Thursday is the big day

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Gabu, Dec 5, 2001.

  1. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    My first studio experience. I am recording 5 cover songs for a cover demo. This should help us to land a few gigs, since we are unknown.

    Boy I hope I don't screw up!
  2. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    with a name like "Paradyme Shyft" you sound pretty screwed up already :D just joshin' ya ...

    good skill (i hate saying "good luck" 'coz it kind of sounds like your own expertise isn't going to win you through, you know?) and kick arse - those recording sessions can be pretty stressful, so just be patient, courteous to the guys helping you out, clean up all your gear beforehand and above all, relax.
  3. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    It's hell when it doesn't work, heaven when it does. :) Let's hope for the best, shan't we?
  4. You WILL NOT screw up. There, it's settled.

    Mike J.
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Relax & play. You'll do fine. If you mess up, keep going because you can just "punch in" & fix any little mistakes you make. ;)
  6. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Patience. Patience. Patience.

    Go in well rested.

    Drink lots of water, stay hydrated.

    Have fun. Lots of it.

    Good luck!
  7. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Thanks guys! I will follow your advice, I have been burning the midnight oil rehearsing, but as suggested, tonight I will definately go to bed a bit early. That water tip struck me the most. My wife tells me that I do not drink nearly enough. I guess going into the studio dehydrated would be counter-productive! I also just realised that my basses intonation is off. I checked my steinberger last night and when I play any open string in tune the 12th fret is sharp. I just had this bass intonated too! But it's been really cold. I am a bit confused about intonation of a steinberger. The way that you intonate is that you move the effective bridge a bit back or forward right? But on a steinberger, that is how you tune the bass. So how in the world would you intonate? Would you bring the strings up? I haven't checked the Fender yet. Maybe I should, and then just use that in the studio.
  8. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    and i will wait for some of you mp3, ok? :)

    good luck!
  9. Intonation is based on where the string saddles sit in relation to the nut and bridge...not too clued up on Steinbergers but all guitars and basses work on the same principle (some, like the Danelectros and older basses have a non-adjustable saddle like an acoustic guitar).

    Take ALL your basses to the studio - often the engineer or producer will ask you to try different sounds to find the best one that would fit. You'll also find that engineers are pretty inflexible when it comes to boutique and vintage instruments - i've been moaned at when using my Rickenbacker in the studio (and live) 'cause of the hum it produces.

    You WON'T screw up, but you might "choke" in you're generally working with people who have a limited timeframe to get the right sound, therefore stress flows around A LOT. You'll probably feel uncomfortable and a little stiff...hearing your basslines "naked" (as in not with a band) can freak you out.

    Relax, lotsa lotsa water, and make sure you take breaks when you're not needed and do something non-musical to relax (such as TV, playstation, etc). If the recording session is lengthy fatigue becomes a killer, both for the body and the performance.
  10. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I wish you the best, Gabu!

    In return, some MP3s.....
  11. anon5458975


    Apr 5, 2001
    No sweat Gabu, just go in there and do your thing. Have a good time.
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Gabu, it's been years since I owned a Steinie clone with the licensed bridge, but IIRC the tuners lengthen or shorten the string, but the saddle doesn't move when you tune the string, the string slides over the saddle. I set it one time on my Westone Quantum, but for the life of me I can't remember what was involved.
  13. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Thanks Embelisher!

    I checked music yo and there are some instructions there. Whew! I was being to worry that the steiny could not be intonated or something weird like that. But I don't mind telling you that my jazz intonates much easier.
  14. Wish you luck, no way you will do fine if not perfect.
  15. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Good Luck!!!hould shave that Mohawk back in for luck!:D You'll be fine, you know what your doing.
  16. you can get intonation dang near spot-on with a good tuner and mucho patience (now that you know what to turn on your bridge)

    plug your bass into the tuner. compare the 12th fret harmonic to the 12th fretted note... if the fretted note is sharper than the harmonic, make the string 'longer' with your adjustment. if the fretted note is flatter than the harmonic, make the string 'shorter'. once they are exactly the same pitch (fretted note and harmonic) for each string, you're as good as there, nephew!!!!:cool:

    good luck with the studio gig, please let us know how it went.