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RiverBend Studio Rates and Terms


  • The current commercial base rate is $45.00 per hour.
  • *** We offer deep discounts for Bands and Musicians thru our package discounts. Please contact us for our Package Rates * * *
  • We are Band and Musician rate friendly so call for pricing that fits your budget.


    Payment: Payment for “studio booked time” is required in full at the end of each days session. “Studio booked time” includes the scheduled start time of the session thru the scheduled end time of the session plus any “run over” time (any hour or part of hour after the scheduled session has ended).

    Deposit: It is required: A minimum of $200.00 or 50% of the total initial session will be required 14 days prior to requested schedule date to hold the booking. Deposits are non-refundable (Minimum tracking session: 3 hours)

    Cancellations: Sessions cancelled 48 hours in advance of the scheduled booking can be re-scheduled one time with no loss of deposit. The rescheduled session must occur within a month of the cancellation to not forfeit the deposit. Cancellations submitted less than 48 hours prior to the booked session will result in 50% forfeit of deposit.

    Clients are responsible for all booked time. "Studio booked time" will be charged from the time the session is scheduled to start until the time the session is scheduled to end. Additional "run over" time will be based on availability and at discretion of RiverBend Studio.

Additional Charges:

    Piano Tuning: Fees need to be pre-paid 3 weeks before the session. Rates vary, please check with us.

    Media Charges:
    • Hard Drive Storage – A media charge of $5.00 per gigabyte of storage used will be charged for projects kept on RiverBend’s machines between sessions. This charge will be due at the end of your session.
    • Cost saver option: - A removalable 80 gigabyte hard drive and carrier is extremely affordable (approximately $140.00) . Prices change frequently so call us. A fixed fee of $30.00 will be added to the price of the drive and carrier to format the drive.
    • CD-R: $5.00 per CDR plus studio time to perform the backup or audio copy.
    • 2" analog tape rental reel fee is $35.00 per reel, per session.
    • New 2" analog tape can be purchased thru RiverBend for current market pricel.

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