Originally Posted by Bill@WelcomeHome
why do you still have his raw tracks?
I never offer the raw tracks as a part of the deal unless it is stated so upfront. You come to me for a recording, you walk out the door with a finished mix. This is how it has been done since the 50s. In the days of multitrack tape, no band wanted to buy the tape so we bulk erased it and used it for the next client. In any case, you do not want the legal liability of storing tracks belonging to someone else. If you feel that you have to save them, give them to the client when he walks out of the door. But I wouldn't. That is not what they paid for.
turn over the multitracks if asked to. If they paid for tape, and the session, it's theirs.
Unless it is a tape rental, even then, you still give them or the label the option of buying the masters
I would be surprised if he didn't have
the multitracks in this digital storage day, unless he turned them over to the band. If he asked them if he wanted them, and they said no, and he didn't have the capability (space) I could see blowing them away.
Really though, they paid for it. It's theirs.
Maybe in the 50's (I wasn't around) they blew stuff away after each session, but I have never heard of such a practice myself. I highly doubt it, because there are remixes and remasters everywhere from that era too.
It goes to the artist, label's "vault", or an agreement is made to keep the tape on site for a set amount of time, after which I'd still contact the owner, before degaussing their tape.
We had a loft full of hundreds
of multitracks. Never blew anything away.
Least not after a few years, and calling and asking. If we couldn't locate the client, and it had been that long...yeah. If the tape was in decent shape, and there was a client who was busted broke, a few times we wiped old tape and rented or sold it. Only if the tape was solid though.
And only after we exhausted the avenue of locating the client. That tape is not longer the tape cost, it is now the cumulative cost of all the sessions, and the tape.
Rentals....maybe, if agreed upon ahead of time, and they fully understood there was NO chance of ever remixing. Even then, present them w/ option to purchase... Never blow away the masters.
Especially nowadays with cheap storage.
As far as telling the dude to eff himself. Let him cool down, and let him ask around as to what is normal practice here. Sounds like he is freaking clueless.
Tell him a remix is a new project, and tell him what it will cost after waiting for him to calm down and let HIM call you.
If you don't want to work with him, charge him an hour to upload the project via Gobbler or Wetransfer so he can go get charged by somebody else.
No point in getting heated with him. They may tell somebody you want to work with in the future, and it will reflect on you
I have been there...some people
. Usually lots of alcohol or other substances involved.