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Album Recording: When Do You Hire a Pro?

In any music recording scenario many choices are made that affect the outcome. Given the myriad ways in which one can approach an album project these days, this panel will examine the benefits of hiring professionals and studios and/or doing the work yourself. Topics will cover initial tracking, instrument and vocal overdubs, mixing and mastering.

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  1. Should basic tracks take place in a studio or at home or a rehearsal space? Should a pro be hired to record you at home? Should a dedicated space be acquired for tracking? How much time will it take both ways?
  2. Should instrumental overdubs be done in a studio or at home? Consider volume and privacy issues. Instrument and mic selection. Complexity involved?
  3. Should vocal overdubs be done at home or in a studio? Consider mic quality? Rent a mic? Find an engineer/producer that will really help with this part?
  4. Should mixing be done at home by you or with a pro? Consider different ways of working (console/computer) and experience.
  5. Should anyone ever try and master their own recordings?



Larry Crane, Owner, Tape Op Magazine

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