That’s the attitude I take when I produce my music. It’s also the approach I take when considering the recording process – both for artists who I talk to over Skype to help them record their music at home – saving them time and money – and for myself.
Because none of us know how long we have on this earth. So, why take chances? Record everything.
Capture all of your ideas
It’s best to capture (in some form or other) ALL of your musical ideas. I, for one, use the iMovie video software that comes bundled on my computer. I do this to record me playing my new compositions on my guitar. I even tell my ‘future self’ (I could be watching the video days, months, or years later) what tunings and fingerings I’m using, because I will likely have forgotten by then.
The great thing about using something like iMovie is I can then export the audio portion of these recordings into my DAW (I use Logic Pro and Pro Tools) so I have the beginnings of a demo – ready to arrange and expand upon.
Record more on recording days
But beyond making demos, I also apply the same belief of the finite, limited time we have to live (and make music) to the process of making ‘real’ recordings. How? By using a ‘batch processing’ technique that is a mainstay of many an online entrepreneur – including probably you.
If you use a free online resource like bufferapp.com, then you’ll know what batch processing is, even if you don’t use the term in your everyday language.
For those who know the phrase, bear with me: batch-processing is simply doing one thing over and over again (hence the word ‘batch’) in a short space of time in order to save time and resources.
Batch-processing is an efficient approach to activities that otherwise could be inefficient – activities like tweeting – and activities like recording music.
After all, why get your microphones set up, your DAW in recording mode, your psyche ‘in the zone’ … only to record one song? It’s inefficient — on many levels.
Instead, take a batch-processing approach: record two, three, four, even five songs in one recording session.
Sure, this technique takes more time in the short term (more hours recording on your ‘recording day’), but it will pay off in the longer term with more tunes ready to move to the next stage of creation: editing, mixing and mastering.
Become a ‘recording master’ quicker
And you could also find that by taking a more labor-intensive, batch-processing approach to recording, you’ll become a master of recording much quicker – less frightened or cowed by the process; instead, more respectful of it, and more in command of it.
So, if you’re the kind of creative musician who records music in your home studio, but is unhappy with the quantity of your recorded output, consider a batch-processing approach.
Your family or partner might have to stay quiet (or go for longer walks or shopping trips) for a few more hours on your recording days, but you’ll feel a lot better about your progress.
And maybe those pangs of guilt you get because you’re not as far along with creating your music as you’d like will subside . . .
Because your legacy will be taking shape.