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Thursday, January 19, 2006


It's always refreshing to throw yourself on the other side of the glass. I just got back from a recording session up in Midtown. A producer that I know asked me to help her out with some vocals on a track for an industrial. Why not?

I'm certainly no great singer, but apparently I gave them what they wanted. It was a great experience being in a different studio, and not running the session. I was strictly 'talent', and I very conciously refrained from adding my two cents, which I'm sure was appreciated. It's not easy. There's a natural tendancy to want to chime in, instruct the other singers, and offer advice on which take was best, but I held my tongue, for once, and had a rewarding experience.

I was also paid 25 bucks for an hour's work, which is the most money I ever made singing.

You mean you didn't say...

Is this an expensive mic?

Can you turn up my headphones?

Can you turn down my headphones?

Can you turn me up?

Can you turn the band up?

Can you turn me down?

Can you turn the band down?

Can you give me reverb?

Can you give me more reverb?

Can you give me less reverb?

No, it was better before.

What would it sound like if I doubled it?

Can I just try doubling it?

Can I try doubling it again?

Can I triple it?

Will this sound stupid?

Do you have autotune?
I let the other singers handle those duties.
How we've all grown up. There was a time when a visit to a studio like that for me would mean, "What can I steal that's not tied down?".

My god man, give me more reverb!!!
Thre wasn't any real gear envy. I saw a lone U87 sitting on a shelf, a nice Baby Grand, the control room sat eight comfotably, I envied that, but couldn't fit it in my pocket.
aren't you going to tell us what you sang and for whom?
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