This week, in celebration of The Recording Revolution’s three year birthday I thought I would share three core principles I live by in the studio. Hundreds of posts and videos later, these truth statements continue to be the foundation of this revolution we are all witnesses of in the recording world. My studio lives and works off of these principles and yours can too!
Is that next track you’re about to lay down actually going to help the song? That’s the question I find myself asking almost every time I hit the “record” button in a session. You see the problem many of us have is this: we assume more tracks lead to better, fuller recordings. Sadly that’s not always the case.
Serve The Song
Every recording decision you make should be filtered through this one question: “Does this serve the song or not?” When I say “serve” the song I mean just that, cater to the song, take care of the song’s needs, make the song be the best it can be. Unfortunately in recording sessions, many of us don’t think like this.
We tend to think about recording techniques, tones, and interesting parts. While those elements are critical to a good recording, thinking solely on them is akin to me viewing my beautiful wife as merely a nice dress, elegant hair, and classy makeup. Those things are definitely part of what makes up her beauty, but they are not her. The clothing, hair style, and makeup only exist to serve her and her beauty.
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