One lesson I’ve been slow to learn is that great recordings start in the mind before you ever set up a single microphone. To many artists this sounds obvious. How can you sit down to paint a picture of a mountain if you don’t already know what you want that mountain to look like. There are millions of ways to portray a mountain, so at some point the artist must commit to a vision of that mountain in his head before he pulls out a pen or paint brush.
In the same way, great recordings begin with a clear vision of how they will sound sonically. We can’t simply grab mics and start recording without any commitment to how we want those tracks to sound, specifically. Let’s flesh this out a bit more.
Time To Put On Your Producer Hat
Having a home studio and being able to create music on your own is truly a gift. It’s freedom to create without any limits of time or money. However, one of the big challenges of home recording is having to wear multiple hats. I’ve referred to it as a battle before. And one of the most often overlooked hats is that of the producer.
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