Production value is kind of a touchy subject for me these days. With the Music Industry continuing in the direction it is going, it is hard to tell good bands from bad bands without actually seeing the band play live. To me, the goal in the recording realm has changed from “lets help this represent what the band sounds like” to “we need to make this sound as perfect as we can.” Is the artist/band always going to perform perfectly?
I don’t care who you are, the answer is no. I have seen stellar musicians make mistakes, it happens. So why has this happened? Even demos have to be recorded at the highest quality to even be considered in the industry anymore. Somewhere along the line, assuming with the advancement of technology from tape to digital, the bar was raised. Since then, the bar has continued to get higher and higher and that is where we have the perfection issue. If a sound engineer or producer is trying to make a living, they have to at least meet this standard if not try to make it sound better. If they don’t, they won’t get the call for the next job and the cycle continues and soon they are “out of the loop” and out of a job.
So what am I getting at? Well, we have tons of awesome sound engineers and producers today but because of this and technology, any band can sound awesome! Is this a good thing or a bad thing? It depends on who you are and how you are looking at it. Now, there are a million more artists/bands to weed through to find the really, really good ones. You have to do more research than just listening to a demo or album and watch them live as well. Get the “whole scoop” so to speak.
Sometimes it is just nice to hear a mistake in the recording. If you know of any, or find any please post them.
There are many noticeable mistakes by me in this recording, the easiest one to spot is me dropping a stick around 2:12.
Ladies Buffet – The End (This is a band I played with in High School)