(With apologies to Jim Butcher)
So, we have this record we’re working on that’s been keeping us a bit busy. Not as busy as I’d like, though. I’m a veteran at this recording thing – the first demo I did that wasn’t “set up a boom box with two mics and record live” was in an 8 track project studio in Manassas as part of one of the band members’ recording course – so I’ve done everything but a “true” high-end studio like Ocean Way or the like. All of them have pluses and minuses. This time, once again, Division is recording the record ourselves.
One of the benefits of recording it yourself is time. Time to fix things that are bothering you, and that you know will bug the crap out of you for years. Time to get it right, to get the right performances, to tweak it just a bit more.
This is also a trap.
There’s no timer with a dollar sign attached to it – and believe me, that can be some serious motivation at $40 an hour. If you’re the person running the project, it’s easy to put things off or get burnt out and step away for a while – and the record drags on forever. Discipline and scheduling are required. Life, unfortunately, sometimes gets in the way. You do things like say “hey, let’s take a break to help our friends with their CD release”, and next think you know you’re a month behind, playing catch up.
There *will* be a Division record next year. Count on it. It just may be a little later than I wanted it. What we have (mostly bass and drums) sounds great.
Sometimes, though, life is easier with a shot clock.