How to make yourself a more attractive studio partner

Recording Entrepreneur

Renting a studio on a dry hire rate is cool for bigger budget projects, but it’s expensive as hell and in my experience, it’s much more rewarding to move into an already established studio, sharing the space with other engineers and contributing to the rent and bills. How do you convince someone that you’re worth taking on?

Gear, clients and the willingness to contribute.

Can you fill a gap in the studio’s equipment locker? I know I bang on about gear, but having a solid set up for tracking electric guitars has helped me out a lot in these kind of situations, and I’m more than happy to share everything I use with the other engineers at the studio. What can you provide?

Clients! It’s a tricky thing when moving into an established studio, you definitely don’t want there to be an overlap in the sort of clients you have…

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Sound Man by Glyn Johns

I have many music books and never enough time to read them all. I am thankful for my extensive music library.

I have been reading and reflecting on the best music books of 2014. One book title that really stands out is Sound Man by Glyn Johns.

Glyn Johns has been behind the soundboard recording dozens of monumental recordings in the annals of rock music.  His work evidences the midas touch of Sir George Martin, Eddie Kramer, Rick Rubin and T-Bone Burnett.

If I had to name my favorite Glyn John’s recording it would be Who’s Next. Every time I hear the songs from this album I understand unequivocally why rock and roll resonates in my soul.

“Sound Man opens with a declaration: A record producer has to have an opinion and the ego to express it more convincingly than anyone else. So Glyn Johns has stood his ground with a…

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