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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?

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Classic Tracks: The House Jacks' "After You"

I’ve decided to start a series based on recollections of certain recording sessions I’ve been involved with over the years. I think it could be informative and useful, as well as preserving a little Aca-studio history for the future. If any of you out there have suggestions about particular recordings to feature here, I’d love to hear about it. I’ll try to get some of the other producers involved in writing these, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be something I worked on myself.

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Communicating With Your Engineer For Fun & Profit

Communication is key, not only with the people who are helping you put your album together, but also between members of your own group when making decisions about mixing, etc.

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Recording Evolution and Long-Distance Creativity, Part I

Such a cool world we live in these days! Transferring recording session files around the world instantly via the internet, being able to share musical ideas and discuss mixes back and forth without having to be on the same continent, even down to something as supposedly simple as keeping a backup copy of your music is something I couldn’t have even guessed at a quarter of a century ago! I know it just makes me sound old to marvel at this stuff to the many of you who just grew up with it, but the change in such a short amount of time is nothing short of amazing to those of us who lived through the transition: Back when I started in this business (on analog tape) the idea – or even possibility - of having a backup of your master tracks was extravagant; most studios didn’t have 2 multi-track machines that could be connected together, and even it they did, the copy was inferior and only used in emergencies. The concept of sending that one and only master through the mail to be mixed by an engineer in another city, with so much of your blood, sweat, and tears in it, was a risk most artists wouldn’t take. Also, every time you pushed the record button, you were erasing the take before, so there was no “undo” if you erased that magic take! The tape itself was expensive, about $200 per 15 minute reel, so you really had to optimize every piece of magnetic real estate!