Simple mixing and recording guidelines

In no order, what so ever… uhm, well, maybe the last one is actually the most important (so I out it in bold).

  • If it peaked, throw it out.
  • It’s not a good idea to record with effects on. It might seem smart at first, but you might wan’t to get rid of that thick reverb later.
  • Make sure lyrics are understandable. Just because you know what you sang, doesn’t mean others can figure it out.
  • Do not compress and limit sound until the very end – drag this as long as you can.
  • ‘Wall of sound’ it with extra real recordings, don’t just copy and paste.
  • Delay backing tracks just a bit. A BIT!
  • Just because you think cheap wandering stereo automation is cool, doesn’t mean anyone else will.
  • Never stereo pan more than 25 – unless it’s a complete left/right pan.
  • Give lyrics a EQ boost toward the high end if you need presence/
    sounds dull.
  • Never put effects on single tracks before everything else is recorded, premixed and done. Then start mixing and adding.
  • Importance: 1. the musician … 2. the instrument – and no, I didn’t get it wrong!
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  • f you sound bad on a Shure SM58 – don’t go out and buy an expensive Neumann U89I… rather: if it sounds good with the Shure, you may be able to make it sound great with the Neumann.
  • Keep it simple, find something that works – you can always mess it up later. Harder to do it the other way around.

Listen, don’t use shitty automated lists like this.

Peter Jones

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