Professional Sound - Indepth

I Can't Hear The Words by John Carr

I’ve often experienced artists who come in for a recording project and are producing it themselves or bringing in their own engineer. They have done their homework, the tracks are hot and the songs sound very good; but it’s the mixdown mode I’d like to zero in on here.

They have written exciting material; they have rehearsed it well and recorded it, yet I find when mixing they invariably all seem to let the lead vocals sit well down in the mix. As the writers, they know what the song is saying “I can’t hear what’s being said (or sung).” Basically the song has been lost if it stays that way.

If an A&R rep or publisher hears it like that, they’ll say the same thing too.
Always try to put your best foot forward. Be open to suggestions and, above all, take the time necessary to achieve your goals.

John Carr – Owner/Manager, Street Brothers, Toronto, ON

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