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2012 - What we've learned this year.
Old 31st December 2012
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Lightbulb 2012 - What we've learned this year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR (almost)! I hope 2012 was filled with many great recordings. It's been a good year, and here is some of what I've learned (or relearned):

- Working close to home is awesome.
- You can't count on a gig, even if it has continued for years.
- "Professional" and "full-time" and "years of experience" are not directly related to quality.
- DSLRs allow me to be more creative.
- Combination preamp/mixers and mixers with direct-outs are extremely handy.
- Giving someone a great photo of themselves is rewarding.
- The Transylvania/Pisgah region of the Appalachians in North Carolina is a rain forest.
- Sometimes family makes all the difference.

What have you learned this year?
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Old 31st December 2012
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hi christian, and HNY to you too. i learned, again, that even very expensive preamps dont necessarily sound any better than most cheap preamps. i learned, again, that even very expensive microphones dont necessarily sound any better than mid-range mics. i learned, again, that it is the performance that really matters - not equipment - and that the space you record in has more to do with getting a professional sound than anything else, besides the players.
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Old 31st December 2012
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I've learned quite a lot this year. It's been exciting. Many of these things get repeated here a lot, but some of them bear repeating again. In no particular order:

1. Well-packed, organized, and compact equipment cases go a long way toward ensuring a successful recording session.
2. soundBlade is not a particularly good piece of software.
3. There is nothing quite so rewarding as being one's own boss.
4. Good work does really tend to beget good work.
5. Online gear scams are real. Banks are often skeptical for a reason.
6. The ondes Martenot is a very difficult instrument to learn to play well.
7. Montreal is a most excellent city, but driving there is not fun.
8. Good monitoring really does make a critical difference.
9. An extra pair of ears always helps.
10. One can never have too many mic cables.
11. Off-axis bleed is sometimes your friend, but sometimes it is not.
12. Never underestimate the importance of good intonation.
13. Radiohead are fantastic live.
14. A back-up recorder really will save your proverbial *rse.
15. A too-live acoustic can be just as damaging than a dead one - perhaps worse, since you can at least try to add reverb to a dead space.
16. When playing back analog tape recorded at another facility, check azimuth very carefully.
17. Windows 7 is surprisingly good. (I probably won't upgrade to 8, though.)
18. It really always is worth getting another take. Seriously.
19. Never argue with a rectal orifice. (My mom taught me that one a long time ago.)
20. Last, but not least: It really is worth it space one's capsules at 17 cm., 110 degrees for ORTF stereo.
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Old 31st December 2012
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hey matyas - did i tell you my grandson's middle name is matyas? (after his maternal grandmother)

btw, i put windows 8 on my non-studio laptop, and it is very good. i bypass the metro start page, and have it boot straight to a classic desktop, added "pokki" to get the start button back, and use it just like win7. while win7 took almost a minute to boot on my thinkpad t410, win8 boots in about 20 seconds. (my wife's new lenovo "yoga" boots in less than 10 seconds). i did have to add "thunderbird" as an email client so i could keep using my comcast pop3 email acct, but win8 is even more stable that win7, and everything is faster.
Old 31st December 2012
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For me, the single-most important thing I learned in remote recording this year is you pay for what you get.
Old 31st December 2012
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I have learned the following, in no particular order:

1) TV & Film location recording people are, on the whole, very nice people indeed.

2) The bigger the company, the slower the payment.

3) Richard Lee is a hard man to contact!

4) I need to lose weight.

5) You can get really good rates at most of the big London studios at the moment.

6) It doesn't matter whether he/she has any experience of, or has even heard of a piece of kit you use, someone on Gearslutz will have an opinion about it; probably bad.

7) The Ignore feature on this board is a very useful thing.

I forgot one:

8) I learned once again the joy of soldering and how incredibly satisfying it is to make your own cables, using decent tools.

Happy New Year, folks.

