so i finally 'broke in' my new studio. very luckily nothing actually got broke though haha. i took a week off work and had some friends stay over for the whole week, recording and getting drunk and high as ****, i learnt a lot from this week, so i thought id share some tips
1) always have someone sober in the studio. i guess this is why real studios have engineers. i lost a few vocal tracks, as well as some mpc tracks that i was too crunked to 8out. its hard trying to rap, produce and engineer for people while youre completely ****ed up
2) this relates to #1, dont expect to do anything you tell other people not to do. at the beginning of the week i told everybody no drinks near the equipment and no smoking near the mic, and they listened. by the end of the week, i was spilling beer in my keyboard (luckily only my computer keyboard) and blowing blunt smoke into the u87
3) leave things alone when youre wasted. just go straight from mic, to pre, to converters. worry about everything else later. the first day or so i was running the mic through my eq, until i realized i had no idea how to eq anything in that state, and left it out the signal the rest of the time
4) cocaine is a hell of a drug hahaha, dont do that shit.
now for some opinions on stuff i worked with
im so so glad i bought the korg tr rack. like 75% of the sounds i recorded were directly out of it from midi directly into it. i know for a fact if i was recording midi into a softsynth i would have over quantized everything and lost the whole feeling of the week. listening back to it, most of it is more than acceptable, with the exception of a few tracks i can just replay. now I really want another synth.
the MPC...well... i love playing on that thing all ****ed up, and n it sounds great too, but... dont think youre actually going to have the patience to actually set up, plug in, and use the 8 outs while youre wasted. honestly, i dont even think i saved 50% of the work i did on it. its 'not as friendly as software' when youre wasted, as software will easily remind you you didnt save your shit.
the u87....i changed my mind, i love that thing now. before i thought it was a pretty good mic but nothing special. after finishing the treatment in my room and working with it for a week, i love that thing. honestly, in at least 50% of the tracks, there is 0 eq needed - except for a possible small top end boost. it just seems to always fit
now i have 15 tracks with 20+ mins of freestyle/verses/audio to sort through ..............
haha here's a good indication of the state of mind we were in (uncut unmixed raw recording) http://tdotshack.net/krbdrunk.mp3