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    Silliest Mistake You Ever Made In Your Studio ?

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    Well , I always used other people's studios to record until '04 . I purchased a ton of gear and software and tried to go to work (I had only used Reason up to this point) . I was trying to get sounds out of a VSTi for days . DAYS I TELL YOU .... I called tech support from Steinberg and Emu a few times and spent 8+ hours a day , the last day I fooled with it I was in there 12+ .

    I was so frustrated - I redid and undid the "getting started" exercises what seemed 1 million times .... Tech support said "Oh , it is you again" . I was laying on the floor at one point having a panic attack . The Mrs. was very worried .

    Finally I gave up and pulled up an old Reason project just to make some music and the highlighted track was playing a couple of octaves to low !! My darn MIDI controller was in the wrong octave !!! I wasted days of my life cuz of some darn button I did not know existed .

    Things have been going great since

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    A guy spent a whole day doing a bass track and I accidentally recorded over it and he had to come back and spend another day. That was in the ADAT days- no undo button

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    I recorded my garage band years ago on a 15 fps reel to reel two track. Later I digitized it, so I could put it on CD for the band mates and friends. I just did it raw, with no processing at all. Later I decided to try some processing to improve the quality. After a closer listen, I realized that the two channels were out of phase. Duh!

    -JF

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    I recorded my garage band years ago on a 15 fps reel to reel two track. Later I digitized it, so I could put it on CD for the band mates and friends. I just did it raw, with no processing at all. Later I decided to try some processing to improve the quality. After a closer listen, I realized that the two channels were out of phase. Duh!

    -JF
    Dude, you have GOT to have done worse than that at some point.

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    Forgot to leave space for the click track. Beginning of tune was, shall we say, a little off....2112
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian2112
    Forgot to leave space for the click track. Beginning of tune was, shall we say, a little off....2112
    Done that too.

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    I was drinking Jack Daniels and writing a wedding march... I woke up next to my computer the next morning and my dog was naked. It gets cold and lonely here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredProgGH
    Dude, you have GOT to have done worse than that at some point.
    Probably. But I had recorded it back in '84 or so, and digitized it about 15 years later. You'd think that sometime during those 15 years I would have figured out that the phase was messed up.

    Now that I'm thinking about it, I remember more clearly what I did to figure out the phase problem: I rendered it to a mono mp3 to send to one of my band mates, and the vocals nearly disappeared. Even then, I spent a while trying to figure out what was wrong with the codec!

    I know I've done worse, but I felt really small finding that problem after listening to it so many times from cassettes and the reel-to-reel over the years.

    -jf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernstinen
    I've NEVER made a mistake!

    But a friend of mine made a whopper. He was finishing up a big project for a client back in the 8-track reel-to-reel days. Before the mixing session, he decided to clean up the studio, vacuuming the carpet.

    The tape box had been on the floor, and --- any guesses? --- The electric motor in the vacuum cleaner had demagnetized the tape.

    His client wasn't very happy.

    Ern
    I wont even discuss my tape days. Man, thank god for Digital!

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