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Heading toward a post-plugin studio

by Kim Lajoie on December 9, 2013

Long time readers might know that I’m pretty conservative with plugins. More specifically: The number of plugins installed and active on my computer. Initially it was for session workflow. Gone are the days of installing and trialling every latest plugin that got released. I long ago realised I could work much faster and get better […]

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 […]

A non-musician’s experience in the recording studio

by Kim Lajoie on February 28, 2013

Rick Bennett: Alex, the lead vocalist, spent 40 minutes on the first line alone. There were many times that he heard something in a recording that he didn’t like, but I couldn’t, for the life of me, hear the issue. I also felt a bit of loneliness for Alex–all alone in the isolation booth, and […]

Are you backing up? This is how I do it.

by Kim Lajoie on February 27, 2013

Your work. It’d be a terrible shame to lose it.You’ve heard it all before – hardware fails, accidents happen. The question is: what are you doing to protect yourself? How much will you lose if you accidentally rm -rf *, DELTREE *.* or rd /s /q in the wrong place? For me, it’s a day […]

Forget Tech, It’s About the Notes

by Kim Lajoie on January 24, 2013

Jeff Tolbert: Nobody writes their best work sitting in front of a DAW loaded with samples and plugins. O RLY. But, reading on: [W]ith the plethora of excellent sample libraries, effects and soft synths out there today, it’s easy to make anything sound amazing, even if it’s musically bland. When you write on piano, you […]

An easy way to approach acoustic treatment for your studio

by Kim Lajoie on January 17, 2013

When approaching acoustic treatment for a home studio, you should consider two aspects: reflections and resonance. Reflections are caused by hard surfaces and can make a room sound echoey or fluttery. They blur the sound your hear. Reflections are best addressed by using mid-high frequency absorbers in places where the sound will bounce from your […]

Your room is more important than your speakers

by Kim Lajoie on December 14, 2012

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been setting up my new studio. One of the really interesting things I’ve noticed is how the sound on the new control room has taken a lot of getting used to. I’d been working in my previous studio for almost six years and had […]

Another perspective on gear vs skill…

by Kim Lajoie on October 23, 2012

Tenzing Norgay:  As I looked at the work of the young me, I realized a couple of things: (1) I wasn’t half bad as a young kid, and (2) The pictures had a lot of technical imperfections and limitations. Uh oh… another project began to form in my mind. I needed to find out whether […]

What does it mean to ‘make a record’?

by Kim Lajoie on September 11, 2012

A recording used to be a record of an event. A record of musicians playing a song. Recording (the verb) was what we did to make A Record (the noun). As you know, studios become more capable, and we developed greater capabilities for modifying the recording (using tools such as EQ and compression). Then multitrack […]

Mobile music apps: Fast-tracking creative development

by Kim Lajoie on August 19, 2012

This is interesting. Remember loopitis? What a terrible term. In fact, I think the term is worse than what it describes. Anyway, it’s a bad habit of being unable to develop a piece of music beyond a cleverly-crafted loop (usually 4, 8 or 16 bars). Well, like other aspects to making music, there are no […]