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Update on the compilation

by Kim Lajoie on August 14, 2013

So, submissions have closed. And I’m listening to them now – there’s some really interesting music! Again, a great mix of sounds and styles. I’ve been listening to the tracks for the last few days and I still haven’t chosen a shortlist. At stage it’s looking like I’ll spend the rest of the week listening, and hopefully get in touch with the producers of the final ten over the weekend. I’d really like to do the mastering and have it released by the end of next week, but it really depends on how long it takes for me to choose the final ten.

In the mean time, I’d like to ask a question: How do you know when you’ve finished a track? I remember talking to someone years ago and their flippant response was something like “When the CPU is overloaded, I’ve run out of disk space and I’ve used all my plugins.” Sounds about right. What about you? Leave a comment.

-Kim.

6 thoughts on “Update on the compilation

  1. Shyam says:

    I usually have a pretty great conception of when i’m done a track unless i’m rushing it — i try to do all my writing / arrangement first and get all the pieces together then approach the mixdown from there… when i’ve exhausted my general checklist and racked my brain for small things to make it better – i’m done lol… if it still sounds like shit then it’s back to the dB (drawing Board)

  2. Jay Subido says:

    I hope that response was sarcasm!

  3. Ben says:

    Generally when I can listen to it out an about on the Ipod or in the car and not get bugged by anything or pick any more holes in it. Although sometimes I do need the opinion of others to tell me when that is. And sometimes it can take months! Then I have to leave it on the shelf for a bit and come back to it fresh.

  4. Kim Lajoie says:

    Jay, I think that response was probably -partly- sarcastic. ;-)

    -Kim.

  5. Patrick says:

    I’ve heard quite a lot of professional mixers say that it’s done when the budget/deadline is met.

    In a home studio though it’s not that easy and one has to set some kind of deadline too otherwise we could end up tweaking for months :)

  6. Kim Lajoie says:

    I work like that a lot of the time (the mix is finished when the session’s finished). It’s possible to keep adjusting and refining forever… but you either get sucked into the law of diminishing returns (each hour brings smaller and smaller increments in improvement) or get sucked into endless revisionism (http://blog.kimlajoie.com/endless-revisionism/). It’s not pretty.

    I usually schedule and plan production work so that the mix crosses the threshold of “I’d be proud to play this for someone and call it my work.”

    -Kim.

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