I have spent a lot of time looking into computers, DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, microphones, plug-ins, and assorted gear. I have spent time reading the highly geeky but informative message board at Gearslutz.com and visited excellent audio websites including Clearwater Audio and ADK Pro Audio. I’ve talked with a number of audio gearheads ’til my eyes glazed over.

For those of Clearwater Audioyou who are not gearheads, they speak another language… they use acronyms and technical terms as comfortably as ‘normal’ folks use everyday language. Some of the best advice I have heard pointed me back to the basics, where we began: Music playing and recording.

Here’s some of the best advice I have heard yet:

Music production advice


  • Don’t get wrapped up in the technical aspects of the recording process; leave most of that to the audio engineer.
  • Make sure the songs and tunes being recorded are fresh and strong.
  • Ensure that all of the musicians — instrumental, vocal, etc. — are solid and imaginative.
  • Make sure the voices of the musicians are quality: strong, appropriate, etc.
  • Use quality instruments. Watch out for “boomy” acoustic instruments that may sound great in live environments but not in the recording studio. A-B the same lead with different instruments. Remember, the best recording is not necessarily the one that sounded the best during the recording process.
  • Keep an open mind; try different ideas. With very little cost in digital recording and messaging, trying various concepts can really bring out something awesome. Don’t be afraid to throw out the bad. Don’t get too hung up on the little stuff. At times, we would get hung up on a little issue that kept us from dealing with big issues.
  • Have a fun and friendly recording environment.
  • Have food, drinks and fun.
  • No amount of technical power can resurrect poor quality music.
  • Make great music & the technical side will work out, as long the material is good.

Resources: Music production advice from audio gearheads