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Re: Recording an Album

Dear Todd,

reflecting on those two options (1 being DIY, 2 being professional 
studio) - note that this is very personal-taste-ish. But first, some 

First, what didn't come out in your description of option 1 is that 
you'll still need an engineer (and, if you are able to do that yourself, 
an engineering assistant). I don't know whether you qualify as an expert 
engineer yourself, but even if you do, you need someone to work the gear 
- everything else is not much fun.
You wouldn't necessarily need to buy those super 
microphones/preamps/converters, renting/borrowing might be a good option 

I'd go with option 1. Why? Because if (should be iff here) you're able 
to find a decent room, you can give your record a very unique sound by 
making use of the room. (Yes, do record the room, if it's something 
church-like, e.g. lots of reverb, best with a pair of PZM half-omnis. 
Then you won't need artifical reverb). And this way, your record will 
sound very unique - basically, Daniel Lanois had been famous to work 
like this even before the days of computer-based studios by not using a 
studio in the traditional sense for his productions, rather finding a 
nice location and then schlepping his studio gear there.

My .02


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