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Need Major recording advice

Discussion in 'Recording' started by galexanders01, May 8, 2009.

  1. I'm new to recording songs, but I'm a good producer. Anyway, I need to know the basics of recording a song. How many times do you record the chorus or you record once and use reverb? Also do you record the chorus each time after the verse? Last and not least do you have to use compression or just mange the gain well? I mean what parts are commpression used on anyway? I would really like to thank you if you can help me out. I think I know anything else beside how to turn a mono vocal into a stereo without re-recording. I use adobe audition 3 by the way.
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Do you really think you are going to get the answer to such a question out of one forum posting? Go buy a book. This book is a good one. The sixth edition is the latest version.
  3. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    (HUMOR) Come Hueseph don't be a typical Recording Engineer and help the producer out.

    What you can't reduce the experience of a couple decades to a few paragraghs?

    I told him I just wanted to know one thing. Everything.

    On a more serious note, if you are this far away from base knowledge get the book, offer to intern at a local pro studio, and browse the newbies forum for the last year or two lots of these kind of questions (though not this many all at once) asked and answered.
  4. yeah I do want to know everything lol. I'm going to school in the fall and I wanted to get a heads up. I will buy the book, it looks great. Its better than looking for tutorials.
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hey galexanders01 -
    Welcome to RO.

    As Huseph points out, that's a lot of information to request in one post. A lot of that information is available here using a simple search or even just by browsing.

    One other point though - you say "I'm a good producer." Be careful how you put that - a good producer would know all of the information for which you're requesting help. Generally, it's the producer's job to make decisions about how many times a chorus is tracked, what kind of compression to be used, what mics are going to be used. It's the engineer's job to make sure the equipment is operating correctly, connected correctly and to push "record" and manipulate gain staging. That's about it.

    Many people nowadays are playing both the role of producer and engineer so the lines are blurring for sure. However, it's definitely a good idea, before advertising yourself as something, to know exactly what the position entails.

  6. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I'm a good driver. Can somebody tell me what those pedals on the floor are for and how to use them? :)
  7. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    First rule of Recording Club: There are no rules in Recording Club.
    Second rule of Recording Club: THERE ARE NO RULES IN RECORDING CLUB.
  8. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    What have you produced?
  9. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Third rule: Nobody TALKS about Recording Club. :twisted:
  10. I produce hip hop beats for up and coming talent I find. I have alot of learning to do so let's just say I"m good at making beats. I didnt know a producer had to do so much, I thought that was the engineers job. Now I get why people say making beats and being a producer are two different things.
  11. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Yes, technically speaking you are 'producing' beats, but there's a big difference between that and the capitalized title of 'Producer'.

    Of course, I know quite a few folks who have made the jump from producing beats to producing records - with a bit of learning you can get there from here.

    Read up on the technical side of the business. Absorb yourself in what's going on in the recording process. Learn all you can about dynamics and fx, gain structure and mic placement. These are key elements that you've gotta have to successfully engineer / produce a record.
  12. FatalV

    FatalV Active Member

    +2112... :wink:
  13. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Followed by The Temple of Sphyrinx?
  14. FatalV

    FatalV Active Member

    yep! :D

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