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

recording Aug 24, 2020

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 Mar 23, 2020

I mix dozen of records every year for clients all over the world. These artists have their music recorded in all different types of recording studios. Some are more high-end studios while others are the simple 1-room studios in a friend’s house. Regardless, I see a very similar pattern in many of these recordings.

I first will import the audio files into my DAW of choice or I will simply open the session files that was sent to me. I then put all the fader at 0db and hit play and guess what I see? 85% of the time when I look at the master fader it’s a wonderful shade of RED! Yes, clipping right from the get go. I look at each individual track and they are almost always peaking at around -1db to -3db. Even sometimes specific tracks have audible digital distortion as well. I put my hands over my face and shake my head.

This weeks lesson is about recording / tracking at constrictive levels. I teach all my students that you should be tracks in the digital domain at -10db to...

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