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The Studio Business Book: A Guide to Professional Recording Studio Business and Management, Third Edition by Jim Mandell, Mitch Gallagher

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Getting Paid

Every studio owner has a story about the band that came to dinner and waltzed away with the finished master. The vibes were great, the music was righteous, and the camaraderie was beautiful. Then they got in their van, promised a check, and drove off into the sunset, never to be heard from again.

It’s difficult to describe the sense of frustration and anger you experience when something like that occurs. It’s akin to having a computer disaster: You’re doing a complicated sequence on a tune you just wrote and the going is maddeningly slow, but you know the groove is starting to get tamed and it’s going to turn out great. Suddenly an electrical spike shoots through the system, and in an instant, the file blows up. You’re shocked and ...

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