May 14th, 2012, 04:59 PM
I am going to Austin this weekend to do some lead work for a friend's album. I have never done a real session before and am wondering what I should bring. I know amps, guitars, pedal board- I'm looking for something I may not think of that could be helpful. Thanks
May 14th, 2012, 06:08 PM
I'm 65 and have done some studio time so I'll throw out....
Complex carb munchies in case it's a loooong session
Water, gatorade or the like
Clip board and writing stick to take notes, if applicable
If I think of any other dumb suggestions I'll chime in again.....good luck...carry on...
May 14th, 2012, 06:39 PM
Do you even need to bring an amp?
I'd find out if the studio has a collection of amps - as MANY do these days. Engineers, I've found, will often get a better recorded sound out of an amp they've mic'd many times before. Or, just bring one combo or head (if there's cabs) that you really, really love.
A set of headphones.
Bring a weird guitar - like an old Kent or an elec. sitar, baritone, totally beat to crap old acoustic. And a wacky pedal (ring mod, octaver, etc.) even if you think the music doesn't call for it.
Slides of various materials, E-bow (if you have one).
*Noise gate pedal (sometimes, even in the nicest places, there can be funky power).
Maybe a 'mini' amp (smokey or one those miniature ac30 or twins or marshalls).
May 15th, 2012, 10:17 AM
Make sure your equipment is in order - new strings on the guitar, intonation and setup good, no wonky patch cords or connectors, etc..
Just go in with an open attitude, and have fun!
May 15th, 2012, 12:13 PM
You will have fun! If you have multiple amps and guitars, options are always good. I'd bring em. Sometimes it's good to have an odd sound for a part that needs to fit in the mix under a vocal or similar. A separate head and cab is always nice, so you can be in the control room listening to the speakers and run the cab in an iso booth. Makes for easier communication.
May 15th, 2012, 12:17 PM
Use the common tuner at the studio everyone else uses.
May 15th, 2012, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the great ideas, I'm pumped and ready for this weekend! If y'all can think of anything else all suggestions are welcome.