My philosophy on recording starts with the artist’s vision for the record; what does the artist hear in their head as the end product and how can I best replicate that to tape (or Pro Tools).
Working in a studio that has such a large selection of microphones, pre-amps and outboard gear gives me the ability to create a wide verity of sounds and sonic textures regardless of the genre of music. The goal is to shape and color the sound to tape (or pro tools) to make the recording as close as possible to the finished product. In the end, taking the extra time to select equipment, move microphones and position players will produce a higher quality recording.
"Fix it in the mix" does not exist. I feel that, to make great sounding records, you must get the best possible sounds during the recording phase. To achieve this I try to combine two techniques,
- Choose gear and place microphones in a way that will most accurately capture what the musicians are feeling and playing.
- Having a fast and efficient workflow to make the recording process as transparent as possible to the musicians.