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The featured FAQ question from today’s video is: How do you prepare to work with an artist in a genre that you haven’t worked in or you really don’t know that much about?
I think this really depends on which genre you are in, and which one you will be moving to.
For example, if you are used to working in the dance world, and you use mainly virtual instruments, and then all of a sudden you have to record a set of live instruments, that will present a whole set of challenges. In this situation, I would say to watch a bunch of recording videos, and cut yourself some slack! Making a transition like that is very difficult. Once you to the point where you are recording, don’t try to do too much. Focus on setting up a mic in a position that sounds good, and getting a clean recording with no clipping and no distortion. Don’t try to EQ, compress, or anything else while record, just record the instrument! Once you have that recording, you can figure everything else out in the mix.
If you are coming from the opposite side, and are someone who has done a ton of organic stuff and now has to move to virtual instruments, the best thing you can do is ask for reference tracks. Ask for tracks the artist thinks sound great, and also do your own research and listen to what other people are doing in order to figure out how to move forward.
Being able to move between genres is a great skill to have, but it does take a lot of experience and practice! The first time you are doing this, cut yourself some slack and don’t jump on too deep too quickly. Ask for reference tracks and take your time so you can make sure you get it right!
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