Last week our group went into the studio to record a few songs. We want a professional recording of our originals to use when applying to play at some of the summer festivals. We’re sort of an electro swing band (we started out electro swing, but we incorporate several styles). But we do incorporate a lot of sampling and synth that is common with electro swing. We’re a seven piece with brass, keys, guitar, bass, drums and a lead female singer. We’re all in other bands and this is a cool little project for everyone. We play out maybe once every other month, so it’s not like we’re a working band. And we typically open for another band, so we’re never the headliner. But we are pretty good IMHO. Well, the BL who is also the guitar player, announced a few days before we went into the studio to record, that I won’t be involved with the recording because bands like ours use real synths when recording, and the bass player is not required on a recording. We would use real bass in a live performance, but not on the recordings. Nobody said anything when he announced this. Maybe he talked to everyone beforehand? maybe everyone agreed? But I piped up and said that I’ve always been playing the bass part and I use a synth pedal when required. I know it’s not the same thing, but to throw that out just before we go in to record was a blow. I argued that the engineer could do anything to my bass when he mixes it down. And I don’t always use effects on tunes, and when I do, I use them sparingly. Nobody commented either way when he announced this, so I was involved with the recording. BTW, I recorded dry - my bass set to flat (rolled back the neck pickup on my Jazz bass) into the studio compressor and then the DI. No bass amp and no effects. We did discuss our strategy in the weeks leading up before our recording session, but this was never brought up. This was handled civilized when it came up, so no one was hurt in the process He posted this video and comments on FB later on in the week: “What you see live is not what they did in the studio. Most instruments are replaced by the perfectly leveled keyboard and beat programs. No humming, no dirt notes, nothing but perfect takes. Small intricacies of dropping out a kick for 2 bars just to add that POW when it comes back aligned with the perfect snap snare. Lessons to live by when going into a studio, prepare your mind and ego for the better of the song not for the appearance of holding an instrument.” Did my ego get in the way?