As I near the end of the recording phase of a project I like to finish with this little exercise. I call it simply the Notepad Technique, and it has saved my butt and helped me take my recordings from OK to awesome many times.
No matter your skill level, your DAW of choice, or your budget, everyone can implement the Notepad Technique and reap the rewards. All you need is a blank pad of note paper and a pen. What you do with it next can take your tracks to the next level.
Think Like Your Audience
The entire recording process you’ve been wearing many hats and playing many roles. You’ve juggled the roles of songwriter, performer, producer, and engineer and you’ve hopefully captured some killer recordings. But before you sign off on these tracks and move on to mixing, you need to wear one more hat: your audience’s.
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