You may not have ever heard of Bill Dent, but if you’ve worked with him, you’ll never forget him. Bill is truly one of the more talented people I’ve ever had the chance to work with. I’ve been around a lot of amazing guitarists, and can attest that not only is he a great guitarist, he is a great musician – something many guitarists sadly lack. He has such a great sensibility about his playing, covering a wide range of styles with ease. He doesn’t settle for “what everyone else is doing”, and isn’t afraid to boldly try new things and push the envelope. When many artists do that, they often end up getting critical acclaim at the expense of offending the masses, but in Bill’s case – he always seems to find just the right balance for each song and project. As a result of this, Bill is an exceptional collaborator – bringing out the best in any song he touches, and any artist he works with. He makes an ordinary chord progression become extraordinary, and a mundane melody become memorable. Continue reading “Bill Dent – Guitarist and Collaborator”
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!”
Hello again! Continuing in my series highlighting some key points and tips in getting a great production, we continue this time with a quick look at keyboards. I’m sure there are many of us who find a great patch on the keyboard, run the outputs directly into our DAW, and call it a day. But, with just a little more attention, you can take “stock” synths and samples, add your own flavor to them, and then kick ’em up a notch! Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Keys!”
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!”