Let me start by saying I'm no one's fool.But I have this feeling that of I take on a certain potential client, that his recording project is going to sound like a big, polished TURD!
I have recently, revamped and re-outfitted my basement recodring studio.
I've spent a ton of money (bank loans) and time and I'm about a week away of having the studio fully operational.
My first potential client...
(I currently have three on my waiting list)...
All of them have approached me.
Wants to do a quality full length album-CD.
The guy is a great guitar player.
A very good bass player and keyboardist.
He will be handling all of the instruments on the project.
I have full confidence in his playing ability.
His girlfriend will be singing all of the lead vocals and most of the backing vocals on the project.
(They have some singer friends who will handle the rest of the CD's backing vocals).
She has a very good voice and she is professionally trained as a singer.
However she does have a habit of having very good or bad singing days.
(I can live with that, I think...)
I have known this guitar player for several years, he is a friend of a friend of mine.
Nice guy, easy-going personaliity.
The woman seems like a very nice person to me, as well.
1. The guitar player wants to use some gawd-awful drum loops on the CD.
They sound like complete shit!
I personally hate drum loops, but these are especially lousy-sounding, sonically.
He insists on using these terrible loops, because he paid bug bucks to a supposed professional drum programer to create atrocious beats and drum sounds for him on a really shitty previously failed studio CD project.
2.The guitar player wants to produce the CD.
In my opinion he is too busy doing triple duty on the CD's instruments, as it is.
He's no producer.
I have heard his first album recording attempt.
He wants to do six of the album's songs, plus 4 new songs.
I have heard the rough demos for them too.
They are a trainwreck waiting to happen.
Most of the songs are too long, time-wise.
They are overly busy, too many over-dubs...Especially on the guitar parts.
Three of the 10 song's choruses SUCK, bigtime.
But most of the CD's potential material ranges from fair, too very good.
With proper production a couple of the weaker songs can be upgraded into being very decent songs, depending on their musical execution and the performances by the guitar player and his girlfriend singer.
The style of music is MOR-contemporary.
A bit like 1980s Fleetwood Macish.
No heavy music.
I've paid off about half the money that I have invested in my new and used gear in my studio upgrade.But I could use some more cash to pay off my debts.
The guitar guy has offered to pay me 8k for the project.
Which is very reasonable for both parties.
He will pay me half of the money upfront and the other half when the project is completed.
My studio engineer is eager to do this project (especially for the money) even though I have expressed my reservations about taking on this project.
And though I will be assisting him with the project, it will basically be up to him to handle most of the engineering and the mixing of the CD.
He hasn't heard it yet.
But he does listen to my opinions and values them.
He seems to think that he can persuade the guitar player to use real drumming on the CD.
At first I thought that, I could talk the guitar player into using real drums and a real drummer too.
But everytime I speak to the guitar player he seems to be more insistent about using those specific terrible-sounding drum loops.
And to add insult to injury...He wants the same drum programer to do new loops for the other four new songs.
Even if that issue can be resolved, there are still three more main stickling points to be consudered.
1. Him self-producing the CD.
2. The length of the songs, as well are some of the song's musical content.
3. The amount of very busy overdubs that the guitar player wants to perform on the CD.
Some of the songs have up to 12 guitar parts.
It's true overkill at it's worst.
All of the songs would sound much better and cleaner with if they were recorded in a stocker, stripped down fashion.
Sometimes simpler sounds far better, than walls of unneeded guitars and other over-dubs, especially in this specific style of music.
I don't want my new studio's first recording to become a dismal sonic failure.
I don't want my engineer and the guitar player to be at each other's throats arguing.
I could use the money, but not the headaches that will likely accompany my approval of taking on this recording project.
What should I do?