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  • Welcome to The Studio Trenches!

    Hi everyone, and welcome to The Studio Trenches. My name is Phil O'Keefe, and I am your most excellent host. Like Bill and Ted, I'm originally from San Dimas California. Really.

    So what's going on in The Trenches? Our forum description sums it up pretty well: From novice to professional, pre-production to final release, it's all about the recording process -- gear, production, art, arranging, and more. If it happens in a studio - any studio, from the most basic home hobbiest setup all the way up to "big boy (and girl)" rooms, then it's an open topic here. I've got a lot of ideas I'll be sharing with you in the weeks and months to come, but to give you a preview of what's on deck, here's a few sample topics that I hope we can discuss as we go along:

    Gear - what works and what doesn't, with a big emphasis on getting the most for every gear investment dollar you spend.

    People skills - How to interact with clients, musicians, producers, other engineers, etc. How to "sell yourself", where to locate clients and how to approach them. What to charge. How to insure you get paid (it's always nice to get paid ). How to increase your exposure, "name recognition" and demand. Advertising and promotion for yourself, your studio and / or your services.

    Engineering techniques - how do you mic up a orchestral harp? Or a Brazillian Berimbau? How do you get that oh so important kick / bass guitar balance to lock in while mixing? Not just "what's cool" in the world of gear, but how to best utilize it in support of the song so you can get the results you're after.

    Production techniques - spotting talent, developing and nurturing it. Budget considerations and project planning. And getting the talent to perform beyond their best when the red light goes on.

    Art - musical considerations. How does it "feel"? Arrangements and the mix - how they're important to each other. Promoting the vibe - getting people comfortable and relaxed and performing at their best. Setting the mood and knowing when to push and when to come back to it later. And the Song. It's always about a good song.

    Designing a "system" - Making everything "work together". Purchase decisions, acoustical considerations, connecting everything and troubleshooting problems. Workflow and ergonomics. How to get the best results from what you have. Determining where the weak links are in your setup and prioritizing gear upgrades.

    I'm just scratching the surface here - like I said, there's a lot we can discuss, and I'll have more to share when we do the official "launch" on Monday. And YOU are a big part of it. So think about the things you want to talk about. Get ready... We're just a few days away from getting started.

    And remember: Be excellent to each other.
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    "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

    - George Carlin

    "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

    - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

    - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

  • #2
    Nice to be here

    Noob
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    • #3
      Hey folks, look! It's Paul Hogan!

      Good to see you Nursers...

      I see you have more posts than me - that's a switch. We'll see how long you can keep that up.
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      "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

      - George Carlin

      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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      • #4
        Not for long I imagine
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        <a href="http://www.metaversejournal.com" target="_blank">The Metaverse Journal</a></div>

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        • #5
          Welcome Phil. Nice to "see" you as always.
          <div class="signaturecontainer">-Mike Martin<br>Casio America, Inc.<br><br><a href="http://www.casiomusicforums.com" target="_blank">Casio Music Forums</a><br><a href="http://www.soundcloud.com/casiomusicgear" target="_blank">PX-5S Audio Demos</a><br><a href="http://xwsynth.wordpress.com" target="_blank">XW Synth Blog</a></div>

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          • #6
            I kinda like what you've done with the place; interesting color choices, Phil. Did the wife have the iron hand on this one?


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            • #7
              Welcome, Phil - hope you enjoy the new digs...
              <div class="signaturecontainer">Brad Blackwood<br />
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              • #8
                If nursers is Paul Hogan, then I must be Strop!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Watershed
                  If nursers is Paul Hogan, then I must be Strop!



                  hmmmmm, don't images work here?


                  Strop rocks
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                  • #10
                    Hi you down under wanks. Good to see you here. :wave:


                    Oh, Phil, nice place but fix the pane in the disco ball will ya?
                    <div class="signaturecontainer">Still Kickin' cancer's ass....<br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bwsvw.org">Blue Water Sailors of the Vietnam War</a><br><br>HCGB Trooper #246<br><br>Psalm 19 Society<br><br><div class="bbcode_quote"><br><div class="quote_container"><br><div class="bbcode_quote_container"></div><br><br>I can't really imagine experiencing the desire for multiple women; one has proven to be taxing enough as it is.<br><br></div><br></div><br></div>Thanks Offy

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                    • #11
                      Thumbs up to the esteemed Phil-master!
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                      • #12
                        Hi Phil!
                        Hope you enjoy the new digs. As a long time (if not prolific) MP poster (I'm S_Gould over there) I'm looking forward to more of the same great discussion here.


                        Scott

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                        • #13
                          Hi Phil,

                          So what's the difference between this forum and the Recording forum?
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                          • #14
                            Hi Phil,

                            Thanks for letting me hang out here. You are an excellent moderator.

                            Best of luck!

                            Regards,
                            -steve
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                            • #15
                              Hi all!

                              Just pokin my head in to say hi. It's cool to see people from MP over here, hopefully more will come soon. With Phil at the helm, I'm sure this board is going to just as awesome as the 'old' one

                              Cheers,
                              Matt

                              PS: Hey Phil, do you know if it's possible to turn on image posting? That can be super useful sometimes, and I miss the .

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