Although this blog is titled “Brian Beasley Music,” many of you may have wondered where the “music” part has been hiding! I’m happy to release my first song in a while, called “One Soul” and share it with all of you. A link to the song is at the bottom of this post – I hope you enjoy it.
I’m excited to announce something that I’ve decided to try this fall called the Songwriting Game. I would love to have anybody who is interested in writing Christian-themed songs or is already a songwriter join me!
After all of the parts are recorded, the process called “mixing” begins. Although this is a process much too complicated to try and explain in a simple blog post, the mixing process refers to taking the individually recorded tracks and “mixing” them into a song so that all of the instruments and vocals work and blend together. I am still learning a lot about this area, but one of the people who has taught me a lot is Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution. One of the things he says we should be looking for in a great mix is that if the parents of all of the instrumentalists were in the studio, they should all be able to pick out their child’s instrument in the song.
You really should consider the “producing” process not as a separate step in the songwriting journey, but as an ongoing part of it. A music producer (or record producer – remember records?) is involved from the time the song is written until the final recording is complete. What does a producer do?
Although I’m writing this post as a continuation of the Songwriting Series I’ve done for the blog, that’s a little bit of a misnomer. Once we get to the recording phase, the song is pretty much written. There will be some arranging left to do such as figuring out when different instruments will play or not play, how many times do we repeat the chorus, when do we go to the bridge, and that sort of thing, but the song is for the most part finished.