We’re all used to hearing music in a particular way. It’s not necessarily how the instruments actually sound in real life, but like a film with its hyper-real sound effects, some bands and artists want to enhance their music to produce a perfect or ideal sound that’s them at their very best. They’ll say things like:
One of the most common philosophies we come across are bands and artists looking to create a “natural” recording. They say things like:
- “We want to capture the energy we have at our gigs.”
- “We don’t want to sound too produced, or over-produced.”
- “We want to create an atmospheric, or raw, or dirty sounding record.”
It may sound like it is easier to make than a “produced” record, but in fact achieving this type of recording takes a lot of thought, care and planning and will probably take just as long. The producer still has a lot of work to do, but the focus is shifted onto different areas.