I am interested in people’s processes.
Mine has changed as time has gone on and I am doing some work to develop this further but wonder how others have changed there’s and why.
For ages now, I tend to start thinking about an idea on Sunday but sometimes it takes until Wednesday to get anything. Later than that and I am starting to panic. I write a basic run through of the idea but one that I can speak about extemporaneously as needed. By Friday morning I need to tidy things up.
Friday afternoon, I find the space and need to record. Normally the venue has been our living room which has soft furnishings but I am now starting to record in our loft, where I have placed square segments of sponge on the walls. I have my windshield up there and the mic is linked up to my Mix Pre Interface. The interface has been a useful tool in that the range is massive and as long as I have the mic in the right place, I can settle the sound in post production. The problem with any new recording area is that there are always unexpected sounds, like rain coming down on the velux windows in the loft which does not happen at ground level, or a beeping computer in another room that I had never heard before trying to record in the new space, but was of course, always an issue.
I still find editing strangely therapeutic. I drop the sound from the Mix Pre 6 into Audacity, (although I have now just bought Hindenburg and will need to experiment with that). I do spend more time zooming in on sections where I have messed up, so that I can get rid of sounds. I am a lot more likely to experiment with tools in the software that I have not experimented with before. One recent one was that I had to record in our snug in Cornwall last week and found an electronic buzz that is not audible to me but really sounded loud on the audio. Noise reduction got rid of it really well.
I am putting my pieces through Auphonic now, which certainly helps me and definitely levels things where I have added separate music audio.
If anyone has any tips on engaging with Hindeburg would be greatly appreciated.