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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The analog myth (once again)

About a week ago, a song came to me for mastering. They are an alternative-rock band from Mexico and this song is a cover of "Heroin" by the Velvet Underground; I have mastered about 2 or 3 releases from them.

Here's an excerpt of the song before mastering. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Mastering for vinyl

We all love vinyl releases, they look and sound awesome, but we cannot forget that it is a physical media and thus it's very limited at playback because it depends on the needle literally scratching the disc's surface to produce sound. A vinyl disc has a very limited frequency response and stereo width, so there is a limit on how far you can push the sound before it collapses at playback. 

This is why I take very seriously when mastering an album for vinyl so I do two separate masters, one for CD/digital release and one for vinyl.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The studio guy is not YOUR producer

As I told you in this other entry, there are a lot of misconceptions about the process of producing an album. One of the most common is the belief that one with a recording studio is a music producer.

Clearing the air

Technically speaking he IS a producer in the sense that he will help you take your music to a recorded media with all the technical stuff and knowledge that is required to do that but, he is not YOUR producer in the sense that if you make money or not from that record it doesn't make any difference to him.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Types of music producer

As with many misconceptions in music production, the producer's role and its very definition has been distorted a lot since the DIY era. Being a very important figure in the process of making a record I feel that is very important to give you an idea on what a producer actually is and what he or she will do for you. Many artists think that producers are dudes that will make them wear spandex and will make them dance to some electronic music made in a factory, others think that are the guys who own the recording studios so let's clear the air for this.

Type 1: The Product Creator