Audio mixing and mastering is an art. Every accomplished song that translates very well to consumer speakers is a footstep in your professional capability. However, this means listening to these music in loud volumes, even when inside your car.
I have a fellow audio engineer who has mixed audio for many local UK acts and musicians. She certainly loves her work. Every day, she pops a newly-mastered CD in her car and she listens to it and once she arrives in our studio, she dissects the parts that need improvement in the mix.
However, it was because of this that she got hit by a speeding truck. It was the truck driver’s fault because he beat the red light in the fast traffic in an intersection. My audio engineer friend ended up in a hospital with a fractured neck and a dislocated shoulder.
Her family turned to no win no fee accident claims experts to help sort out the mess. The authorities have ruled out the fact she was listening to loud music as she was in fast traffic because she was following rules. The truck company provided for her medical bills as well as other miscellaneous bills for temporary impairment because of her fractured shoulder.
The lesson for me and other audio engineers like me reading this is that as much as we love work, there’s a time for work and there’s a time to pay attention to things right in front of us. We could always listen to lower volumes and keep it a priority to keep our eyes on the road rather than concentrate our ears and leaving the driving to our bodies in ‘autopilot mode’.
As a producer, I value my ears as my greatest assets. Taking care of them is important because without hearing, I wouldn’t have a job. Hearing is important, but it is more important that your ear knows the sound that it is looking for working in conjunction with your analytical skills.
Oscillation meters can tell you lots about the frequency of a musical instrument when recorded. Your knowledge of condenser and dynamic microphones and identifying phases when using them is also important, but you could only tell the difference of subtle sound changes with trained ears.
A simple way I do to train my ears is to scoop up a frequency gain and move it all around the equalizer while a single polyphonic note is playing. I would identify the note’s frequency range in the basic meter, then hear its character changes as I pass the gain frequency from one side to the other.
A chart like this is useful in training your ears and even in mixing and mastering the instruments in your song. These will help you improve on your usage of the most basic of all digital audio workstation plugins, the equalizer.
However, you will need to invest in mentorship and good monitors if you want to train your ears effectively. I can coach people but only through posts such as these, but the final say depends on whether your ear determines a sound to be “sweet” enough or needs more tweaking.
If you have ever listened to classical music, you can clearly distinguish the different instruments, their sound and the swelling and shrinking dynamics of the instruments, giving it its organic and refreshing feeling. In today’s modern music, particularly in pop and rock songs, dynamics could not be felt, except for a perceived loudness of the percussions and lifeless melodic instruments.
Compression is useful during the traditional days of music production because it helped avoid destroying early radios with weak circuits. High volumes were too high for some radios to contain and a compressor helped to ensure a pure signal seemed to increase in volume without actually increasing in amplitude.
Today, compression is useful for tying together instruments to sound as if they are in a single room, especially for multi-tracked recordings. Being tied together, some of their transients and dynamics are lost as they hit the compression gate.
Indeed, it sounds organic when you hear musical instruments change in dynamics and volume in the process and while it sounds clearer in a compressed mix, your ears may get tired of hearing the same sound, which can make the music dull and lifeless.
While some music are suited for loud compression, such as dance and rock music, other types of music may benefit from retaining dynamics and a low compression setting.
It’s not how good you are at ensuring the competitive loudness of your mix. It is also not because of the way you could make something that sounds so raw sound really loud and powerful. A music producer is someone who does these things; a successful one does more.
You are a music producer, but if you haven’t built your network of talents that could make use of your talent and capabilities, you are not yet successful. If nobody had ever heard of your prowess in editing and ensuring the beauty of the audio you record, you are far from successful. Marketing and advertising your work through word of mouth or accomplished projects is crucial for gaining success in the music industry.
While you are doing your marketing, it is also important to increase your portfolio. It would be painful to take on some pro bono jobs, but it could build your experience with your clients, work ethics and other details that help build your professional edge. Be sure to show these portfolios to your clients.
At one point, musical directors or a band will want to go a shift in detail and work. As a music producer, having the resilience to adapt to this new direction and scrap previous work. Surely, you could charge extra for your efforts in resilience, but getting the right kind of people to work for you as you make the shift also takes extra effort.
