May 25, 2007

On the bright side, it isn't named iSession, at least...

by Chris Randall

A few days ago went live, and I just got around to browsing the site. It seems to be fairly comprehensive, and likely will be a good resource for someone like me that needs odd instrumentation that I can't play myself quite frequently. I'll give it a shot when I start my next CR record. I'd make a page for myself, but they don't have a "dilettante" category so I might be out of luck.

Thoughts? Why does the only bazouki player on the site not have any audio samples? Is the fact that you programmed drums on a Kip Winger album something you want to put on your resume? Etc.




May.25.2007 @ 1:11 AM
It's good to see that eSession is finally up and running. I'm connected to a few of the major players that started the thing. The beta went live a little less than a month ago and it's going to be interesting to see how the whole concept is received.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand I like the idea of having access to the finest musicians in the world without really having to know anybody, network or really do any real leg-work. On the other hand, I think it's a shame that some of the naunce, personability and good old fashioned networking is being taken out of the equation somewhat.

Does the service provide access for those who truly need it and it can use it to the fullest potential or does it open up a whole new can of worms where Joe "I've Got All Kinds Of Money But No Talent" Smith can solicit the talents of someone like Gerry Leonard to play on their crappy record? Only time will tell.

I think the theory behind the whole thing is fantastic and it's nice to see the borders being broken down somewhat. I think it has its place, but I don't know if I would have mortgaged my house to see the site finally become a reality.

In the process of working on our record over here, we've done it the old-fashioned way, just using new means of communication. We've worked with some great electronic artists from around the globe who have lended their talents to our project based on the integrity of the music and not the amount of money we've got in our pockets (which is none). It's amazing what a kind email to someone who's work you admire can get you.

We shall see. From a different perspective, I just think it's awesome that we live in a time where something like this is even possible...who gives a shit if it actually makes a buck.


May.25.2007 @ 8:33 AM
I remember hearing about this. Its something I dreamed about when I was a kid. Now that its here, I have a hard time imagining I'll actually use it. I'm happy Emily Lazar is available for mastering, though. Maybe that's what'll sucker me into giving it a try.

May.25.2007 @ 10:06 AM
"Does the service provide access for those who truly need it and can use it to the fullest potential or does it open up a whole new can of worms where Joe "I've Got All Kinds Of Money But No Talent" Smith can solicit the talents of someone like Gerry Leonard to play on their crappy record?"

But that's nothing new. The All-Kinds-Of-Money set are always going to be able to solicit what ever resources their money can buy. Just consider who tend to buy the most expensive instruments. It's rarely the best players in their field.


May.25.2007 @ 10:16 AM
D' MacKinnon
I haven't been able to find any audio samples thus far, interesting idea though.

May.25.2007 @ 10:36 AM
There is a similiar site someone was telling me about, except for voice-overs and music for TV and radio commercials. You submit what you need to the site, and various voice actors or music talent create samples and throw prices for the complete work. Apparently, it was cool because there are plenty of people with voice talent or who can compose music who are willing to do it dirt cheap.

However, the guy telling me about it was from a smaller town/market, worked with low budgets, and the site was a life saver for him. However, the advertising people in big cities who do major nationwide or global media will still tend to go with the traditional industry ways of getting voice talent and music production for commecials (and are pretty much required to in places with a union - For example. here in Toronto, you are pretty much required to hire both a French speaking and English speaking ACTRA member for your commercial).

So I don't think this is really for the people with the big money. I think something like this would be really really cool for hobby musicians. Someone making their vanity album (which is what most people are doing - very few actually make a living selling music), and want to throw in the ubiquitous guest female vocals for their obligitory trip-hop track, and they can find some non-professional chick somewhere willing to do it for $100 or $200. Or, lets say someone is making a shareware video game, and they want music or voice talent for the game - They can offer a few hundred bucks and some kid with Fruityloops can hook them up with music for the game, or some guy from the local amature theater company can do a voice over or something. But the big shots are still going to use their own networks. If you want to pay Snoop Dogg his going price of $50,000 for a 20 second guest verse on your album, you aren't going to do it through this web site.


May.25.2007 @ 4:09 PM
Rex: do you recall the name of this site you're speaking of?

May.25.2007 @ 8:45 PM
Greetings all,

I am happy to answer any questions about that anyone may have.

We are looking for beta testers and we can get some great deals from most of our 600 talent members during our beta period - so if you've been thinking about amazing drums or bass or guitars or mixing or mastering on a pet project - now is the time.

During beta, all Work Requests and Disc Space is free....

There are no membership fees or any hidden BS with eSession.

If anyone is interested, please email [email protected]">[email protected]</a> and also please go to the home page at <a href="link []">link [] and sign-up for a real-time tour of the site. We do tours every day at 2PM CDT and you get to ask questions in real-time while we show you how the site works, how you hire talent, how you share files, how you communicate, how the financial part of the site works etc...

and I would like to note - we do not want to take anything away from the beauty of human interaction and/or having all talent in the same room like we have all done for decades. I believe that there is room in the world for a Barnes and Noble when you want to walk around with a starbucks and browse for a book but also room for an when you just want to get online and order a book.

We're not trying to replace the conventional means of recording and collaboration, we're trying to give the world a new alternative that circumvents the physical and financial barriers that currently prevent many people from working with world-class talent on their projects. How many people can afford to fly in Anton Fig or Jerry Marotta and pay for the cartage of their drums and their travel and lodging or the gear required to record a full drum set... We hope you guys see the value of what we're trying to do and come support us.

And the answer to the question above regarding "Joe "I've Got All Kinds Of Money But No Talent" Smith" - If Joe wanted to hire Gerry Leonard to play on his music - Gerry would receive Joe's song via what we call a "Work Request" and it is up to Gerry to accept the job and give Joe an offer OR to decline the project because he deemed it not worth his time - Each Work Request is reviewed by each talent member personally and they decide whether to accept or decline work...

so feel free to ask me any questions you want...

thanks for your interest,

Gina Fant-Saez


May.25.2007 @ 8:49 PM

I do not recall the name... I haven't actually used the site myself, I have only heard about it second hand from someone else. However, a quick google search turned up


May.25.2007 @ 11:27 PM
Is it naive of me to think that if you're going to hire someone to record himself in his home studio that you should be able to hear a solo recording he made recently at home? I'm not sure how much I can really tell from hearing someone play on a hit that was recorded in a major studio with professional engineers and producers in 1985.

May.26.2007 @ 10:08 PM
Dear Blah,

It is not naive - you can definitely request a talent member to post mixes done in their own studios.

You can also see in a talent member's profile exactly what gear, software, hardware, mics, mic-pre's etc he/she is using.

most all talent members have professional mic-pre's and a solid class-A signal path for recording.

In all the testing we have done with talent - we have yet to receive a poorly recorded track...

Come give the site a shot.... we need more beta testers...

And again - come schedule a real-time tour of the site. We do them everyday at 2PM CDT - you can schedule by clicking on the bottom right corner of the beta home page at link []">link []

Hope I answered your question.


Gina Fant-Saez




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