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    Kick-started the recording of my first songs

    So, yesterday I spent the afternoon in a recording studio, producing the guides for my two first songs. Did both with my acoustic and my own voice. The Dean Markley pickup I had purchased a year or so ago came in handy.

    I’m very excited.


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    Re: Kick-started the recording of my first songs

    Striving to be ordinary

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    Re: Kick-started the recording of my first songs

    S Cane. I'm so happy for your recording adventure. Hopefully we will get to hear the results in the future. Most of our recordings have started in my studio, with overdubs or final mixing in a professional studio (Sugarhill Studio in Houston).
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    Good for you!
    Years ago we spent money on studio time for some demos. Turns out prospective venues were more impressed with the demos I made hanging a couple of mics over the dance floor at our regular gigs!

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    Cool beans Sergio.

    Watch, listen and learn. And Enjoy! Being a studio musician is an entirely different set of skills than being a live performer. In today's world once you get the basics down you can set up your own home studio relatively cheaply, as in less money than you'd spend on studio sessions for a CD's worth of music.

    Pay extra attention to the mix down and mastering process. Once you understand it you can do it yourself. The unlimited takes you get at home and the ability to punch in and out makes up for a lot of equipment you see in the studio. Even before you hit a studio, just use Cakewalk and a cheap mic to rehearse at home and get your dynamics and timing nailed down.


    That said, on mix and master always have another pair of ears there. As the writer and performer you'll hear the song differently than others will.

    Chuck
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    Re: Kick-started the recording of my first songs

    Quote Originally Posted by Offshore Angler View Post
    Cool beans Sergio.
    Pay extra attention to the mix down and mastering process. Once you understand it you can do it yourself. The unlimited takes you get at home and the ability to punch in and out makes up for a lot of equipment you see in the studio. Even before you hit a studio, just use Cakewalk and a cheap mic to rehearse at home and get your dynamics and timing nailed down.
    Quite a change from my first days in the studio in 1965 when we recorded on a big old Mapex single track deck and multiple “takes” were done to try to get that one version that had no errors and sounded great to the engineer.

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    If you’ve got an ear for arrangements and mixing, you can get superb home recordings now.

    can’t wait to hear your tunes, and yes, pay close attention to the engineer/ producer.
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    The biggest PITA has always been mic'ing amps. In today's world of Fractals, PODHD's, etc., that has pretty much gone away, along with all the bleed over so keeping separation of instruments and vocals is pretty easy these days.
    "No harmonic knowledge, no sense of time, a ghastly tone, unskilled vibrato, and so on. Chuck is one of the worst guitar players I know" -Gravity Jim

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    I recently started using amp plugins, and they are so believable, I just don’t need to mic my amps. For bass, I’ve got an Ampeg SVT plugin. Best recorded bass sound I’ve ever gotten.
    If we'd known we were going to be the Beatles, we'd have tried harder.--George Harrison

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    I don't know any touring bassist who isn't direct to FOH these days.
    "No harmonic knowledge, no sense of time, a ghastly tone, unskilled vibrato, and so on. Chuck is one of the worst guitar players I know" -Gravity Jim

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