Tag Archives: Recording

The Constrictions of Project Studios

Not so much now, because big studios have become almost extinct, like dinosaurs, but about a decade ago, it was fashionable to bemoan the music being produced in small, project studios and home studios.  Many of the arguments made, back … Continue reading

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How to Produce Music

Tony Visconti is the producers’ producer.  If you have heard any popular music at all, in the last four or five decades, then the chances are high that you’ve heard his work.  It was fascinating, then, to see him post … Continue reading

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Mixing as a Performance; Music as an Experience

I’m old enough to have tried to mix a sixteen track tape down to stereo, without mixing desk automation, having abused the tracks on my multi-track tape to cram more than sixteen instruments into my song, by the simple expedient … Continue reading

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A Kind of Fraud

I’ve been reading behind-the-scenes recollections and reminiscences of life as a top-flight, session, studio musician, in the 1960s and 1970s, lately.  There is something that intensely disquiets me about that whole era and the way that popular music was produced … Continue reading

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Putting the Passion In

I saw something very interesting on twitter, the other day.  It was a video, posted by an accomplished cello player.  It was interesting because of what it stood for. The popular “Game of Thrones” series, made by HBO, has a … Continue reading

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Puzzles and Works of Art

I dislike puzzles. That seems a bit surly, doesn’t it?  Bright people are supposed to enjoy puzzles.  Everybody assumes that if you’re bright enough to be in Mensa, there is nothing you love more than to solve puzzles.  Even Mensa … Continue reading

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When Should You Add the Vocals?

A lot of music producers, me included, have a very bad habit. It’s our shameful, guilty secret, but it’s time we confessed to it and mended our ways.  What is this dreadful habit we share? If you’re like most music … Continue reading

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