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The talent myth

by Kim Lajoie on March 21, 2014

Rob Bradford: You’ll often hear that “____ is super talented.” As to imply that he/she has some sort of natural gift or ability that enables them to just show up and perform. That’s why I hate the word “talent”. Because it does a disservice to everyone. It confuses people and it distracts them from the […]

No-one reads a comic strip because it’s drawn well

by Kim Lajoie on December 29, 2013

Seth Godin: No one goes to a rock concert because the band is in tune. They have to be close enough to not be distracting, but being in tune isn’t the point. This is something that I think a lot of engineers and producers lose sight of. The production doesn’t have to be technically perfect. […]

Parallel Compression on the Whole Mix… why?

by Kim Lajoie on December 19, 2013

Well this is interesting: We use parallel compression on drums. We use it on vocals. We use it on really anything and everything. So why not on the whole mix? [...] The pros are that you can get a little bit of extra thickness, movement and color in a fairly transparent way. It looks like […]

Community Kitchen Vol 2

by Kim Lajoie on September 10, 2013

Ok, it’s here. Yes, it’s late. Yes, I’ve been busy. But here it is: How it’s similar to Vol 1 Again, it’s a mix of acoustic and electronic music. There are more electronic tracks than acoustic tracks, but again, it’s because of the quantity of submissions, not the quality. Again, it was really difficult to […]

Update on the compilation

by Kim Lajoie on August 14, 2013

So, submissions have closed. And I’m listening to them now – there’s some really interesting music! Again, a great mix of sounds and styles. I’ve been listening to the tracks for the last few days and I still haven’t chosen a shortlist. At stage it’s looking like I’ll spend the rest of the week listening, […]

How (not) to take the pressure off your vocal recording session

by Kim Lajoie on August 7, 2013

Björgvin Benediktsson: Sneak in a vocal session at random times. Some interesting advice here, although I think it reflects a sense of helplessness on the part of the producer. One of the most important roles of a producer is to get the best performances out of the musicians on the session. I’m of the firm […]

Submissions close at the end of this week!

by Kim Lajoie on August 6, 2013

Just a quick note – submissions for the next compilation will close at the end of this week. Don’t leave it to the last minute! Unless you like to live dangerously. To reiterate, I’m not looking for any style or sound in particular. If you listen to the previous compilation, you’ll notice there’s a bias […]

How to be a mastering engineer. Or, how to be a master

by Kim Lajoie on August 2, 2013

Ian Shepherd: The answer is me. My ears, my experience, my perspective, my skill. Me. I’m the mastering engineer. Pretty arrogant, right ? Tongue-in-cheek contextless quoting aside, Ian makes a really good point. And it’s one that I make frequently to singer/songwriters who ask me for advice about recording their next release in their home studio. I’m all for people having a go […]

7 tips on making your music loud

by Kim Lajoie on July 28, 2013

Ilpo Kärkkäinen: We need to understand there are two different processes at play when we are trying to make a track loud: the production/mixdown stage and the mastering. Ilpo, you’re missing one. There are three. In my recent guide, I cover the three production stages where loudness should be considered: composition, mixing and mastering. Composition […]