3 Reasons I have More Respect for Recording Artists and Producers

Ryan Egan —  January 27, 2011 — 6 Comments

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I received some recording equipment for Christmas.  It was awesome.  I was excited.  I hurriedly installed the hardware, borrowed a mic from church, and downloaded the latest version of Audacity.  I recorded an arrangement for a contest and sat back and listened.

It sounded NOTHING like recordings I listen to every day.  It sounded poorly mixed, averagely performed, and….novice, would be the best word.  Now granted, I did the recording and mix in a very short amount of time to hit a deadline for a contest, but it still sounded empty compared to what I’ve heard from friends of mine.  So, I’ve come to respect anyone who records and produces music, but especially people who SELF-record and product music.  Here are three reasons why:

  1. They’re incredibly creative:  not only do self-recorders and producers come up with the original melody and chord structure, they also come up with creative ways to arrange their songs.  Many of them begin with just a vocal part and guitar part (or piano part) but end up filling their arrangements with elaborate textures, rhythms, and harmonies.
  2. They’re willing to get judged and open to everyone’s opinion (even amatuer ones).  I’ve been reviewing albums off and on on here for a while, and now that I’ve been doing my own recording I realize how hard it is to do and just how un-qualified I am to be doing the reviews!  Also, it takes a LOT of guts to put your music out there for the world to hear.
  3. They’re patient and persistent (okay, that’s technically two more, but they go together).  I lay down a couple of rough tracks and say, “Meh, those are okay, I’ll go do something else for a while” when I should be re-writing and re-recording.  These artists and producers work hard and long until the right finished sound is ready.  Until you’ve done it, you know have no idea how much patience and perseverance is necessary to record and produce music.

So, as I begin my adventure of recording and producing I say, “You are amazing.  I salute you” to the many people who are doing it and very successfully at that.

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Ryan is a follower of Christ, husband, father, worship leader, & creative. He is heavily involved in the Association of Free Lutheran Churches and desires to teach others to live a life of worship in everything they do.
  • Tikidog

    Ditto! I’ve been dabbling in home recordings for a while now, never finding the time to commit and sit down and really finish just one song. I’m always looking for that one plugin, or DAW that will do everything I need it to, but in all reality I just need to learn with what I have. Which is one reason I love Songwriting Cafes challenge of at least 1 song a month. It not only keeps me accountable in writing, but if I want it to sound my best, I need to learn the technical side of it as well. And I’m in the same boat as you when it comes to critique. Knowing all the work that gies into just one song from start to finish is pretty daunting.

  • http://www.iamanoffering.com iamanoffering

    For sure! The Songwriter’s challenge is great accountability. Making
    sure we have someone or something to challenge us to get it done is
    key. I’ve learned a ton already as well!

  • http://twitter.com/mikeymo1741 Mike Mahoney

    Recording and mixing are only part of the process. The recording is going to sound like garbage unless it’s properly mastered, which is a whole different skill set than mixing. I thought our album sounded good until I heard it after it was mastered. Night and day.

    What platform do you use? If you are on Mac or Linux, I’d suggest trying Ardour. Audacity is good for quick-and-dirty edits and mixes, but you’ll need something with a little more oomph if you want to do anything serious.

  • http://www.iamanoffering.com iamanoffering

    Thanks for the great info. I’m on PC so those options won’t work for
    me. Any good recommendations for PC?

  • Anonymous

    @Ryan have you tried the Presonus Studio One DAW? Works very well under Win 7. Also comes with some slamming’ virtual instruments.

  • http://www.iamanoffering.com iamanoffering

    Thanks for chiming in! I have a PC at home but I have been more impressed with Mac lately. I recently went to an overview series on studio recording and yes, exactly as you said, the mastering was the key to the best sound. I’d love to know more about Ardour. —
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