TRC Community Agreement

  1. Everyone is welcome here – Every music maker deserves to learn, grow, and progress in a supportive community.

  2. No heroes, no assholes – Ask for help, respect the space, and above all: respect each other.

  3. More is more – Approach what you do with an attitude of generosity and abundance. There is enough to go around when we collaborate and share.

  4. Communicate often and early – Open dialogue, realistic expectations, and solid planning make us all stronger.

  5. It’s not about the gear - Music making is a deeply personal pursuit. Focus most of your energy on people, the instruments and microphones can wait.

  6. Sh*t happens – We all make mistakes. Fortunately we’re in a studio, not a hospital. Just let us know, we’re here to help!

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TRC Studio Policies (abbreviated)

  1. A 50% deposit is required within 24 hours of making a reservation, and the remaining balance must be paid upon arrival and before your session can start. (As a courtesy, if you are paying in cash, we waive the deposit requirement.. But... read on!)

  2. The 50% deposit is fully refundable unless the reservation is canceled less than 48 hours before its start time. For reservations that are paying in cash, 50% of the value of the session becomes due if the session is canceled less than 48 hours in advance.

  3. Reservation details and start times can be modified until the start of the session, but no later.

  4. Show up for your session! Don’t let studio time go to waste! If you book time and do not show up, you still are responsible for 50% of the session’s total value.

  5. Please put the room back the way you found it so that other community members can enjoy the same quality of space that you just enjoyed.

  6. Load out on time! If you frequently load out late or leave the room in bad shape, you will begin getting billed hourly for the additional time.

  7. TRC is NEVER responsible for your files. Bring an external hard drive and copy your sessions before leaving! Save frequently. Measure twice, cut once. Etc.

  8. Please observe our COVID safety policies. See our website for the latest guidance.


Complete TRC Studio Policy

Policies and procedures for making and paying for reservations at TRC and guidelines for using the space.

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Hours of operation

TRC studios are open from 11am - 1:30am daily. We are currently closed on Mondays.

All recording studios (Studio A, B, C, and D) are booked in 4 hour blocks. There is one hour in between blocks to allow for TRC staff to do session prep, such as cleaning, reconfiguring the room, etc. When a client reserves two consecutive blocks, that changeover hour is included at no additional cost.

Rehearsal studios, Production Suites 1 and 2, and the Community Room are booked hourly with a minimum session length of 1 hour. There is also one hour in between consecutive sessions for staff to turn over the room. The latest available start time for a session in these rooms is 11pm. Hourly extensions may be available depending on our schedule, ask a staff member upon arrival if you’d like to extend your session!

Space

Rate

Available Hours/Blocks

Studio A

$130/4hrs

11am-3pm, 4pm-8pm, 9pm-1am

Studio B

$100/4hrs

11am-3pm, 4pm-8pm, 9pm-1am

Studio C + Studio D

$65/4hrs

11:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-8:30pm, 9:30pm-1:30am

Large Rehearsal

$25/hr

Hourly 11am-1am

Medium Rehearsal

$15/hr

Hourly 11am-1am

Small Rehearsal

$10/hr

Hourly 11am-1am

Production Suite 1

$20/hr

Hourly 11am-1am

Production Suite 2

$15/hr

Hourly 11am-1am

Community Room

$20/hr

Hourly 11am-1am

Institutional pricing

Organizations and institutions with annual operating budgets of $2m and above pay a closer-to-market rate of 3x the individual rate. (eg: a medium rehearsal studio is $45/hr for institutional clients) On the reservation form, clients can specify that an institution of this type will be responsible for payment of the session by clicking the checkbox “A company / institution is paying”. It is the responsibility of the client submitting the reservation to indicate whether the institutional rate applies to their reservation or not. For more information check out our Institutional Pricing Policy or contact kelley@therecordco.org for personalized support related to institutional bookings.

