The “Good” Audio Equation
My life has been rather interesting from an audio production standpoint… I got started in recording at a very early age (around 14). Through brute force, I had the extreme fortune of being around quality gear and quality people… pretty much from the get-go.
My first mentor, Jack Gilfoy, was not only a drummer for Mancini, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis, etc., he was a studio owner in southern Indiana who was really into good gear. He was one of the first to have a Studer A-80 in the US, killer JBL monitors, Neumann’s and a “spectrasonics” console that used a “straight wire” philosphy which was simply amazing.
In the following years, working in Indiana, London and New York, gave me opportunities to personally explore what I did and didn’t like in gear.
One of the biggest ear-openers in my life happened when I was only 22. I had the opportunity to buy a pair of Chartwell LS-3/5A speakers. these british puppies spoiled me for all time, with regards to knowing what good speakers sound like. they were small (5″ bass drivers), so they didn’t have extreme bass punch… but gawd, did they sound WAY better than ANY speaker that I’d ever heard! They were expensive, but worth every pound/pence.
Later on in my quest, I settled into Event 2020 monitors, they were fairly inexpensive, but sounded really good for the $$$. Of course, I had the good fortune to be running them with killer amps (Carver 5-channel surround amps).
All of that was good… until I ran into the folks at PMC speakers. These puppies had the lo-end punch + the clarity of my old brit buddies. Now being a proud owner of PMC aml2′s (in a surround config), the overall sound in my studio is simply stunning… and mixing is a joy.
Choices in audio interfaces is equally as daunting… I’ve probably owned 25 interfaces (mostly in the line of doing reviews for various mags), and have learned that they’re not even remotely created equal. Many of them sound harsh and “gritty” – for reasons of quality and features, I recommend that you take care when choosing your interface of choice.
So, why am I saying all of this? It’s simply to get back to “the good rule”. If you have good music + good musician + good studio + good staff + good instrument + good mics + good interface + good & accurate speakers (or at least ones that you’re familiar with) + a good working attitude… you’ll have a good final product. Any failure in this chain can affect the final result. Basically, with careful choices YOU CAN DO GREAT THINGS!!
David Miles Huber is a 2X Grammy-nominated producer and musician in the electronic IDM, dance and surround-sound genres, whose music has sold over the million mark. His style is perfectly energized and balanced out by lush, downtempo beats and live acoustic instruments that combine to create a “Zen-meets-Tech experience” which pulls the listener into a musical soundscape that’s rich, enticing and energizing. His latest music and collaborations can be heard on www.davidmileshuber.com and SoundCloud.