Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Phil O'Keefe

Welcome to The Studio Trenches!

Recommended Posts

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. :cool:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey folks, look! It's Paul Hogan! ;):D

 

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. :p

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

 

 

:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally posted by Watershed

If nursers is Paul Hogan, then I must be Strop!


paulhogan.jpg

hmmmmm, don't images work here?

 

Strop rocks :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Phil,

 

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

 

Best of luck!

 

Regards,

-steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all! :D

 

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 . ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally posted by younggunmn


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 .
;)

 

I was just thinking about that... IMG tags can be turned on or off for individual forums, and IMO, they definitely need to be "on" over here. They're a lot of fun, and for technically oriented topics, they can make explaining things a lot easier - a picture being worth a thousand words, etc. :) But there will be some rules about their use.... I'll expect people to be responsible about how they use that feature, and be careful about what images they post. Anything profane or obscene will be yanked immediately, and may result in banning of the person who posted it. :eek: So yes, I am going to turn that feature "on", but please use it responsibly folks. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe


banning of the person who posted it.
:eek:
So yes, I am going to turn that feature "on", but please use it responsibly folks.
:)

 

Awww, man, well there goes my whole reason for asking :(

Just kiddin -- thanks Phil :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for letting me know about that - apparently Verve (my hosting company) screwed up when they moved my site to a new server. You should see a "temp" page up now, and most of the content should be up in the next day or so. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Phil, September looms...more road trip ahead CEDIA and then New England, NYC, Levin's etc...

 

Any thoughts on when we eat?

 

R

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You'd think that the 70's style wallpaper would make it look worse, but it adds a nice touch to the place! :p

 

It's good to be here....

 

Cheers!

Spencer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...