The Recording Method
Some artists produce entire albums by themselves. In that case,
they are doing each of the jobs. Some individuals have multiple
talents to bring to the recording art, however, I believe that some
jobs are always done better when separated amongst different
individuals. The mastering job is a good example of this. The
producer and mix engineer are simply too biased, due to the roles
they play in the proceeding steps. An unbiased and objective
mastering engineer, almost always improves a recording's quality.
To some extent, this holds true for the arranging step as well.
As stated earlier, my method of separating the recording process
into steps is universally applicable. Perhaps you have made a
recording in the past, but did not hire an arranger. Does this mean
that the music was never arranged? No, it does not. Instruments
were still chosen to perform the compositions, or no recording could
exist today. Maybe this was not done by a professional, which
prompts this question:
Would the recording be better if a professional arranger had chose
The added benefit to this methodology is it allows you to see your
strengths and weakness. For example; after I realised my first
personally-owned album, Numbers, I decided to never again release
any material that was not professionally mastered.
Today, at Art Beyond Audio, the steps are called The Johnson
Recording Method. Click to learn more.