Get It Right Or Pay The Price

This past weekend, I spent seven hours tweaking a kick drum.

And the piano judged me the whole time.

Not that it was a particular goal of mine--I typically favor efficiency. And also not blowing whole days on kick pedal springs and batter head tension.

I was tracking drums for Pandora, the new Foxflitz single. Once I had everything finally set up to my satisfaction, it took maybe 45 minutes to actually record the song. Sounds pretty quick and easy, right?

But recording is a funny thing; the vast majority of time and energy is spent on choosing mics, positioning mics, SWAPPING mics, tuning heads, tweaking kick pedal springs, killing annoying resonances. Then recording a small snippet, and listening back for anything "off" or "weird" that needs fixing before ultimately playing the actual part you're intending to record.

Until you're used to it, this process can be mind-numbingly, wall-punchingly frustrating. All you want to do is throw up a few mics and belt out the performance you've been yearning to immortalize in digital media. However, that's the nature of committing something to record: it'll be there forever. Or at least as long as the Internet and civilization is around.

You don't want that recording to be half-assed, man. At least I don't. There's only so much you can "fix in the mix" so you might as well get it right the source.

Studio recordings aren't meant to be rushed through. It definitely takes a little extra time, but chances are you'll be happier with the result.

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