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what makes YOU special?
Old 1st September 2002
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what makes YOU special?

so we all are gathered here because we are gear sluts. we have a passion for sound and capturing it. our personalities are as different as the gear we choose to go in our racks. is the differences we choose in gear what makes us special? or is it the way we each hear things differently? maybe a little of both.

i dont know yet what makes me special except that i ride the shortbus. the reason i ask... no matter what profession anyone goes into, there is something about YOU that makes you different from everyone else. you do your thing in a unique way that no one else does.

we are all commrades, colleagues, and to a small degree competitors all looking to make our own ways in the business of capturing sound. are you striving for your own little niche or just trying to take over the world? taking over the world is a little hell bent for me... im not looking to be CLA [in more ways than imaginable], i kinda dig my little niche... my little rock waterfall. indie/garage/stoner/punk/whatever. i have done various other types of music. i listen to a wide assortment of music... but something about the 3-5 piece rock band captures my minds ear when recording. oddly enough, when i do my OWN music it tends to be more electronic based [not that i have had time in a long while]... either that or crappy out of tune folk music with me, my acoustic and a mic. with a band, i cannot get enough distortion out of my amp. on drums, i tend to like it laid back and funky.

me, im in search of the Immaculate Session. the album of all albums. an opus. i have no interest in "singles"... singles are good, they make the listeners aware of a project, but i want the whole shebang. the album from start to finish you dont want to even move in fear of missing a detail emanating from the speakers. to be a part of something so divine from the cover art to the songs to the recording to the sequencing. i havent found it yet. i have heard albums that were in my subjective opinion [maybe thats another thread]

so what do you want?
Old 1st September 2002
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alpha,
I also find something really cool about the 3-5 piece loud rock band. I wanna record an album that makes someone feel the heat from the back of a Marshall half stack being cranked, the chips flying off the drum sticks, and relays all the combined emotion of the band to the listener like they are in the band itself. I'm still workin' on that though... (I still got a way to go. )

I'm stoked to see you being guest moderator,
Ian
Old 1st September 2002
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I am a 'breakthrough record guy' / first record specialist radio play is my primary target

My skill set is finely honed to make mostly 3 track demo / masters with young bands that are often inexperienced in the studio.

More and more I am becoming awesome at 'meetings' with acts and their management / lables. I give good 'meeting'. Things only happen after meetings.

I want to earn megga bucks via speculative deals I am starting to offer bands.

Old 1st September 2002
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i must give good email. i get projects by way of email and get them in. its funny too, the first 'meeting' is always awkward as hell, but sessions are really fun and go well. this one guy im getting ready to mix tracked a couple tunes and OD'd on a couple other tunes he tracked somewhere else out of town... asked me if i could mix. i told him id mix a song for him and that i thought i mixed better than i tracked [i also joked that if he thought they sucked to tell me to just **** off]. ended up doing roughs of 5 of the tunes real quick and then get an email back from him wanting to mix immediately [i had a copy of his previous album done by a fairly famous music family... i think i smoked it]
Old 1st September 2002
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Hmmm... good f'ing question.

I consider myself a collaborator - on most projects I end up involved (to a greater or lesser degree) in the writing, arranging, performing and producing. I work with a lot of singer/songwriters, and bands trying to reach the next level above 'local legends'. I tend to take things in different directions than their originators first envisioned (translation: I get them to quit thinking and working in formulaic ways, stop worrying about fitting into a genre, and to push the boundaries of their talents).
My main strengths are:
Writing & playing unusual keyboard parts - that work!
Getting other people to pick up some of the weird instruments I have laying around and write new parts.
Capturing awsome performances to tape/HD that don't need "fixing"
Taking outrageous chances and breaking the rules to get mixes that flabbergast the performers ("We played that?!! WOW!!")
Getting people to let go of the 'ego thing' and 'rock star emulation mode' and just let the music speak.

I also make a mean Margarita...

Scott
Old 1st September 2002
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I think one of my biggest skills is being able to "hang" with just about anybody. Some bands are goofy, some are political etc. I can get on with anybody and that helps to make people comfortable letting you into their inner sanctum. There are other things I do well (at least i hope so) but when I saw the title this is what I though of.
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I work best under adverse conditions.
Old 1st September 2002
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I am fiercly loyal ( have a shiny coat, and enjoy long days in the sunshine... wait that is my dog...) I stronly believe in the fact that I want my life to be based on relationships, and so I do all I can to make them and keep them. If someone screws me or one of my friends over, they are out in a big way.
Old 2nd September 2002
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My girlfriend thinks I'm special
Old 2nd September 2002
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I'm a good bull**** artist, hoping to make enough money so that I don't have time to hang around these Forums becasue I'm too busy being on vacation!! rollz heh
Old 2nd September 2002
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I just always want to be better at what I do. I want to be the expert, the hero, the answerman. I'm small, but I want to have the most high end gear I can. But not just that, I want to put out the best audio in the area. I want people to seek me out. I guess I have a sickness.
Here's a thread I just posted on DUC which was inspired by this thread:

http://duc.digidesign.com/cgi-bin/ub...c;f=2;t=006506

Old 2nd September 2002
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What makes me special is that I am really good at picking the best songs for ta band to record.
Then I spend time with them woring on the proper structure of the song.
Then in the studio, I work on getting the right parts for each instrument. Thus eliminating the need for 96 tracks to make it sound "right".

