My Biggest Recording Weakness: Failing to Complete Audio Projects

My biggest recording weakness is failing to complete audio projects, and this year it has changed and will changed. My biggest failure is not completing two albums of two bands that I was in 5 to 10 years ago. These are some rules and strategies that I am doing now to overcome my weakness and thus make completing audio projects efficiently a strength.

  1. Do all or most of the editing during recording process while the band is there. Don’t leave editing for later.
  2. Get the tone, performance, and being in tune all right during tracking.
  3. Capture amp tone and DI signal of the guitar in case the tone isn’t right during tracking.
  4. Always have a completed goal recording in the session to compare my current project to.
  5. Check EQ with an audio analyzer.
  6. Only take on small recording projects and complete those before moving on to bigger projects.
  7. Set goals for each day of recording and mixing.
  8. Know when to call it good enough and move on to the next task.
  9. Understand that past struggles and failures have been learning experiences.
  10. Persevere. Never give up. You can do this.
  11. Make due with the gear you have.
  12. Continue to buy gear; especially gear that will make the process easier and faster.
  13. Communicate clearly with the band what type of project they are doing. Is this a fast demo or take lots of time well polished recording.
  14. Have fun and take breaks.
  15. Have work and life balance.
  16. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or a second opinion.

Now I have this list done so I can easily check it and stay on task. If all goes well, I should be releasing lots of music in the short future.