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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Separation and Connection, Part 1

The intention of live recording is to capture the organic chemistry of the performance moment. Being close to your band mates and hearing/seeing/feeling them sparks an inspirational cascade that leads to a soul-full musical “happening.”

When recording live, however, the key to a balanced final mix is making sure some instruments don’t overpower others. Drums and amplified guitars are the most obvious challenge. So, in order to get a strong individual signal from each performer, some sonic separation has to be created, while leaving a certain amount of “bleed,” to make it sound like the single performance it really is.

Nik placed Tannis and Jane in the upstairs hallway for adequate sonic separation, but we risked disconnection because they could not directly see Adam, Jesse, or me. Tannis suggested we set up a mirror, and it worked like a charm.

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