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Cosmic Circuit Studio Policy and Audio Recording Contract

After booking a session via phone, please read the contract, sign and date below. Bring this contract to your recording session.

Payment in full is expected at the beginning of the recording session. All mixes, CD-Rs, digital audio files (mp3's, wav, aiff files, etc.), digital video files and master tapes, drives, etc. shall remain the property of Cosmic Circuit Studio 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 If you prefer personal check, please notify us 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 booking fee of $45 shall be required to confirm all studio sessions. Cancellation with less than 24 hours notice will result in the loss of the $45 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 ( This includes making mp3 digital audio files (or any type of digital audio format) and/or CD-Rs rough mixes).

Session Start Time
 A recording 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.

Setup Time and Breaks
Setup time and breaks will be billed at the agreed upon hourly rate. Expect an hour or more of setup time if you are a full or large piece band. The engineer may take a break for 10 minutes every 3 hours to alleviate ear fatigue. All this time is on the clock. 

Our flat studio rate is $45 an hour, and includes an engineer. A 5 hour block is $210; a 10 hour block is $415.  Check our
rates page for the latest prices. We charge per every 15 minutes of studio time.

CD-Rs with clear slimline jewel case are $1.50 each plus time at the hourly rate.  Color printed CD-R's with a slimline clear jewel case are $2.75 each.

DVD-Rs with clear slimline jewel case are $1.50 each.  DVD-R back up and archiving is done at the hourly rate. Each DVD-R holds 4.5 gigabytes. Color printed DVD-R's with a slimline clear jewel case are $3.75 each.

Daily back-up to the studio's firewire external hard drive is free for each recording session.  Backing up to the client's 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 per month thereafter, billed 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
Our studio is in a residential location and there are neighbors. In order to preserve their needs for a quiet neighborhood, noise should be kept to a minimum while outside of the studio or in the backyard or garden area. 

There is no smoking inside the studio area. You may smoke in the back yard or garden area, but please do not leave cigarette butts or matches on the ground - put them in the garbage bins in the driveway.

Please be considerate about leaving trash around the grounds and the facility. You will be expected to clean up all any mess that you make. Please leave all trash in the wastepaper basket in the studio or in the trash containers outside in the driveway.

You can unload your equipment in the driveway but park on the street. There is ample free on-street parking available.  

Drinks and Behavior
No drinks are to be consumed near any equipment. You can consume drinks in the lounge area near the couch. Any behavior deemed unprofessional by the house engineer of artist, artist's guests or crew while under the influence of any substance will result in immediate termination of this agreement.

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. 

Signature by artist or artist's representative below acknowledges these rates and rules are in effect, and exempt Joe Rizzo and Cosmic Circuit Studio 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 Alameda 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. 

X________________________                Date_________                                     

Print Name______________________________________                                                      

Session dates/times                                                                                                               

Total hrs booked                                   

X________________________                Date_________                                                                         
 Joe Rizzo / Cosmic Circuit Studio


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el cerrito, CA 94530

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last updated: January 10, 2020