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Calling all NYC Studio Owners

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Jeemy, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Hi Guys,

    Bit of a long shot this but I am over in New York next weekend, the Friday & Monday (and in fact the weekend) are my free days.

    Basically I am dead keen to have a look at what some of you have got going over there. I'm hoping someone will offer me a studio visit, ideally to sit in on a session.

    I know its an imposition, so....I am happy to offer my services for the day - whether that be soldering cables, tracking, running, or setting up rough mic position, lugging amps....I am happy to help in return for a poke about.

    My main interests are analog and audio, and I'd love to see a major size facility, but its all good.....if someone out there is recording electronica or MIDI I am still up for it.

    Heres hoping this digital world of ours is a small one,

  2. aracu

    aracu Active Member

    I'm doing lots of MIDI orchestrations and electro-acoustic music
    for films, but with hardly any analog. If interested you can contact me at 718 369 3058 (Park Slope, Brooklyn).
  3. I thought this was as appropriate a place to post about this as any other(sorry for jumping your thread). Im moving to new york this week to start attending The Institute of Audio Research. I have been recording for two years now(pro tools cert) and i feel like its time to test the waters.Basically,i have stuff i need to learn,but i feel like i have a good ear and i want to improve my skills by working with the best.I have samples of my work.Im at my day job now and will post later.Im just looking to get my foot in the door and any advice and or leads would be greatly appreciated.TIA!!!!

  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hey Jon!

    It's good that you are interested in learning and are putting yourself out there, but make sure you approach it the right way.

    This forum (and others too) can be a great source of knowledge AND a good way to sell yourself. The best way to do this though is not to come on and tell us all your abilities and qualifications. Post, get known and people will see and understand your qualifications.

    FWIW, I wouldn't dare say "I havve been recording for 2 years" and in the next sentence state "I want to improve my skills by working with the best."

    After 2 years of recording, in truth, you'd be lucky to work with a small project studio at best. I know guys who have been trying to "work with the best" for nearly 20 years and can't break in.

    The thing is, you can learn probably even more by getting out there and doing it rather than walking into a cake job.

    Just my $.02.

    Good luck!

  5. So,youre saying that it would be better to freelance for a while and make more of a name for myself? This would be better than starting as a runner in said studio?Pls elaborate
  6. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    I always enjoy sticking it to the man. the man in this case is the big studio where nepitism rules.
  7. Nathannever

    Nathannever Guest

    You just hijacked Jamie's post...
    not so nice...
    Could you make your own?
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Well.... it depends. If you can get the gig as a runner in a "Top End" studio, go for it. My advice in that case would be to show up to work 2 hours early and stay until closing EVERY day. Interns at shops like these only get noticed if they make people happy. Simply doing their "intern duties" isn't enough.

    I would say, get into a good studio - one that is active and has clients. Work there for a bit, build up some clients (that's the key right there) and then start farming out your application.

    Most importantly, have fun.

    The reason I like working/owning my own studio is cuz I enjoy it. If I had someone else breathing down my neck (besides my wife, of course) telling me how to mix, I might get frustrated over time.

    If you build up a good client list, you can do 1 of 2 things.

    1. You could take those clients and start your own place

    2. You could use those clients as a selling point to a larger firm.

    In either case, you stand to really piss off your previous studio. And this IS a small world.

    So, option 3 would be, get into a good studio and make it better. Sell a couple gold albums in the course of 20 years. After a lifelong pursuit of "the dream" you'll either die from:

    - heart attack (possibly from age, possibly from a wild grouppie giving you the "time of your life." Either one ain't bad.)

    - cocaine overdose

    - old age

    - electric shock (ungrounded guitar amp, kissing the microphone - zap!)

    The most important thing to do is:

    Enjoy the ride (See my signature...)

  9. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Thanks Nathan. Sadly I already gave up on the post....
  10. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    Anyone is welcome to stop my place in lowell ma. but im sure you'll be sadly disappointed :D

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