What’s wrong with synthetic? That depends…

I have always done my best to be as positive, open, and honest with my clients in every aspect of the recording process.  That includes the first email when someone reaches out to me, all the way through to the final handshake for the finished CD.  It is all about setting expectations or following your instincts and sticking to it.  I take pride in my work and I know that when I give 100% on every job and treat it like my own that things will come back around in a positive way.  That’s just how I do things.  When it comes to recording instruments I think the real thing is always better than synthetic?  Well that depends.  When it comes to piano tone the real thing is always better than a virtual piano.  Sure there are lots of choices of sounds in the virtual world from different tones, piano types, attacks and effects.  But an acoustic piano is a very complex instrument with a crazy amount of overtones.  I think the only tough instrument to really capture is a drum kit.  With a piano you can open it up, keep it closed, mic it close, far, stereo/mono….you get the point.

I feel very fortunate to have a late 60’s model Wurlitzer upright piano at my disposal at South Sound Sound.  When I first got the thing, it was a full step out of tune, but after some work with a laptop and a tuning hammer (as well as a lot of time) I was able to really get it sounding quite nice.  Jason Tuning piano. jpgI was amazed at the richness of a real piano after working with virtual instruments for so long, and just like everything else takes some practice to get right in a recording.  The piano sits in adjacent room to the main studio so tracking with an artist next door is simple.  I couldn’t be happier.

During a week when things are quiet at the studio and I’m inundated with tasks like returning emails, setting up new projects, or working on back mixes etc…. it is nice to get back in the saddle and have some recording projects where I can experiment with recording, and clients that are eager to make some music.  It reminds me why I do this in the first place.  I love to produce music!

Sue, Kari and Jason