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Kenny's Tip of the Day - Always Mix As You Go!!!
If the goal is to build a production that is compelling, arranged correctly and moves the listener, you must be Mixing as you go.
Click tracks have been an important part of recording for decades. At first, nobody used them at all. And nobody cared. You can find many great records that started off at one tempo and drifted to a completely different tempo by the end. And it was fine. As long as the groove felt good, everyone was happy. And dancing.
Some people seem to think the headphone mix is a lesser thing. That’s it’s not really important. Push up the faders so the artist can hear themselves and the rest of the band and let them perform. Pretty basic. Right?
I see this all the time. People asking audio related “tech” questions. Not that this is a terrible thing. It’s good to know whether or not you should “dither” before converting from 24bit to 16bit or whether or not you should leave “headroom” on your final mix to help the mastering engineer master your mix.
Think about the most important instruments in a mix. Vocals, Snare, Guitars, Piano etc. What do they ALL have in common? They are all centered in the mid-range area of the frequency spectrum. And more importantly, this is where they all FIGHT to be heard.
This is based on something I came up with years ago and I still find myself employing the concept on many mixes today. Especially if the tonal balance of the whole track feels off quite a bit. Right from the start when I just push up the faders.
I know. This is “barely” a tip but is there anything more important than saving the work we create? Is there anything “less” professional than telling a client you just lost their work? Is there anything more frustrating than having to redo work that you already did? I don’t think so.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
Kenny's Tip of the Day - Why I Never Record a Hi Hat Mic!!!
This has been a question kicked around for ages. What’s the best mic for recording the Hi Hat? My answer has always been the same. None. I don’t record the Hi Hat. At least not with it’s own “Hi Hat” mic.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to watch a professional work in their given field. Either with you watching and asking questions or even if you just observe while not speaking at all.
People who love to learn will absorb information in this way like Osmosis. Which is the process of gradual or unconscious assimilation of ideas or knowledge while standing very close to the work actually being done.