We’ve often shared studio set-ups and ideas on our blog and on YouTube videos. I’ve never considered what we do as ‘giving advice’. ‘Advice’ has a connotation of being an expert at something and passing along that expert knowledge…………yeah, no. We try different things and share the ones that work well for us. The important part for us and anybody who’s recording or writing music is try different things. See what works in your space with your equipment. A small change in mic placement can open a whole new sound.
I recently had the pleasure of working with three young musicians from Ohio. Very talented and very enthusiastic about doing music. Working with people you haven’t recorded with before is always exiting – falls under ‘try different things’. Had a great day recording and the mixing and mastering process worked out pretty well. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable experience. And it got me thinking about ‘advice’ again. If someone asks for ‘advice’ about what I think you need to make a good recording:
Tip # 1 (see, still not ‘advice’, just a tip)
Tip # 1 – Record a good song
Tip # 2 – Work with talented people
And there you have it. Pretty simple. I’ve heard good songs with lousy recordings – they’re still good songs. So as an engineer you try to not screw it up. When you mix, highlight the song, no tricks needed. Keep the dynamics when you master. Our recording set-up was even simple. One mic for the vocals and two for the guitar.
So in the spirit of recording good songs with talented people here’s the song we finished that day. The musician is Matthew Bock and the song is ‘Standstill’.
I certainly hope to be working more with these guys in the future. I would guess they have a lot of music in the pipeline.
Pictured below at ChurchHouse Studios Matt, Jared, Grant (l to r).
After much-ado, different art work, and some interesting arts and crafts failures, the Conduit.PA CD Promo version has been sent out to be reviewed by various radio stations. Envelope stuffing parties are now finally over until ERP gets the 4 song CD mastered and then that will be the next batch to leave.
In other news, ERP’s (Electrostatic Rhythm Pigs) drummer, Benjamin Herr just participated on September 24th at Guitar Center in the Drum Off competition against 30 other drummers! Just wanted to give him some props and support and can’t wait to hear how it went! We are probably a bit biased, but we think he is hands down, the bestest.
Anyway, back to spreadsheets and praying that the thunder will knock the power out and I will then be able to go home :).