The Great Session Killer

Have you ever been guilty of saying these words in the studio?

“Don’t worry about it…we can fix it in the mix!”

If you have, don’t worry. You are not alone.

I believe we’ve all, at some point, said this in the studio.

The reason this is the problem is that during the recording phase of our song, we tell ourselves we can use fancy plugins and cool mixing tricks to fix any sound that we record.

What we’re REALLY telling ourselves is that the recording doesn’t matter. We’re saying that we can just slap up a mic in front of an instrument, and things will turn out fine. (more…)

Your Audio Needs Better Lighting

A year or so ago, I was watching a video from Ronan’s Recording Show.

Ronan talked about how he’s getting more and more into video stuff. He had invested in a mid-level “prosumer” video camera, and he was experimenting with ways to capture high-quality video without a super-expensive camera.

He packed up his camera and went to a professional video set. There were several different “scenes” set up, each with really colorful props and all the proper lighting.

What happened? (more…)

Photoshop and Pro Tools

I just got back from a family vacation to the beach. As with any event involving babies, there were a LOT of pictures taken.

My wife and I have a decent little point-and-shoot camera. I think it’s called a DSLR. You can’t change out lenses or anything, but it’s got a lot of the features of the nicer, more expensive cameras.

My sister-in-law, however, has a nice SLR camera. On top of that, she recently bought a really nice $500 lens for it.

Our camera takes nice pictures.

Her camera takes GREAT pictures.

Okay, Joe, this is a recording blog…where are you going with this?

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