Real Recording Skills
Your Amazing Plug-ins May Be Reducing Your Ability To Develop Real Recording Skills by Russ Hughes via Pro Tools Expert.
If you don’t already check out Pro Tools Expert, and you’re a user of the DAW then you’re missing out. It’s a great resource I’m always looking through. And this article is a great example, well worth reading in full here.
“…this is not a polemic on how plug-ins are evil and will destroy real recording…”
And it’s true, Russ has a much better point:
“…what I think I’m really trying to do is to encourage all of us who now have access to such powerful equipment, and at a fraction of the cost it used to be, to develop the fundamental skills of recording, as well as some good production philosophies…”
It’s one of the things I’m really proud of with my work, having learnt a lot about fundamental skills of recording (but yo can always learn more!) – I can truly say that it’s helped me no end. Where to place a microphone dependant on a persons voicing style and timbre. How to mic up amp’s and weird gadgets for sound design. I can only echo the original articles sentiment here.
“…what started off as powerful tools to help us when things needed fixing became the way some people made music, me included, and I think to the detriment of my productions and my ability to grow my skills as a recording engineer…”
Depending on the world you’re in, this can mean more or less. For me, I take it with various context. IF we’re talking sound design then the powerful tools are supremely helpful. If we’re talking EDM, or Dance music – again supremely helpful. But when you want something natural, raw and real – then it really is time to step back from the keyboard and think about what you’re trying to achieve.
All in all a great read, and Russ’s opinion is spot on. Check out the full article here at Pro Tools Expert.