Music Production and Sound Quality: Electric Guitars!

The thought of trying to condense some thoughts on getting the best possible guitar tracks into a single blog entry seemed almost overwhelming! So, I’m covering a few highlights on electric guitars in this installment and will hit on acoustics later. As with past articles, I’ll assume that many of the people reading this are involved in the recording and production of their own albums, and additionally, I’ll assume that there are non-guitarists and beginners reading, so I’ll build this from a  basic starting point. Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Electric Guitars!”

Music Production and Sound Quality: Electric Guitars!

David Archuleta – The Other Side of Down review

The Other Side of Down is the latest offering from LDS singer and American Idol alumni, David Archuleta.  Being LDS, a musician, engineer, and producer may qualify me to critique this album, but my greatest qualification might actually be that I am the father of 3 young girls who fit a significant demographic portion of his fan base.  Also,  I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to hear David sing live, in a very “up close and personal”, accapella performance  – so I’ve seen his talent in its most raw and simple form, and was eager to compare that to the production of his newest album.

David’s producers have tried to squeeze him into a radio-friendly, tween-compatible, pop format.   For the most part, they’ve succeeded, but stylistically this album feels just a bit “forced” at times.  Sure, it fits the format in many ways – catchy melodies, electronic beats, loads of synth sounds, lots of layering and production quality, and of course the terribly over-used “telephone” sounding effect on vocal delays and overdubs.   But there are noticable differences between this album and many of the cookie-cutter masses. Continue reading “David Archuleta – The Other Side of Down review”

David Archuleta – The Other Side of Down review

Music Production and Sound Quality: Start at the Source!

In my first article of this series I presented contrasting arguments on the importance of production quality, and the appropriateness of various levels/types of productions.   From that article, I hope we all came to agreement that many levels of production quality are appropriate, and that ultimately, knowing your audience and reacting to their needs is crucial.

As one of the stated goals of the Linescratchers site is to “raise the bar” of quality for our musical community, I will devote much of my articles in this series to improving the quality of our productions.  However, I will also continue to explore ideas related to all levels of production quality.   Please keep in mind that these articles are written to appeal to a broad audience and I can’t possibly write specifically to every genre, audience, and situation.   I’m just trying to give you some basic principles to consider. Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Start at the Source!”

Music Production and Sound Quality: Start at the Source!

Music Production and Sound Quality: Does it Really Matter?

This is the first of several installments exploring sound and production quality.  Upcoming posts will address specific aspects of the production process, and provide suggestions on ways to get the best results.  In this post though, we will briefly discuss the question of if production quality really matters, and if so – why? Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Does it Really Matter?”

Music Production and Sound Quality: Does it Really Matter?

Excuses, excuses!

Linescratchers welcomes our newest blogger, Matt Mylroie, who is a jack of all trades including recording, engineering, songwriting, producing, and guitar.  He studied music at Utah State University and currently lives in Florida. – Syphax

I suspect all of us have had big dreams about the role of music in our lives. However, for many of us, those dreams may seem out of reach. Challenges and obstacles can seem abundant and overwhelming. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • I live in an area with no music scene
  • I don’t have enough time to develop my talents, play out, record, or promote myself. My job, family, and church callings take all of my time
  • Music doesn’t pay the bills
  • I’m too old – my opportunity to “make it” has passed me by
  • I’m not good enough to be successful
  • I can’t afford to record and don’t have the equipment I need to do it myself Continue reading “Excuses, excuses!”
Excuses, excuses!