Lately, even I get to wondering if/when my [sorta] new album might be done. Boy crying wolf is an understatement, since my 1st deadline for release 6 months ago, but…
… each mix is better than it’s last, so round & round I go. Well in the last weeks I’ve come across so many phase issues & hi-pass too high, distortion requiring new trax, on & on.
I must, at all costs, offer the highest quality possible- especially for my future listens (I can’t listen to much of SAKLAD album ’10 for all my rcdg/mixing errors & oversites, though strong songwriting.) Spellbound has been both my best public work/writing to date, & my doctorate in the art of recording/mixing songs at higher than demo quality: competetive for today’s ears. As I think about the 40+ yr quest to achieve this, my HS Senior project wasn’t so different exept a musician friend recorded me w 10 songs to 4 trak reel to reel (1 2nd stereo trk- allowing just vocals, guitar, piano/organ)- still have the 2 trk reel…
This last leg of the process hasn’t been a straight line, I wrote another whole album, mostly recorded too, fueling much of the remixing as I learned more, understood concepts, listened better, conceived fresher ideas, incorporated EDM & dub flavors into my soup.
Truth is, to be the best songwriter, we must know & make use of today’s tools, sounds, tech, and to be producer, engineer & mixer, even if just to jot down concepts for future “pro” recordings.
Though my mixing has been about 10yrs progress, the writing goes back to 10yrs old, so all my life, as far back as memory serves, been about love for music! Yes, still hold faith that the cream will rise.
ps- oh yeh, so we hope to finish April fools!