TCM MASTERING: SOUND ADVICE FROM QUINCY JONES

TCM Mastering: Sound Advice From Quincy Jones

Owner and founder of TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group, Ted Carfrae was once given some invaluable ‘sound’ advice from one of the greatest producers and influencers in the music industry – Quincy Jones.

The 56 parts of the TCM Mastering – Home Music Studio blog series have covered everything from initial setup to final mastering. The aim of the series was to help musicians at all skill levels, by providing useful tips and essential information for recording at home. But no matter how good your technical ‘chops’ are, you still need to carefully consider your song choices.

In the blog series we also touched on the temptations of using all the facilities at hand…..the hundreds of tracks available with some digital systems, the endless choice of plug-ins and signal processing you have at your fingertips today…..and advised that ‘more’ isn’t always better.

Two music legends – Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones.

Careful choice of instruments – how they are arranged and produced, determines how good a track will sound at the end of the day. But equally important is the choice of the song. As Quincy Jones explained to Ted, if a song doesn’t connect with you it’s going to be much harder to make it work and convince other people that it works.

It’s often good to get advice and feedback from others before you spend too much time on a song. Take those comments and use them positively to improve your music.

You have to stay true to yourself obviously, but remember it’s very easy to get carried away with your own ideas and think they’re always right. This is especially true if you’re working on your own as a solo artist and overdubbing every instrument yourself. The feedback you get from collaboration and listening to others can sometimes be priceless.

If you have any questions on the recording process either contact us or check out the TCM Mastering  and TCM Music Group websites. We love to hear from you.

You can have the best engineered collection of songs but if your music is lacking that certain sparkle it will be extremely difficult to get them the attention they deserve.

It’s worth mentioning at this point that, if you are trying to produce a professionally finished track, getting your music mastered by a specialist can make the difference between an ‘okay’ sounding track and a great sounding track. It’s very competitive out there, so anything you can do to improve your chances of your track being heard or played is worth it.

At TCM Mastering we take pride in every track we master and provide a professional, fast and affordable service to today’s musician whether you’re producing a music track for the first time or you’re a seasoned pro.

Take a look at some of TCM’s recent clients.

West 1 Entertainment

Formed in 2011 by Ted Carfrae and James Baker, West 1 is busy promoting and organising the tour of Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute.

If you’d like to see live footage of Ben & The Band performing, click here.

Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act.

Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act is currently on tour in the UK, playing live to packed crowds.

Upcoming tour dates are below.

FRIDAY JUNE 22nd – THE GREEN ROOM, LIVERPOOL
SATURDAY 30th JUNE  – THE CORN EXCHANGE, CAMBRIDGE
FRIDAY 6th JULY – WOODVILLE HALLS THEATRE – GRAVESEND, KENT
FRIDAY 13th JULY – THE FERRY, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
FRIDAY 20th JULY – WEYMOUTH PAVILION
SATURDAY 21st JULY – FRANKIES, MANCHESTER
SUNDAY 19th AUGUST – TRIBFEST
FRIDAY 24th AUGUST – WEYMOUTH PAVILION
SUNDAY 26th AUGUST – ISLE OF WIGHT

The act is completely, one hundred per cent live. Along with the talented musicians and dancers in the band, the act is supported by a professional crew who expertly handle lighting and sound.

If you’re a Michael Jackson fan, Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act, is the closest you will ever get to experience Michael Jackson live in concert.

Take a look at Ben and the Band performing ‘The Love You Save’ live at Glastonbudget 2012 (below).

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