7 Tips for Finishing Your Album [Part 2]

In the last article, I shared with you the first three tips for finishing your album. Today, let’s look at the last four.

4. Get it right at the source.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again many more times I’m sure, but no matter how good your editing and mixing skills are, your mixes will only be as good as the tracks you record. It’s imperative that you place a high level of importance on making your recorded tracks sound as good as possible.

Speaking from experience, I’m really proud of my album, and I’m excited for you to hear it soon. However, I could have done a better job of getting things right at the source. Those of you who joined Mix With Us have heard the raw audio tracks from the album. The acoustic guitars, in particular, could’ve been recorded a little better. The mics were too close to the guitar, so there’s a lot of unnecessary bass in the raw tracks.

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Do You Set Deadlines?

Photo by jurvetson

Photo by jurvetson

Deadlines. They’re only good for jobs and tax returns, right? You don’t need the stress of meeting deadlines in your home studio. It’s your creative getaway, the place where you go to slowly piece together musical masterpieces. Wouldn’t a deadline stifle your artistic efforts? Your music should tell you when it’s finished, not the other way around, right?

Raise your hand if this is the way you think…go ahead, raise it. You can’t see me right now, but I’m raising my hand. Guilty as charged.

I was heading out to play soccer with my wife last night, and I told her I’d like to have my album finished by September 1st. She laughed. I jumped straight into “sensitive-artist-defending-his-art” mode. “What are you laughing at?”

She proceeded to tell me that she’s been listening to me talk about this fabled album for years…years.

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