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Why I don’t worry about bleed

by Kim Lajoie on August 18, 2014

It’s a fact of recording studio life – bleed happens. ‘Bleed’ is the residual sound picked up by microphones placed around the studio to capture multiple instruments. For example, it happens when a microphone placed next to an acoustic guitar also records sounds from vocalists and other instruments being played close by. Many producers and […]

Practice (and perform) your parts – don’t just sequence them

by Kim Lajoie on March 9, 2012

This post is a sequel to this post: Automation and expression. It’s pretty easy to sequence. You’ve got a computer chock-full of samplers, romplers, synths, loops and other sound sources. You start every project with an empty timeline that’s as inviting as a swimming pool on a hot still day or an untouched carpet of autumn […]

Preproduction: Rehearsals

by Kim Lajoie on December 13, 2010

Practice. Seriously. Do it. You wouldn’t believe the number of times an artist has brought in an unrehearsed musician to a recording session. It’s a time-waster to be sitting in the studio with a bunch of people waiting around while the guitarist figures out what chords to play. Ditto for singers: Know how to look […]

How to practice effectively

by Kim Lajoie on October 25, 2010

Every skill requires practice. No matter what it is you do – composing, performing, producing, engineering… you need to practice in order to get better at it. Whether you’re learning how to play an instrument or learning how to use reverb, there are four things that you must do in order to practice effectively: Practice […]

Understanding Practice

by Kim Lajoie on August 6, 2010

(With apologies to Joe, who’s actually a pretty cool guy) Learn to smoothly and seamlessly practice your parts into that polished performance you’re looking for. You work so hard on your songs – spending hours tracking, mixing and mastering your songs. What’s missing? PRACTICE. Your mixes sound pretty good, but the timing just isn’t as […]