Re: The "Support" thread...
Karl, I wouldn't let your mom bother ya right now. If music is your real passion (I believe it is) it will be something you continue on with and eventually (probably after you move out lol) she will understand this and possibly open up a little more. When I was your age (omg did I really just say that?) my dad was doing the same thing to me. He was full of back handed comments like, "Your music is great but it will never get you anywhere." I'll always remember that because it's so untrue. Music is my blood. I can't get it out. It gives me enjoyment and an occasional paycheck, not to mention all the cool minds I've been able to work with.
Everyone I know knows how much music means to me. Of course, now my dad seems to enjoy the music I write and record. He's partly responsible for my determination. It's something he should understand well since he left the coorporate world and started his own business from home doing what he loves. There was a time when an opertunity came to me while I was a teen. I submitted a demo to some producers who were scouting in New Orleans. They weren't impressed by my guiitar playing but they really liked my voice (I didn't play drums at that time). They offered to bring me to Nashville to record a demo to shop around LA and New York. My dad turned it down. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had taken that opertunity. I'll never know and it doesn't matter much.
Mixing is definately an art form all its own. There are some engineers who want to just get the live sound of the band. There's nothing wrong with that, and I think it takes a certain discipline to be able to do that. Then there are the others who almost become an extra member of the band with their creative mixing. I've been into recording ever since I started playing music at the age of 14. I started out with portable cassette recorders and then finally bought a portable 4-track cassette machine after graduating highschool. Not long after I got into PC recording when it was still very limiting. Now I have a decent little collection of gear and a room in my house dedicated to it. It's something I'm always building on. I don't think I'll ever have the cash for a top line studio, but I'd be happy just recording little projects and demos for local bands once I get my bigger room built (hopefully).