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Old 16th March 2003
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So much gear, so little time!

So much gear, so little time! Well, not quite that much gear in my case, but certainly little time, when it comes to recording / soundchecking a band. I notice that the pressure is on when the band comes in and sets up their gear. The drumsoundcheck! I notice that the band can get quite nervous waiting arround for a drumsoundcheck to finish, expecially when paying out of their own pockets. I rarely realy have too much time to check out any alternative options rather then let's say changing kick mics for a couple of times and moving the snare mic a bit, 'cause the band wants to start tracking ideally in 90min time after setting up...! And thats with two headphonemixes included - well, you get the picture! Now here is the question. Let's say the band comes in for seven days to record a given amount of material, how much time could you spend (average) to get the drums right in comparison to the whole recording duration without feeling 'guilty'. This example should include a moderate sounding kit/ player, with some tweaks on let's say the kick and floortom. It's clear for me and you guys that a basic drumsound can 'make' the bandsound, but some bands these days seem to forget, that it still can be quite a hard job to achieve......
Old 17th March 2003

Walk in a Noon, whole band set up by 6pm / 7pm

Drummer in at Noon

Bassist in at 4pm

Rest in at 5pm

I take a long time, but you asked! And a 7 day booking should be able to support this important set up time IMHO.

Anyhow, you know how I work already as we have done several sucessfull sessions together! (but I posted up my methods to join the survey)

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