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RESERVATION PAYMENTS AND MODIFICATIONS

Collecting deposits

A deposit equal to 50% of the total cost of your reservations(s) is due within 24 hours of booking. If payment is not received within 24 hours, the session will be canceled and removed from the schedule.

For recording reservations submitted within 48 hours of the start time of the session, a 50% deposit is due at time of booking.

Cash payments

During the reservation process, clients can elect to pay in cash by selecting the checkbox “I will be paying in cash for my session.. Reservations that have this checkbox selected will have the 50% deposit requirement waived, and the full balance is not due until the session start time.

For pay-in-cash reservations submitted within 48 hours of the start time of the session, the full balance is due upon arrival, before the session can begin.

For clients who regularly no-show or cancel sessions on short notice, TRC reserves the right to require payment up for future reservations.

Settling balances

The remaining 50% of a session’s balance is due at the start time of the session and before the session can begin.

TRC will not hold time or reservations for individuals with lingering, unpaid balances from past sessions that exceed $100.

Canceling, rescheduling, and refunds

Clients can cancel or reschedule a session up to 48 hours prior to the session start time with no penalty. If a session is canceled and there are already payments made on the reservation, TRC will issue credit in the form of a gift card that can be used for future reservations. Refunds to the original payment method can also be made upon request.

If a reservation is canceled less than 48 hours in advance, the 50% deposit will not be refunded, or, for pay-in-cash reservations, 50% of the session value is now due before additional reservations can be made.

Last minute reservations

Clients must submit recording sessions online at least 48 hours before the session start time. Rehearsal sessions can be submitted online up to 4 hours before the session start time. Clients may call or email TRC staff to submit reservations outside of these time constraints if a studio is available and if the session is otherwise approvable. (eg: has an approved recording engineer)

Modifying reservations

Clients can request modifications to their reservations at any time. We do everything we can to accommodate these requests whenever possible. A couple clear exceptions to this policy:

  1. Sessions cannot be modified if the start time has passed.

  2. A session’s engineer cannot be substituted on short notice unless the new engineer is approved.

  3. A session cannot be modified if the room or equipment required is not available at the time of their reservation or if the modified session is otherwise unapprovable. (eg: too many people to fit in the room requested)

No-shows

When no one shows up for a confirmed reservation and no advance notice is provided TRC considers this a “no-show”. No-shows are subject to forfeiture of their 50% deposit, or, for pay-in-cash reservations, 50% of the session value is now owed before future sessions can be reserved.

When clients frequently no-show, TRC reserves the right to require a 50% deposit before the time can be held. Additionally, we reserve the right to revoke pay-in-cash privileges for folx who habitually no-show. As payment habits improve, this requirement will be re-assessed on an individual basis.

Late or inadequate load outs

We understand that it may take a few sessions to get the hang of loading out on time and leaving the studio in a condition that is appropriate and respectful of the space.

However, when clients frequently load out late or leave the studio in poor condition (excess trash, messy cables, non-returned floating gear, mics plugged in, phantom power left on, headphones plugged in, etc.), TRC reserves the right to bill hourly for additional time used. When load out habits improve, this requirement will be re-assessed by TRC management on an individual basis.

Damaged or lost equipment

Please alert TRC staff at the beginning of your session if you discover any damaged or malfunctioning equipment in your studio.

In the event that equipment is lost or damaged during a recording session, the session’s recording engineer may be held responsible for repair or replacement.

For damage to rehearsal studios or production suites, the individual who submitted the reservation is accountable.

We understand that accidents happen and for this reason it’s rarely necessary to bill a client or engineer for equipment damaged in the normal course of music-making. It’s especially easy for us to be understanding when you proactively bring the issue to our attention. We repeat: please proactively bring issues to our attention.

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USING THE SPACE

Load in + load out times

The load in time for all sessions is right at the time that the reservation begins. Be sure to build adequate load in and out time into your reservation plans. At staff’s discretion, early load in of up to 15 minutes may be offered at the beginning of a reservation.

