Another installment of our Session Survival Tips Series. This week featuring Nic Wilbur.
What do you eat during sessions?
Food is very important to me when I am working in the studio. My tips to others are to have plenty of snacks and to not be afraid to express your needs to the band you’re working with. I think I am a much better engineer when I have some food in me. I have also learned not to wait too long to eat.
What helps you keep your focus over a long studio session?
I often change listening positions when I am work to help to keep focus. Most often I stand but sometimes I will sit and listen to the set of speakers sitting on top of the console. I guess at dub its a little different because you have to be in headphones during tracking. I like to move around a little bit. It helps keep me from zoning out too much. I zone out more when I’m tired and hungry. I do a lot of stretching when I’m in the control room by myself during tracking.
Do you experience ear fatigue? What do you do to combat it?
I have experienced ear fatigue, but lately it hasn’t been that much of an issue. If I do get ear fatigue, I take a break. Especially during mixing. I’m rarely happy with a mix I made when my ears were tired. Also, I last longer when I don’t listen back to things too loud. Bands often want to hear things back pretty loud, but I feel like my ears wear out faster like that. Also, I think some headphones induce ear fatigue. The very common Sony MDR-7506 headphones kill my ears. Its the high mids that do it to me. I think its worth getting a nice pair of comfortable headphones that don’t hype the high mids so much. I like the Beyer dynamic 880 pros. There are a lot of other good ones.