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The Self-Recording Musician — 6 Comments

  1. I’m a bit relieved to read that you too found self-recording difficult. I thought it was just me, but there may be something to the Left-Right brain concept. Sometimes I wish someone else were here just to start and stop the recordings. And making videos of myself adds another layer complexity that can ruin my day. OK, I’m not so uniquely inept. Deep breath. Plan the work, work the plan.

  2. Nice post. 🙂

    I’ve been fighting through the self-recording issues lately for a few tracks, coupled with learning the new gear. It’s exciting!

    (And I’ve got something wired incorrectly in the headphone cue path. Fortunately, it’s not a show-stopper; just annoying…)

  3. A note of caution when doing your own, bring along your honesty.

    You never sound in the recording the way you sound in your head. The acoustic paths are different, and the rest of us only ever hear the former.

    Recognize when to quit for the day. While recording, I’ve told a performer that they were done for the day. Their response was that they were still good, at least they thought they were until I played back the last couple takes.

  4. Thanks for taking the time to post this Jeff. It usually takes years of experience to learn even the basics that you’ve illustrated here. Lots of trial and error and frustration before getting to good results. I know you’ve helped me fast track with all your time in the studio!

  5. I can totally relate to this! I tend to play much better when someone else is engineering me. I can get also get good performances on my own, but there’s a lot more punching or recording in sections, whereas with an engineer I can usually play the song down in one pass.