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    So our jazz group won the grand prize in a talent contest recently. One of our prizes was six hours of studio time, which is coming up in June. This is a first for me. Anyone here ever record in a professional studio before? Any hints for this newbie?
     
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    I'll sic Mm on you. He's played longer than you are old.
     
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    Build a sandcastle in there and start taking lots and lots of anti-psychotic medication.

    What? That's what Brian Wilson did when he made Pet Sounds! :tng:
     
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    Congratulations, Jeff! That rules!

    So, are you guys going to cut a promotional demo, or are you thinking more along the lines of a CD to market by yourselves - like at gigs and stuff?

    First off, I'd say be ready for the fact that set-up, level check, and mix-down are going to eat up a good bit of those six hours, so set your goals accordingly. Go ahead and meet with whoever's going to produce the session, and discuss what you can realistically accomplish in the allotted time. What the heck - you may collectively decide that six hours is just a good running start - depending on your goals and your budget.

    With all that decided, choose your strongest material and rehearse it until it's second nature. If you can give me some more of the details - either here or in a PM - I'll be glad to offer any help I can.

    I'm stoked, Jeff! I think you'll find the studio environment is a gas!
     
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    and we want copies!
     
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    Yeah - what Johnney said!
     
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    Jeffs been teasing us now for a while
     
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    MM, we've cut a promo CD (though I have yet to get copies from the sound guy) of three songs, recorded live in our church. This will be a 10 track CD for us to sell at gigs.

    Really, I'm worried about nerves. I get nervous (still) playing in front of larger crowds, especially outside of church. I guess that's my biggest fear - that I'll totally screw up my parts because I'll be nervous about getting it right the first time, because time is money in a studio, etc.etc.
     
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    Sorry... I have yet to get a quality recording. We recorded a live CD for Christmas, but the mix was horrible.
     
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    Yeah - the mixdown is as important as any note you hit in the studio. Unfortunately, it's also time-consuming. The guy who's doing my CD says to allow - at a bare-bones minimum - a half hour per song for mixdown.
     

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