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TCM MASTERING: SOUND ADVICE FROM QUINCY JONES

June 15, 2012

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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TCM MASTERING: HOW TO CHOOSE A HIT SONG

April 6, 2012

TCM Mastering: How To Choose A Hit Song…..The Best Advice The Great Quincy Jones Ever Gave Me.

In the late eighties, I lived in Los Angeles. I was signed as a songwriter to a production company called RUFMIX Productions owned by a good friend of mine, the great Taavi Mote, one of the best mixing engineers I have every worked with.

Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones.

One day, I was invited to Westlake Audio studios (where Michael Jackson recorded the Thriller album). That day I met one of my all time idols, the great Quincy Jones.

I was young and totally in awe of this great pioneer of popular music and completely by chance I got the opportunity to sit down with him for a few minutes and have a short chat.

I was so nervous thinking ‘What do I ask him?’ – I knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime and didn’t want to blow it. So the first thing I thought to ask was ‘How do you choose a hit song?’ – after all Quincy Jones has produced more than most.

Ted Carfrae At The Mixing Console.

As it turned out, Quincy gave this young sound engineer the best advice ever – very simple advice that I have used all my professional life since.

Quincy simply said, “I choose songs that I like on a personal level, I never approach a record thinking that this song or that song is a hit song. I pick songs that move me in some way, that touch my soul deep inside”.

He went on to say that “logically, with billions of people on the planet, there are going to be millions of other people who will also love the song, and millions who will not and that is good enough”. With that he was called back into the studio, he shook my hand and wished me luck and that was it.

Ted Carfrae Owner & Founder Of TCM Music Group & TCM Mastering With A Few Clients & Friends.

I remember telling my friends that I had met Quincy Jones that day, I just couldn’t believe my luck. Those few minutes with Quincy were so profound for me because I remember how kind he was to me, he didn’t have to bother at all but he shook my hand and looked me in the eye when he spoke to me.

At that moment he was interested in me and answering my question, simple as it may seem, that short time with him has stayed with me ever since and barely a day goes by when he doesn’t cross my mind in some way.

Click Here To See More Recent TCM Clients.

Several years later when I started producing albums myself, selecting songs to record, I approached each project the same way as Quincy told me to – picking songs that I like, that speak to me on a personal level.

Quincy won’t remember meeting me that day back in 1988, but I will never forget that for that very short time, I was in the presence of somebody very special indeed.

Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson…..A Totally Live Tribute To The Great Michael Jackson.

Incidentally, if you’re a Michael Jackson fan, check out West 1 Entertainment’s: Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson. This is not just another tribute act, but a sincere tribute to the music of Michael Jackson. Whereas most tribute acts use backing tracks, Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson, is 100% live.

Check out the TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group websites for details and information on how you can take advantage of some great Recording and Mastering deals for your own songs.

Our UK and USA contact details are listed below.

TCM MASTERING OFFERS PROFESSIONAL, FAST & AFFORDABLE ONLINE MASTERING

March 9, 2012

TCM Mastering Offers Professional, Fast & Affordable Online Mastering

TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group offers professional, fast and affordable Online Mastering and Recording services for today’s musicians.

We get asked a lot of questions at TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group. Many relate to vocals, choice of songs and how to get the best out of a performance. So this week we thought we’d discuss just that.

From the TCM Mastering Studios, Ted Carfrae owner and founder of TCM, first considers some invaluable advice from a music legend – Quincy Jones.

TCM often gets asked, how to get the best out of a vocalist. In the video below, Ted explains how many top producers get that ‘magical’ performance.

Using the techniques discussed in the video above are only part of the story. Good mic technique is essential if you’re striving for a great vocal recording.

If you have any questions on the music making process – whether it be writing, production, recording, mixing or mastering drop us an e-mail or call us. Our contact details are below.

MAKE YOUR MUSIC SHINE.

TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group provide a full and comprehensive service to the music industry.

Originally started by multi-platinum record producer Ted Carfrae, today TCM is fronted by Ted in the UK and CJ Boggs in the USA.

Their aim is to provide a totally professional, fast and affordable service to all musicians, pro and amateur alike.

TCM Music Group have produced, mixed and mastered for some of the biggest names in the music business. They’ve worked with all the major record labels worldwide and as producers and engineers have amassed over 25 million in sales.

Most clients are repeat customers and over the years, many have become firm friends. Ted and CJ are particularly interested in helping up and coming, new artists. For more information, go to our websites TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group. Or check out our contact details below.

TCM MASTERING: SONG CHOICE ADVICE FROM QUINCY JONES

April 8, 2011

Quincy Jones’ Advice To TCM’s Ted Carfrae

In the Home Music Studio’s series of blogs we’ve been discussing the ‘mechanics’ of recording…..what gear to use and how to best use the gear of your choice. We’ve 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.

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 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 more questions on the Mastering process either contact us or check out the FAQs on the TCM Mastering website. We love to hear from you.

TCM MASTERING: HOW TO CHOOSE A HIT SONG

January 25, 2011

How to choose a hit song…..the best advice the great Quincy Jones ever gave me.

Back in the late eighties, I lived in Los Angeles. I was signed as a songwriter to a production company called RUFMIX Productions owned by a good friend of mine, the great Taavi Mote, one of the best LA sound engineers I have every worked with.

One day, I was invited to a studio called Westlake Audio (where Michael Jackson recorded the Thriller album). That day I met one of my all time idols, the great Quincy Jones.

I was young and totally in awe of this great pioneer of popular music and completely by chance I got the opportunity to sit down with him for a few minutes and have a short chat.

I was so nervous thinking ‘What do I ask him?’ – I knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime and didn’t want to blow it. So the first thing I thought to ask was ‘How do you choose a hit song?’ – after all Quincy Jones has produced more than most.

As it turned out, Quincy gave this young sound engineer the best advice ever – very simple advice that I have used all my professional life since.

Quincy simply said, “I choose songs that I like on a personal level, I never approach a record thinking that this song or that song is a hit song. I pick songs that move me in some way, that touch my soul deep inside”.

He went on to say that “logically, with billions of people on the planet, there are going to be millions of other people that will also love the song, and millions who will not and that is good enough”. With that he was called back into the studio, he shook my hand and wished me luck and that was it.

I remember telling my friends that I had met Quincy Jones that day, I just couldn’t believe my luck. Those few minutes with Quincy were so profound for me because I remember how kind he was to me, he didn’t have to bother at all but he shook my hand and looked me in the eye when he spoke to me.

At that moment he was interested in me and answering my question, simple as it may seem, that short time with him has stayed with me ever since and barely a day goes by when he doesn’t cross my mind in some way.

Several years later when I started producing albums myself, selecting songs to record, I approached each project the same way as Quincy told me to – picking songs that I like, that speak to me on a personal level.

Quincy won’t remember meeting me that day back in 1988, but I will never forget that for that very short time, I was in the presence of somebody very special indeed.

Check out the TCM Mastering and Music Group websites for details and information on how you can take advantage of some great Recording and Mastering deals for your own songs.