Load out ends at the time that the reservation ends. Clients are responsible for making sure their entire party is packed up and out of the room by their session’s end time. This includes normaling the room and returning it to its default state, as well as copying session files when applicable. If you’re not certain what “normaled” means in the room you’re in, don’t hesitate to ask, we love to help!

Engineers listed on recording sessions are equally responsible for making sure their entire party is loaded out on time, and cannot leave a session until all of the equipment that was used has been torn down and returned.

Normaling the room

For sessions in the rehearsal studios, the production suites, and the Community Room, the client is responsible for returning the room to its default or “normaled” state. Engineers listed on recording sessions are solely responsible for making sure the studio is normaled properly, including breaking down and consolidating any gear that doesn’t live in the room.

If you’re not certain what “normaled” means in the room you’re in, don’t hesitate to ask, we love to help!

Gear requests

Once their session has been submitted, clients can request gear through their My Booking page on TRC’s website. Staff review these requests in the order they are received and determine if the request can be accommodated for that session, based on availability of equipment. While clients can currently request gear for rehearsal reservations, we can not guarantee specific models of drum sets, amps, etc. - we can however promise that the correct number of amps, keyboards, etc. will be provided. Additionally, a selection of microphones are available to rehearsal studios and production suites, including: Shure SM58s/57s, Shure KSM32s, Shure Beta 52s, AKG D112s, AKG 451s, Rode NT-5s.

Engineers can also submit gear requests for sessions for which they are listed as the engineer. In most cases, unless the requested piece of gear is already reserved, these requests can be fulfilled.

Smoking/Alcohol

Smoking is not permitted in the studios. Clients are welcome to smoke outside. Alcohol is permitted, but it is the responsibility of the client to appropriately manage and store their alcohol.

Please keep in mind that a rehearsal or recording session is not a party. However, events approved by management at TRC can, in fact, be a party. Read more about events and our alcohol policy here.

Modifying the space

Please check with TRC staff before making any physical modification to the space, including but not limited to: hanging anything in the studio, taping to walls/wallpaper, moving large furniture, etc.

COVID-19 Guidelines

TRC follows state and local guidelines to maximize public safety with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because these guidelines change frequently, see our website for the latest guidance.

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ENGINEER POLICY (Recording Studios)

We’re excited to provide everyone with the opportunity to get hands on in a professional recording studio! TRC is especially accommodating to new engineers, and we have specifically designed our recording studios to encourage learning, growth and development.

Clients must designate a recording engineer for all recording sessions. The recording engineer is responsible for all management, use, and care of the studio equipment, as well as successfully loading in and out of the studio on time. The engineer is required to be physically present for the entirety of the recording session, unless a special exception is granted by TRC Management (eg: reservations that do not require use of the studio equipment, such as rehearsals or photo/video shoots, or if a client is continuing to use the space after all of the studio equipment has been normaled and returned).

A client can submit a reservation and hold time for a recording studio without having an engineer listed. However, the session will not be approved until it is updated to include the contact information of an approved engineer or an engineer who has an orientation scheduled before the date of the session. Clients may request help finding an engineer from TRC staff by clicking on the checkbox “I need help finding an engineer”. Clients must contact TRC support to update their engineer information.

An engineer does not need to be listed on sessions in the rehearsal studios, production suites, or the Community Room.

All community members who wish to engineer sessions at TRC are required to complete a simple self-assessment form and attend a free Engineer Orientation before their first session. The self-assessment is designed to provide TRC staff with a bit more information about the background and experience of a recording engineer. We ask that engineers show up to their orientation with any questions they have about working in the recording studios, or hosting a successful session. Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, all orientations will be held on Zoom until further notice.

FILE + DATA MANAGEMENT

Engineers are responsible for copying their session files to their personal drive before leaving the studio. TRC is not responsible for the management of client files. There are media drives attached to each studio computer, as well as the computer in the Production Suite. We encourage engineers who are using these drives to save their content in the “Client Storage” folder, which is cleared out regularly. DO NOT SAVE YOUR FILES TO THE DESKTOP!

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