How are people dealing with COVID-19???

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Thomas W. Bethel, Aug 10, 2020.

  1. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

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    My mastering and restoration business is way down and has been for the past 6 months. We are still getting in some mastering and some restoration work but nothing like it was last year at the same time. I keep reading that there is a lot of music being produced by people who are staying home but I don't see much of it coming through here. Just thought I would ask how others are doing???

    Be safe and STAY HEALTHY!
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

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    Good to hear from you Tom! Sorry you are reporting a severe downturn in business, but I don't think you are alone in that.

    My audio work has dried up almost completely, particularly since all the live events I used to cover have been cancelled. I'm lucky that I don't wholly rely on the income from it, as other non-audio work has had much less of a drop.

    I've had a string of people asking about mixing the things they have recorded at home. After the first couple of jobs, I had to say I couldn't do those any more, as they were so depressing. As we all know on this forum, poorly-recorded tracks take much more time than well-recorded ones to mix to something respectable!
     
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  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tom !
    Good to read from you.. It's pretty sad that you are affected too by the situation.
    I'm lucky enough for doing music only as a second job / hobby. I'm an IT technician and have been working full time since the begining.
    Since recording studios are allowed to open back in Canada, I only had 1 customer (voice over karaoke tracks)
    With the wave of artists doing live youtube shows with their cellphones, it's kinda one more strike against recording quality...
    I still dream of turning back to a world that ask for quality recording being equally important as talent.. (I miss both..) ;)

    Let's hope, our leaders allow us to go back to normal soon..
     
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  4. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    sorry to hear of the slowdown for you, Tom.
    Mixing poorly recorded music is a complete nightmare. It enforced me to forget about ever doing it for a business. Frustrating and depressing indeed.

    I don’t think the music business will ever return back to how it was. Mostly because I’m expecting AI Music to be just around the corner, which will have a sound and process “of its own” that won’t require “engineers”.

    Unfortunately music isn’t an essential business so it’s another blow to earn a living from it.

    Being said... I’m told mic sales are doing very well. I suspect digital audio is also thriving.
    Home based hobbies, youtube, ridiculous etc are thriving.

    I’m keeping my eye on essential services and ways to keep away from all the madness.
    I currently live on Vancouver Island and it’s very busy and so far wonderful living here.

    Crazy world
     
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  5. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    Same to mastering poorly recorded and mixed music, hey ;)
     
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  6. Makzimia

    Makzimia The Minstrel Well-Known Member

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    Working on new home changes. Working on the new studio setup.. new PC will be here this week. Just put new second mobile rack stand together. Put new automatic garage door on so I can motorcycle in and out without wife needing to leave her office. Trying not to think too much about our post apocalyptic life type lol.
     
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  7. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    I've assembled a mobile live streaming rig. I watched a bunch that sounded awful (including "professional" productions) so I figured I could do better. It's pretty much the same idea I had for recording live performance videos, but moving from recording to live streaming. I can do three cameras. The simple sound setup is a feed from a PA system plus a mic at the foot of stage to fill in what the PA mix lacks. I can scale that up to a full XLR split and do an independent mix.
     
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  8. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    Sorry about the downturn Tom. Ive been on hiatus for a few years. Ive been blathering for years that realtime remote recording and mixing was the 'future' for alot of the human musicians and engineers. I think server based audio systems might be as well. This way people can mix using their phone to control the web based daw session, and use headphones ect for monitoring. Source connect allows realtime remote recording, and there's another similar service ive heard pro's reference, whos name escapes me. Ive taken some steps towards testing my idea, having aquired most of the initial hardware, next step us assembly.

    I think with real-time production the producer/engineer can help cure many of the ailments of the home recordings, sonically or production wise.

    I wish i had worked faster so i could sell my system and services since demand for remote realtime increased suddenly with the pandenic. Oh well, hopefully better qualified and backed companies will figure it out for me.

    Anyway i think live work will suffer for a while. I am surprised that mixing/mastering has dried up since people have much more free time. Tho perhaps less funding is the reason.
     
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  9. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    Are you leaving the rig setup in a trailer, or bringing it into the gig/performance spot? How are you monitoring the mix for the stream headphones?
     
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  10. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    smart thinking (y)
     
  11. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    It's in my little station wagon. Normally it's a small mixer, a laptop, two or three tripods, one short mic stand, some cables, a stereo mic, a folding table and a chair, plus a few other odds and ends. Once I get it organized I should be able to load in two trips, one for the table and chair and one for everything else in two rolling cases.

    Yes, headphones. I've practiced doing that a lot so the results should be adequate. The biggest challenge is getting the balance between panned and centered things right, but worst case is that the vocals come out a little on top of the mix. OBS has a basic compressor, but it can also use VST plugins. I have the Reaper plugin pack installed in case I want something a little better.
     
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