Good Night God Bless

Some of you might have seen on my post on Facebook about Bro Bro Hillen’s new mixtape, Good Night God Bless, the night it was released. If not, I also have this awesome website to share things that I’ve worked on. Here is a link to his Soundcloud so you can listen.

Hillen and I got together a few years ago when he contacted JSR Studios and requested to work with me. I don’t think I ever asked why, but that is beside the point. Since then, he has been coming in the studio for sessions on and off until we amassed a decent amount of material, of which the final pieces were just finished up a month or so ago. That being said, there should be more of his mixtapes coming out soon.

Hillen also runs his own website that showcases other artists and their music. You can check it out and here.

If you like what you hear, let me know! Fill out the contact form and tell me your favorite track from the mixtape.

Chris Jamison Covers “Want To Want Me” By Jason Derulo

I don’t know why I did not post this before now, but I figured you guys could use a reminder to watch this video!

This video was released in late March of 2015 and I had the pleasure of engineering this session! The recording session itself took place in the middle of that month at JSR Studios in Columbus, OH. The band came down to the studio the night before the session to set up and rough in some sounds, that way once the session started we could hit the ground running. The tracking went very well and flew by in a matter of hours (these guys are great musicians and well rehearsed). Once recorded, I had only late nights to get this edited, mixed, and mastered, given mine and the studio’s schedule (sorry Adam for cutting into your time!). The video was shot by Xavier McAllister and Braxton Cleveland, who spent just as many late nights I had working on this, if not more. Thanks to those two, Matthiessen Nisch Quan, Jordan Millisor, Andrew Willard, Will Strickler, and of course, Chris Jamison for this great video and letting me in on this great experience!

Session Organization (look, pictures!)

All engineers have their personal work flows, session organization schemes, and setups specific to their style. Which is fine when taking on a project where you are going to be the only engineer, but when giving DAW sessions to an outside engineer that has no knowledge of what kinds of tracks he is getting can make for a confusing time. Especially if the session is coming from an artist doing his/her recording at home.

Recording at home is a great way of cutting costs (if done correctly and with the right equipment), but come time for mixing and mastering you might want a different set of ears on your project. And that comes with a price tag. In order to keep that price tag to a minimum here are a few things that will help us outside engineers streamline that process and reduce costs for you.

1. Correct Labeling

Please label your tracks, correctly, please.

When creating a new track in your DAW, it probably appears with a generic name. Something like “Audio 1” or “Aux 1”. Please rename this track with whatever is recorded onto it.

Session Organization Ex1

Just using the power of contextual clues, this is probably some kind of percussion track. But what is it? It also breaks another rule that I’ll discuss later (using mono or stereo tracks). Also in this project, there was a song with clips of two different singers in the same audio lane. I guess the male and female voices are getting treated the same? So if you don’t want your mix engineer spending billable time on labeling and moving around tracks, please label your tracks correctly.

2. Use the Correct Track Type

As you can see in the picture blow, there is a difference between mono and stereo tracks. Recording into a stereo track using only either the left or right input, not only clutters up your Edit Window but also creates a useless Audio File that your DAW has to keep track of.

Session Organization Ex2

For all of these tracks, I had to “Split into Mono” and then delete the track with the blank clip in it. That took almost half the time I spent on editing BEFORE I even set up the session to mix. So, remember to trim the fat!

3. Editing

From the picture above, you can see that the client did some editing, and maybe some comping, before giving me the session. Awesome! Doing the editing and compositing the tracks before giving your engineer the session saves them time and you money. It also allows you to get the right “performance” together, making sure the song is the best it can be. However, there were no crossfades between clips, so I had to do some cleaning. Depending on your comfort level, this one may be optional. Make sure you are present when the engineer is comping your performances or have a good enough relationship in which you trust the engineer to make performance decisions (and maybe even give him some producing credits).

There you have it! A few simple tips to help you save money on your next project. If there is anything I missed or anything you have specific questions about, please fill out the form on the Contact page.