Step 9 - Producing
We now come to the final step involving the record producer. The
audio editing is complete when the producer is musically satisfied,
meaning that every note and sound effect is accounted for. This is
another way in which the Johnson Recording Method differs from
other recording techniques. Artistic production must be completed
during the edit so that the mix engineer can remain as objective and
scientific as possible. We will not fix anything in the mix nor will we
alter the composition.
The producer may want to take notes for the mix engineer, citing
specific recorded anomalies that he/she wants the mix engineer to
preserve. As all of the tracks are combined, the music will not change,
but the audio channels will begin to create spacial effects in between
the speakers. During the edit, the producer will certainly have noticed
some of these effects after diligently listing to tracks over and over,
but the mix engineer might not hear them if they start equalizing and
panning right away.
Also, the producer may site other recordings to show the mix engineer
how he/she would like a sound placed in the mix. For example, the
producer may suggest that the drums be sub-mixed mono and panned
to the left like some old 1950's rock&roll albums. Even though I
recommend that the producer pass the recording on to the mix
engineer and withdraw, the mix engineer should still be working to
achieve the producer's vision, not their own.