The Record

The Record

Let's start with one sentence 
Sound engineers use the phrase: "Fix in the Mix". 
I didn't make that up! It's a time-honored practice of sound engineers. 
It's a well-known phenomenon where we do all sorts of things when recording, but we don't pay attention to the most important thing, which is the sound source and its recording. We rely on other editing options in the software, hence the phrase leave it for later.  

Whether we like it or not, modern technology is making us lazy producers. They're deforming our approach to recording. "Fix in the Mix" takes the pressure off us to make instant decisions. We've come to rely on technology to make up for the shortcomings that come up during the recording process. We put off important decisions about the sound of the recording until later. 

Do you see yourself doing that? 

"We'll finish the sound during the mix." That's like everyone else for me. 

"Never mind, we'll tweak it in the mix." "Never mind. 

"Never mind, if it's out of tune, we'll tweak it in the software."

"We'll put a mic on the guitar combo and tweak it later in the mix." 

I could go on and say ten more sentences like that that just ruin the whole record from the start. 

You know what I'm talking about, right? 

Don't put off the decision until later !!!!!!! 
You all want the sound of the 90's era, but to actually achieve it. 
You have to use techniques specific to that era. 
If we go back in time to the days of analog recording, when four-track recording was a novelty, the entire recording process was focused on the take itself. Producers were limited in many ways,mainly because of the limited number of tracks, they had to pre-mix the recorded tracks to free up tracks for other instruments. This meant having as clear an idea as possible of what the final recording would sound like before the first note was recorded. Everything was planned. Then the actual recording was the mix itself. Deciding how the recording would sound could not be put off until later. 
I'm not going to argue with you and tell you in detail, that's not even the purpose of this article. 
I was born in 1990 and was just a kid, but I experienced cassette players, boomboxes, walkmans and everything from that era. 
And I always wondered how it worked. 
We're getting a little off topic :D 
Now read carefully. This is no place for excuses!!!!!!! 

Record correctly from the source! 
That means : from the beginning. 
Just like in our golden era of analogue and recording, the source material(recording) is the deciding factor for the quality of the final product(song). Therefore, pay maximum attention to the Recording itself. Recording is usually done under time pressure, because if you record in a studio and pay for a studio, you usually want to be there for the shortest time possible, so this phase is often reduced to a minimum and no attention is paid to the source material. of course it depends on the sound engineer. if you entrust your project to a studio, it is certain that everything will go well. if you do everything yourself, you need to know the rules and the first one that will help you is : Don't put anything off until later. What you upload now, you will have. 

Spend 10-15 extra minutes setting up your microphone whatever you're going to record make sure everything is great (like recording a combo(cabinet) so that the sound goes into the recording as smooth as possible, you'll save yourself hours of sitting at the mix itself). 
For recording (vocals, instruments, synths, drums, etc.) 

If you have six months old strings on your guitar, you can't expect the same full sound as when you put new strings on your guitar. Replace them before recording, you'll really hear the difference. Try recording before and after changing strings sometime and you'll be pleasantly surprised. 

We could go on like this and the list of examples and things I could put on the list would probably be endless. 

Seriously now !!!!!!! I'm not kidding. 
When recording, try to get the best tracks you can so you have the best quality source material and an easier job when mixing. 
You'll be surprised and happier.Once again : When recording, don't leave anything for later. 

Basically, it's up to YOU. It's YOUR thing. 
I'm not going to tell you :D 
If you want to improve your tracks. 
You have to start from the source. 
So called 
No work, no cake. 

Do you have a different opinion? So what's your experience? 
I don't think I'm wrong when I say you can't make a diamond out of shit. 
It's a bit sharp. Maybe stronger words but (it's your cup of tea, it's up to you how you brew it) 
But it's true. 

I hope you found this article helpful 

If you use Studio One 5 you can download my templates for mixing and for recording.(The Brother Page)

They are clean versions with preset routing. 


Good luck with your next recording !!!!!!!