Last weekend on June 7th, 2014 I attended the Producers Panel at Sweetwater’s annual Gear Fest. Mammoth sound engineers and producers shared their wisdom for creating timeless classic hits. I was fortunate to be able to meet Bruce Swedien, the sound engineer for Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Common threads of wisdom shared included:
- The song itself is the most important element.
- Don’t over compress the music!
- Spend your money on sound absorbers, treating a room for recording and mixing, rather than on endless gear.
- Attending a music college does not mean you will truly learn the art of mixing.
- Take advantage of internships, be willing to start at the bottom to learn if you would like to work in a major music studio (that is, at the few studios which are still in operation unfortunately).
- Make a habit out of listening to music, breaking apart it’s elements.
- Visit the orchestra to learn how recorded music should sound.
You can watch the complete Producers Panel here: