STUDIO: 4 Brilliant (But Old School) Tips For Better Recordings

Have you heard of the phrase “chronological snobbery”?

It was coined by the famous british author C.S. Lewis (of the popular Chronicles of Narnia series) and as he put it it referred to “the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate of our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that count discredited.”

I believe in many ways this is true in the realm of audio recording and mixing. What’s old gets discredited. We’re all about modern techniques and modern music making.

But today I want to share with you four wonderfully brilliant and simple tips for recording that are born out of an old school approach that the legendary Al Schmitt used on Bob Dylan’s recent Sinatra cover album “Shadows In The Night”.

My hope is that even if the music you make is “modern” be definition, you’ll learn from these tips and find ways to implement them in your own home studio sessions.

Old School Tip #1 – Find The Best Place In The Room

In the above linked-to Sound On Sound article, Grammy winning engineer Al Schmitt shares some “comically simple” approaches to making Dylan’s latest record.

All of them are so simple, but so profound, that it makes me scratch my head and say “Why don’t I do that?!”

This first tip is no exception.

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