Let me throw a scenario at you.

As both an engineer and a musician, I get to sit on both sides of the “glass” fairly regularly.

Let me tell you what really bums me out when I’m the musician on a session.


When I’m behind the microphone and in the zone, the last thing I want to do is stop everything while the engineer figures out how to set up a reverb, or create a new track, or punch in that one phrase.

It’s a session killer, in my opinion.

Maybe it’s because I’m an engineer as well, but I’ve been on sessions where I know exactly what the engineer is trying to do, and I know how to do it, but I have to keep my mouth shut because I’m “just” the musician on the session. There have been times where I’ve wanted to reach over the engineers shoulders and show him how to quickly do what he’s trying to do, but that’s generally frowned upon.

It’s not that I’m impatient.

It’s not that I have somewhere else I’d rather be.

It’s about interrupting the flow.

When I’m singing, and I’m really into it, I want to stay in that zone and knock out the song. If the engineer makes me wait 5 minutes, there’s a good chance I’ll come out of that zone a bit, and then the next take won’t sound the same as the previous one.

You don’t have to be Speedy McSpeederson or anything, but identify the ways that you tend to make musicians wait, and work on getting faster at them.

It’ll help you get a better performance out of them.

This was the topic of last week’s VIP training video I shared 9 ways to be faster in your studio (and keep clients happy).

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Joe Gilder
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