February 28, 2018
Making a record can be daunting. You are pouring your heart out in close quarters with people you may or may not know well. It’s not an easy feat. But don’t worry, you can do this. Follow these steps to…
- Needing new equipment – Use the gear you have. Let the engineer or producer worry about something sounding not up to speed. Just get the idea out as best as possible. A great song will out weigh any fancy console made in the 70s. The same goes for recording in your basement. Don’t fixate on getting the newest interface. Work with what you have.
- Doubting yourself – Be positive. Be confident. Do what you do best and you’ll get three. Overthinking an idea can be a slippery slope to the perilous dark cloud of despair.
- Too many cooks in the kitchen – Don’t play mixes for all your friends to comment on. They will all have an opinion. And many will be so insanely nitpicky just because you are asking. Trust you. And you only. At the end of the day, you have to live with the record, not your friend.
- Revisions – Know when to say when. You can go overkill with revisions. Most engineers will go the distance if you are moving forward with mixes. Knowing when your returns are diminishing is a critical skill to have in the studio or as a musician. There is an adage in the music industry that records are never finished. Only abandoned. Think about that when you are asking your mix engineer to pull up the guitars a half dB in the 14th revision.
- It doesn’t have to be perfect – Nothing is perfect. Nothing ever will be. Don’t ever fool yourself. But be emotive and skilled in your craft and that will come across.
It’s not easy, but you can do it.