Stories

A Lesson in Perseverance

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Stories, Studio Advice, Thoughts | Comments Off

Let’s be perfectly frank here; the music business is rough. It is an industry filled with ego, pride, passion, and little patience. Add to all that, most music/artistic types have NO IDEA what it means to “do business,” so frustration and negativity fill every music “scene” in every city. Expectations are high but commitment is low. Resentment grows towards others who have a modicum of success. All in all, this laundry basket needs some fresh air! Success in the music business is defined in many different ways. Today, I’d like to define success as...

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Why the gear doesn’t matter

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Recording, Stories, Studio Advice | 15 comments

Every once in a while I am reminded why I do what I do. Sometimes there’s a lesson in the reminder, and sometimes it is just a re-inspiration to smile. Tonight I had one of those moments. To sum up the long boring story, I slipped on the ice and spent the afternoon lying on my back in pain.  Not uncommon.  In an effort to still remain productive this evening despite no desire to sit at the mixing desk all night, I decided to pace while I ran the studio computer through a series of maintenance routines and stumbled on a couple of recordings I did over the summer.   One in particular was...

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Studio Stories: The Intern

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Stories | 0 comments

As I’m writing this, I’m teaching my intern Mark how to solder cables back together.  He’s playfully trying not to burn his fingers, and I’m certain I’ve instilled the right amount of fear into him to keep him from burning down the studio… or, at least I hope I have. He was especially excited about how instantaneous the solder melts into a deadly yet useful liquid form.  And there goes all the fear.  In a moment of coolness Mark had forgotten about all the fear of getting hurt or of melting something he shouldn’t. That’s reason #1 I wanted to...

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Studio Stories: 4 People in 4 Rooms

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Stories | 0 comments

In February 2012, I had a first. A smokin’ blues-ish band Van Funk & the LeBarons spent a weekend with us and were determined to record live off the floor.  No problem.  We can handle a 4 piece band. A four piece drum kit with 9 mics A bass guitar D.I.’d A guitar into two cabinets Two lead singers 14 channels to record a four piece band seems pretty easy.  We can do 24 in a snap! Then we tried to lay it out logistically. How do we maximize the isolation while still letting everyone feel like they’re playing together? How do we get two singers isolated from everything...

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