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Old July 27th, 2011, 09:39 AM   #22 (permalink)
Scott Horner
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Originally Posted by elsenator View Post
I have some personal experience with this. These are my comments:

- It gives you total control. You know the band, you know the sound, you can do the magic, even from record to record.
- If you do stuff properly, your band members will believe in you, and this is really nice.
- You save a shitload of money!
- You can do everything in your own time. This is actually also a con, since this often leads to laziness for the entire band. But overall, it's nice to be able to do everything when you all feel like it.
- Less people have to be involved, so it's very easy to do a cool sounding 3-track demo, whenever you feel like it. Still very time consuming, but if you know your stuff, you can make a very decent sounding demo in no time, with very few people needed for the process.
- When you've been through the process a few times, all members of the band know what to do, and when to do it, because you do things the same way every time. This saves time in the long run I believe.
- IF you manage to get the other members of the band to buy a decent audio interface, you can teach them to record the DI tracks back in their homes. Now you are only required to help them set up a project for it, and 2 weeks later, you have the completed DI track, and you didn't even have to get involved. This only works if they have the proper discipline and knowledge of what is required for a "guitar take" to be usable. They also need basic knowledge of how a DAW works.

- You tend to do things the same way each time. This leaves little room for "new sound" to enter the band
- You, and you alone, are to blame if things are messed up. This is a heavy burden for one band member to bear. And believe me, something WILL go wrong along the way.
- It's extremely time consuming! It might not seem so bad when you think about it, but at some point you probably will go to bed thinking "daaaamn, I need some time off from this".
- You need to be there every step along the way. Nothing gets done without you being there to grab the steering wheel. This is stressful in the long run.
- It often, not intentionally, puts the rest of the band on the back seat during recording. Half the time you open your mouth they don't understand what you're saying (tech stuff).
- There will be questions from the band members where you can only answer "because that's what I believe to be the best". This is not cool, but sometimes intuition can't be explained. To the band members this is rather off-putting because it seems like you don't know what you're doing even though you probably are.
- It's expensive, mainly for yourself. You need the right equipment. Using a lousy audio interface, shitty mics and cheap amps won't give you a good result. EVERY SINGLE PART OF YOUR CHAIN REFLECTS ON THE FINAL PRODUCT, even the guitar pick! Don't underestimate this.
- It gives you less room to experiment, since you often have lousy recording facilities and less equipment to experiment with (cabs, amps, mics and so on).
These are pretty much my thoughts exactly. Especially the cons. And the only thing they will focus on is the stuff that goes wrong that they can blame you for.

I was just doing shitty demos for my old band when all I had was FL Studio and the other guitar player expected everything to be done with the push of a button, not understanding that every single drum hit and velocity change had to be done by hand. Or not understanding that you won't get a cranked amp sound with amp sims. It was the most frustrating thing ever. I just hope that your band mates are not as dense and actually understand the work, time and money you will be putting into it. When they are hanging out drinking and not practicing their instruments you will be stuck working on songs. Good luck.
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