Wasted time, heartbreak and loss can be painful experiences that makes you feel like nothing good can come of them. Yes, they suck but for a songwriter they each can be a well of emotion and inspiration. When you're hurting you may not feel like writing a song. You may not feel like doing anything at all. Writing, whether it's a journal, a book or a song can be very therapeutic. Turn all of this negative stuff into something productive, a song.
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I have actually seen an engineer tweaking and tweaking, for about ten minutes, the channel next to the one he thought he was adjusting. Several times throughout he would say "Now, we're talking. Sounding better." Lol
I'll make this as quick as I can so you can get back to making great music.
Have you ever finished a mix that seemed to have tons of energy and excitement in the studio but when it returned from mastering and you cranked it up loud to hear your musical masterpiece it seemed to have lost some life?
This could be because of the mastering job squishing it to death.
HOWEVER, before you go blaming the mastering guy check your unmastered mix at a very loud volume. If it is still missing that energy then your problem is probably something that happens to so many trained audio engineers.
Audio engineers have learned to mix at low levels to hear accurately and get a good mix. However, as a producer I have some input on this. Do not spend more than half of your production time at low levels. Make sure you constantly go back and forth between whisper level and hit ya in the chest level. If you don't you may find yourself wondering why your awesomely balanced mix sounds lifeless.
Jen is a singer and songwriter. After a year or two of building up enough confidence in herself she has decided to record her music. She has spent hours upon hours researching how to go about doing this but is left with more questions than answers. So, Jen sets of to "find a recording studio" to record her songs.
Jen visits a few studios in her area and picks the one she thinks fits her needs the best.
However, she only thinks she knows what she needs.
She made her choice of a well known big studio that had tons of expensive equipment and where some popular songs were done. She was shocked to discover that they only charged $75 per hour and had all of that to offer.
Now here's the trap Jen, like so many others, was caught in. Sure the studio had a technically skilled audio engineer and had some session players that she could hire to play on her project. What Jen didn't have and didn't even know she needed was a qualified music producer. Nine times out if ten the studio engineer is not...