I've been recording music for 20 years and my biggest tip for the producer is to record low and mix high
my productions always sound great and radio ready.
Tip: for an artist dont be quick to sign you can do alot by your self and with friends and family.
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Not sure I understand your record low, mix high thing. Surely... record high just below clipping for best quality and then mix low + compress? Maybe I am missing the point here.
I'm glad to see another musician here. Have you a sample track or two you can share with us?
I also wasn't sure what you're saying about recording levels. I have done a little live mixing where we had to worry about feedback, so when it started sounding a little "hot" we would drop the levels -- before it started squealing if possible. In studio recording, I believe you have only monitor speakers or even headphones, so feedback should be less of a problem and I would think volume levels would be higher but well within the ability of the equipment to capture accurately. Were you taling about equilization? Is the "smile" pattern still appropriate?
Just a crazy thought I had, maybe you "frown" on recording and "smile" when mixing to neutralize it? Or some other such pattern -- LOL.