Monday, July 30, 2012

Recording Tip 35: On a related note, I’ve heard of a fellow turning on a vacuum cleaner as he listens with the same purpose.

Now this is something I’ve never done, nor am likely to do, but it’s worth bringing up as it relates to Tip 34.  Again, maybe 1% of people who hear your mixes will listen in a quiet room with their head between the speakers.  At best it will be with headphones, but they’ll still most likely be doing something else when listening.  
The vacuum noise will mask a lot of things.  And if your mix is in good shape, you should be able to hear all the important elements over the din of the motor.  
I’m not saying to do this, but on the other hand, hey...if it works, do it!


  1. I often go make a coffee once I've printed a mix and haver got into the habit of playing it back on my nearfields and listening from the kitchen... I find it's a particularly good test for clarity of the vocal.

  2. That's a good idea too. The key to me is getting out from in front of the speakers and in some other environment. (And a fresh cup o' joe is a good reward!)