Pisses me off just thinking about it! My band is pretty much the same way. They CONSTANTLY (like once a day during say, a whole month of which I would take to mix a song in my spare time) ask for a "sample" of the progress. I tried to explain that bouncing the mix, setting a limiter on it, fading in and out the beginning/end, dithering it and converting to mp3 THEN emailing it, takes time. To do this for every new instrument I EQ or pan is just ridiculous.
Originally Posted by Greg_L
The funny thing is, the paid clients have never given me flack about it, because they trusted what I said. The hard part is having to constantly say no and seem like I'm being "difficult" or just a dick to my bandmates, which is probably how they look at it. They feel entitled to endless service from me I guess because it's taken for granted getting this for free. I just sent my bassist just the mixed drum track with his bass and a scratch vocal and guitar track on it. I wanted him to tell me if he dug the bass overdrive I had going so I could move along and start mixing the guitars in. What does he do? Tell all the other members of the band that i sent it to him and that he loves it. Naturally, now each member of my band wants to hear it! Then one of them shows it to a coworker in his car who's never heard us before. They first thing he probably heard is the AWFUL guide vocal track and muddy ghost guitar track!
A song we recorded in a shitty local studio that never passed our satisfaction didn't make our last EP. Then a year later, after all agreeing to NOT share it with the public, all of the sudden one of them uploads it to the net, soundcloud, fb, and shares a message online "listen to this it's my fav tune". All without even telling us. I happened to stumble upon it and I instantly deleted it everywhere. So f*cking unprofessional and embarrassing.
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