Archive for August, 2012

Keys to solid vocal performance

Posted: 27th August 2012 by Mezzanine Floor Studios in Uncategorized

There are a lot of “secret sauce” methods out there for improving vocal performance. Breathing exercises, vocal exercises, certain things to eat/drink and others not to eat/drink, etc. Honestly the single biggest thing I can recommend is to treat singing as an aerobic activity. If you want to be a better vocalist but aren’t in [...]

Last time we asked an unusual question: Is this song more about “color”, “texture”, or “contrast”, or more about “movement” and “energy”? Our first example was a look at a song that was all about “color”, “texture”, or “contrast.” Let’s take a look now at a song that requires focus on “movement” and “energy.” Movement [...]

This is where mixing gets really fun. In the end, mixing is all about getting something sound “right.” Everything should have a “pocket” to fit into. Everything should sound pretty good on its own when you listen critically to it. The whole thing should “gel” together and feel like a cohesive whole. How you get [...]

Mixing (phase 2) – focusing on how things sound

Posted: 3rd August 2012 by Mezzanine Floor Studios in Mixing Techniques

Once I’ve removed unwanted sounds and noise from tracks, I turn my attention to the way things sound. This involves listening to the tracks together, and soloing each track, and basically asking myself what I want it to sound like. For the most part this varies by style, so I may reference similar styles of [...]

Mixing (phase 1) – Getting rid of unwanted sounds

Posted: 3rd August 2012 by Mezzanine Floor Studios in Mixing Techniques

I work on a fair amount of live recordings- where getting a quality product at the end is just as much about removing sound you don’t want as it is about sweetening the sound you do want. This has gotten me into the habit of splitting my mixing workflow into 3 phases. This works for [...]