Confessions of a Small Working Studio—The New Role of Remote Recording Professionals

Aug 10, 2010 3:18 PM, By Lisa Horan and Kevin Hill

Donald Setaro

Donald Setaro

Well, it's almost all about the location. For live recording specialists, just like other recording professionals, it's also about building relationships. No matter what the specific circumstances of a given job are, Setaro always tries to find a way to leave on a good note. "Even if the crew has been horrible and things were shaky, I always make a serious attempt to part as friends," says Setaro. "Ultimately, these guys need to be my buddies. My relationship with them may be the determining factor on whether I get the next job that they're involved with." Beyond the crew, Setaro also stresses the importance of being friendly with other live sound companies and recording studios because there just may be situations in which they are going to have to work together. "There's nothing bad that can come from me developing a good relationship with these guys. They may throw things my way, I may throw things their way. It's a lot of give and take."

And those relationships may play an increasingly important role down the road, as technology continues to get smaller, more affordable and more accessible to non-professionals. "I get questions from would-be clients like, 'Can you record 10 to 12 songs for my album in one day and for like $100?'" says Heil. "There's not a whole lot of understanding out there about what really goes into the process. Unfortunately, American society is about instant gratification. These are factors that I believe may work against our profession in the future."

The saving grace may wind up being what many hold responsible for the death of (or at least, the severe maiming of) the old music industry: the Internet. "There's a whole new level of distribution available to bands and artists thanks to the Internet," says Kyle. "Bands no longer have to go to a million-dollar recording studio or venue to record their project or their show to come out with material that they're proud of, and the Internet, of course, decreases the sonic requirements even more. The good news for remote recording professionals is that the Internet hasn't just created an effective way of promoting our services, but it has also opened up a whole new market for clients and that can only benefit us."

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