John
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Old 31st December 2012
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I learned a lot about analog audio electronics and that you can save thousands of $$$ by just racking up some great vintage channel strips instead of buying expensive stock EQs and high end preamps. Looking forward to 2013 to use all the new gear I built the last months - happy new year to everyone!
Old 31st December 2012
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I learned to always get your car (and gear) serviced regularly.

I spent a lot of money fixing an old guitar that I love because I neglected it for a long time.

And my car broke down on Christmas day. What a long day that was.

New year gonna be a great one!
Old 31st December 2012
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2012 was a nice start for me.

What I learned?
1) Placement
2) Mics
3) all the rest

Let's keep it to the basics in 2013 (And enjoy food & Coffee!)

P.

Last edited by Bibster; 31st December 2012 at 11:41 PM.. Reason: there is no such thing as pres
Old 1st January 2013
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1) The "Remote" section of GS is a goldmine of valuable information.
2) There are a lot of very knowledgeable people there who are also helpful despite having years of experience and reviewing simple problems like the ones I have.
3) There is a cameraderie here of genuine cheer, charm and kindness. It is shared up and down the line of experience.
4) Jim Norman is right: the best gear does not mean the best recording.
5) Nevertheless, I am still sure I need more mics.


Cheers to all and a Happy New Year.
Old 1st January 2013
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1: Too much gear, in the studio, on location, is oppressive.

2: re: #1, there will never be a substitute for personally prepping all the gear for each job.

3: re #2--each job is unique and needs a "design" for how to record it, no matter how humble.

4: re: the comment above about the ephemerality of long-term client relationships: sad but true.

5: re #4: I find that looking at things from the client perspective sometimes makes me feel better about that.

6: Mediocre gear and good technique + great players can make for a great recording.
Great gear and technique and underskilled or uncommitted players will make for a mediocre recording (but a lot of extra hours in post!).

7: Sometimes really serendipitous situations where one has to make a guess and go are magic. In other words, everyone gets lucky sometime.

hny to all you remote types

philp
Old 1st January 2013
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I've learned there is much wisdom borne of experience on GS and particularly, the Remote/Acoustic Music Forum.

Happy 2013, All
Old 1st January 2013
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One thing I thought I already learned, but it really hit home this year on so many levels:

The single most valuable thing(s) in life are your relationships with other people.

It's not the mic's
It's not the mic amps
It's not the converters, cables, or anything that can be bought or sold

Thanks to all those who took some time out of their day to help me out in this past year, whether you are aware of it or not. Hope I can return the favor someday.

Here's to making 2013 the best year yet!
Old 1st January 2013
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Thanks to all those who took some time out of their day to help me out in this past year, whether you are aware of it or not. Hope I can return the favor someday.
I hear that!

My Car broke down on Christmas day. I had no mobile phone with me and my disabled grandmother was in the car with me. An absolutely amazing couple helped out by driving my grandmother to our destination that was nearly 100 miles out of their way

Neither of us had the best christmas, especially my grandmother but it was made a million times better by the wonderful couple that stopped to help us in our hour of need, They even brought me a plate of hot food when they found me on the freeway 4 hours later!

Christmas spirit goes a long way to help those in need, I now look at myself in a different light and I feel better for it!

Happy new year all!

Use money, love people. Not the other way around
Old 1st January 2013
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Happy New Years everybody. You are all wonderful company.
Old 1st January 2013
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Some things to think about in 2013...

