Today I am going over to Sacramento, CA to work on recording for a CD we (45-90) are working on. Then, tomorrow, I will be above Placerville in Pollack Pines to record Dan Berstein and mandolin for the “Livin’ the Green Life” soundtrack. It’s a lot of work, but it is good work.
Songwriting has turned into less songwriting and more producing, but I suppose that is natural. If a songwriter wants the songs they write to be done the way they should be done, it is natural that the songwriter should have a hand in the production of said song.
Recording has a learning curve that is substantial. Microphone placement for instruments and vocals–drums are a killer–are crucial. How much reverb, compression, EQ to put with each track, as well as volume for each instrument and what level to put each vocal takes a learned ear and much learning. Which microphone works best for what is being recorded.
I am continually learning something new, discovering some esoteric technique that changes the whole feel of a song. It is a wonderful thing to learn, and it is a wonderful thing to hear songs I have written, sounding really good.