Thursday, March 25, 2021

Live Mix Session

 

If you haven't checked out the newest live mix vid, it was a blast! In case you missed it, you can check it out here...



A couple of things I'd like to point out about the video that I believe are some great key takeaway moments!

☑ The material was recorded well - One of the points that I tried to drive home is that if you spend just a few more moments on the front end, getting things right at the source, you're going to save a lot of time down the road and have more fun mixing a project when you get to that stage! 

☑ The arrangement was spot on - Not every mix calls for 52 double tracked guitar parts, in fact the old adage "less is better" is sometimes the route to take. This song demonstrates a great arrangement that has just the right amount of instrumentation sprinkled in at just the right times and show signs of purposeful addition. (i.e. the extras add to the theme and feel, they're not just there because)

☑ Committing to sounds is a sign of engineering maturity - One of the things that stood out to me as I went through the course is that Reid Shippen was very intentional about his sounds and he committed to them! This is the earmark of a mature engineer/producer. As tempting as it is to just record things dry and leave yourself to the sounds you'd like later, it can also cripple your creativity and lead to information overload when it's time to pick out those sounds later. This in turn leads to frustration and ultimately make things less creative.

If you'd like to see more of these, I go live on the channel every week to showcase tips, tricks, tutorials, and even host the monthly HSS Song Contest!

Now in completely unrelated news... our family is getting a puppy! As many of you know we lost our loving studio cat "Girlie" about 6 months ago. After some time of healing we have decided that it is time to introduce another fur baby. This little guy is going to be named "Bosco"!