They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

As a home studio owner, you’re constantly trying to make your recordings sound “professional,” or at least on par with professional recordings.

Well, if you want your recordings to sound like pro recordings, have you ever actually tried to emulate a professional recording??

The Challenge

Here’s my challenge to you. Take a listen to some of your favorite songs, pick one, and try to re-create that song…from scratch…in your studio.

Listen to the song critically, pull out a piece of paper and write down all the elements you’ll need to capture, then get to work recording sounds that sound as close to that recording as you possibly can.

Will you perfectly emulate it? Nah. Probably not.

Will you learn a lot in the process? Absolutely.

A few things you will learn:

  • A great recording always begins with a great song.
  • The “sound” of a recording comes from the source.
  • A great mix comes from great recording/production, not the other way around.
  • Beginning with the end in mind is HUGE. Knowing the sound you want, before you record a single note, makes all the difference in the world. Suddenly you have a goal.

What do you say? Try it this weekend? Leave a comment and let us know. I’ll hold you to it…

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3 Responses to “How to Get Better: Copy Someone Else”

  1. Ijimmail

    Another way is… there is some multitrack recordings ready to download from some sites on the internet. Recently we mix jeremy from pearl jam from these mutitracks… I recorded our drummer hearing the instrument and voice mix, to check our drums sound… and then mix the song with the original instruments and voice and our own drums track. Is a good exercise, we hear our far we are from the drums of the original mix hehe.

      • Pauline_blackwood

        I was going to suggest that too LOL!  I have Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Led Zepplin….It is an great learning tool because sometimes it’s hard to hear all the different little parts and everything…

        MhBlues… just google ‘multitracks’  and you should come p with some links…


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