By Paul Osborn
THE BIG KAHUNA.
So you’ve spent months, maybe years, dreaming of, writing and arranging your material and are ready to present it to the world. You have hopes of scoring a major record deal, having your song picked up by the next rising star, or having your music to be chosen for next episode of Dallas.
There are a number of different goals that one may have, from the ultimate attempt to achieve the pay out from the big kahuna of publishing deals or to lay down a song writers collaboration idea for a fellow song writer.
LETS PLAY CHECKERS.
Now you are faced with making a decision on what to do next. As my brother used to say …”if we were playing checkers… it would be your move.”
Booking a major studio might be perfect for the artist wanting to treat their talent as a business or wanting to carry their career to a higher level, but might not be the best choice to record your nephews guitar lesson progress for his next YouTube video. I’ve heard aspiring bands, musicians, and song writers say they want to achieve major success in this business and wonder why their 150 dollar demo wasn’t respected or didn’t muster a six figure pay off.
I HAVE A KNIFE.
First off, there are some awesome home studios with great established engineers and many large pro studios started out that way. In some cases a home studio might a better choice. I always encourage anyone wanting to learn in this business and to follow their dreams. I have spent countless hours trying to instruct some of my friends starting their home studio trek (via a long exhausting phone conversation) a good miking technique for cutting vocals, or the proper wiring scheme, or whether the mic should be plugged into the “input” or the “output”, and why the bass track has an error message that says “can’t find file named audio_39”. I’ve actually had someone ask me why he can’t get the same vocal sound in his bedroom ….. he bought “The pro vocal set-up for under $400” as advertised in the big national music store chain monthly mailer.
Equipment is only part of the process. When someone tells me they have all the right gear but are still coming up short on that rich velvet sound … I always say “I have a sharp knife at home…. but that doesn’t make me a brain surgeon “. Many of us in the pro recording field have spent a lifetime finessing this art from designing well tuned room, investing 100’s of thousands of dollars in gear, and creating a well experienced staff. In most cases, when an artist asked me for a certain sound or mix idea my reaction is to just do it. An engineer shouldn’t have to run through a list of experiments or attempts but should be able to recall from experience at the snap of a finger.
CATCH THE VIBE.
As an artist, give your creation the attention and respect it deserves. Find a studio that meets your needs, budget, and has experience and a track record getting your sound. Then spend your time doing what you love to do best by exercising your talent and passion in this creative process. Create the right vibe and atmosphere and record your project with the confidence that you are in good hands.
JUST HIT PLAY.
If you have to make an excuse for your final project before you even play it for someone …. then it’s NOT READY to be played. When you have that final mix in your hands and you know it’s better than you had dreamed, then it’s ready. Don’t say a word. Just hit play and sit back and smile.