The one thing that most of us need more of in the studio, the one thing that we can’t buy, is experience. You can only get it through dedicated effort.
And that’s a little frustrating when you’re trying to create your best possible product right now. You really can’t wait 15 years to get the best production on this incredible song you’re working on. You need the knowledge and techniques now.
Possibly the best advice I’ve heard in this regard is that perfect is the enemy of good. Striving for perfection shouldn’t stand in the way of you doing your best. So set your sights on the best you can do right now. And get the job done.
In the meantime, check out Audio Engineering Diaries, which will give you some of the best advice you’ll find out there on the Internets. Bill Simpkins, the site master, distills some of the most creative and practical advice accumulated in decades of experience as an audio engineer.
This is just a sample of his insight:
If your mix sounds a lot better to you with a multiband compressor on the mix buss, it may be telling you that your mix does not have the amount of separation that you would like. Bypass the multiband and create some of that separation in the mix.
The goal here is to get your mix to sound WORSE when you engage a well-set multiband.
Bill’s work speaks for itself, and his advice is rock solid, making it a great source for the aspiring engineer. Keep racking up your own experience and applying the things you learn from Bill.