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literally be portable with a laptop, control surface, hard discs, and a second monitor. . .in
the early 2000s.
Making Tracks
I asked him if the technology was there earlier? Bill notes, “It was there but it had to be
done on a physically big system the editing software had to feed into a big mixing
console. At that point, the company Digidesign, which is now owned by Avid which is a
huge hardware and software company that came out with this small controller interface
which would talk directly to the audio software and give you monitoring options. I looked at
that and I was able to get 32 tracks of audio running and I started mixing. I went back to
these clients I was mixing ‘Biography’ at the time, ‘Today in History’ for the History
Channel and a bunch of other projects. I said I have this system and I’d like to demo it for
you and you don’t have to go into the studio and I can give you a really good rates.
Eventually, I convinced all these clients to do it. I said I’d work on a flat rate basis. I still
had my job at the studio. I went back to the owner after I got a commitment from these
people and said I will stay with you. But I will stay if I can work with these outside clients as
a freelancer; these ex-clients are never coming to your studio ever again. I mentioned
again that I’m not competition. I want to work with the studio. I’ve just incorporated. I
want you to treat me as a vendor rather than an employee and you can pay me your
$87,000. You pay me everything I cost, e.g. healthcare, and other company costs to
employ me and it came up to about $120,000. I was now a vendor. I still wanted the
equivalent of time off from the studio and vacation with pay.”
Highball On The Rocks
He got a great deal and as Bill would say, “I offered them no option because nobody knew
how to run the facility at that point. I was chief engineer at the time. I knew how this place
worked and nobody else really did and you’re not going to get anyone else in here. I hard
balled them and they went along with it and that lasted for about two years until they
went under. And when they went under, I picked up as many clients as I could and have
gone forward as RazorMix Incorporated. That’s been seven years now. So in-between all
those jobs I’ve been doing freelance work. It was always with the intent that this will hold
me over until I get a job.”
The Incredible Shrinking Studio
Cavanaugh is a font of information regarding the history of the recording industry. “In 2005,
I recognized that the industry was beginning to collapse. I had seen in the 1980s with the
music studios when MIDI came out. That was a technical communication protocol that
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