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Give yourself an unfair advantage

by Kim Lajoie on May 26, 2014

It’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses. Technically, professionally and personally. On a technical level, you might consider areas such as musical styles, particular instruments, approaches to production and aesthetic. For example, my strengths include composition, keyboard, guitar, drum programming, mixing and mastering, clean to aggressive aesthetics, etc. My strengths don’t include recording large […]

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 […]

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 […]

You also have to do the other kind of listening

by Kim Lajoie on July 10, 2013

This post was originally published on Audio-Issues. As an engineer or producer, you have to do a lot of different kinds of listening. You have to listen carefully to the raw sounds that your microphones are capturing. You have to listen to the balance of sounds when you mix. You have to listen to reference […]

Artists have to believe in the process in order to believe in the results

by Kim Lajoie on July 7, 2013

People are interesting creatures. Often we don’t know something. That’s not so bad, because we can go look it up and educate ourselves. But it’s much worse when we don’t know that we don’t know something. The worst form of that is when we think we know something, but we actually don’t. That false confidence […]

Rock what you got

by Kim Lajoie on June 25, 2013

This post was originally published on The Pro Audio Files. A home studio begins innocently enough. A laptop, a basic audio interface, a mic and a MIDI keyboard. Boom! Home studio! You spend some time getting excited and try to record anything and everything. And you start reading online. And the gear lust starts to […]

New Year’s Resolutions… really?

by Kim Lajoie on January 4, 2013

This is a nice big long post and I’m going to give you some gold in the second half, but first let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Ok, what are some of the usual suspects? “I’ll spend more time making music” “I’ll buy less gear” “I’ll read the manuals for all the gear I already […]

The difference between exploring and finishing

by Kim Lajoie on September 28, 2012

There are two different mindsets that are required when making music – ‘exploring’ and ‘finishing’. ‘Exploring’ is the more artistic and creative of the two mindsets. It’s when you’re trying things out, discovering new sounds, experimenting with putting different things together and generally creating. It’s when you start at a single point and fan out […]

Audio perception and ABX testing

by Kim Lajoie on June 26, 2012

Rob Schlette: [I]t’s not uncommon for people to be asking the question, “can you really hear the difference?” This is very good news for music and music lovers. Rob then goes on to describe a particularly thorough method for conducting audio tests. But it doesn’t matter. If you have to squint to hear the difference, […]

More things you can’t hear

by Kim Lajoie on March 7, 2012

Justin Colletti: Compared to the much of the animal kingdom, human beings have pretty terrible hearing. We have poor powers of echolocation, especially for sounds that come from behind us, we can only hear a relatively narrow bandwith of 20Hz-20kHz, and we’re easily fooled by illusions. […] As the votes came in, the crowd was […]