I just completed writing an article for Helium.com and I thought some of you might find it interesting, if not valuable. Please read on.
Having spent over three decades as a professional musician and producer, I have been fortunate to work alongside some amazing talent. Over the years I have designed and built a number of studios, for various clients, each with their own specific needs in mind.
Indeed, each recording is as unique as the individual artist. The process can be as simple or as complex as the project requires. There is no magic formula. The goal should always be for the essence of the song to transcend the limitations of the process.
What do I mean by all of this? Well for starters, don’t make the recording process any more difficult than necessary. No recording can be perfect, so don’t think about perfection. Think about the impact of the performance.
These days, we have far more options than limitations. Be honest with yourself about your goals and expectations. Reliable recording studios can be found in even the most remote locations. Visit the studio before actually booking any time. Don’t be afraid to ask the engineer to play you a song or two he has recorded recently. Be sure these are people you will feel comfortable working with for long hours at a time. Prices will vary from one studio to the next, so take your time and choose wisely. You shouldn’t need to spend a fortune.
In Recent years, computer based recording software has made it possible for artists to make affordable high quality digital recordings from home. However, this method requires an understanding of the software as well as the recording process itself. This is the fundamental difference between production and engineering. The producer sets the course, whereas it is the responsibility of the engineer is to navigate (twiddle the knobs). Some artists, like Prince and Moby prefer to do all three themselves, but no man is a mountain. Don’t assume you can handle everything yourself. Experience, good or bad, can be priceless.
It is always wise to copyright your songs for your own protection. Any simple recording of the song is acceptable and the process is way easier than filing your taxes. Downloadable copyright forms are available online, free from the Library of Congress. For more information, visit their website at: Library of Congress
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Brad Skate the Razor