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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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Planning for a Marathon Session

Marathons usually occur when there’s a deadline that has to be met and there hasn’t been enough work done to meet it in a civilized fashion.

The record company is insisting on a dance mix of the original single and has promised to ship it in 24 hours. The TV special was held up in editing pending the outcome of the final scenes shot the day before. The talent got the flu and is a week late coming in. Or the thing just won’t get itself finished because the groove wandered off to the 7-Eleven last night and hasn’t been heard from since.

This is the land of loony tunes; something happens to people when they reach the 12th or 18th hour of a session that won’t end. You never know what to expect. Waves of personality ...

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