5 Recording Mistakes All New Bands Make — And How To Avoid Them

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SarahCommand
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Post Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:56 pm

So... this month I'm headed to LA LA Land to record a new record :)

Although I'm not in a new band, some of these tips are still valuable and good to consider before you hit up the studio.

Here are 5 recording mistakes all new bands make — and how to avoid them
https://www.creativelive.com/blog/recor ... nds-make/

QOTD: Music producers! What's one thing musicians SHOULDN'T do in the studio? Any tips or tricks that come to mind from your past experience?
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jacqueslacouth
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Post Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:04 pm

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Post Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:09 pm

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vurt
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Post Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:12 am

dont take anyone who isn't actually being recorded to recording sessions.
the manager is ok on mixing sessions.

practice and write songs before you're paying someone an hourly rate to be in their studio.
not that they will mind, an hourly rate is an hourly rate...

if the drummer has had sex with the singers gf, leave that outside. again, the studio owner wont mind being paid to listen to you argue.
he may also record it and play it on youtube (you know who you are :lol: )

dont do drugs.
unless you've brought enough for everyone :)

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thecontrolcentre
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Post Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:19 am

Don't start drinking until after the recording is finished ...

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Deep Purple
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Post Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:31 am

Never get into a conversation in the bar next to the studio with a drunken Scotsman who insists he will go home and get his bagpipes and "help out" on the track you're recording. It never ends well.
Sweet child in time...

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Post Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:38 am

3. Not Practicing Enough
Who woud have known?
But then again for Punk bands maybe it's the opposite. :wheee:

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Post Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:42 am

No_Use wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:38 am
3. Not Practicing Enough
Who woud have known?
having worked in studios for a few years, you would be surprised.
have seen bands who had never practiced together, all great musicians, but no concept of a band at play.

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Post Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:59 am

vurt wrote:having worked in studios for a few years, you would be surprised.
have seen bands who had never practiced together, all great musicians, but no concept of a band at play.
Same here. I worked as a studio engineer for a few years, and it was amazing how often bands would come in and not be able to get their shit together. Sometimes they were good musicians who couldn't translate their live act to the studio, and sometimes they were bad musicians with no sense of timing and unable to even tune up.

One time I played drums for a band as they came into the studio without their drummer...one time I played guitar for a band as their guitarist "couldn't play solos" but they wanted one in the song...sometimes a band would use up all their studio time trying to track instruments only to end up scrapping everything then capturing a live take in the last hour...bands would turn up drunk or stoned and be surprised that they couldn't record good takes...etc...
Sweet child in time...

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vurt
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Post Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:02 am

i once walked in, in the middle of a guitarist recording a solo...
handed him a tuner
he looked at me and actually asked "what's that?"
:hihi:

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Post Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:00 am

vurt wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:02 am
i once walked in, in the middle of a guitarist recording a solo...
handed him a tuner
he looked at me and actually asked "what's that?"
:hihi:
:lol:

Not quite the same, but I met a session guitarist once (outside of the studio, in someone's apartment) who made a lot of money in the studio from playing intensely fast, melodic solos in the vein of Yngwie Malmsteen, etc. There were a couple of acoustic guitars laying around, and someone handed him one - he looked terrified when he realized he was expected to play it, and when asked if he could play 12 bar blues he asked "what's that?". He could figure out any chord that anyone could throw at him without a pause, but it was painful to watch him try to actually play them without every finger missing the right string and fret, and he had pretty much zero sense of rhythm.
Sweet child in time...

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thecontrolcentre
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:56 pm

I've been asked to "quickly program a drum machine for the track coz we don't know how to". This was way before computers were common place in studios. I've done one or two guitar & keyboard parts for clients too ...

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Post Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:56 pm

thecontrolcentre wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:56 pm
I've been asked to "quickly program a drum machine for the track coz we don't know how to".
Yep, been there too. I lost count of the amount of times that non-drummers used the drum machine in the studio (can't remember what it was, a Boss machine with a white case bought around 1984 or so) by playing it manually and committing the performance to tape. Most of the time it didn't work out too well, but they insisted on keeping their bad performance rather than spend 10 minutes learning how to program it first...
Sweet child in time...

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