David Battino sends along this image. What’s wrong with this photo?

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Yeah, I guess once you have a Roland Handsonic and M-Audio Trigger Finger you don’t really need drums, huh? Your neighbors / roommate / significant other / Mom are going to clip that sentence out and paste it to your studio door.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point to the story this comes from: author Spencer Critchley, via the good folks at O’Reilly Digital Media, takes on eSession. It’s a Web-based, collaborative recording system, and this has to be the most extensive feature ever written about it:

The eSession Experience: Online Recording for All

Updated: In case you don’t read comments, we’re getting like an interactive caption going. Brian T writes:

The picture? I think you picked on the wrong guy there… that’s Pat Mastelotto, drummer with Mr. Mister, XTC, King Crimson, and a lot of sessions and electronic projects e.g. mastica, TU, Centrozoon. Just about the best mixer of acoustic and electronic drums (& sequencers) around today.

It’s, uh, not actually the brilliant Pat Mastelotto I’m picking on, it’s the incongruous MIDI gear amongst that giant drum setup. To make matters worse, David notes it looks like he’s giving the finger to the M-Audio. M-Audio, apologies.

  • The picture? I think you picked on the wrong guy there… that's Pat Mastelotto, drummer with Mr. Mister, XTC, King Crimson, and a lot of sessions and electronic projects e.g. mastica, TU, Centrozoon. Just about the best mixer of acoustic and electronic drums (& sequencers) around today. 8)

  • Heh. Actually, what cracked me up was the way he seems to be giving the finger to M-Audio….

  • Greg Kucharo

    I'm not sure how it qualifies for 'Online Recording For All' when you need 15 major album credits to be part of the talent pool. Looks like a nice system though.

  • Thanks for the link to the article, Peter! Greg, you need the major album credits to be listed as an "eTalent" member, but part of what makes esession "for all" is that it makes it a lot easier for anyone to find and hire top studio players, and the other part is that anyone can join the members' talent database.

  • Oh, and BTW, brian t: you're right, Pat Mastelotto is a monster player!

  • Greetings,

    Thanks for the post here.

    To clarify again what Spencer said, ANYONE can be a member of eSession and hire ANYONE regardless of credits. However, we do have an elite tier of members that we call eTalent who are professional musicians and engineers. We have almost 800 eTalent members and over 3500 regular member and growing daily.

    So you can hire anyone, pro or not.

    If anyone has any questions, fire away.

    thanks again,

    Gina