futureappletree studio 2
DOG BONES, LITTLE BOY PRIDE...
Some modern recordings in rotation: Landlady, Sam Evian, Omni, Ryley Walker,
Midnight Sister, The War On Drugs
Headphones are seldom used at FAT2, and sometimes not even for
multitrack recording. They don't seem to help performance, and they
disconnect the musician from the sonic environment. Also, it seems
when a singer struggles a bit to hear, they sing a little better...most of
the time. There's something to it.
Limitation is your friend. Limitation is the most important imposition on
the recording process. Learning and choosing to "deal with it".
Knowing that flexibility is not necessarily helpful. More choices does
not equal a better recording. Because you can make more choices,
should you? Why not just decide to have fewer. When making a
choice, just make it and move on. Maybe another choice would sound
"better". So what. You'll never know. Why bother thinking about
There is a continuum from thought or inspiration to end product where the
music goes from abstract to concrete. During that process, the ideas
mingle with the "real world" via guitars, keyboards, compressors, reverbs,
speakers, tape, etc. etc. The mingling is of unseen "thought" electric
brain activity to unseen "real world" electrical/acoustic
activity...amplification/sound/vibration/recording. The lyrics have
meaning, and take different paths toward the concrete in this process
usually, as well. Being conscious of this process, and sometimes
unconscious, is important. Analyze the micro/macro aspects of the
work. The end user will first perceive it "as one" and only later
discover its parts if they like what they hear.
There is nothing to gain from volume of sound past a certain point.
Similar to an overexposed photo, detail and definition is reduced as volume
goes up. In a recording, apparent volume and actual volume are not the
same, that is, you can make a quiet thing sound loud in a recording.
Obviously, sometimes an amp needs to be a certain volume to sound a certain
way, and that makes sense, but in a room with several other people making
noise it isn't helpful.
Know when it's done, or good enough. Walk away.