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last updated March 19th, 2010
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OK, I admit it: I'm a geek. I really get into the tech stuff. I've been that way from the time I was little. Thing is, I also love music. I love hearing a good performance, and it gets even better when I can capture that performance as a recording. All my life, then, I have been attracted to the area where the fields of electronics and music meet. I started learning about music shortly after I started learning about electronics.

As a geek, I approach recording from a technical angle. The more I know about how a thing works, the better my chances of using it well. A lot of musicians who want to record start out being a bit nervous about "all that technical stuff". That was OK when everyone went to a commercial studio where there was an engineer to handle all the tech stuff for them, but today most of us cannot afford to avoid it, especially if we are doing our own recordings. So, part of my message here is, Don't fear the technology: embrace it!

Most of the recording equipment sold today goes, not to established professional studios, but to individuals working on their own: these are the independent recordists. All of them share the same desire: to make good recordings. Recording is often a creative process, but it is always a skill. Some people have a talent for recording, but even for them the skill comes only with learning and practice. Trial and error is an effective way to learn, but it can also be slow and painful. Most of us make a lot of mistakes before we start to produce really good work, and without some kind of guidance we will make even more mistakes.

Back in the day, most engineers learned their craft from experienced professionals by serving as interns in established studios. They would start out by getting coffee, sweeping, running errands, and, yes, watching the established professionals doing their work. Gradually, the intern would become involved helping with actual sessions, setting microphones, running cables, and doing whatever the engineer thought the intern was ready to do. This was a great way to learn, but the number of internship opportunities is shrinking as more of the old-line commercial studios close.

Today most "newbies" at the craft are learning it while building their own studios. They do not have experienced "masters" that they can follow around and learn from, so they must either take classes or learn what they can from books, magazines, and, of course, places like The Recording Geek.

This site is dedicated to making it easier for all independent recordists, whether new or established, find what they need to help them improve the quality of their recordings.

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