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Blueberry Buddha Studio Contract

As of 24 May 2017, I will no longer be doing Akai tape transfers. My machine is corroded beyond repair, and I currently have no intentions of purchasing another tape machine. Thank you very much for your support over the years, and apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

I've had either an Akai MG1214 or, for the past few years, this 14D rackmount tape machine for many years. I have been recording to Pro Tools for many years now, but still kept the Akai machines going because I kept getting asked to do tape transfers. That has come to an end, and I am without doubt one of the very last studios to offer that service. The end of an era.

We transferred over 450 tapes, sometimes bringing beautiful memories to people. Thank you so much for your kind words and patronage over the years.



Payment in full is expected at the beginning of the recording session. All mixes, CD-Rs, DATs and master tapes, drives, etc. shall remain the property of Blueberry Buddha Recording Studios until all invoices are paid in full by the client.. There are also materials costs as described below. We accept cash, money orders, credit cards via PayPal or PayPal to
elevenshadows@yahoo.com. If you prefer personal check, please notify me in advance.  Any personal check returned for insufficient funds shall deem this agreement terminated immediately and shall be responsible for the payment and any fees or costs incurred.  The artist is responsible for any and all legal costs and attorney's fees, etc., required to collect payment for said check. 

Booking and Cancellation
A nonrefundable deposit of 50% shall be required to confirm all bookings. Cancellation with less than 48 hours notice when recording drums shall result in payment in full due for the session except for death of a relative or extreme illness.  Cancellation with less than 24 hours notice shall result in payment in full due for all other types of recording sessions except for death of a relative or extreme illness.  No further sessions shall be booked, and no materials will be released until payment for cancellation is made in full. A session begins at the time the client booked it for, whether they are present or not, and continues until the recording has ceased and clients are preparing to leave.  This includes rmaking CD-Rs rough mixes. 

Setup Time and Breaks
Setup time and breaks will be billed at the agreed upon hourly rate. Expect several hours of setup time if you are a full band. The engineer will break for 10 minutes every 2 hours to alleviate ear fatigue, and will take one 45-minute meal break every 5 hours. All this time is on the clock. 

Our studio rate is variable, depending on the project, and includes an engineer. There is a minimum booking time of 4 hours. Additional hours over 8 hours are billed at 1.5x the agreed-upon rate. Please
contact me for rates.

CD-Rs are .50 each plus time at the hourly rate.  Please note that these will not be given out until full payment of the session is given.

 DVD-Rs are $1.00 each.  DVD-R back up and archiving is done at the hourly rate. Each DVD-R holds 4.5 gigabytes. Please note that these will not be given out until full payment of the session is given.

Daily back-up to the studioís firewire external hard drive is free for each recording session.  Backing up to the clientís firewire or USB external hard drive will be billed at the hourly studio rate.

Onsite hard drive storage is free for one month after the last recording session, and $10 per gigabyte thereafter, billed in 1-week increments in advance. Non-payment for storage will result in permanent deletion of the files. Ongoing projects that are booking time on a regular basis (8+ hours/month) are exempt.


Facility Rules 

Outdoor Noise
Please understand that this is a residential location and that there are neighbors. In order to preserve their needs for a quiet neighborhood, noise should be kept to a minimum while outside of the house. 

There is no smoking inside the house. You may smoke in the back yard, but please do not leave butts or matches on the ground as ashtrays are provided for this purpose. 

The Cats
There are two cats that live on the premises. If you have cat allergies, please notify so I can purify the air for you.  Please do not feed the cats. 

Please be considerate about leaving trash around the grounds and the facility. Your momma does not work here. You will be expected to clean up all any mess that you make. Please leave all trash in the wastepaper baskets or in the trash container outside. Recycle all glass and aluminum by placing it in a bag on the kitchen floor near the exterior door. 

Parking and Car Alarms
If you have a car alarm, please be considerate about setting it off in the late hours of the night. 

Use of Alcohol and Illegal Substances
No illegal substances are allowed on the property. Any behavior deemed unprofessional by the house engineer of artist, artistís guests or crew while under the influence of any substance will result in immediate termination of this agreement. No drinks are to be consumed in the control room or near any equipment. 

You are liable for any and all damage caused by clumsiness, horseplay, or intoxication to both your own equipment and ours (and to anything in the house). You will be solely liable for all equipment broken under these circumstances. We are not responsible for your equipment or persons in any way.   

Guests and Visitors
A full band can have up to two guests (people not playing an instrument). Please inform your guests to not be a distraction to the session. If your guests are disruptive to the session, they will be asked to leave.  You are responsible for any and all damage caused by clumsiness, horseplay, or intoxication caused by your guests. 

My Akai MG1214 is kept in pristine condition, is maintained regularly, and is de-magnetized before and after every session, and my tape transport is kept extremely clean and operational.  However, Akai MG1212 and MG1214 tapes are old, may have been exposed to heat or water or otherwise improperly stored, and did I mention that they are OLD?  Therefore, I will not be held responsible for any damage to your tapes while in my machine. 

I am not responsible for any shipping problems that occur after I drop it off at UPS or the post office.  I am not responsible for any shipping problems which occur before I receive the tapes.

Signature by artist or artist's representative below acknowledges these rates and rules are in effect, and exempt Ken Lee and Blueberry Buddha Studios from any liability to either persons or equipment. 

Should any portion of this Agreement prove to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall not affect the balance of this Agreement. This Agreement is guided by and governed by the laws of the State of California and Los Angeles County shall be the place of execution and jurisdiction. 

Should any litigation arise between the parties hereto regarding the performance of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be compensated for whatever damages are awarded, plus reasonable attorney's fees by the other party. 

This Agreement is the complete understanding between the parties and supersedes and replaces all previous agreements or representations both written and oral. 

THE UNDERSIGNED PARTIES have read and understand the terms and conditions of this Agreement and do hereby set their hands. 

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