahead and enjoy it that night and the next day then put it away. Get away from the music for a while, or you won't be able to hear clearly when mastering. Everybody should take a 2 or 3 day break (or longer) before the mastering session to rest his or her ears. Listen to groups you like, and try to get a feel for their sound and their final mixes/mastering.

  • Since your bill will be paid prior to leaving, you should take your product with you. Neither WaterFall Recording Studio nor DummyDog Productions are responsible for storing your medium. If you request medium storage, there is a $10.00 per month storage fee.

  • Before the mixdown session, play the rough CD (with or without the band there) and make notes on every song. Is it similar in sound to groups you like? Try to pinpoint the differences. Need more 'bottom' on the kick? Less reverb on the vocal? Vocals too loud or soft? More edge on the bass? Move the lead guitar more to the left or right? Before you start the mixdown, we'll go over your notes and try to get the sound you want.

  • When you're mixing down, you want a finished product that's as good as any pre-recorded material. Listen to the whole song, not just your part.
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