One guy brought in a normal cassette tape of his band playing into a boom box in mono and asked me if I could make it sound pro by recording the boom box playback through a U47 since they’re “pro mics and would liven up the sound”. What an idiot. He should have known I didn’t have a U47, so I directed him to another studio in town to get the out of tune cassette sounding spiffy through a u47.
Uuuugh! I took this guy to help set up the stage for a church client last night. This dude is a fourth year music technology intern from a local university. I asked him to plug amp into the power outlet. He asked me what to do because the cable wouldn’t reach the outlet. I had to tell him to unwrap the cable. As in remove the velcro cable tie so it would reach the power outlet. I think that one takes the record for the dumbest question I’ve ever been asked.
This guy’s primary instrument is guitar. There was only one pedal between a les paul and my Vox Ac15. Its a TC nova repeater. He asked if there was a special cable because the quarter inch patch cable didn’t fit. I said push it harder, and of course it worked.
Then he patched the inputs and outputs to the input of the pedal and amp backwards.
God help us if colleges made students take an entrance exam that tested their common fucking sense before admitting them. I’m really nice to this kid. I hate that drill sergeant Chris Lord-Alge/Gordon Ramsay treat people like shit attitude. So I’m never mean or degrading to this guy, but there is something wrong here. And I hope I can say it doesn’t have anything to do with my expectations.
The other day I was in a flustered hurry to get some mixes turned in because a power outage had set be back about six hours. I wasn’t paying attention to who I was talking to when a local soccer mom sent a text to ask me about recording her daughter for a college audition. She asked if I used a computer to record. I texted back that I do everything ITB.