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Video: Performance vs cleanliness

by Kim Lajoie on April 14, 2014

Well, this was an interesting challenge. Hand-held SM57 for vocals. Trying not to make it sound like trash. There’s a lot of suck at around 7-10kHz. Took it down with EQ and added back some air on top. Used a de-esser to bring the dynamics back into check. Couldn’t do much about the plosives though, […]

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 […]

You don’t need contracts. You need trust.

by Kim Lajoie on March 17, 2014

I recently participated in an interesting discussion. A junior producer was working with a band on a recording and the band left partway through the project to do their recording elsewhere. And they didn’t pay. In the vernacular, the junior producer got stiffed. A couple of other people in the discussion suggested that an adequate […]

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. […]

Sometimes it’s better to wait

by Kim Lajoie on December 23, 2013

This post was originally published on Zencha Music. I recently had an interesting experience recording a song. The artist – who I’d worked with in the past and had seen play live several times – was dragging the song. And not just a little bit. It was dragging a lot. It was a completely different […]

Are you creative and artistic? Stop telling us. Show us.

by Kim Lajoie on December 2, 2013

You’re only creative and artistic if you are actually creating art. So go and make something. Make lots of things. Write some songs. Put together a new combination of chords or synths or plugins that you haven’t done before. Present your work to people – on stage to an audience, in the studio for your […]

Fight through the suck

by Kim Lajoie on November 18, 2013

You will suck. In fact, you probably already have. Maybe you still do. And I hope you will again. It’s not a bad thing. That’s how you know you’re ambitious enough. You’re trying something new. You’re pushing past your comfort zone. Every future expert starts out in the suck. No-one is born great. They fight […]

The most important part of the mixing process

by Kim Lajoie on September 20, 2013

The most important part of the mixing process happens before you’ve opened any plugins, before you’ve touched any faders, before you’ve even loaded any tracks. The most important part of the mixing process might even happen before you walk into the studio. I’m referring, of course, to the discussions you have with the artist. Your […]

Not all hired help is the same – why ‘who you know’ really is so important

by Kim Lajoie on August 29, 2013

At some point in your travels, you’ll come across a situation that requires more than you can handle. Maybe you need a session guitarist. Maybe your project requires mixing or mastering at a higher standard than you can deliver. Maybe you need a great singer. Maybe you need to hire a bigger studio (and a […]

A Case For Making Money From Your Studio (and why I do it)

by Kim Lajoie on July 27, 2013

Joe Gilder: Even if you’re not “in this for the money,” you should treat your studio work as a business. There’s something about being paid for your work that makes you step up your game. And that’s something you just don’t get when you live in Freeville. Joe makes a good case, but he didn’t […]