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Old 10th June 2007
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Originally Posted by cortisol ➡️
Are you guys having to deal with home recordings and are any of the ingredients incorporated into your productions?

I think this very much depends what you mean by 'deal'!

I have worked on several albums over that last few years where the artists have done a considerable amount of work at home during the writing stage which becomes part of the final recording.

In fact the album I am currently working on has had the larger proportion recorded at the artists studio.

This is very useful but I have noticed a few things which could be improved by better products on offer and more interaction within the industry.

Most artists don't know about the finer points of recording and the most likely products they use don't help them through the maze. Most software recording packages are far too complicated for the average artist who doesn't want to know about the technical stuff. Things like word clocks and sample rates are often ignored with 'difficult' consequences.

I have run a masterclass for a project called Take Five which is run by Serious Management on behalf of the PRS and Jerwood Foundations. This takes 8 rising star jazz musicians and gives them a year of industry mentoring. I spend 3 days with them going through 'Recording Techniques for the Musician'. It has proved to be a big hit and gives them a much better understanding of how to use their options creatively.

Technology can be as much of a hindrance as a help if used badly and I have met several artists who have picked up a real fear of it as a result of badly conformed (and designed) software and hardware.

The marketing of this equipment doesn't help either because we are all led to believe that all of it is of 'professional standard' - whatever that is!

It is the application of equipment by creative people using knowledge coupled with experience enabling the informed choices that makes the difference.

I also think it is important to note that music is surely a collaborative art and making music in studio environments is different from sitting alone in your garage. So many artists who get into the business with self made albums jump into a studio at the first opportunity.

Furthermore, the difference that having good engineers and producers helping to develop ideas into a bigger perspective must be attractive and the value of a large format console, a selection of microphones and outboard to compliment the other technology cannot be easily dismissed, as has been pointed out in other threads by my colleagues.