Gil Norton: sound advice

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    Read more about <a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/gil-norton-sound-advice-586433">Gil Norton: sound advice</a> at MusicRadar.com <hr><p><strong><a href="http://www.musicradar.com/event/production-expo">PRODUCTION EXPO 2013:</a> A doyen of the rock production world, Gil Norton illustrious career has seen him fashion classic albums for The Pixies, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World and Echo & The Bunnymen amongst many others.</strong></p><p>With invaluable experience over the years making guitar bands sound godlike, Norton gives us direct insight into the rock producer's mindset, discussing how it's the little details which might make that big difference to your productions.</p><p>While running through his essential gear, he also advises that careful planning and pre-production might be the key to saving a whole heap of studio time and money.</p><h4>The basics</h4><p>"Production is like any trade so you have to understand the fundamentals like mic positioning, clean signal paths and what mics work best on different things. Making an arbitrary statement here I'd say that recording a proper drum sound is an art form within itself. To do that you need good mics, a good room, a good desk and a good drummer so there are quite a lot of elements that go into getting that drum sound.</p><p>"There are still some good studios where young people can learn the basic principles of engineering. They are still important as they're the building blocks of any production, knowing how to record something. You have to practise, try different things out… there are no 'good' or 'bad' sounds, just different sounds."</p><h4>Platforms: Logic, Reason, Pro Tools</h4><p>"It doesn't really matter so long as you find a platform that you understand, are comfortable working on and that does what you need it to do. If you're more of a programming producer then obviously Logic or Reason will be perfect for you whereas, if you're recording performances then, for me, Pro-Tools is the more logical choice of platform just because it's more like a tape-machine.</p><p>"Sometimes when you're recording into digital it can sound a little bit brittle. So, again, you have to learn what the different recording formats do and once you understand them you can make them work for you. People have made great music on 4 track machines and I've seen people doing things on Reason. </p><p>"We're all sound sculptors, trying to create a sound. Some of the things you can do within the Reason or Logic environment are amazing. People now can have quite inexpensive, really high-quality digital platforms that they can be creative on at home. That's the bottom line with all music."</p><p><em>Gil's focus on pre-production had a huge impact on Foo Fighters' Colour And The Shape album</em></p><h4>Pre-production</h4><p>"Pre-production always has been, will be and shall be for ever more the most important part of production. To be a good producer you need to be organised and to understand the band, what they need to achieve, their abilities and what everyone's expectations are.</p><p>"Then you have to manage all the different elements… If you haven't got a plan then everything goes to pot really easily. The worst thing you can do to any artist is confuse them - confusion on a session is just deadly! Everything goes out the window.</p><p>"That's where pre-production is invaluable as it's the cheap-end of the production deal. I've been in some ropey old rehearsal rooms. I remember going to Boston to do Throwing Muses and The Pixies and we were stuck in a square little box room with nothing. We had little amps and a dodgy PA but that's where the music is created. We sat down with acoustic guitars and worked out arrangements - as a producer, pre-production is so important as it's where I get to work out what I'm doing.</p><p>"I find out what the songs are, what the band are, how they interact, how they work with each other and their abilities… there's no use going in thinking every drummer is going to be a Dave Grohl because they're not."</p><h4>Microphones</h4><p>"I was at Sear Sound in New York working with Patti Smith, I was talking with Walter Sear [late vintage synth and analogue studio legend] about his amazing vintage mic collection. I asked which mic he would choose if he was only allowed to have one and he said, "An SM58". That's genius as it's totally the only mic you would need.</p><p>"Realistically, you can do nearly anything with an SM58. It's such a great work-horse, it sounds great in front of a guitar cab, on snare drums, for vocals; it's got a great top-end and doesn't feedback…pretty much all the meat and potatoes of recording then that's the mic to use.</p><p>"They're fairly inexpensive, great quality, capture most sound you might want to capture and if you're young and wanting to learn about recording, you can drop them and they still work."</p><h4>Monitors</h4><p>"I feel so sad admitting it but I'm happiest with my old Yamaha NS10s. So long as you get to know your monitors I don't really care what they are - some people like Genelecs or Adam Audio. When I'm recording I quite like KRK E8s as they're vibey and great at handling bass-end.</p><p>"If you're doing a bass overdub or getting a drum sound then you need to be able to really feel it when you turn the speakers up.</p><p>"The way I look at it is that if you listen to and reference lots of different types of sound and different mixes on any speaker then it comes down to preference as to what you want to listen to your music on. Some speakers, if you're mixing, can be a bit too hi-fi and everything sounds great on them so that's why I still like the NS10s while I'm mixing just because they don't make everything sound great and a bit middley.