Getting it Right at the Source - What Does That Mean? Read on My Friends!

recording Jul 14, 2023

This week in the sprit of release of the new MADE EASY SERIES “Recording Drums in Studio One Made Easy” I wanted to quickly talk about the importance of the recording process itself. What do I mean? Well, you hear me say a lot “Get it Right at the Source” right? I say that a lot in my You Tube videos and I have said that to students in my e-mail correspondence many, many times.

Getting a great mix has so much to do with tracks that are recorded well. Taking the time to ensure that you get well-recorded tracks makes all the difference in the world. Have you ever tried to mix a song where the tracks sound like carp at the very start? It’s a real challenge and most times impossible to make a song sound professional when you start off with poorly recorded tracks.

So this week I want you to think about your recordings and if you are the engineer recording the tracks and mixing them be sure to take the most care and time to get tracks that sound...

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Setting Good Levels At The Recording Stage

recording May 12, 2023

Are you tired of your music recordings coming out with unwanted distortion and clipping? As a professional music mixer, I've worked with dozens of clients from all over the world, with music recorded in all kinds of studios, from high-end to small bedroom setups. And I've noticed a common pattern: most recordings I receive have one thing in common - they're recorded at levels that are too high.

When I import the audio files into my DAW, I often see the master fader peaking in the red zone, even before I touch anything. And when I look at individual tracks, they're usually peaking at -1db to -3db, with some tracks, even showing audible digital distortion. It's frustrating to see talented musicians and producers putting in all that effort, only to end up with subpar recordings due to simple mistakes that could have been easily avoided.

That's why I'm here to share a simple lesson: record at conservative levels. In the digital age, pushing the signal too hard doesn't add any benefits...

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