A while back I sent out an email called myself a “Grumpy Old Fart” for my “old-school” way of doing editing. (I like to do it manually.)

I still like my old farty ways when it comes to editing, but that’s roughly where my old fart-ness ends.

There’s a plague of grumpy old fartitis out there that just bothers me.

It comes from the crowd of “purists” who bash music and recordings because they’re in an “inferior” format, or maybe because they don’t have enough dynamic range.

It’s a slippery slope. Once you start complaining, it’s hard to stop. Before you know it, you spend more time complaining about bad music than listening to good music.

That’s not where you want to be, is it?

Now, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not advocating crushing the living daylights out of your mixes with a limiter and then bouncing them down as 96 kbps mp3’s.

I’m just saying don’t miss the music because of the technology.

Don’t be a grumpy old fart.

Here’s an example.

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting on the beat up leather couch in my studio, listening to the Sound City album (from the documentary produced by Dave Grohl — if you haven’t seen it, it’s on Amazon Prime).

I remember the first time I listened to the album, I loved it. Lots of energy. You could feel the synergy of collaboration coming out of each song. It felt very musical.

Then I heard all the talk about how the album was mastered too loud, and the dynamic range was crushed. You know how I responded? I didn’t listen to the album anymore.

Went back and listened today, and you know what? I still like it.

There are always improvements we can make to our projects, but the moment you stop listening to the mix, you’re starting to slip.

It’s about the music, remember?

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

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