Recording Acappella: Inspiring interviews with the world's most incredible acappella producers, arrangers, engineers, and luminaries! Our guests share how they started in acappella, how they've grown and evolved, lessons they've learned, failures and successes they've had, recording practices they implement, how they stay motivated and ultimately what makes that fire inside of them burn!
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Episode 49: Your computer
How have I gotten this far and not really talked in detail about the most important piece of gear these days???
Today we talk about your computer and what you will need.
How to Learn Gear, Software, and Plug-ins
Everyone loves buying gear…
Really though, the gear and room are only as good as you. We’ve talked about room in the past so lets talk about how to get the most out of your gear, software, and plug-ins.
Learn one piece of gear at a time
Read the manual
Use presets and create templates
Practice even when you think you know everything
Listener Emails and Season 1 Ending
Today I'm going to answer some questions from listeners and let you know about the future of the podcast.
The Importance of Individual Practice
It occurred to me just recently that we often talk about how to improve our rehearsals as a cappella groups yet when it comes to recording, we most often call on singers to record individually.
And without fail, we always discover during the recording process that a few of our fellow singers have been relying heavily on their fellow section members to be able to perform their parts.
The One Thing You Can Do Immediately to Improve Your Mixes
My number one recommendation isn’t going to have anything to do with plug-ins or software. No techniques, not tricks… There’s no secret sauce in this podcast.
The best thing you can do right now to improve your mixes is to fix your monitoring. You have to be able to hear your mix as it actually exists in order to mix well.
So what can you do to make sure that you are monitoring correctly?
I look forward to listening to this show each week. The guests that come on have great stories, and are really open about their experiences in the a cappella world. It's particularly fun to follow up on their work after the show or listen to their insanely talented groups perform - pretty inspiring to hear about the different events and people working in a cappella right now.
If you are interested in a cappella, recording, and where to find great music, this is a great place to listen!
Here's to many more episodes!
Absolutely loving this show. As a new engineer trying to get into A Cappella recording work, I'm used to hearing all of these names like "Deke Sharon" and "Bill Hare" and feeling like they are these unapproachable gurus of the art form and not knowing how one could possibly relate to or talk to them. This show not only disseminates knowledge freely and efficiently, it also provides an excellent channel by which to feel more acquainted with the A Cappella community and it's various constituents via interviewing the incredible individuals that have been movers and shakers in it for so long - some from even before I was born!
Fantastic show with fantastic host - just don't get why the intro track/theme song isn't an A Cappella track ;)
Thanks so much for making this. Great job, Danny!