Sitting On Your Ass

If you record music, your ass will be in a chair, unmoving for periods longer than is humane, in Guantanamo Bay stress position style and your back, will sooner or later - hate you for it.

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Adam Whittaker
Room Mics

I was on a miserable train coming home from London and I remember reading an article in our then music bible, the NME in which Rick Rubin was saying that they “didn’t use any reverb on the drums so far”, and then later hearing the Red Hot Chili Peppers record drum sound with this massive reverb all over it. “Lyin’ Rick!” I thought. Every time Chad Smith hit the snare - kerrrblamm!

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Tubes & Tapes

Like everyone, I'd been obsessed with recording for years, had bought into the valve mythology and there was only one way to find out - to drink the Kool Aid!

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Adam Whittaker
What IS a producer?

What is a producer? The person responsible for the thing from start to finish and have to oversee every aspect to ensure the product, the music is suitable for commercial release as well as live up to the artists artistic vision.

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Adam Whittaker
So Now What?

New engineers today face a new set of challenges. There just aren’t that many great commercial facilities and even less with actual staff as most people are now freelancers. You can’t expect to work your way up through the ranks…

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Adam Whittaker
Vinyl

So, lately I have had a couple of things come out on vinyl which is very exciting. It would be even more exciting if they were actually made properly and stood a chance of sounding as good as they should…

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Adam Whittaker
Recording Vocals

Don't tell your singer or rapper this, but the vocal IS the most important part of the track. I know, the truth is terrible. So, here we go on the adventure of how to record vocals.

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Back Up

This topic is boring, I know, but they aren’t going to tell you this one at recording school. But let me share a couple of tales of woe to convince you to do what you should be doing anyway…

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Vocal Tuning

I love being so old I remember when singers had to sing in tune. I'm not suggesting that everyone used to go into the vocal booth and hey presto...

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Adam Whittaker