I was catching up with a few of my friends in the audio engineering community and we started talking about the trend of setting up shop online. There has been some increase in online recording collaboration. In a recording project, talent can be solicited through the Internet channel and the musical contributions are recorded remotely and uploaded to an ftp server or shipped via CDR or DVDR. If the talent is reasonably well equipped, which seems to be the case for many of the first call folks, takes are done in the comfort of the talent’s own recording environment and passed back for a fee.

Interestingly enough, some audio engineers are also setting up shop online. I took a look at the work that Ken Lewis is doing these days. Ken is a very successful mixer and he has worked with a number of top tier artists including The Beastie Boys, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, David Byrne, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson. He has contributed mixes that have achieved platinum status in the United States.

He now solicits online mixing work and it looks as though he is meeting with some success. I’m not sure I would want to respond to random requests without assessing the quality of the project upfront. There are some really, really bad projects out there.

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