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recording live in the studio
Old 4th February 2007
  #1
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recording live in the studio

Hello again Kevin,
I found the Q&A very inspiring so far, thank you.
Would be great if you can give us some insights for
live-recording setups in the studio.
Do you avoid bleed(amps/players in different rooms) or maybe use it to your advantage?
What about monitoring for the musicians,
do you only use cans or also speakers?
What amount of time do you need to prepare a sesssion like let´s say Duncan Sheik
until everything is record ready?
Is there a basic setup you always would start with to give you reliability to
get good results?

And when it comes to singers, do you have any tricks if technical or
emotional to make them feel comfortable?
Ok, hope thats not too much I´m asking for.
Thanx in advance,
Mirko
Old 8th February 2007
  #2
engineer / producer / mixer
 
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Mirko,

A good setup can take 4-6 hours depending on the complexity of the project. Sometimes if I am doing an album project I will set aside the first day to get everything sorted out. In terms of bleed , it can be useful if that is what you are capturing- a live documentation of the session. Its problematic if you need to change things later, so it depends on the arc of the project.

The same is true for monitors, most sessions end up using cans. Using a monitor setup can be great fun for the band / artist but its a nightmare for the engineer, if that is the sound you want, record some shows live. They are different environments.

Setups change based on musicians and studios.

Trying to establish trust with a singer is truly the best way to get the best out of them.
The are bearing their soul so if you have their respect, most likely they will be comfortable.

On the technical side, making the sure the mic is on, a great headphone mix plus some nice treatment on the voice will no doubt calm any artist. The opposite is also true......

Kevin
Old 8th February 2007
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SO it sounds like you don't like to use wedges
Old 8th February 2007
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On the technical side, making the sure the mic is on........

Kevin[/QUOTE]

I knew I was missin something.
Thanks for everything...
Old 8th February 2007
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Wedges..... never.

Thats for those road guys.

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