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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