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Recording Music on Location, 2nd Edition by Bruce Bartlett

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6A Real-World Example: Recording a Blues Band in a Club

In this chapter I’ll describe an on-location recording project that I did recently. The leader of a local blues band phoned me, saying that his band wanted to be recorded live in a club. The band members thought that a live recording would capture their energy better than a studio recording, and would cost less to make.

Preproduction

In talking with the leader, I got this information:

  • Performance date and time: Dec. 31, 2014, at 8 p.m.
  • Load-in time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Length of performance: Three 40-minute sets (approximately).
  • Venue and venue address: Riverside Café, Chester, Michigan. It is a restaurant with a stage for a band.
  • Instrumentation: Bass, drum set, electric guitar, two stereo keyboards ...

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