I was working with this band on a few songs. Once their band members casually chatted about ’so-and-so’ studio has a ‘huge mixing board that go across the size of this room’ (referring to my control room). Note that I was using a Yamaha MG16/4 so they compared and I just thought, yeah whatever. Another day after their tracking session the guitarist commented on my setup saying, “I didn’t realize yours a 12 channels board”. He noticed there are 12 white-colored faders on it but in effect it’s 8 mono with pre and 4 stereos. I was stupid enough to try to explain this to him saying “well it’s really an 8 channels board with the other 4 stereo channels….” Apparently he didn’t pay too much attention on my explanation on the mixer, but as he heard the word “eight”, it got his eyeball grew bigger and rolling.
* sigh *
I didn’t know what to say and stopped trying to explain what is this ’small mixer board’ thing is all about. So far at that point they were fairly happy about my work and commented it’s much better than what they had done in another place (commercial). Apparently they don’t know much about recording and they thought they know what it means by ‘pro studio’ though – big console. And I knew that if I continued the explanation, their ‘perceived’ goodness of the product will likely diminished, simply because it is not ‘big’ enough. Think about how they’d feel if I told them:
- I only used the preamp on the mixer; other than that I used the mixer for monitoring/routing only
- Other than the drums all I need is 1 or 2 channels for everything else
- I mix your songs on a PC; an analog mixer is actually not necessary
It’s a sad affair as I saw quite a few on the forum asking for opinion on getting a bigger board because of aesthetic reason (me included).