I didn’t expect my last post to get me in trouble.
But it did.
I included a brief intro to Graham, for people who didn’t already know him, and I mentioned that he recently set himself a challenge – to record a song using a home studio setup costing only $300. And that’s where the trouble started.
Because it turns out, some people don’t like that idea !
They don’t believe that you can get great results using affordable gear, and they think Graham is deliberately misleading people by saying so. Telling them what they want to hear, rather than being realistic and honest.
So, what’s my opinion?
It’s a nice idea, sure, and Graham’s mix sounded pretty good – but can you really get good sound in a home studio costing only 300 dollars, especially when you put it under the microscope for mastering ? REALLY ?
I decided to find out. Watch the video above to hear the results for yourself, and let me know what you think in the comments…
You already watch Pensado’s Place, right ?
If you don’t – you should!
To find out why, just watch the video above, then subscribe to the YouTube channel and start digging into the archives – I’ll give you a couple of my personal favourites below.
But why did I pick this particular episode ?
Everybody is talking about Apple Music today.
There are people who are excited, people who are unimpressed and people who are actively critical of yet more “corporate” activity in music.
People who think Apple can save the music business, people who think streaming is already killing what’s left of the music business, and people who think music isn’t (or shouldn’t be) about business at all.
I have sympathies with all these viewpoints, in varying amounts.
Then there are the questions:
…and many more.
I have no idea about the answers to any of these, but that last question is the really important one, from where I sit.
People are always asking me about stereo width, image depth and “three dimensionality” in audio – and whether you can influence them at the mastering stage.
The answer is Yes – although it’s almost always better to get it right in the mix, just as with almost everything else !
That isn’t always possible though, and the truth is you really can get a surprising amount of control over these aspects of a master, even though you’re typically only ever working with a stereo file at the mastering stage. In this video I show you:
Take a look, and let me know what you think in the comments !