1. I should always listen to my inner voice when making decisions.
2. I should always be honest with clients.
3. I shouldn't be afraid to walk away from a project if it seems that it is going to be more trouble than it is worth.
4. I shouldn't over engineer remote recording projects - sometimes the simpler setups are the best.
5. I shouldn't be afraid to ask for more money if the client asks for more services or equipment.
7. I shouldn't promise things that I know are impossible to do and learn to use the word "NO" more effectively.
8. I should remember to follow up with clients on estimates and after doing a remote recording for them.
9. I should be realistic in doing time estimates for outside recordings
10. I should learn more about how to use what I have instead of spending money for new equipment (I know it is anti-GS policy but...)
11. I should take some time to relax and spend more time with friends and family.
12. I should smile more and frown less.
13. I should be proactive and not reactive.
14. I should have more fun at work.
15. I should strive to make money but shouldn't let that be my only goal for 2013.
16. I should learn, once and for all, that my clients will always want more for less
17. Being your own boss is the best.
18. Remote recordings that are hours away from home base are taxing to do, physically demanding and most time not profitable.
19. This is a GREAT resource and most of the people here are GREAT!
20. I should remember to say thanks to Steve for having such a GREAT forum...

FWIW and YMMV
Old 1st January 2013
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What Iv'e learned is that GS is a very useful and sometimes worrying resource, inhabited by;
Gnarled old Pros and current practitioners with wildly different techniques
Wide eyed innocents with only virtual knowledge and the cloaked nature of the Web
Lofty Academics in high towers assisted by pedants in remote corners
Videographers with strange ideas,that only picture people can generate
Students taught by Klingon engineering rote
Clever Amateurs
Others who drift in by mere chance,possibly looking for the Holy Grail or Scarlett Johansson in the shower.
A fascinating audience,not for the faint hearted.
A Happy New Year to you all.
Roger
Old 1st January 2013
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What Iv'e learned is that GS is a very useful and sometimes worrying resource, inhabited by;
Gnarled old Pros and current practitioners with wildly different techniques
Wide eyed innocents with only virtual knowledge and the cloaked nature of the Web
Lofty Academics in high towers assisted by pedants in remote corners
Videographers with strange ideas,that only picture people can generate
Students taught by Klingon engineering rote
Clever Amateurs
Others who drift in by mere chance,possibly looking for the Holy Grail or Scarlett Johansson in the shower.
A fascinating audience,not for the faint hearted.
A Happy New Year to you all.
Roger


Well, the holy grail is easy: Use an Sm7b into a GAP 73
Don't have an answer to the Scarlett Johansson in the shower thing, but would be quite interesting to learn more about it.
Old 1st January 2013
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Learned to Git it on, ram it and jam it!
Big thanks to Steve Remote!
Happy New Year Remote-sters--onward and UPward for 2013.
Old 1st January 2013
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Originally Posted by Rolo 46 View Post
What Iv'e learned is that GS is a very useful and sometimes worrying resource, inhabited by;
Gnarled old Pros and current practitioners with wildly different techniques
Wide eyed innocents with only virtual knowledge and the cloaked nature of the Web
Lofty Academics in high towers assisted by pedants in remote corners
Videographers with strange ideas,that only picture people can generate
Students taught by Klingon engineering rote
Clever Amateurs
Others who drift in by mere chance,possibly looking for the Holy Grail or Scarlett Johansson in the shower.
A fascinating audience,not for the faint hearted.
A Happy New Year to you all.
Roger
All I can say is ghaj [a] Dun chu' DIS from the original Klingon

Quick translation Have a GREAT New Year.
Old 1st January 2013
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In recording and also other parts of life:
Always trust your initial gut instinct, it's usually correct!
Old 2nd January 2013
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That I'm nearly as accomplished a composer/musician as I am a producer/engineer.
That I still have no desire to listen to today's music, Radio is a f-ing teenage wasteland.
That I still hate computers and the people who write software for them.
That I will be even brighter and better at everything I do this year.
That I still don't like working for others. No matter the price.
That none of you on this board matter to me in the slightest.
That being sober is a choice and a responsibility I don't always want.
That culture is less and less about people and more and more about money.
That I don't need or want any of it's influence on me anymore.
That I have little choice of escaping it.
Horny New Year!
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Old 2nd January 2013
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I've re-learned that old adage:
"Life is not about how fast you can run or how high you can fly, but how well you can bounce."

