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One of the more common arguments I see on audio forums and in audio groups is this idea that “the audience can’t hear the difference”. Or that they’re listening to an mp3 on earbuds and that everything you’re doing won’t ever be appreciated or matter anyway.
There is a tendency when you start out in this business, or any business, to think a few steps ahead. To think about where you're going or where you'd like to end up. But in that process, you might forget about where you are. Or at least, not want to think about it.
Years ago I was scouting a band I wanted to produce. They were in the process of getting a record deal and we were talking about making the record with them.
In the process of our sales pitch, we mention the studio we wanted to use as it would be perfect for their sound. The lead singer stops me and says "We're never recording at XXXX Studios again". What?
One of the things I’ve seen very often in audio forums and facebook groups is this notion that we’re all competing for the same jobs. Or that the industry is finite and there are only so many clients to get.
OK. I’m going to do my best here to avoid being sexist. Yes. I do feel that women are better producers than men. There. I said it. But why am I saying this? This is the part that people get angry about but “in general” women and men are very different. It is my belief that men “in general” are better at doing technical tasks. Or at least we prefer to do them. Which is why “most” recording engineers are men.
One of the saddest things I get to see while spending a considerable amount of time on audio forums and in pro audio groups is people focusing on minutiae. Things that are so small, that no one will ever see the difference. Of course, in our case, it’s no one will ever “hear” the difference. It’s the same concept.
As most of us tend to be in this profession, I am a self aware perfectionist. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It allows me to work tediously for many many hours to get things done but it also forces me to toil for many many hours trying to make things perfect.
Today, I’m going to assume two things about you. I could be wrong but try to see if these can apply to you. I believe that you’re a creative person. This is both a good and a bad thing. As we can use creativity to help us or to manufacture rationalizations about our work habits. The other thing I’m going to assume is that most of your more creative projects, don’t have hard deadlines. They need to be done… eventually.
As I’m sure most of you have experienced as a Mixing Engineer, I too have always searched for that perfect snare sample. You know. The one that just sits beautifully in every mix? It can smack you right in the face but still become the backbone of your track. It can be loud or quite low but can always be heard. It’s bendable. Malleable. It’s just perfect. Always.
This may be my most obvious “Tip of the Day” to date. To the point where many of you are saying “Why is Kenny even writing this?” Unfortunately, it’s because many of us still NEED to learn and understand it. For many people, it’s not as obvious as you may think.