I don't know about you, but Tape Op
is one of my favorite rags about engineering. They spend ample time on gear and techniques, but they never lose sight of music and the creative process. (It's also awesome that they do free subscriptions, and send a bunch of copies for free distribution to MTSU students!) Though some can be a bit vitriolic, I find their letters to the editor to be pretty consistent in dealing with good questions. One of my favorites from the July/August issue (#66) is a request for creative suggestions on replacing a missing part. Specifically, he needed to add bass to a singer/songwriter project, and lacking a bass guitar or a bass player, he pitch-shifted a part he played on a standard guitar.
Other great ideas included tuning a guitar way down and leaving bass out entirely (if the material called for it), but the one that really caught my eye was Craig Alvin's suggestion that he use a social networking site like Nashville Music Pros to find a session player who could record the part at home.
Has anyone tried this? How did it go? How did you make it work? I can see a whole host of technical and creative problems, but it seems like a great way to get out of the box.