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Post by : Macgreal James Gelger  
  Date : 6 July 2014  
  Subject : Personal  
  Title : The truth about a good recorded performance  
         
  QUESTION:  
 
Hello, Marty! I have been recording guitar and bass lately and to make the tracks I spend a long time playing bit by bit until both sound like a stimulus for head banging or dancing or anything like moving the skeleton or something... I believe you catch my drift. But I feel like I am ripping off the listener because I can't play like that live and I know nobody can. Many records have been made like that and the players couldn't replicate it on stage. I don't know how they dealt with that difference then and right now I feel bugged and/or confused... it seems like I am not being true to me and/or to the listener. Wouldn't it be more artistically genuine to record the guitar track in one or two takes just to fix main mistakes? Or is it okay to make it sound unbelievably menacing, powerful, mean or something? And there are no double tracks in this scenario, just a plain "fantastic" - with a pair of big quotation marks - performance recorded bit by bit. Thanks, Mac
 
     
  MARTY'S ANSWER:  
 
Think of recording music like making a painting. Do WHATEVER you have to do to make it as perfect and as beautiful as possible. I mean ANYTHING. After all, it`s your art. How do you REALLY want it to sound? Make it sound exactly that way. Then and only then you`re being fair to your artistic vision. Live...an important but separate story. Good luck.
 
     
 
 
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