tracking:mixing, ratio of contribution to a great recording

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by peat, May 30, 2007.

  1. peat

    peat Guest

    how much do tracking and mixing contribute to a recording?

    50:50?

    i seem to think tracking is alot more important than mixing
    ive heard some awesome music at the studio as it is being recorded
    some of the best stuff ive heard
    completely unmixed

    of course this depends on the type of music and tracking techniques
    lets say for this instance
    laying down drum and bass bed tracks
    and overdubbing the rest (guitar, vocals, keys, harmonica etc...)

    id say something like 70:30
     
  2. Halifaxsoundguy

    Halifaxsoundguy Active Member

    I'd say tracking is the most important thin. If you get the best sounds coming in, thats less you'll have to do in the mix. You don't want to "fix it in the mix". I'd say 80:20. You can't polish a turd.
     
  3. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    At least 70/30.....certainly the musical style matters, but you have to have the basics down first.
     
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    You need both skills sets. But ideally I would rather spend the time in the tracking phase and get it right. So 70/30 sounds about right to me too.
     
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    The biggest complaint you hear about, is the mix specialists, at how poorly a lot of stuff is recorded.

    There are people who make a huge living polishing turds.....They polish them so bright that the light fairly gleams off of em, blinding anyone looking at them to the point that they cant be seen as a turd until you've listened a couple of times. B that tim the record companies have your money and its too late.

    So the answer I have is one cannot function properly without the other and they have to be equal in terms of importance and quality as well as being done in the proper order.
     
  6. Terrapin

    Terrapin Guest

    I just recorded my first album this spring. Me and my co-producer then sent it off to Portland to have a few more tracks laid down and then have it mixed proffessionaly due to self-inflicted time constraints. The guys doing the mix were good but were given only like a day before my co-producer jumped the ^#$%ing gun and had it mastered. What a huge mistake! After almost a month of me doing the tracking and getting some incredible sounds the project went from a potential "A" to a friggin "B-" in my book. I was a producer and was denied the opportunity to hear the mix before it got mastered. And boy were there some problems, differences between songs, certain stereo techniques that they didn't follow even though they were in my mix notes. All problems that could have been avoided had I been given a chance to critique the mix before it got mastered.

    Indeed you need good tracking but a shoddy rushed mix can certainly be like a turd in a sterling bowl.
     
  7. Terrapin

    Terrapin Guest

    I just recorded my first album this spring. Me and my co-producer then sent it off to Portland to have a few more tracks laid down and then have it mixed proffessionaly due to self-inflicted time constraints. The guys doing the mix were good but were given only like a day before my co-producer jumped the ^#$%ing gun and had it mastered. What a huge mistake! After almost a month of me doing the tracking and getting some incredible sounds the project went from a potential "A" to a friggin "B-" in my book. I was a producer and was denied the opportunity to hear the mix before it got mastered. And boy were there some problems, differences between songs, certain stereo techniques that they didn't follow even though they were in my mix notes. All problems that could have been avoided had I been given a chance to critique the mix before it got mastered.

    Indeed you need good tracking but a shoddy rushed mix can certainly be like a turd in a sterling bowl.
     
  8. Yaseck

    Yaseck Active Member

    poor tracking + poor mixing = catastrophy
    poor tracking + good mixing = possible?
    good tracking + poor mixing = destruction
    good tracking + good mixing = yeah!

    So both of them: tracking and mixing are important. Simple adjusting levels is a part of mixing. So You cannot avoid it.
    but, I would say that tracking is more important.
     
  9. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    i completely agree.
     
  10. TheBear

    TheBear Guest

    everyones right. just depends on what you what. if you want it to sound like $*^t. awesome. you want it to sound polished and clean. awesome

    you can do it both ways.

    but i agree with halifax, you really shoudlnt have to mix that much if the stuffs good.
     

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