5 Reasons To Care About Our Recordings

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I absolutely love what I do and consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do it professionally for all these years.  Some of my best memories are creating music with my clients/friends in the studio, and I hope they have the same fond memories. Today, I want to list 5 reasons of motivation as to why it’s important for us to care about the music and clients that we work with.  

1 - QUALITY CONTROL

Each of the recordings that we send out into the world is our calling card for the next project.  Just as a great recording can create buzz and interest for potential clients to want to work with you, a bad recording can turn those same clients off. Longevity is a tough thing to navigate in our industry, don’t do yourself any disservice by taking a day off of trying.  

2 - PRIDE IN OUR WORK

This one is pretty straight forward. By having pride in our work, we ensure that there is quality in there too.  It’s too easy to blame our clients for not being talented or experienced enough to make an amazing recording. Rather than focus on their deficiencies, ask yourself what you can do to make it better. Can you improve their headphone mix, their mood lighting, lessen the pressure, capture the sound in a different way that inspires confidence in their performance?

3 - POSITIVE THINKING

Something that I find is often overlooked in a session is the energy in the room. It’s amazing how subtle shifts in mood and micro lags in energy can completely change the outcome of your recording. It’s so important for the musicians to feel like you are in it with them and that you are both working towards the same goal. If the singer doesn’t feel the emotion, the listeners sure aren’t going to. Change your headspace and truly believe that what you’re working on is amazing (even if it’s not), and you will help make it the best that it possibly can be.  

4 - THE STUDIO EXPERIENCE

Do you remember the first time you walked into a professional studio? The 1st session that you ran? For me, any of my first studio experiences were a bag of nervous energy mixed with barely controlled excitement. And it should be! Just because we have been producing or engineering for a long time and are now comfortable in the studio environment, it doesn’t mean everyone is. Try to remember that for a lot of your clients, this experience is something they may have been dreaming about for their entire lives! They are living out their dreams, don’t be the jaded downer that robs them of that ;).  

5 - THE RECORDING IS FOREVER

Don’t downplay the significance of your project. You never know how many people will listen to it. There will almost certainly be a number of people who will find emotional resonance with the songs that you’ve produced and recorded. If we’re lucky enough to have anyone put our recordings into their personal playlists or blast the songs on repeat, we have to make sure to do the song proud!

As always, please don’t hesitate to comment and take the discussion further. I would love to hear your thoughts, critiques, or ideas that I have missed. Keep recording and keep caring!

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Randor Lin is a producer and recording engineer who has worked with such artists as Ten Second Epic and violet night. He is the owner of Turnkey Audio. 


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