Kim Lajoie's blog

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 […]

Know yourself – for the sake of others

by Kim Lajoie on March 1, 2012

I recently had an experience where an artist let me down. Put simply, she promised something that she couldn’t deliver, and didn’t give me a chance to find alternatives in time. This is what happened: I asked her if she could do a thing for me,which needed to be done by a certain date, and […]

Are singers more sensitive than other instrumentalists?

by Kim Lajoie on December 12, 2011

Have you worked with singers? Have you worked with other musicians? Have you found that singers – generally – are more sensitive than other musicians? Have you found that they respond differently to criticism? Perhaps they take it more personally? If you’ve spent any serious time as a producer or engineer working with other musicians, […]

Visual feedback in plugins

by Kim Lajoie on October 24, 2011

When you’re starting out, it’s useful to use plugins that have numeric values and visual feedback. Big frequency graphs in EQ and transition diagrams on compressors are extremely valuable in helping you understand how these tools work. Bonus points if the tools have animated meters and graphs that dance along with the music. It’s a […]

What artists need

by Kim Lajoie on July 25, 2011

What do you think artists need? As a producer, this question should be at the top of your mind. Before I go on, have a guess… Do they need time to practice and hone their craft? High quality instruments? A record label to provide funding and expertise? A good rhyming dictionary? Oh, I know – […]