FAQ’s: “What’s next in the recording process?”
As we’ve walked through the process, we’ve had several people ask us some GREAT questions! So we are taking the opportunity to answer a couple of questions each day or so to fill you in on all the fun we had!
You can see Questions 1 and 2 here.
Question 3: Now that recording is done, what’s next in the process?
MIXING: Our mix engineer Travis will meticulously work through each song and let his ears take control. He’ll listen for sounds that need to be brightened, vocals that need reverb or echo, guitars that need to be panned left or right, organ parts that need to be louder than other instruments and so much more. It was so much fun listening to some of the tweaks Travis was making even during the tracking process so we have great confidence in his expertise.
As Travis tidies up a song, he’ll then email us a copy so we can evaluate the improvements. If we hear something that doesn’t seem to jive, we’ll email him back until we all sign off on the final mix down.
MASTERING: After the seven songs are fully mixed, they will travel to a fresh pair of ears to be mastered. This process can include raising the overall level of the recording, evening out the song levels for a consistent volume throughout, making the songs sound great on any sound system, eliminate noise between tracks, create space between tracks, and more.
DUPLICATION: One of the final pieces of the puzzle is the duplication process. We’ll send our master copy to a company who can create as many CDs as we need and place them in a fun case. We’re having fun thinking about what we want the album artwork to look like.
Oh goodness…the anticipation is KILLER! =u)