Also learned that, as a Brit, I should have been using "learnt" :-)
Old 2nd January 2013
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In 2012 I have learned:

- that spending money on equipment may obscure lack of creativity, but never compensate for it;

- that dreams can actually give you insights that can make a profound difference in real life;

- that some people on boards like GS consider posting as sitting in a bar to spend their time for relaxation, while others think of it as a school where you can learn important things. GS can be functional for me when I skip the bar conversations;

- that you will be most successfull as a recordist when you are very sensitive in every way and at the same time manage to grow a thick skin.
Old 2nd January 2013
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In 2012 I have learned:
- that some people on boards like GS consider posting as sitting in a bar to spend their time for relaxation, while others think of it as a school where you can learn important things. GS can be functional for me when I skip the bar conversations;
Thats interesting
In the BBC culture I grew up in, I learnt far more in the Club ,bar or canteen than the lecture room
I enjoy the web, but am wary of its un moderated content.
Times change.
Roger
Old 2nd January 2013
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Expect much of yourself and very little from others.
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Old 2nd January 2013
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1) Gear matters, but not as much as my accountant thinks it should.
2) People matter more than just about everything else.
3) Going somewhere and doing something good for someone who can never return the favor (or might not even know it was you who did it) is very well worth adding to one's calendar on a regular basis.
4) If nobody dies, it just doesn't really matter all that much.*
5) NOTHING in life is worth an ulcer.
6) Life is far too short to drink cheap beer. Unless you really like it.

4), 5), and 6) have actually been 1), 2), and 3) long enough to convince me there might just be something to them.

Blessings, all, in the New Year.

HB

*As in... "I blew that recording..." or... "My best client left me for a shaver-waver." Not worth an ulcer, because nobody died. Enjoy your beer.
Old 7th February 2013
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Thanks, Tom!

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Originally Posted by Thomas W. Bethe View Post
Some things to think about in 2013...

1. I should always listen to my inner voice when making decisions.
2. I should always be honest with clients.
3. I shouldn't be afraid to walk away from a project if it seems that it is going to be more trouble than it is worth.
4. I shouldn't over engineer remote recording projects - sometimes the simpler setups are the best.
5. I shouldn't be afraid to ask for more money if the client asks for more services or equipment.
7. I shouldn't promise things that I know are impossible to do and learn to use the word "NO" more effectively.
8. I should remember to follow up with clients on estimates and after doing a remote recording for them.
9. I should be realistic in doing time estimates for outside recordings
10. I should learn more about how to use what I have instead of spending money for new equipment (I know it is anti-GS policy but...)
11. I should take some time to relax and spend more time with friends and family.
12. I should smile more and frown less.
13. I should be proactive and not reactive.
14. I should have more fun at work.
15. I should strive to make money but shouldn't let that be my only goal for 2013.
16. I should learn, once and for all, that my clients will always want more for less
17. Being your own boss is the best.
18. Remote recordings that are hours away from home base are taxing to do, physically demanding and most time not profitable.
19. This is a GREAT resource and most of the people here are GREAT!
20. I should remember to say thanks to Steve for having such a GREAT forum...

FWIW and YMMV
Thanks, Plushness!

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Learned to Git it on, ram it and jam it!
Big thanks to Steve Remote!
Happy New Year Remote-sters--onward and UPward for 2013.
Old 7th February 2013
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If I could have only one mic, it would be Soundfield SPS200...

With pre- and postconversion EQ tweaking it is quite awesome.

And multichannel for "free".
Old 7th February 2013
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Still processing all the information from 2012 but so far:
- I/O stands for inputs and outputs (I kid you not)
- Solo classical guitar should be recorded in stereo, not mono...ever.
- Gear matters. Ability matters too but I don't see talented audio engineers making records with Garaband loops.
- Garageband loops are fun.
- ORTF stereo configuration is great for recording a 20 piece guitar orchestra.
- I spend too much time on Gearslutz.

Oh and most importantly, on GS at least, the correct answer to everything is "you need acoustic treatment." "But I already have acoustic treatment?" "You need more acoustic treatment."
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