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I was listening to the local independent radio station the other night. They were doing a live event, featuring several indie artists from Nashville.
They interviewed one artist (I forgot her name…bad Joe) who was talking about how she recorded her most recent album.
The entire band set up in a room at a studio, and they recorded the whole thing…
No multi-tracks. No mixing after-the-fact.
(The signal flow went something like this: Musicians > microphones > mixer > 2-track (i.e. stereo) tape machine.)
The whole performance and mix was captured as it happened. They recorded each song a few times, and then simply picked which take they wanted to use for the album.
They walked out of that studio with a finished album.
When asked why she chose to record it this way, she said, “I believe if you’re a singer, you should be able to sing. And if you’re a player, you should be able to play.”
It goes right along with what I talk about a lot.
The music and musicianship should trump everything.
I’m sure they used great mics, preamps, and mixing techniques for that session, but what impresses you about the mix is the musicianship.
And that’s how it should be.
Learning how to record and mix isn’t an end in itself. It’s simply what you do to allow the music and musicianship to shine through.
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