The Secret To Great Recordings

(Borrowed and paraphrased from Joe Guilder's Email Newsletter, ‎


"I love having kids. I have an automatic excuse to watch kid movies.


I was watching a Pixar flick recently, and something dawned on me.


What is it that makes Pixar films so great?


At first, you might think about all the crazy cool things they are able to do with graphics. These cartoons look so's kinda mind-boggling.


So is technology the driving force behind their success?


Is crazy-good animation the reason their movies are so great?


I don't think so.


Think about the last few Pixar movies you've watched (or any other popular animated films, for that matter).


What's the common thread?


It's simple. And it's as old as dirt.


The "secret" is simply a good story.


All the great animation tricks in the world won't hold a kid's (or adult's) attention for long if it is not also

accompanied by a good story.


Let's apply that to studio stuff, shall we?


The "secret" to a great recording is a great song.


All the fancy recording tricks in the world won't save you if the song you're working on is awful.


Yes, technology is important. 


But technology cannot replace creativity...


Focus first on the song, then the performance, and THEN the recording.


Flip that order around, and you're in trouble.


So what do you do once you have a great song and fine performers with well-rehearsed parts? 


You need to record it well. 


And you need to mix it well.



To add to that:

“…the magic tends to come from the performer—not the gear.
 No amount of microphone sizzle is going to make up for a lousy vibe.”

 - 18 Tips for Running a Great Recording Session, by Nick Messitte, iZotope contributor, July 26, 2017


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