First, feaker, thank you for allowing this to go a little sideways. It’s my fault…I just saw the perfect opportunity to ask a question and maybe see if anything I could do might help Andrew if there was a need.
Andrew, so sorry for forgetting about your new name. I remember now but for some reason, it didn’t hit me until you mentioned it.
Next, I’m sorry for making you feel uncomfortable with discussing the internal studio stuff. I honestly stuck a hand out in hopes that if you needed me, that I would be there to try my best to help. I also thought of messaging you privately, but felt a little awkward myself. So apologies for any awkwardness and sincere thanks for giving us a glimpse of what goes on. That really means a lot that you shared that and again I thank you.
Also, just so you know in case you may have forgotten, I am, and always have been a fan of your work. So if it takes time and is therapeutic to you, you are right where you want to be.
A little about me if you’re curious. I’m totally against quantity over quality. I will never sacrifice it to a client and have only sacrificed quality one time in my life with my own personal project due to a record company mistake where I didn’t have s choice. It was release the first album or miss the boat. The album quality is not very good compared to even some of the demos here…and it haunts me every day. It actually sold fairly well and helped put me where I am. But hey…I didn’t know what I know now in 1989 which was when I started the album.
Anyway, always quality first for me. But, with a growing business comes deadlines and sometimes like my album, you can miss the boat. Once I got all the issues with monitoring out of the way, my life changed for the better. The mixing part took form on its own. From there, my practice routine was to learn how to work smarter, not harder.
I have what I call lab work two times per week that I make time for no matter what I have planned. 3 things that always happen…date night with my fiance every Wednesday, lab work with procedures on Monday morning and lab work experiments on Friday morning.
The Monday morning procedures lab is me experimenting with how to do things better and faster that take time out of my day. A lot of this is keystrokes where I press one or two buttons to do something where I’d have to use a mouse with movements before.
Editing: for some dumb reason, I’m good at this and can go so fast through it, if I ran video you would think I sped it up. The other side of that coin for me is, I don’t do it unless I have to or it’s requested of me.
Fortunately for me, I’m at the stage where I’m secure enough to pick and choose my jobs. I know that sounds cocky but it’s not meant to. Why take on a job that someone slopped together that needs 4 hours of editing before you even start?
If you need the business or you enjoy that sort of thing, it’s great. But I’m a record, mix, master guy…not a garbage man. Not meaning to imply those that do editing are garbage men. I’m just saying…I’d rather not do it and not be taken advantage of. I kill all dead spots in audio and have a tool in sonar that will batch process all that. So I don’t even have to manually do it anymore. “Remove silence” with a little trial and error is an incredible tool. Dangerous too of course if you don’t tweak it.
Or, I simply use gates and set them accordingly. I don’t mess anything up as every track is auditioned individually and I take notes on the super low pieces that may be in the wave file. But 9 times out of 10, I can have an entire project edited in an hour or less.
Drum replacement editing etc…I have awesome tools for this that speed up everything to where it’s near foolproof. I have a sample library that is just sick. Most of my colleagues want my library left to them when I die. Lol!
I can take a real.drum and have a replacement that sounds just like it the right way in seconds. Tuning, room sim, resonance etc…I have all this stuff built into my template already.
So quite a lot I’ve done already. Some.of my templates have taken a month to perfect. So I’ve done some serious work there and of course they need altering from project to project. But it’s amazing the time.I’ve saved just doing things like that.
One of the things we pride ourselves on is turn around time. I’m honestly booked to mid 2018 already with bands coming from all over. I do massive online work, court stuff for small municipalities that still run cassette tape on their hearings that we send to flash drive or digital media. We do phone messaging to big corporations when you call and get all the prompts. School orchestra stuff, ad spots, recording video lessons…it’s super cool and never a dull moment.
My reason for saying that, with all that stuff going on, if someone here hired me for something, I’d find the time to get it done sometime this week if possible. I don’t like turning people away. It’s not just the money…it’s sincerely about helping people and making a difference in their lives for the better.
I’m not the best at this stuff and never claimed to be. People talk you up when you’ve done something to make a difference in their world. You know how it goes…you too have some loyal and loving fans. But I’ll always choose quality over speed. Though, speed is sort of important in what I’m doing too. As long as the speed doesn’t ever overthrow the quality. Thanks for the reply…much respect and admiration brother.