One of the ideas or thoughts I have always tried to avoid is getter bitter about the music industry and pointing to different examples of why music is terrible these days and that it was soo much better in the time of XXXX. It doesn’t serve me and it certainly doesn’t serve you.
One of the hardest things to record is a Drum Kit. And what makes this job even harder is a BIG drum set. Harder still with a HUGE one. More microphones means more phase cancellation, smear and less focus.
I’ve heard many great engineers, producers and mixers refer to our industry as a “service” industry. As to say, our job is to service our clients. To give THEM, what THEY want. And I would argue that while that definitely is the case (an unhappy client isn’t coming back or telling their friends to record with you) it’s simply NOT the whole picture.
When we’re doing something creative. Whether we’re writing songs, producing a track or performing live for an audience, we’re going to be nervous. You’re going to be “Scared”. And that’s a good thing. We’re supposed to be scared. It’s scary putting yourself out there and allowing yourself to be judged on your work.
With all of the great recording equipment that’s available these days, it’s very tempting to want to buy it all. Especially if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford it or get an extended credit limit on your Sweetwater credit card. But my advice is to avoid this temptation at all costs. Instead. Work in the trenches.