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Old 16th September 2002
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Sense of humour

Your most productive sessions have a jokes (Jo) to seriousness (Ser) ratio of?

Mine I'd say on balance Jo 1 : 25 Ser, not too hard a knee and a fairly decent threshold..

at a guess.
Old 16th September 2002
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3-10 ratio

Massive swings between settings, a very fine balance. This is probably due to high caffeine intake.



madd heh
Old 16th September 2002
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Usually enough to make things "groove sufficently."
Old 16th September 2002
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Usually start the session at about 1:10, and the ratio curve accelerates as time goes on. I usually call it when the ratio becomes 7:10 or higher. Different substances and activities yield more or less superior acceleration curves, but the ratio can approach zero to infinity (Jo:Ser) at any point when I remind this singer I'm working with that he's not the damn producer, and why, and that it is a spec deal (my spec), and that if he doesn't like it, I'll just go back to producing my own successful records and he can go back to doing whatever it was he was not doing before. Man, you could hear a pin drop when I say all that stuff.

I think I should start a new thread: Is an artist getting lectured by the producer/engineer through the talkback more demoralizing than in person, and why?
Old 16th September 2002
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Re: Sense of humour

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Originally posted by Renie
Your most productive sessions have a jokes (Jo) to seriousness (Ser) ratio of?

Mine I'd say on balance Jo 1 : 25 Ser, not too hard a knee and a fairly decent threshold..

at a guess.
Seems low on the joke end to me. Keep the jokes coming and your takes won't be.

Actually, I'm in favor of a lot of overall fooling around, which has been taught to me by the best. I mean, if you have 2 hours allotted to getting a basic track take, it may only require 3 or 4 minutes of actual "serious" work.

The worst thing about DAW's is there's no rewind time to get a joke in.

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Old 16th September 2002
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I control them with a multiband.

In the lower range .... 0 .... I'm not a very humorous person that early in the morning .... low mids get a 1:10 maximum .... high mids can be 3 or even 4 / 10 and the high endings by the end of the day are 3 : 1 .... usualy concentration is ruined anyhow that late at night.
Old 16th September 2002
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Re: Re: Sense of humour

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...The worst thing about DAW's is there's no rewind time to get a joke in...
Yeah, I would agree with that. And whatever time you do have while punching in the "go to" buttons on a DAW gets taken up by looking at the computer screen. No jokes there, you might mess it up tut

But some sessions suck, and you're glad you have a DAW for those.
Old 17th September 2002
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Cartoon websites can make for a fun break!

I will post up some tomorrow!

Jules
Old 17th September 2002
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Oh good, I obviously need help in the fun dept..heh

Gearslutz is helping, Jules' witty posts make me laugh often, let's see if i can make it up to 2:25...
Old 17th September 2002
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sessions start at probably a 1:10 but end up at 1:1 by the end of the day.
Old 17th September 2002
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my ratio is probably 1:10 when the session starts...i try to use my jokes like well thrown grenades...only when and where neccessary. of course as the session goes on it usually requires the clusterbomb approach.

humor therapy is an art, no doubt about it.rollz
Old 17th September 2002
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Probably 50/50. I try to keep it funny and not make it seem like serious work at all. I subscribe to the theory that the athmosphere you have while recording, is the athmosphere ending up on the album. After all Rock 'N Roll is supposed to be fun, right
Old 17th September 2002
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When tracking I try to keep the fun side up as there is enough pressure to get the take down so you need to lighten things up.

Mixing well pulling sounds and stuff is serious although you do need your mental breaks. Like pitch shifting the male singer into a girl for one listen through the mix for reactions around break time..
Old 22nd September 2002
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Like pitch shifting the male singer into a girl for one listen through the mix for reactions around break time..

Yup that one cerainly IS a goodie
Old 22nd September 2002
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I joke around a lot in sessions. It keeps thinks light and fun. People play better when they're in good moods.

There was some great humor at a recent session. the band asked me to play drums on a cut. I showed the singer and the drummer how to use the locator and talkback. I got out into the room and made sure I had the form. The singer got on the talkback and said a couple things that I have been saying to on previous takes. We all laughed and then got a take.
Old 22nd September 2002
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gotta tell the jokes...keeps ME relaxed as well...also, when the time comes to say something really serious, it tends to stand out more...

A plus: I usually let the recorder keep going while the singer waits for lead breaks to finish...interacting with him/her during lead breaks keeps the mood light, and leaving the singer's "did you hear the one about..." in the first mix for the talent's manager REALLY gets the manager's attention...works with ourageous scratch lead takes as well...
Old 23rd September 2002
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Isn't the fact that I'm paid good money to do what I love a big enough joke by itself?

This all depends on my clients. Kinda like a substitute teacher: you get away with what they let you.
Old 24th September 2002
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funny ha ha

i spent the last 3 days recording a childrens albumrollz
its hard to be serious when you are recording the
pussy song (pussy cats go mMEEEOWW)

yes they do

so 0/100 for me heh
fuuck
Old 24th September 2002
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I refuse to do those sessions. I worked with Kirk Franklin and said the "F" word... A 3 hour lecture about how I needed to "find jesus" ensued. Thank god (no pun intended, that is a pun right?) I was getting paid hourly back then.
Old 24th September 2002
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Mixing well pulling sounds and stuff is serious although you do need your mental breaks. Like pitch shifting the male singer into a girl for one listen through the mix for reactions around break time..
I've got another one the cracks people up! At the end of any song that ends at the bottom of a big drum fill, adding layers of huge sounding fills that trail right after it. Sounds like 5 drummers playing at once and all cascading and toppling over eachother. Supercompressing them makes it stand out as a joke . Best if it ends with a small crash or a splash too heh heh heh .
Old 25th September 2002
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it was for a friends wife//
but it made a change !!
costumes might have been good grggt
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