Think about all the words that you would use to describe home recording and mixing.
If your experience has been anything like mine, some of the words that might have come to mind are: “exciting”, “rewarding”, “enjoyable”, and “fulfilling”.
All those words certainly capture some of the thoughts and emotions about our chosen hobby or profession.
But if you are honest with yourself, you would likely have also come up with somewhat less positive and flattering words.
Words such as: “frustrating”, “maddening”, and “infuriating”.
Because when it comes down to it, recording and mixing are all those things and more.
For all the joy and fulfillment that they bring us, there are also times when they make us want to punch a hole in the monitor or toss the computer out the window.
Sound familiar? I’ve been there. Believe me.
Even though this passion has brought moments of happiness, pleasure, and excitement that we wouldn’t change for anything in the world, it has also brought me to the depths of despair.
Especially when I realized that my skills, equipment, or the people I worked with didn’t measure up to my expectations.
But I’m here to tell you something that hit me a few years ago and encouraged me to start up this site–a fundamental truth that has kept me going whenever I was about to give up.
It gets better. YOU will get better. Your RECORDINGS will get better.
There. I’ve said it.
One of the most important realizations that you will ever make is this:
Put in enough time into doing something and you will get better at it. That is the indisputable truth to almost any undertaking, and it certainly holds true for recording and mixing.
How did I come to this realization?
Like everyone who has been into this endeavor long enough, I had built up quite a collection of mixes and projects in various stages of completion. I was getting ready to work with an experienced singer that I had never worked with before and prepared some samples to present to her.
I was pleasantly surprised when she commented on the quality of my most recent work and how professional it sounded. It was then that I realized that I HAD made significant progress over the years without realizing it.
All that time that I had put in, all the late nights, the countless hours behind the mixing desk and in front of the computer–it all made sense in that moment. I knew then that I had it in me to make a serious bid for a career that would sustain me for the rest of my life.
I’m Chuck Fortner
I dedicate the pages of this site to anyone that has ever struggled to get to the next level. Those that have labored in obscurity for years.
Those that have come close to giving up but keep on knowing that the reward WILL come to them as it did to me.
May you find inspiration in these pages and find fulfillment in your craft and passion.