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How to psyche up artists?
Old 2nd September 2007
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How to psyche up artists?

We all know expensive mics and pres and wonderful compressors and Eqs do not cut a track unless the singer/guitarist/drummer doesn't give 100%.

What is your approach towards artists that are to be recorded. How to 'psyche' them up to give their best? What kind of mental things you exercise before pressing record to get the artist to feel at ease?

It costs nothing, gives good results. Low end in practice!

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Old 2nd September 2007
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It's all about feeling out the performer. Some guys, you can say, "Let's try it again-- this time don't sing it like a pussy!" and other people, you've got to treat them like a two-year-old and bring them a glass of water and tell them "I know you can do it!" Sometimes just taking a break can help the most.
Old 2nd September 2007
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if you're working with a new, inexperienced client...bring them in to walk through the studio. Show them the mic setup and all. This will give them a clue of what it will be like at your place. This seems to lower the tension when they come to record.

When the artist makes an error during a take try to like them finish it vs stopping in the middle.

Also...if you working on a take and having a super hard time. Just say ..."Hey...just practice this one and see how it works, then we'll go back and record it." But still hit the record button. 7 out of 10 times the artist will give a good take.
Old 3rd September 2007
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make them feel comfortable, be thre best friend, laugh at their dumb jokes etc and encourage them, nothing is ever bad... nothing ever sucks, my fave line is "that was pretty good but i think you got a better one in you"

be excited about their work too.
Old 3rd September 2007
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we should have forum here called people skills or something. Because if you can make the best of an artist it makes a hell lotta more difference than a 4000 dollar converter. Good performance can make your gear sound good, not the other way around...
Old 3rd September 2007
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The band is usually psyched about the new session, so just do what you have to to keep that energy level up.
I plan for a move-in date, and do the mic placements and selections on that day.
When they come in the next day, they are fresh, psyched, and now everthing is ready to go. Before a take I will usually yell something like "let's kick some ass [email protected]!"Keeps it fun, keeps the energy.
Avoid marathon sessions, try to get the best you can from them in a few hours, and take breaks.
Old 3rd September 2007
Give them a headphone mix that sounds like the album they're trying to make... that'll be inspiration enough
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