Being a listener, you can’t help wonder how perfect an album’s quality truly is. Music production had evolved to levels unimaginable and the processes undertaken are not the conventional “plug-and-play” and record to recording systems. Music producers won’t tell you the following during production.
1. The Sound is Made up of Different Sounds
You might think that a guitar or a piano sound is just made up of one microphone put in the direction of an amplifier or the “sound area” of a piano. The truth is that multiple microphones are used to get the right phase for the instrument and the room sound. You might think it sounds simple on the record, but in reality, it looks more complicated.
2. Chop Chop
Today’s recording technology allows Digital Audio Workstations to snip records of audio and do a song piece-by-piece, contributing to more accurate timing and faster recording. Snippets could also be adjusted to get into the right amount of tempo without compromising the “human” voice in an instrument.
3. Electronic Instruments
You might wonder why the sound of a bass drum sounds massive compared to your home recordings and a snare sounds very big even if your snare is of the same brand and style on record compared to yours. These instruments may have been “replaced” by the producers using triggers. Triggers allow proper drum replacements to ensure a “cleaner” sound on the drumset to make a more crisp and clearer sound.
Payment protection insurance is designed to repay your loans, mortgages and credit repayments in case you get sick or have an accident. However, many banks, financing companies and building institutions have mis sold payment protection insurance to consumers. An average PPI costs £3000.
To get your refund, you will need to make a PPI claim against your bank. Confirm with your bank through a call that you own and are paying for a payment protection insurance in the financing you currently have. It would be wise to check all your financing to see if you have the insurance.
Next, collect all the billing statements you received upon paying for your loan. Ensure that these billing statements are dated properly. You could get a rough estimate of the total amount of insurance refund you are owed. If you want a precise calculation, you could work with a free PPI calculator most claims companies provide.
You could also be due compound interests. Compound interests are increases in interest rates with your payment protection insurance as the possible reason. If proven to be true, you could reclaim these repayments as well.
Allow a PPI Claimback Company to handle your claim on a no win no fee basis if you have a free schedule, when the bank rejects your claim or you are not satisfied with the banks decision.
Either you work independently or you eventually get signed to working with a record label, you will have to work with a music producer. Sure, today’s technology allows virtually anybody to record music at home, but nothing beats the ears and skills of a music producer.
1. Composition and Arrangement
You might be greatly confident with your compositions and arrangement, but the ears of a music producer had listened to countless kinds of music and your genre is possibly on the list. They will point out to you which sounds awkward, too repetitive and other criticisms with your music. Don’t fret, they have fixes for such, trust them.
2. Recording Engineer
Part of album preproduction is choosing the kind of sound you want your album to have. Your music producer will work alongside engineers to envision the type of sound he or she wants for your album. You also have your say in this process but the music producer could improve the sound you actually want.
3. Post Production
Your album needs its competitive loudness to compete with mainstream standards and your music producer will also direct the post-production of your album. This means he or she will mix your audio and make sure it sounds according to what you and he or she actually thinks is right for your kind of music.
Many business proprietors are likely to view search engine optimization as the “holy grail” of Internet marketing. In reality, the public’s reception of your website dictates heavily instead of the optimization techniques you have. Improving your brand, instead of focusing your efforts in exact match domains and SEO completely, is important in developing your Internet presence.
According to a recent study of exact match domains or EMDs, their efficiency from 2010 had dropped largely in 2013. The changing algorithm of Google’s search engine and other search engines make it clear that a website with an EMD but is not related to the content it produces is unlikely to gain traffic.
Exact match domains are still effective though if they are memorable and catchy. For example, having a website called brainfarts.com rather than weirdscienceresearches.com is something a user could remember. While clearly, there is no correlation to fart in the content, the word brain and the total connotation of the phrase itself makes sense to the public.
As always, your content represents your brand. Make it a point to improve your content. The more visitors learn about certain subjects of your products, services or the technologies a business uses, the more they come back again for information in your website.