Having newborn twins is crazy.

One thing Pam and I joke about is that we got a 2-for-1 deal on the girls. We were able to add two more kids to the family without having to deal with two pregnancies, two hospital stays, two hospital bills, etc.

It’s a pretty efficient way to have kids. 🙂

And there’s a twin lesson for recording, too.

As you know, it can take a while to get set up for a recording session. You’ve gotta get out the mics, stands, cables. You’ve gotta set up the session, find the right mic placement, etc.

It’s not uncommon to spend 20 minutes setting up and only 10 minutes actually recording.

That’s no bueno, mi amigo.

It’s like playing on the Tonight Show. I can’t help but think that I’d be annoyed by traveling all the way to New York, setting up everything, doing a sound check, and then only playing one song.

I like to get bang for my buck.

That’s why I think you should evoke the 2-for-1 Rule whenever you have a recording session. (Or 3-for-1…or 10-for-1…it’s up to you.)

The 2-for-1 Rule is simply this: whenever you set up for a recording session, record more than one song.

It takes so much work to get things set up. The easy part is actually recording the song. So if you’re going through all the trouble to set things up, you might as well get the most out of it and record a bunch of songs.

That’s how I approached my most recent album. I would have a “vocal day,” where I would set everything up, get a great sound, and then spend the rest of the day recording.

I tracked vocals on 11 songs in 2 or 3 days.

So, next time you’re setting up, make sure you’re not doing all that work for JUST one song.

Get the most out of it.

2-for-1, baby.

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  • Chase

    As far as twins go: Dress them up the same (for this occasion only-it’s tacky otherwise IMO lol), then go to a buffet. Halfway through, when the first twin is done, she (they’re both girls right?) goes “out to the car to get something”. She goes to the car, but who comes out? TWIN NUMBER 2, WHO IS DRESSED THE SAME! Then, she can eat to her hearts content also, and you only have to pay for one meal.

  • David Komel

    Yeah! Great piece of advice. This alone saves me a couple precious hours a week. Keep it up Brother, these tidbits help keep us focused and sometimes remind us what we forgot…. (‘zat make sense?)
    Thx!

  • niklasjblixt

    This is a great way to work! When I recording drums for clients I like to set up an get a sound and then I try to do as manny song for that client with that setup. So if a client has 3 songs I’d like to do all of thous 3 songs in one session before I move on to the next project that maybe has another sound.