Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How to deliver your mixes for mastering

Even though I can handle almost any type of mix you have to consider that the better your mix is, the better the master will be.

To send your mixes to me for mastering, ask the recording studio to follow these guidelines:

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mastering Compression - Part 1

First of all, I want to apologize for the lengthy post but I'd like to make a point regarding this topic. I promise further post will be way shorter, but for now, humor me and enjoy the ride.

As much as frequency response, stereo image, harmonics and overall volume are very important in mastering, to me, the most important part is compression, because nothing is more enjoyable and gives more power to a mix than the correct and dynamic interaction between all instruments.

Another important thing I want to tackle in this series of blog posts is the widespread myth that a specific processing unit is key or even important to choose a mastering studio or else, that your music will sound great if is passed by a given hardware.

That said, let's get on to the examples:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mastering demos: Shoegaze + Death Metal? Yes, please.

This should be the most challenging mastering work I have done. The band had only two members: drums and guitar/vocals so there was no bass which for a start complicates things because there is nothing that binds rhythm and melody and acts as a foundation for the whole sound like a bass guitar, a contrabassoon, a tuba or a contrabass would do.

Official cover for Teorema's homonym first album

Monday, November 5, 2018

Vocals production, the house special

Vocals are arguably the most important instrument in any music production and it's precisely this element that almost all independent productions get it wrong or at least can't make them sound awesome.

This is because vocals production goes beyond the sole fact of being in-tune and in-time; it's more about communicating feelings and emotions to the audience and make them live your songs as much as you did when you wrote them. There are several reasons why indie artists can't get to that point in their recordings: lack of time, not enough rehearsals, bad recording environment and so on; but most importantly, the lack of guidance.

Friday, October 12, 2018

A brief music production story

On September 15th (Mexico's celebration of independence) the song Vera from María Ferrina was released. It was very well received because only 48 hours later it surpassed the 5,500 plays on Facebook and made its way as far as Japan and the Czech Republic.

Except for the trumpets, all instruments were played and recorded by maestro Ernesto Anaya whilst all vocals were produced by myself. I also did the mix and mastering duties.

My main goal was to make María Ferrina's voice to be able to "compete" with mariachi since her style is too soft for this kind of music. We worked vocals together for about two months, in which I helped her to emphasis on the parts that needed it, but most of all, to let go of her voice and make her feel comfortable singing fortissimos. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

The result of hiring a producer

Being a catholic band like TAW means that your biggest achievement should be to play in front of the Pope.

By the time I'm writing this blog entry it is almost a year since I told the band and its investors that my goal as a producer was to make a record that could reach as far as the Pope and today, thanks to their album, the band has been invited to play at the JMJ where Pope Francis I has confirmed his attendance. 
Now I can proudly say: Achievement unlocked!

Official invitation (in Spanish) to play at the JMJ

The story behind

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Is your record really ready to be released?

Everyday, hundreds of records are being released around the world; from all musical genres, all languages and all countries. With too many musical offers it's almost impossible to get the people's attention and the sound quality of your record has a lot to do with standing out or not.

The vast majority of artists who are looking for a recording studio make their choices based on how the place looks and what gear it has at their disposal, which is not bad on principle, however, the two examples I'm using were recorded at a studio that looks like this:

Not bad huh? But how does the actual final product sounds like? 

Example 1

Example 2