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Old 7th August 2002
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So much gear, so little time...

Once in a while I wish I had some time to just "play" with the equipment (especially multiFX units), instead having to sneak off to the bathroom with the manual under my shirt and complaining about "that damn diarrhea", so I can get some "quality time" with the equipment manual while the client is in the studio.

Do you guys ever run into that?
Old 7th August 2002
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I read Tape Op on the toilet and very occaisonaly have been known to go online with a wireless conected laptop!

Manuals?

Ugh!

There is a lot my FX outboard can do that I am sure I am unaware of, I am not proud of that, it's just a fact...

Time off for me is for Gearslutz, repairs, socializing and finding new acts



I belive a good assitant can be asked to study complex gear then report back the 'need to know' essentials...

Learning delegation Michael! I recomend it. After all, there is only so much time in the day....

Old 7th August 2002
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EFX aren't my issue but people skills are. ....can't work on that in the bathroom.
Old 7th August 2002
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MW needs no work on his people skills, he has that in spades.

really re: gear workings... i try to keep manuals in the bathroom and learn something new everyday. i have been reading a lot of manuals lately [that sounds kinda gross, i just mean i have been reading the manuals instead of historically fumbling around equipment learning by failing]
Old 8th August 2002
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Re: So much gear, so little time...

Quote:
Originally posted by mwagener
Once in a while I wish I had some time to just "play" with the equipment (especially multiFX units), instead having to sneak off to the bathroom with the manual under my shirt and complaining about "that damn diarrhea", so I can get some "quality time" with the equipment manual while the client is in the studio.

Do you guys ever run into that?

LMAO .... I need to remember that one ..... I just pretend knowing what I'm doing ......
Old 8th August 2002
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I usually bring a couple of manuals out of the studio and keep 'em on my nightstand to help treat my insomnia (the info might be good, but the writing style will put anyone to sleep :D ). I just have to remember to carry 'em back over in the morning (er, um, uhh...noonish - musicians morning) in case I need to look something up.

Scott
Old 8th August 2002
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Ever read a Roland manual? I would rather have diarrhea!

-Z-
Old 8th August 2002
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I spent alot of my inital seconding time re-writing manuals.. I just did a session where the producer pulled out a "cheat-sheet" for his Roland keyboard that I wrote 6 years ago.. way funny.

there is allways saying " ... lets see, i know just the patch for tis... now where is it, the maching muct have dumped the rom again... i'll need a munite to look around......."

Luckily I havent had to pull that out lately.
Old 8th August 2002
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🎧 15 years
This is when the client gets the question : "Do you want to spend hours of studio time looking for the PERFECT effects, or do you just want what I usually use and call it good." Generally, that really seperates the men from the boys. I make it clear that we will enjoy the search and they will get what they pay for, but it may take a while. If they want to be different than everyone else - it takes that extra effort on their part too. If we do go for it and get some neat stuff down - I print it.
Old 8th August 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by ZEUSS
Ever read a Roland manual? I would rather have diarrhea!

-Z-
Roland manuals are good to keep around, just in case you run out of toilet paper...


/Mats
Old 9th August 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by ZEUSS
Ever read a Roland manual? I would rather have diarrhea!

-Z-

HAHAHA, jesus man, show the Roland 5080 manual to somebody that doesn't know about synth's..... it's even more funn than a barrel of monkeys!dfegad
Old 9th August 2002
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I've been known to loop the most annoying 3 seconds in a song (out of time) and blast it on the mains with earplugs in. This usually clears the room so I can spend quality time with my kids, er uhm, gear...
Old 15th August 2002
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Not if Bjork's around,
she could dig that sound...
she might sing right into her ISA430 there and then,
and it'd probably be cool!!!
Old 15th August 2002
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Re: So much gear, so little time...

Quote:
Originally posted by mwagener
Once in a while I wish I had some time to just "play" with the equipment (especially multiFX units), instead having to sneak off to the bathroom with the manual under my shirt and complaining about "that damn diarrhea", so I can get some "quality time" with the equipment manual while the client is in the studio.

Do you guys ever run into that?

What's a manual? heh
Old 15th August 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jules
I read Tape Op on the toilet and very occaisonaly have been known to go online with a wireless conected laptop!



Manuals?

Ugh!

There is a lot my FX outboard can do that I am sure I am unaware of, I am not proud of that, it's just a fact...

Time off for me is for Gearslutz, repairs, socializing and finding new acts



I belive a good assitant can be asked to study complex gear then report back the 'need to know' essentials...

Learning delegation Michael! I recomend it. After all, there is only so much time in the day....




I totally know where you're coming from when you said, (and I paraphrase) "you read while you're riding the bowl.'

I don't know if I can pull off going online with a wireless laptop, 'cause I'm usually very busy reorganizing my bathroom magazine rack! heh

What's a manual again?

Man, time off ... it's also known as sleep for me.

That's exactly what good assistants should be doing between sessions and prep days -- reading manuals, studying complex systems, interfaces and equipment. Reporting back, asking questions.

Coming up with the better track and/or take sheet sounds like a nice project too. Let alone, just writing clean track sheets and stuff.

Just the essentials and a little extra... Nobody likes "Sloppy Seconds." They frustrate the crap out of me.
Old 15th August 2002
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What's an assistant? heh
Old 15th August 2002
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🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally posted by mwagener
What's an assistant? heh
I had one once - they're pretty cool. I had him assisting the carpenter who built my room. He left here with knowledge of how to work a nail gun, a tape measure, and a caulking gun. But the best part is that I paid him $5 per hour instead of the $20 an hour that carpenter's assistants make...

(Actually, he's now got a Pro Tools room in South Florida and is apparently doing quite well. And still calls for advice on equipment purchases.)
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