And the thing that makes me really special, is that I haven't let myself be pushed into buying the garbage that Digidesign sells. Thus avoiding flatsounding tracks. grggt
Old 3rd September 2002
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Taste, restraint, patience, "directness", built in high powered bull**** detector and the ability to drink large volumes of alcohol and still function behind the board. What? Yes, taste is relative.
Old 4th September 2002
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I believe that I have two principal talents related to music.

1. Coaxing killer performances out musicians in the studio, especially ultra-ballsy knock your socks off solos. I will do anything to inspire. Puppet shows to inspire whimsey, roll a fatty, unleash my learned from a marine sgt. profanity, pleading, cajoling, begging, jumping up and down, take a break, mix a drink, anything. Performances that truly kick ass. A safe space to take chances.

2. Making acoustic guitars sound awesome on live rigs. Leo Kottke told me that I should make his guitars sound like records played through a big hi-fi system. With pickups (sometimes) and microphones (always) I got him to sound way better than his records, while still maintaining the tone and character of human fingers playing a wood box. Or course it helps to have a living legend as the player.

I think I'm pretty good with microphones on acoustic sources, and can mix recordings better than lots of people, but my two "gifts" are mentioned above. I'm also pretty good at combing two or more solo parts into one lead (w. faders) in the studio.

wurly
Old 5th September 2002
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I have two specialties.

1. Editing dialog.
Not just comping, sweetening and cleaning, but editing live takes.
I have to edit time line and have learned what an “um” looks like.
I can edit out 10min or more in the time line while maintaining clarity of thought.
My favorite challenge is to find a mistake mid vowel and fix in the waveform w/ another
vowel or consonant from another place in the track. If I can’t hear the edit w/out using any cross fade I’m stoked.

2. Editing existing music
For radio show in’s and out’s and Audio Post . My specialty is to maintain the musical time-line AND musical phrasing. My favorite challenge is editing lush strings because they have so much overlap on the phrasing.
Old 13th September 2002
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Old 13th September 2002
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Eager to apply all the "book" knowledge, and all the great info
gleaned from people like yourselves. It amazes how so many
others take this opportunity for granted.

Did an informal survey of all the local studios, and found out the
one I'll be helping at is THE one for local bands/artists.
Planning to take the methodology learned from being a strong
chess master into the recording studio.
(We learn THOUSANDS of various positions/openings/endings etc.)
Absolutely fascinated with the history of record production,
particulary the ground breaking efforts of George Martin, Joe Meek, Phil Spector, and the like.

Also adept at making other singers feel more confident about their
performance, although ironically I've had to battle intense personal stage fright! (probably makes me more empathic)

Long term goal = engineering + local artist production.

Chris
Old 14th September 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by chessparov
Planning to take the methodology learned from being a strong
chess master into the recording studio.
(We learn THOUSANDS of various positions/openings/endings etc.)
Wow!

Well, strange as it might sound, I'm sure that will help you in the studio. I once heard someone say recording is like a chess game - you've got to think more than one step ahead, or at least you should be trying to.

Good luck
Old 14th September 2002
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Thanks Nick.

There are many parallels in terms of "move patterns" in chess,
and "musical patterns". While thinking ahead does is important,
the use of pattern recognition simplifies the thought process considerably.
The traditional training of chessmasters and grandmasters was largely study
of the great chess minds over approximately the last 140 years or so.
In similar fashion, studying the great engineering minds of the past seems
(as Spock would say!) perfectly logical.

Recently I met a person who's an expert in electronics who helped put together
one of the first major recording studios in the Los Angeles area.
Hopefully I'll be able to learn some things soon not otherwise available as a
result, particularly in the area of analog recording. That's something to be
preserved for future generations no matter how advanced digital becomes
IMHO.

Chris
Old 14th September 2002
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This is a great thread. Hats off to AJ.

I got into the game just to record, without much thought of directing ideas around. I didn't expect to find myself in the producer/arranger role as much as I do. I find myself offering suggestions as to how a part of a song or a sound could be better, usually after someone or everyone else is at a loss as to why it ain't working, and most of the time my suggestions get things going again. I used to be amazed that some people want to spend time and money in a studio with their incomplete ideas and half baked songs, sections, rhytmic parts, etc. That's what I do with my my own stuff... lol, but at least it doesn't cost me anything in my own studio.

I attribute this to playing in bands for many years and having (somewhat often) open-minded discussions.. with instruments or with words, or both.. about what works where and when and what doesn't. Whatever I brought to that equation and took from it has helped me here down the line.

Also, I've been told I have a unique drumming style and it took me awhile to begin hearing it that way... when I could hear myself objectively. My slant on rhythmic approaches and embellishments, and to phrasing and time signatures, is a quite often the missing ingredient for other people's music.

I don't know if these skills make me special necessarily, because I don't feel that I am unique in the world with whatever amount of talent I offer people. I think others are doing this all over the world to varying degrees and levels of proficiency. It's the way I do it and what I think up that might make it special.

On a tangential philosophical note: Have you ever heard someone remark that a painting was so simple that "anyone could do that?" Bull****. Only one person thought of doing it that way and had the skill (or lack thereof), refinement (or lack thereof), and imagination (completely) to execute it. That could be a part of what differentiates us all.
Old 15th September 2002
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I tend to see/hear things in context - meaning even though something might be great (or even cheesy) in isolation, when placed into the context where it will be used, seems to be a good choice. People tell me I'm a 'big picture' kinda guy...which in audio is a good thing, but in other lines of work has been a real problem...

So I guess that makes me special...that and the fact I am so good looking grggt
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