How many times have you been moved by a song, loved the sound, but couldn’t say which instruments, effects, and techniques were used to create that sound? And yet,
When you do a professional audio recording everyone says you need to communicate!
It’s all about communication! Give clear direction!!
You need to let the producer know what you want.
Easier said than done.
Seriously, it’s difficult for songwriters to convey their thoughts in “specific terms” rather than “feeling terms.”
For example, would you be more likely to say something specific like: “How about pumping up the guitars and maybe adding a distorted guitar or two?”
Or would you be more inclined to say, “I’d like to make it edgier."
The second statement, “make it edgier” is troublesome because “edgy” is a feeling and means different things to different people.
This is not clear direction.
The fuzzy direction is understandable: Songwriters THINK in terms of feelings. They WRITE songs about feelings. Of course, their natural way of communicating is to COMMUNICATE about the feeling of the song.
So how does a songwriter learn to communicate in specific terms? There are several options:
1) You can put in the time to figure out song specifics with focused, deep listening to identify instrumentation, harmonies, effects, and mixing techniques. Or,
2) Itydity can do it for you.