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  •  The EvO:R-Pedia Musicians Tips Section

    Welcome to the EvO:R Tips Section. We call this section EvO:R-Pedia because it is like a complete reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used so you won't find false promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip. This section was put here by musicians so that people that followed can take this knowledge and use it's power.

    In the Studio
    With J.T Baker

    Lets talk about what to expect when you book your studio time. You have already done all your pre production right? The band is well rehearsed? The lyrics are memorized? You are good to go!! The first thing your engineer is going to give you is your load in time. Please be on time. Nothing infuriates a producer and engineer more than a client that runs late. See we get paid upon your scheduled load in time. Your session starts at the time given for load in. So you can probably understand the reasoning behind being on time.

    So lets assume your arrival is that of the given time. Probably the first thing your engineer is going to want to do is start with the drums. It takes a while to set up microphones and get those little cylindrical bastards to sound good, so smoke em if you got em. Or better yet now would be the time to get that cup of coffee. Sorry drummer, you have to stay here this is your time to sparkle! After the drums are set and ready to go I will usually start running all the direct boxes for the other instruments and setting up a vocal mic for scratch vocals. The fact is during the early parts of the session we capture the Drums first. If we get great bass tracks in the procces thatís good too.

    And so the tears begin. Iíve often said itís not a true studio experince until someone cries. Itís usually the guy or girl that acts the toughest, Yep the vocalist! Alright now its time to hear those famous studio words. ďtape is rollingĒ Yes even though most studios have converted to the digital realm we still use those three little words. What else would we say? Your job now, your only job is music. Laying down the tightest tracks you can, playing clean and smoothe and fast when you need it. Trust me take one will be great! But take Seven or Eight will sound even better. Be prepared to play the same tune eight or ten times and then you get to be done. If you are preparing for a full length studio CD that means a minimmum of ten tunes, are you ready to give your ďbestĒ performance eighty times?

    Donít let this scare you away from the recording process. Itís part of what makes good musicians great and great musicians Better. Remember studios cost money. In fact pro studios cost a lot of money to build, therfore they cost a lot to run. I canít imagine any studio owner not liking overuns, it just means more money in their pocket. Problem is when the band is footing the bill and it runs over this usually leads to bad blood. Nobody wants to ruin a project because they are not well rehearsed and ready, Right?

    J.T. Baker
    Rock slough studio, San Francisco CA

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