The Record Producer
The Recording Method
The Editor: Well since the producer decided just to grab take 6, all
you have to do is discard the other takes and cue it up. You should
be glad you did not have to cut and paste a bunch of stuff this time.
“Thanks for making my job easy producer!” you say.
The Producer: Well, now you have to determine what the mix
engineer will do. Do you want anything to be louder or softer? Do
you want to add a new effect? Maybe fade something out at the
end? It is your job to determine whether any of these things happen.
The Mix Engineer: When you get your hands on the recording it
comes in tracks. Whether it is a recording of a single performance or
many performances, it goes from that state to something the
consumer can listen to, while in your hands. Four-track tapes will not
play though your grandmother’s tape deck. Whatever recording
format was utilized, you will receive recorded tracks. The consumer
does not want to hear tracks, he wants to hear completed music.
The Mastering Engineer: Mastering engineers realize that
everyone does not listen to music through the same medium. You
make the recording sound good everywhere. The medium will not
affect the recording process. It can not. The medium comes
I developed this recording method with hindsight, not foresight. In
other words, it is a concise way of breaking up any successful
recording method into steps. It works universally.