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What tracks do you play to "show off" your monitors? Studio Monitors
Old 12th November 2009
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What tracks do you play to "show off" your monitors?

just curious what songs you like to play for yourself or clients who want to hear how good your room/monitors sound.

besides your mix/their track of course...
Old 12th November 2009
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James Taylor / Hourglass
Michel Camillo / one more once
Old 12th November 2009
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James Taylor / Hourglass
Michel Camillo / one more once
hourglass is a great record.
Old 12th November 2009
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To show off subs the best CD I know of is Gorillaz - Demon Days. My personal favorite track is "Dare".
Old 12th November 2009
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Steely Dan - Janie Runaway

Suzanne Vega - Zephyr & I

Beck - Mixed Bizness

Aimee Mann - Momentum

I bet you could pick a couple good ones from here.
Old 12th November 2009
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Kari Bremnes - Svarta bjørn.
Old 12th November 2009
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Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
David Sylvian - Dead Bees On A Cake
Depeche Mode - Violator
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
Duran Duran - Rio
Extreme - Pornograffitti

These are the first coming on my mind....
Old 12th November 2009
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Ricky Lee Jones: Last Chance Texaco
Steely Dan: My Old School
ZZ Top: La Grange
Gale Force:I Was Made To Love Her
Kansas: Hold On
Old 12th November 2009
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Dark Side of the Moon

Not saying it's the greatest sounding record ever, but everybody is familiar with it and it has a lot of crazy interesting sounds whooshing around.

War
Old 13th November 2009
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just curious what songs you like to play for yourself or clients who want to hear how good your room/monitors sound.

besides your mix/their track of course...
Why would you play someone elses tracks and then play theirs or your own?

Your setting yourself up for alot of questions and second guessing. Not to mention the excuses that will result. You know like "their mixes are mastered& your mix will sound the same after", or "don't mind the differences its a different genre".

Clients don't want to hear excuses or feel like they are being compared. I prefer to let clients do that themselves outside the studio. If they can trust you with their tracks than they should trust you with what you choose for monitoring.
Old 13th November 2009
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I just show the band tracks they already know well, so that they quickly get used to my monitoring (MM27's). I mainly work with metal bands, so classics like Metallica's Black Album get a lot of spins here.
Old 13th November 2009
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I don´t even listen to them really but when I heard a black eyed peas song ´clap your hands´ on my monitors I was blown away
Old 13th November 2009
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Intervision - Shades of Neptune
McKinley - Gracie and the Atom
Old 13th November 2009
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Why would you play someone elses tracks and then play theirs or your own?

Your setting yourself up for alot of questions and second guessing. Not to mention the excuses that will result. You know like "their mixes are mastered& your mix will sound the same after", or "don't mind the differences its a different genre".

Clients don't want to hear excuses or feel like they are being compared. I prefer to let clients do that themselves outside the studio. If they can trust you with their tracks than they should trust you with what you choose for monitoring.
i think you are misunderstanding my post. that's why i stated "besides theirs or your own". i'm not talking about comparing other mix's to the clients. more of someone saying , wow this room/monitoring is great. i'd love to hear "x" cd in here (for pleasure).
Old 13th November 2009
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just curious what songs you like to play for yourself or clients who want to hear how good your room/monitors sound.
I don't need to show off my monitors, I need to show the quality of my work so I play things I've done for perspective clients.

When I'm "checking the tuning" on my monitors I use "Temple of the Dog", but that isn't for clients or perspective clients, its for me.

Peace.
Old 13th November 2009
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I don't need to show off my monitors, I need to show the quality of my work so I play things I've done for perspective clients.
Exactly because the first question they will ask is "was that done here"? followed by did "you work on it"? When you answer no to both questions that going to leave them with...
Old 13th November 2009
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I have to admit the only music that comes over my monitors are the ones I have mixed, don't listen to other music in the studio to reference or enjoyment.
Old 13th November 2009
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For listening to monitors I like the 2nd Keith Richards solo record Main Offender.

For the kind of rock and roll and roots type stuff I work on this is one of the best recorded and mixed records for me. I'm very familiar with it (even if the songs aren't Keith's greatest work) Joe Blaney's mix on the tune "Words of Wonder" has depth, dynamics and detail that I rarely hear on too many records. I think that has got to be one of Joe Blaney's best mixes.

