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STUDIO RENTAL POLICY:
In order to book a session, you must use a WAM-certified engineer. This studio has subsidized (low) rates because we are a non-profit organization with a mission to advance women in the recording industry by providing women with opportunities to earn professional engineering credits. Please respect this policy. Outside producers are welcome, but the actual engineering (setting up microphones, touching the gear, turning the knobs, etc.) must be performed by a WAM-certified engineer.
Photos of Studios, Control Rooms and list of available Equipment
HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?
First, fill out the online WAM Session Information/Booking Form.
For additional questions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Once we review your information, we will contact you with any questions, will provide you will additional information and will let you know about available dates and times.
STUDIO HOURLY RATE (includes a WAM engineer for 1-3 artists recording):
$75/hr with a 2-hour minimum. 2-hour studio sessions allow for recording, editing or mixing for a maximum of 1.5 hours. We must allocate the remainder of your studio time for set up, tear down, and file transfers.
If you plan on recording, editing or mixing for more than 1.5 hours, please book 3 or more hours in the studio.
SESSIONS WITH 4 OR MORE ARTISTS RECORDING – $100/hr (includes engineer)
LOAD-IN and SESSION START TIME:
Your engineer will communicate your load-in time to you. DO NOT come early or the evening/day before with the intention of loading in or setting up early. Setting up is part of the engineering of a session and is billable time.
We cannot accommodate load-ins that are not scheduled–make sure this is communicated to all parties in your session.
DEPOSIT & SESSION PAYMENTS:
We require a $75 deposit per day to reserve a date. This amount applies toward your total studio bill. Your session date(s) will not be secured until we receive payment.
Full payment for your session is due at the end of the last day of the session. You will be emailed an invoice and may pay online or by check. WAM will retain ownership of and will not release any files, hard drives, mixes, etc. until full payment is received.
SESSION CANCELLATION/RESCHEDULING POLICY:
8 days or more If you cancel or re-schedule a session more than one week from your booked session dates, you will receive a full refund of your deposit.
7 days or fewer If you cancel or re-schedule a session less than one week from the first day of your booked session dates, you will lose your deposit – it will not be refunded.
If you cancel within 24 hours of your session start time, or do not show up to your session, you will lose your deposit and will owe half of your total studio bill.
Please limit your session’s attendance to the band/performers only. It makes sessions run much more smoothly and will lessen the interruptions of getting people in and out of the studio. If you plan on having more than 5 people at your session, please let us know in advance so we can talk about strategies for making the session run smoothly.
CAN WE GET A TOUR OF THE STUDIO?
Sorry, at this time we do not have the staff to provide studio tours on demand – we cannot interrupt our clients’ recording sessions. However, we have quarterly open houses which you are welcome to attend for a brief tour. To find out when our next open house is, please check our Eventbrite page. We have an extensive amount of photos of the studio on the website.
HOW DO I GET MY FILES/DATA?
If you are not mixing your project at WAM and will be taking the multitrack files, you must provide an empty, external, USB-A or USB-C, Apple OS X-compatible hard drive before the end of the session so the files can be transferred. We track in Pro Tools HD Ultimate 2021 and will deliver the session file and the audio files in that format. If you need the files prepped for mix elsewhere on a different system, that process may require booking extra time if it is an extensive project or many tracks. Make sure you budget sufficient studio time in your session to back up your files. If we have to book extra time beyond your session to deliver or backup files we will have to bill you an additional $100/hour to do that with a 1 hour minimum. Keep in mind we cannot interrupt another client’s session to transfer your files.
I AM UNDER 18, HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?
We love working with young artists! Minors must have the permission of their legal guardian before booking a session and the legal guardian must arrange payment. There must be legal guardian present during the studio sessions. If the legal guardian cannot stay for the full session, they must be present at the beginning of the session to give permission for the artist to be there, and must pick up the artist at the end of the session.
SMOKING/ALCOHOL/DRUGS PROHIBITED IN THE STUDIO:
Please respect that our facility is a smoke, alcohol and drug-free zone. Women’s Audio Mission reserves the right to deny access to our premises and services to those clearly under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who don’t respect our studio’s policies.
We also ask that you be considerate of others who may have allergies and refrain from wearing fragrance or heavily scented products before coming to the studio.
NO Pets: Due to consideration of others, WAM studios do not allow pets.
WAM’S STUDIO CULTURE:
Our intent is to create a studio environment that nurtures and supports creative diversity and allows artists to speak freely and take risks. However, projects that contain content that is sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or exhibit other forms of discrimination and/or violence will not be tolerated. WAM is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission that supports the advancement of woman-identified (transgender or cisgender), non-binary or gender non-conforming individuals. Our studio is a part of our mission and the projects that are recorded here must be in line with our mission. Women’s Audio Mission reserves the right to refuse to work on projects that are harmful or demeaning towards our community. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your content.
WAM Studios is following the City of San Francisco’s COVID safety protocols. Masks are optional while in WAM Studio.