from hobby to pro

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SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
Contributor Since: Jun 20, 2002

I've read quite a lot of threads asking "how do i become a pro?" or ,"how do i get into doing this for a living?" Well i just had a relization , I started out with the intent to just record my band (at the time) and have a little fun in doing it , come on how hard could it be , right ! Well a few years later and contless hours behind a PC either reading up on all the tech ,and tricks of the trade or working on some new song for some one . There is a lot behind recording almost if not more work goes into to recording a song as writting it . My hobby has turned into almost an obsession , and i couldn't be happier , because the lights have come on ( so to speak) and this is deffinatly what I'm want to do and I belive I'm cut out for . I guess i don't have a huge point here I just wanted to say to some of the new people that recording is fun , it's a lot of work at times to get a great sounding mix , but it's well worth it in the end . Plus I've found out I can make money doing something I love and it's not cump change .

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a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
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Since: Oct 09, 2002


Jul 23, 2003 03:26 pm

I totally agree! It's been exactly the same way for me so far.

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Since: Sep 09, 2002


Jul 23, 2003 03:36 pm

that's my dream too.

when my family thinks i should be goin to college or something, i find support from people by suggesting this to them: every guitar player wants to be a rock star. it an image rubbed into us from day one, but it's just not realistic. Very few musicians have what it takes (luck, talent, etc) to make it big, BUT there will always be rock stars. And those stars will always need sound engineers to make their music happen. Wether it's the sound man on stage, or the recording engineer, or mixing, or mastering or whatever, that's a job that's always gonna be out there, something that NO computer will ever replace because music is a human quality. I'm human, and I'm gonna make music!

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Since: Dec 30, 2002


Jul 23, 2003 07:43 pm

still persuing that dream here as well...

I get my degree in Audio Engineering in 3 months time - I hope I get the 2:1 I was aiming for :D

jues.

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Since: Jun 19, 2003


Jul 23, 2003 10:23 pm

Good for you Geoff, (And the rest of you folks)

Go for it hard. Trust me, you don't want to look back when your'e 40 (I'm assuming your'e not) and kick yourself for not starting sooner. Be happy, good luck to you.

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Since: Jun 19, 2003


Jul 23, 2003 10:26 pm

Oh yeah, something Jamie said reminded me about how a lot of people made millions during the gold rush in California...... It wasn't the miners that got rich, it was the people that sold the miners shovels and stuff.

SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
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Since: Jun 20, 2002


Jul 25, 2003 09:57 am

grumpeedad , same goes for you man , you're never too old to learn . My mother when back to school wehn she was 45 for her teaching degree , and in my oppinion that took a lot to accomplish .

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Since: Jun 19, 2003


Jul 25, 2003 12:17 pm

You're right, and actually I am going back. I will be taking some nutrition and chef courses at my local Junior College and the next year the family is relocating. This is when I will be enrolled in the California Culinary Acadamy.
I'm a lot more ready for school now at 44 than I was in my 20's. There were just to many beers too drink and skirts to chase.

SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
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Jul 25, 2003 12:20 pm

hay man I live about 20 min from there .

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Since: Jun 19, 2003


Jul 25, 2003 01:16 pm

Really? Now I live in Rocklin, but have been a Sacramento native all my life. My wife works at HP in Cupertino and we are leasing a condo there. Plan to relocate in the next year, maybe two.

SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
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Since: Jun 20, 2002


Jul 25, 2003 02:42 pm

I work at travis , and I live in Davis , my fam lives up in Lake county and the bay area . Hay maybe we can have a beer or something , say in Sac or something.

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Since: Jun 19, 2003


Jul 25, 2003 03:03 pm

Davis, has Sudwerk or is it Sudwork, I can't remember the spelling, drank a bunch though.
I'm up for that, maybe on a weekend.
Hey, isn't this how you meet insane killers?
Send an e-mail to grumpeedad@hotmail.com

SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
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Since: Jun 20, 2002


Jul 25, 2003 03:08 pm

I live 2 blocks from there , my room mate is going to the beer making school and has tured our kitchen into a brewery.

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Jul 25, 2003 03:14 pm

My wife makes good money, but my next choice would be a roommate who makes beer.

SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
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Since: Jun 20, 2002


Jul 25, 2003 03:19 pm

you never have to worry about going to the store after hours , that's the plus , the downfall is after each batch the down stairs smells like beer for a few hours and i have to shair my vocal booth (modified walk in closet ) with the fermintator .

Freeleance Producer/Engineer/Gtr
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Since: Aug 11, 2002


Jul 25, 2003 07:36 pm

actually, i started the same way as geoff. i've got some decent clientele and a friend and i are planning to start an indie label... signing bands that we think we can produce/sell. we'd sign them to a 1000 cd dup deal and record at our studio and take a percentage. basically provide a band with a demo and duplication that couldn't afford it up front. we'd sell the cd's for x amount and the profits go to us until our debts and earnings are paid off and then the band will receive the profit from that point on. i know... it could turn out bad for us but it could turn a nice profit for us and the band and provide them a cd they didn't have to pay up front for.

Freeleance Producer/Engineer/Gtr
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Jul 25, 2003 07:40 pm

we would also sign our band to the label so that if picked up by a major then we'd get bought out of the current contract which gives us a little more cash... if that happens



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Since: Jun 19, 2003


Jul 25, 2003 07:54 pm

Those are the chances most self-made-millionaires take. Good luck

SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
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Since: Jun 20, 2002


Jul 26, 2003 10:59 am

el musico , I'll be getting into the same bit soon , i just wanted to finish up a little school and military first . Best of luck man and who knows we could be working together someday or be each others competition, hahahahha

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