The red ninja turtle

July 27, 2016 

After recording comes mixing. Mixing is always a long and arduous process. Every time I reach this stage, I always wonder how much the sound in my head is guiding me versus how much I ought to pay attention to the ever evolving technology that seemingly presents better and more efficient ways of sculpting and shaping the soundscape at hand. 

Fortunately, I've been able to work with the maestro, Raphael Rosenwald, who has been an invaluable source of pain (the good kind) in pushing me to demand the most out of the recording process, which in turn makes the mixing process either a giant headache or a pleasant learning experience. Always learning - that's important. Being somewhat of a tone freak, I can sometimes become preoccupied with that rabbit hole before emerging with a whole set of other ideas of what might be if I blend this guitar sound with that one and take the bass guitar and ping-pong it back and forth through the mix ("The center, it's supposed to go in the center!" - Raphael). But...