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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How to evaluate your mixes

Having trouble to finish up your mixes? Don't know when to determine that a mix is done and OK? Let's see a few practices that will help you cross the line.

Let go

You need to let go, there is no such thing as a perfect, flawless mix, you will make mistakes, we all do, but you will also do great stuff and believe me, you will do many, many more great things than mistakes in your record. It would be absurd that you make a bad mix when you are putting so much time, money and effort on your record, so stop listening to your mixes over and over again, trying to find bad stuff because you will find it, but finding it won't mean that there is any. A bit confusing huh? Well. that's how messy stuff can get when you won't let go.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Increase your album's sales

The great majority of independent artists are convinced that the main goal is to get an album done and then sell it in CD or through streaming services... the problem is that to release an album, single or EP is only the first step.

A few years ago, a pop singer asked me for help to put his record on digital platforms, I did so and then he disappeared for almost 10 months just to then call me asking how much money he had earned from sales and streams. Of course he didn't sell a song, not even a single stream

Monday, June 4, 2018

Demos Mastering: Shoegaze / Noise Pop

This is an example of the amount of detail I put into your music once it arrives for mastering

Shoegaze is one of the most difficult genres for mastering because it is all about texture, melodies don't mean anything if they are not put in context with the song's texture, there are bands like Cocteau Twins that intentionally make lyrics a bit difficult to understand by ear, in this post I want to show how I tackled the master for a Shoegaze / Noise Pop record. This one was taken from my archives from 2015.

Here is the original mix in mp3