Clutter Obstacle, the Thorn in Your Side

There has been too many times when I had a good idea but I was too lazy to go and turn on all the equipment, plug stuff, adjust the settings, place the microphone, etc.

So, what did I do instead? Nothing! I've ended up doing nothing at all. Add to that "pile of work" the untidiness of my room, my computer desk, in other words, my whole recording area.

Mess and clutter just casts a shadow over my creativity, I just wanna run away. Whereas when I know that my path is clean and all I have to do is get to the performance as soon as the inspiration strikes, I work fast and definitely get things done almost effortlessly, not to mention having a ball all the way and contaminating(!) the result with that joy.

I am not the only one who doesn't like to deal with the boring stuff while the fresh, exciting and rare moments are calling. Even if one doesn't mind all that, it is still safe to assume that they would come up with better recordings just as well as the rest of us, the crazy ones

My reccomendation would be,
Keep your recording area tidy.
Keep your recording equipment set and ready to go by just switching on a few buttons.
Keep the preparation process to a minimum.

Make your bed, so that you can lie when you feel like it.

To me it's all about capturing magic moments, especially with lead instruments and vocal performances. The details, side instruments, the icing on the cake, can be dealt with later, even when you are not that inspired, but your focal tracks must be treated like royalty. Because they are what your listener will pay attention to first and moved by, hopefully.

At the end of the day, a recording is not about perfection, it's about emotions, about what the song stirs up in the listener's heart. It is not an easy task to capture and hold a feeling long enough to connect the right cables, get the right compression and eq settings, find a chair that doesn't squeak, fix the mic-stand, place the pop-filter, dim the lights, light a candle, yell at your neighbor to shut that friggin' dog, so on...

Mix on, friends.

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