I can tell a lot about a room and the monitors from listening to that one single song.
Check it out sometime.
Old 13th November 2009
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If you want to "show off," get yourself a limo and a bevy of hookers.

If you want to impress clients, get yourself some monitors that enable you to do good work.

In this respect, monitors are like alcohol and drugs: unless you can afford to give them away with the record you're pimping, you'd best be served by making sure that the mix you're doing will sound good no matter WHAT the buyer has!

...That being said, if you just want to impress stupid people, get yourself some STOOPID SUB-WOOFERS!

...And PLAY IT LOUD!



(As far as the particular track is concerned, just send the intern out to the parking lot to see what CDs jewel boxes are laying around in their cars.)
Old 13th November 2009
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Dire Straits- Dire Straits
Lyle Lovett- Joshua Judges Ruth
Paul Simon- Graceland
NIN- Pretty Hate Machine
The Art of Noise- Who's Afraid of The Art of Noise
Old 13th November 2009
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I like listening to other people's music while I'm taking a break from working, especially if I'm working in a studio that's not where I usually work. My first picks are normally Radiohead or Secret Machines. It's nice to hear familiar music on an unfamiliar system to gauge the sound.
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I don't need to show off my monitors, I need to show the quality of my work so I play things I've done for perspective clients.

When I'm "checking the tuning" on my monitors I use "Temple of the Dog", but that isn't for clients or perspective clients, its for me.

Peace.
What a great album ToTD is! Why dosent it get more love? Just curious, do you find it useful for "tuning" only, or do you actually enjoy it as well?
Old 13th November 2009
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There are many, but these come to the top of my mind:
Beth Orton - She Cries Your Name
Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
James Taylor - Fire and Rain
Kangos Stein Massive - Tobakk
Massive Attack - Angel
Mindy Smith - Come to Jesus
Pink Martini - Una Notte a Napoli
Rockers Hi-Fi - Going Under (K&D Sessions Mix)
Roger Waters - Perfect Sense Part I
Rolling Stones - Start Me Up
Spoon - The Underdog
Thomas Newman - Already Dead (American Beauty Soundtrack)
Tsunami One & BT - Hip Hop Phenomenon
They're all really, really good, but some of them have issues as well. And I think it's great to hear the little "flaws" in a great recording. They're part of what gives it depth and character.
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There are many, but these come to the top of my mind:
Beth Orton - She Cries Your Name
Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
James Taylor - Fire and Rain
Kangos Stein Massive - Tobakk
Massive Attack - Angel
Mindy Smith - Come to Jesus
Pink Martini - Una Notte a Napoli
Rocker Hi-Fi - Going Under (K&D Sessions Mix)
Roger Waters - Perfect Sense Part I
Rolling Stones - Start Me Up
Spoon - The Underdog
Thomas Newman - Already Dead (American Beauty Soundtrack)
Tsunami One & BT - Hip Hop Phenomenon
They're all really good, but some of them have issues as well. And I think it's great to hear the little "flaws" in a great recording. They're part of what gives it character.
It's interesting you bring this up. I have a list of things that I dislike about all of my favorite records. A lot of my friends that are not in the music profession don't understand this. They all say that their favorite albums are "perfect". I've never heard an album that I thought was perfect.

And I agree completely that flaws turn into character. There are things I hated about albums the first time I heard them, then continue to hate as I begin to love the album. That hatred is normally something I end up appreciating even though it's different than I would normally like.
Old 13th November 2009
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Limp Bizkit.... I'm kidding. lately it's been radiohead or band of horses.
Old 13th November 2009
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anything. who cares?

when i want to feel really depressed about how bad i suck but at the same time amazed how good something can sound... dave fridmann will usually do the trick.
Old 13th November 2009
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Hell, just put on Dark Side of the Moon!

It sounds pretty impressive on anything, as long as the speakers in question go down to around 60hz, and there's some high end above about 10k.

Back in the late 70s, a lot of piss-poor stereo gear got sold by playing that record in showrooms all across this great land of ours!

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I love sticking people in my chair and playing them Tool's "The Pot". It's got some really fun stuff in there leading up to when the song really gets going.
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