video title: Professional Home Recording Demystified
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video source: SacTVnews
published on YouTube Apr. 23, 2012

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duration 10:03 minutes

Professional Home Recording Demystified "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on April 23, 2012

Do it yourself home recording is becoming more common in the 21st century as opportunities for making independent music continue to evolve. Jeffry-Wynne Prince is a professional Producer/Engineer/Musician who has his own home recording studio where he has produced several indie artists. His band The Kimberly Trip has put out seven albums in which six have been recorded at home. At one time the band had a major label distribution deal with Sony, but the band's last three albums have had more success as independent projects. Prince explains some basics about getting home recordings to rival the sound quality of major label releases.

The key in a nutshell is that less is more. Although we cover the issue of soundproofing, Prince's main concern about recording is whether or not the final product fits the band's sound. In order to achieve that goal equalization must be as flat as possible during the recording process. He says if you want a track to sound different you need to add EQ but if you want a track to sound better you need to subtract EQ. This concept applies to recording in general. The less tracks, the better the sound because there's less chance for tracks to get buried or create unwanted effects. Over-production creates complexities that can make the final production sound different on different playback devices whereas as simple production that showcases the song can have a much cleaner sound.

In recent years there's been a lot of talk in the mainstream press how anyone can record a hit album in their bedroom, but this few is heavily exaggerated. Most popular music is still created at a high price tag as high as six figures. The music industry has had calibration standards since the mid-1950s for equalization, which is why major label products usually sound louder and wider than low budget indie recordings. This interview, however, uncovers some of the mysteries associated with this disparity and some tips for enhancing recordings that may not even be in the realm of five figure budgets.

Check out our other discussions about "The Kimberly Trip's Fun New Wave" and "Radio Vs. Internet." Read more about Sacramento local music and other regional indie music at Playlist Research

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