Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions we adhere to at Natural Sound Studio. There won’t be a quiz but this info is good to know.
Terms and Conditions

To make sure we’re all on the same page and to avoid surprises later on, we ask our clients to read and agree to our Terms and Conditions when they book a session with us.
Studio time

-the quoted rate includes use of all recording equipment, signal processing, most amplifiers, keyboards, and percussion instruments; guitars and some amplifiers are available for client use by special arrangement only
-studio rates include engineer unless prior arrangements have been made
-these rates are for all multitrack recording, mixing, mastering, duplication, media backup, pre- and post-production work.
-daily lockout rate is based on a ten-hour workday. The workday is considered to begin at the scheduled start time of the session, and to end ten hours from that time. Overtime beyond the tenth hour is billed at the hourly book rate in minimum increments of 1/2 hour, except by prior arrangement with or at the discretion of Steve. Note-all set up and tear down time is billed at full hourly rates except by prior arrangement with Steve.

-our staff of house engineers have great ears, strong musical sensibilities, and know our facility inside and out.
-one of our engineers must be present at all sessions unless you are using an approved outside engineer or prior arrangements have been made with us.
-special pricing for block and project bookings may be available; contact us with your inquiries.

-please note: master mixes, computer session files, analog and digital safeties and related materials remain the property of Natural Sound Studio until client balances are paid in full and until receipt of goods by client. Balances are due and payable on the day of the session and all accounts are c.o.d. unless other arrangements are made in advance with Natural Sound Studio.

Studio bookings are on a first call basis. Confirmed bookings will usually preempt time held without a deposit.
Bookings are confirmed upon receipt of a deposit of 50% of the estimated cost of time, services and materials reserved. For bookings of two or more days, this 50% deposit must be received no later than 5 business days before the start date of the booking or the session may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling. Payments made online are considered paid according to the time stamp on the transaction. Sessions booked at discounted or special rates (i.e. less than current book rate) will be billed in minimum increments of one hour regardless of duration.
In the event of cancellation, client shall give Natural Sound Studio a minimum notice period greater than or equal to the period of studio time reserved under this agreement, or for a one-day booking a minimum of 48 hours (two business days). If notice is not given as described, 50% of the value of the total time will be charged. Cancellation must be made by direct voice contact with a representative of Natural Sound Studio, not via voicemail, email, written note or a third party. Any deposits made to hold studio time are non-refundable regardless of the time of cancellation.

We accept the following forms of payment:
-cash (U.S. currency)
-credit cards (Visa, MC, Discover, Amex; client agrees to pay a 3.5% surcharge to cover service fees on credit card transactions)
-cashier check (in $U.S. drawn on a U.S. bank)
-corporate or personal check (by prior arrangement only)
All accounts are c.o.d. and payment in full for all services, facilities and materials supplied is due immediately upon completion of the work unless credit arrangements have been made in advance. On projects lasting longer than one week, charges will be posted and billed in weekly increments. Until payment in full and any accrued finance charges have been received, Natural Sound Studio shall retain exclusive possession and control of all recorded materials of the client. The client further agrees to pay all costs and expenses including actual legal fees incurred in the collection of any overdue accounts. Use of any recorded materials is prohibited until full payment has been made to Natural Sound Studio. Natural Sound Studio reserves the right to exercise its legal rights of control to prevent the use of or profit from recorded materials which have not been paid for. Any checks returned to Natural Sound Studio because of insufficient funds shall be subject to a service charge of $75.00. Rates quoted are exclusive of all applicable sales taxes.

Pro Tools and Other Session Files

Settings and techniques used within ProTools Session files are considered intellectual property and therefore master ProTools session files are not released by the studio unless there are special arrangements, made in advance. Raw multi-track audio and midi files are released on request, as long as all obligations have been honored. Cost for data transfers is at actual time required at the studio-with-engineer rate.

Exclusion of Liability

Natural Sound Studio recognizes the irreplaceable nature of the client’s materials and the performances contained thereon. It is hereby acknowledged by the client that neither Natural Sound Studio, nor its authorized agents or employees shall be responsible for any loss or damage, direct or consequential, caused to any magnetic recording tape, hard drives, or to any other physical devices used for the recording of sound or to any musical instruments or sound amplification equipment or instruments used or left on the premises of Natural Sound Studio, even if such damage is caused by negligence or other fault of Natural Sound Studio or its authorized agents. Any such materials or devices stored on the premises shall remain there at the sole risk of the client.
A special note about backups of digital materials: while Natural Sound Studio makes reasonable efforts to maintain backup copies of digital materials (e.g. computer disks/hard drives, DAT and DTRS tapes, CD-ROM’s, etc.) associated with current projects, client acknowledges its own sole and absolute responsibility to maintain backup/safety copies of such materials, entirely at its own expense and initiative. Client indemnifies and shall hold Natural Sound Studio blameless for any loss or damages resulting from failure to maintain backup copies of such materials, or from the malfunction of any storage devices or media. In no case shall Natural Sound Studio be responsible for the archiving of projects whether in progress or completed.

Acceptance of Terms

By booking a session or securing any other services from Natural Sound Studio, you agree to the above terms and conditions. We suggest you print a copy of this document for your future reference. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our policies in advance of booking a session. Thanks!


Natural Sound Studio is an affordable, full-service recording studio
serving clients from Minneapolis, St. Paul and the greater Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
Now offering rehearsal spaces.