Rocks Are Beautiful

Discussion in 'Recording Tips and Tricks' started by CaptainMoto, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    Hey gang,
    No particular tips to share today just an observation.

    Rocks are beautiful but, sculptures reveal things we never imagined and fill us with emotion.

    As I learn more and more about the art of mixing, I'm finding it's not a simple process.
    There are so many nuances to sculpting the song that it can be like chiseling a sculpture from a giant stone.
    The music we all hear today has been so finely crafted that anything less then excellence just doesn't sound right so, taking the time to mix properly is a critical step to having our creations enjoyed by others.

    Rocks can be a thing of beauty as nature created them.
    Taking that rock and sculpting it into something that reveals hidden masterpiece takes many very delicate strokes with serious tools and an eye (ear) to detail.

    -Know what emotion you are trying to reveal.
    -Have a purpose for each move.
    -Select the right tools.
    -Respect the raw material.
    -Just because you can, don't mean you should.
    -Use a reference to guide you.
    -Take a step back to evaluate progress.
    -Know when it's finished.


    Happy mixing:)
     
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  2. BigMike

    BigMike Blues Oldie

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    Like that, nice description of the art of sound engineering
     
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  3. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    I think I should add:
    If you don't have a solid stone to begin with, don't start chiseling.
    You can't make a bad track good!

    Do the best you can to make a good recording, that's the raw material you've got to have to do a good mix.
     
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  4. Paleo

    Paleo What's the root?

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    Don't know much about recording,
    Don't know how to make a bad track swing.
    Don't know much about the studio,
    Don't know where the microphones should go.

    But as a geologist, I do know my rocks.

    (What A) Wonderful World:)
     
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  5. Elwood

    Elwood pickin time

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    Dang, Cap'n, wise words but now it occurs to me that I might have one of those "lifetime" chisels.:whistle:
     
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  6. JPsuff

    JPsuff Satisfaction is complacency

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    I love geology and Earth science.

    Fascinating stuff.
     
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  7. artyman

    artyman Fareham UK

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    Been a while since I heard this :LOL:

     
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  8. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    I've heard rocks are hard to learn.
     
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  9. Many Moons

    Many Moons Biking+Blues=Bliss

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    Wise words from the master.(y)
    If you follow this advice, it will save you many frustrating hours trying to mix the unmixable.:mad:
     
  10. blackcoffeeblues

    blackcoffeeblues Student Of The Blues

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    Now you tell me:)----I am logging your advice.----you a good teacher. Later
     
  11. blackcoffeeblues

    blackcoffeeblues Student Of The Blues

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    Honest; I got big rocks, all over my yard 19 to be exact---I make them---out of stucco and they look real. (OK back to the lessons---I always did talk in class---ain't changed a bit 70 years later):LOL::)
     
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