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Tape-Op Article on Studio Etiquette
Old 28th November 2018
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Tape-Op Article on Studio Etiquette

Hey friends. An article I wrote on studio etiquette was just published in Tape Op. It addresses a lot of the common concerns that arise in this business that we don't necessarily openly discuss. Take a look and share if you dig. Thanks y'all!


Tape Op link (slightly truncated): Studio Etiquette

Google Doc with full article: Studio Etiquette (full)


Justin Douglas
King Electric Recording
Old 28th November 2018
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I've read better articles on the same stuff. This one seems to be focused on some of the authors pet peeves while missing the boat on all kinds of things that noobs should know. I could list 20 items effortlessly but even this GS forum likely has dozens of threads on the same topic.

When you boil it all down it amounts to common sense and communication. If you aren't very well educated in practical things you probably don't have much common sense and if you don't work with others and live a secluded life you probably don't spend allot of time communicating with others.

Best way to overcome both of those is to play out in a band or combo first before worrying about recording. Your musical performance skills and your street smarts will definitely be improved and you'll likely be playing music that actually catches an audiences ear. You also develop the ability to play well in uncomfortable situations and have some idea that Time and Money are related and will be far less likely to waste time if you had to earn that money performing. Its as close to blood money as you get and giving it to someone to record you will insure your Mission to get things done quickly and efficiently will be finely tuned.

The rest? Well, you can go on all day with the pet peeves and what might bother you personally, but that's probably going to turn away more customers then it invites. I've found when people are willing to do a fairs day work for a fair days pay with a good attitude because they love what they're doing totally dwarfs any pet peeve list you can come up with. A good positive attitude will blows the doors off all that stuff. I've also spend enough years on both sides of the glass to know its the man who pays the cash is the Employer and the one who takes the cash is the servant, not the other way around. When you agree to take on a client that pet peeve list isn't going to carry any weight unless its spelled out in a contract.

Green artists are going to be immersed in the here and now and have a singular focus on what they are doing minute by minute. You start throwing a list of do's and dont's at them all you're going to do is disrupt their musical concentration and take a session and turn it into a laborious struggle to capture the music. If you instead ignore all the superfluous crap and simply guide them when needed and a bunch of at'ta boys, you'll capture what the artist actually wants which is a little musical magic.

Experienced Artists can typically handle pluralistic situations much better. They become skilled at walking and chewing gum at the same time and having some engineer reminding him of the Do's and Donts isn't going to disrupt his focus on producing high quality music. Of course you probably wont need that list in the first time given the fact he's likely got more hours of experience then you do and all your list does is show him how green you are in identifying experienced artists.
Old 28th November 2018
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Great article. Nice easy read for musicians who want to learn a little bit about interacting with engineers, and some nice food for thought for engineers to provide a more seamless experience with their clients.

Certainly have run into these issues a million times myself.
Old 28th November 2018
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Not an exhaustive treatise, but what's there is pretty good.
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