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Wear as many hats as you can.....
Old 10th August 2011
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Wear as many hats as you can.....

If you want to beat the competition today you have to wear as many hats as possible as an engineer or producer. Learn how to tune drums, learn how to intonate a guitar, a bass.....these are the time savers that do not cost you money but will set you apart from your competition. So what you may have to get up hours before your session starts? None of us got in this business for the great work hours. I posted this in the highend section because Highend does not always mean gear. Most times the best equipment that can make or break a session is your ears and knowledge. I do not mean to sound preachy by this post but knowing how to do all the above has not only saved sessions for me but it has also allowed me to get a lot of work. It took me many years to learn this, but knowing how to tune a kit and intonate a guitar and keep it in tune has done way more for me sonically than having the best gear you can find. Hope this sparks the interest in someone to further there knowledge. I know that this site has done it a lot for me over the years.
Old 10th August 2011
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dave gross's Avatar

very true. I have so many hats, I ran out of hooks to hang them on. Now if I only had a pair of pants...
Old 10th August 2011
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I took lessons setting up guitars and also threw myself into the shark tank learning to set up upright basses for this very reason. I work with a lot of country, rockabilly and psychobilly bands and this has made work on the back end a heck of a lot easier.

Buying a drum dial has also been a life saver!
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