thread: Live Recording
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Old 26th April 2012
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Originally Posted by DanH ➡️
Hi Jay - thanks so much for doing this..

The majority of my work involves recording and mixing in-studio performances live to 2-track. I was wondering if you have any tips or advice for this type of recording, whether you prefer this approach or now-traditional production work flows, or any other insight and guidance you may have in this area.

Thanks again, and much respect for your work!

- Daniel

Hi Daniel,
I love to record right to 2 trk. I like the energy in the studio, as well as the control room. There is a certain clarity to the sound (much less processing and electronics to go through), that makes for a special recording. The key, for me, is to make everybody as comfortable as possible in order to get the best performance from everyone. I feel that is the most important thing. If the performance is not great, who cares what it sounds like. It's all about the music.
I try to create a relaxed environment right from the time I walk in the studio, and continue that throughout the session. I usually ask the musicians for their patients, while I get sounds and they get used to headphones (if they are using them). I stagger the schedule for musicians to be in the studio, so no one is standing around waiting, for very long.
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