Many folks believe that it’s best to focus on the song rather than the song production, and for the most part I agree—which is why I tend to avoid the studio until the material is almost fully formed. For that matter, the less time spent futzing with faders in general, the better your chances of landing something with energy and urgency.
Having said that, devoting a little extra effort to the sometimes tricky process of mixing can ensure that your multitrack is presented in the best way possible. Therefore, rather than waiting until all of your tracking is complete before beginning the all-important mixdown phase, it can be helpful to make a number of preliminary or “test” mixes as the recording progresses. . . . Read More