Mudcat Café message #3268934 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #141927   Message #3268934
Posted By: GUEST,999
05-Dec-11 - 04:33 PM
Thread Name: My recording project (52 folk songs)
Subject: RE: My recording project
My 'philosophy' with regard to recording stuff is basically the song gets done in two takes, tops three. Same goes for back-up singers and musicians. I suppose excellence is in the cards for someone, but it ain't me. Ron taught me a few recording 'rules':

1) NEVER throw anything away.
2) If the error is not distracting, it's not worth 20 minutes of studio time tryin' to fix.
3) Perfection is expensive and usually not worth it.
4) Record flat (meaning no effects--echo, reverb--on any original tracks. Effects can be added later).
5) During a recording session is not the time to practice. Studios run from fifty cents to a buck a minute. Better have your stuff together before that point.

I on occasion have the habit of tapping the guitar when I play. It gets picked up by the mics and there it is. If it ends up accenting a rhythm either in time or syncopated, and it works, I don't worry about it. However, tap a mic cord and ya stop, do it again. I don't mind rawness in some songs, as long as the performance works. I agree about the slope. I have wondered what some of those singers do when they're asked to sing impromptu.