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Old 9th June 2002
Studio Mealtimes?

Am I weird that I like to eat all together with the band / artists?

Start Noon
Lunch 2pm
Dinner 8pm
End 11pm (unless I am mixing then I go very late & start late)

When I mix, sometimes bands arrive in the evening "oh no thank I grabbed a burger" then some can look impatiently at their watches when they have to sit and watch me and an assistant eat..

Or while we work various members 'sneak out' and grab something..

Now I stress, dont eat, let's ALL eat together!

It's working...

I am a real chow hound!

Any mealtime stratagies?

What do you all do for eats anyway.

WAZ FER DINNER?!!!!!!!!!

Old 9th June 2002
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🎧 15 years
The studio is out in the boonies, so if we want to go out it's always an hour and a half until we're back to work. We might go to a restaurant twice a week and the other times we have somebody cook or BBQ at the studio. But I definitely break for dinner (should be bumper sticker) and get my head out of the studio for a while. We normally start around noon, so lunch has already been taken care of. And there is always snacks around.

One rule:
Old 9th June 2002
Moderator emeritus
🎧 15 years
I tend to schedule in the normal Nashville manner - tracking sessions start at 10:00, 2:00, and 6:00. So we do the morning session and then there's an hour for lunch - we do the afternoon session and then there's a dinner break. It's not really all that comon for folks to be out here for 2 sessions in a day, so quite often, whoever is on the 10:00 session and I will go grab lunch (there are 3 or 4 decent restaurants within 5 or 10 minutes drive), and sometimes whoever is booked for the 2:00 will join us.

Then then there are the days when that doesn't work, and I'm sitting in the engineer's chair from 8:00AM unitl midnight...
Old 9th June 2002
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loudist's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Home at Last

Down in Miami there were two beautiful women, Cindy and Jeri, who ran a catering and home leasing business called Home at Last.
They would cook very good and healthy meals and bring them to the studio and set up a wonderful buffet.
I asked both of them to marry me, as I didn't want to break up the set.
They nicely turned down the offer... although it still stands in perpetuity.
Old 9th June 2002
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alphajerk's Avatar
🎧 15 years
does beer count as dinner?

there is never an organized lunch/dinner break at my place. sometimes we will get pizza but the sessions go non-stop for the day and eat as we go. sometimes i will have cookouts.

i too am in the "boonies"
Old 9th June 2002
Gear Head
🎧 15 years
If I'm tracking, which I do at outside studios, it goes like this:

Downbeat at 10:00 AM
Lunch as close to 1:00 as possible with EVERYONE
Production assistant brings in snacks (sandwiches etc.) at
5:00 PM
Quit as close to 7:00 PM as possible, give everyone the night off
and the chance to eat dinner with their family.

I only track Monday through Friday, NO Weekends.

If I'm overdubbing, which I do at my home studio, it goes like this:

Start at 10:00
Lunch 1:00 with EVERYONE (invite your family as well)
Quit around 6:00 I eat with my family, talent goes home to be
with theirs.

I only overdub Monday through Friday, NO Weekends.

If I'm mixing, which I do at my home studio, it goes like this:

I start by myself each day at 8:00 AM
Lunch between 12 and 1:00 PM
quit as close to 7:00 PM as possible.

I mix this way Monday through Friday, and from 8:00-1:00 on Saturday. SUNDAYS OFF.

I used to work my brains out 7 days a week, 18 hours a day and decided I was going to start spending time with my family and make some time for myself as well. 11 hours a day mixing is pushing it for me, I think sometimes I reach diminishing returns before that. Also, I just don't want my son to remember me spending all my time in the studio and not with him.

Since I started this sort of schedule, my work has actually greatly improved. The record companies are used to me working this way now, and make allowances (like hiring me earlier instead of waiting to the last minute). Musicians love me as well.

There are still the crazy times when a deadline looms sooner than you anticipated, and you have to pull a three day marathon, but that is the exception now, not the rule.
Old 10th June 2002
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C.Lambrechts's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Originally posted by mwagener

One rule:
where can I buy a T shirt with that on ????

pizza hut ... 3 minute walk / Kebap .... 2 minute walk / normal food restaurant .... 5 minute walk / Belgian Frites .... 1 minute walk ...... all open almost all the time .... only Kebap at 3 am though yell

I'm afraid I have no rules. I eat whenever I'm hungry .... which depends of the time I last had something to eat. And usually depends too on the time I got up ..... usually 9.30 am.

NEVER start at the studio before 11 am.

11 pm is a good rule to stop at night but not a must .... we have flexible hours for everything I guess
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papawhitehead's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Belgian Frites .... 1 minute walk ......

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lowfreq33's Avatar
🎧 10 years
We're lucky enough to have Calypso Cafe and Baja Burrito within walking distance... of course the producers always insist on driving.
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s.d.finley's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Originally Posted by C.Lambrechts ➑️
Belgian Frites .... 1 minute walk ......

Damn, this is one old thread....however, the thought of Belgian Frites is making me hungry!!

Luckily, there is one mexican resturaunt the block over from the studio. Soon a Sushi Thai place is opening up down the street too....I will be there alot! The wont like me critizing their Thai food...
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Daniel Antix's Avatar
🎧 10 years
my home studio (which i do get clients through) is above a strip shopping mall at the beach (walk through road is closed to cars). so we can just go downstairs and there are like 15 cafes, 50 take away places, nice restaruants etc to choose from. depending on the client (and time of day) we either get a pizza, chinese or actually dine in at one of the cafes. yes it annoys me when people eat without me hehe.
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rockstar_josh's Avatar
🎧 10 years
I absolutely have to eat between 12-1, and between 6-8, I have an internal clock that makes me drop everything and eat. My business partner doesn't eat until he goes home at night, and schedules things regardless of meal times, so we tend to bump heads once in a while. Basically, my one concession is that I will eat at lunchtime, and it is usually a good opportunity to get people away from the session for a minute and regroup. Speaking of which.... time for dinner!
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🎧 10 years
Down beat at 9:00 AM
Lunch at noonish - do what you want, but stay away from me and the upstairs and the kitchen - Burger King / Wendys is in town. 10 min. away.
Play again at 1:00 - 5:00
5:00 - dinner - stay away from me and my wife. Kitten does'nt like you band types anymore - you smell funny.

6:00 - 9:00 pm play.
9:00 - release the hounds.

I do this for money not entertainment. Do not even think about bringing your family over here.

I'm just a lovable burned out 45 year old fuzzball engineer who was never a people person.

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ToddF's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Will usually break every 4 or 5 hours into a session and have dinner. Clear out the brain and ears. Start times vary from 10am-1pm, 8am for corporate ad clients. Most engineers hate that start time.

Delivery or interns get the food, sometimes everyone goes out. We try to stay away from greasy fast food. One of our engineers is lucky and his wife will bring home cooked often. So nice.

Good coffee and healthy snacks throughout.

Peace, Todd
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