</p><p>"A pair of Auratones are essential to me - I've actually got a pair of Avantones, which are like powered Auratones. I've got 5 sets of monitors in front of me at my home studio, which I swap in and out. I've got a pair of the SE Munro Eggs, which, when I first got them it was pleasure to listen to music again. Then, when I tried to mix on them I wasn't sure as they sound a little too good but I use them quite a lot now."</p><h4>Ways to work</h4><p>"In this day and age, you have to work quite fast. Sometimes I get demos that sound fantastic but that haven't been recorded in high enough quality that we can use any of them. I don't mind using stuff from a demo if someone's done a great backing vocal then I'm having it!</p><p>"Sometimes trying to recreate something that happened spontaneously in the studio environment is a complete nightmare. So, if you doing demos, hard-drives aren't that expensive any more so you don't have to record at 44.1khz/16 bit, I think, at the minimum, you should be on 48khz/24bit. That way, if anything magical does happen, you can bring it into my environment and I can still use some of the performances you've captured.</p><p>"I did go through a phase of doing everything at 96khz sample-rate but it was killing the machines!"</p><h4>Mixing-desks</h4><p>"I don't use them any more. I mixed the new Pixies stuff at my home studio, which is a really simple set-up as I didn't want it to be complicated but I wanted good equipment. I have a Chandler summing mixer, a Manley Massive Passive EQ and an SSL G-Series compressor. That's all the outboard I use now, really.</p><p><em>Norton also worked on The Pixies' classic album Doolittle</em></p><p>"I got the Chandler as I wanted something that was clean, had headroom and wasn't coloured. With the Manley, it's just so flexible… you can use it a little bit, not at all or you can really dig into it if you want to. The SSL-type compression on the end of a mix just to hold it is great."</p><h4>Essential kit</h4><p>"Signal distribution boxes. I've got two that I use and wouldn't go anywhere without. One is the Little Labs PCP Distro and the other is the Radial JD7 Injector. They're both amazing boxes because you can put a guitar into them, I can feed 3 or 4 different amps, lift earth, which is one of the drawbacks of using multiple amps that you get all sort of earth and phase problems.</p><p>"So, those little boxes are essential. You know, you're getting good line-level signals into each of the amps."</p><p>Gil Norton produced The Pixies' recent EP1 and is currently finishing off an album with Twin Atlantic. </p> Read more about <a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/gil-norton-sound-advice-586433">Gil Norton: sound advice</a> at MusicRadar.com<img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/673/f/8601/s/331ea1e0/sc/4/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><div class='mf-viral'><table border='0'><tr><td valign='middle'><a href="http://share.feedsportal.com/share/twitter/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musicradar.com%2Fnews%2Ftech%2Fgil-norton-sound-advice-586433&t=Gil+Norton%3A+sound+advice" target="_blank"><img src="http://res3.feedsportal.com/social/twitter.png" border="0" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://share.feedsportal.com/share/facebook/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musicradar.com%2Fnews%2Ftech%2Fgil-norton-sound-advice-586433&t=Gil+Norton%3A+sound+advice" target="_blank"><img src="http://res3.feedsportal.com/social/facebook.png" border="0" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://share.feedsportal.com/share/linkedin/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musicradar.com%2Fnews%2Ftech%2Fgil-norton-sound-advice-586433&t=Gil+Norton%3A+sound+advice" target="_blank"><img src="http://res3.feedsportal.com/social/linkedin.png" border="0" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://share.feedsportal.com/share/gplus/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musicradar.com%2Fnews%2Ftech%2Fgil-norton-sound-advice-586433&t=Gil+Norton%3A+sound+advice" target="_blank"><img src="http://res3.feedsportal.com/social/googleplus.png" border="0" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://share.feedsportal.com/share/email/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musicradar.com%2Fnews%2Ftech%2Fgil-norton-sound-advice-586433&t=Gil+Norton%3A+sound+advice" target="_blank"><img src="http://res3.feedsportal.com/social/email.png" border="0" /></a></td><td valign='middle'></td></tr></table></div><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/180263278183/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/331ea1e0/sc/4/rc/1/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/180263278183/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/331ea1e0/sc/4/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/180263278183/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/331ea1e0/sc/4/rc/2/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/180263278183/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/331ea1e0/sc/4/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/180263278183/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/331ea1e0/sc/4/rc/3/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/180263278183/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/331ea1e0/sc/4/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/180263278183/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/331ea1e0/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/180263278183/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/331ea1e0/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/180263278183/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/331ea1e0/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/musicradar/all/news/~4/N5CEySBQ6XY" height="1" width="1"/>







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