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The Scratch Track - Is It For You?

Recently there was a discussion on the RARB Forum regarding the use of "scratch" tracks (performances used to inspire other performances, but this guide track won't make it to the final cut.) These differ from "cue" tracks in a couple key ways: A cue track is more of a template - a grid to lay out your musical work upon, where a scratch track is supposed to inspire emotion and feel into the equation.

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Getting Started in This Crazy Business

I recently asked for your input on things you would like to know – keep the questions coming, they’ve been great!

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Deadlines, Deadines!

Hello, it’s been awhile… I’m a month behind deadline on this blog article, and I’ll bet you’ve all wondered (especially Marty, our web editor here at CASA) where I’ve been! I hardly know where the time has gone myself – this time of the year (March through May) is always just a blur for me, because the majority of Collegiate A Cappella groups are getting ready for their big Spring Shows in April and May, and to us engineer/producers that means mixing and mastering a ton of last-minute albums in a very short amount of time!

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Dynamics - Just a Little Will Do Ya

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Editing - A Necessary Evil

Today, we’ll talk about the bane of many a producer’s life – Editing! This is usually the most dreary, mind-numbing and time consuming (and therefore expensive) part of the whole recording process, and a double edged sword for most people who do this work professionally – while it can be a “cash cow”, it’s also work that most of us don’t want to do even for a pile of money! It’s basically janitorial work – why pay skilled labor to clean your stinky bathroom?