Translation Guide to a Recording Session
Musician to engineer: "Could we have more band in the phones?"
Singer to engineer: "I can't hear myself."
Musician to guitarist: "Can you hear yourself okay?"
Bassist to band: "Can everybody hear the drums?"
Drummer to bassist: "Can you hear the kick drum?"
Bassist to producer: "Could we have more steel/fiddle/accordion
in the phones?"
Musician to producer: "Could we have more piano in the phones?"
Musician to writer: "This song has nice changes."
Musician to producer or artist: "This song sounds like a hit."
Producer to band: "It's a feel thing."
Musician to producer: "I don't think we'll beat the magic of that
Drummer to band: "Should we speed up the tempo a couple of clicks?"
Musician: "Could we listen to one in the control room?"
Producer to band: "Let's take a break and come back and try one
Musician to producer: "Were we booked for two sessions today?"
Producer to band: "We're supposed to be done at six, but we've
got only one more tune and I was wondering if we could skip our dinner
break and work straight through."
Artist to producer: "I don't like this song. It really sucks."
Producer to artist: "Trust me. It is a good song. Radio will love
Singer to musician: "Can you play something like (so-and-so) would