Tuesday, October 26, 2010

20 Years For 30 Seconds

We once hired a first-call New York session player to play sax on a :30 TV spot. The guy was as good as it gets, but the client was going to be at the recording session (always a treat) so we didn't quite know what to expect.  

Our sax player shows up on time, looks at the chart, warms up for a minute or two, climbs in the booth, and nails the track perfectly on the first take, just as we expected.  The client was thrilled, but leaned over and whispered, "That only took a minute. Do we have to pay him for the full session?"

We politely told the client that he had already gotten his money's worth.  After all, it didn't take the sax player 30 seconds to do that session. It took him 20 years.

It reminds us of another client we heard about who didn't want to pay for studio time while the engineer took five minutes to get drum levels and sounds. "By this time, you should know how to do this!" he announced loudly. The next day he came back to the studio to complain that the drums didn't sound as good as other records he had.

[Editors Note: Nothing against all you clients out there.  We love you...really...just not at music recording sessions!]

Doug & Dave

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day One

Welcome to the Omni blog - what I hope will become the informal, slightly irreverent and definitely irregular chronicle of events, happenings, stories and other tidbits about our music, our composers, our studio, our staff and all other things related to our very special and unique company. 

Omni was one of the very first American production music libraries (we started the same year as Network) and over the years it's been very satisfying to develop a reputation for excellent music and business integrity, and to serve as the bridge between talented composers on the one hand and talented media producers on the other. 

We love what we do here at Omni, and we hope you can hear it in the music. We've got some interesting stuff to post here in the next few weeks. Stay tuned and let us know if you like what we're doing.