Self-taught Audio Kingpin
By Stephanie Jorgl
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Before working with a band, Ill usually listen to the demo and then discuss with them what elements we like and which ones wed want to change, explains Alan Moulder, the twice Grammy-nominated producer/engineer behind moody alternative music masterpieces from artists like The Jesus & Mary Chain (JAMC) and My Bloody Valentine, to Nine Inch Nails and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Then in the studio, well build up the song, starting with the rhythm section and adding instrumentation until were happy with it, he adds. The use of computers in this type of recording really can help this process. You can chop and change the arrangement to try things out in a way you simply cant with tape.
I decided this was more for me than being in a band, so I really concentrated on trying to be a great engineer, he says. I liked the idea of being creatively involved so production was the next logical step.
Moulder was lured by good production from the time he bought his first album, even thoughat the timehe didnt realize that was what he was drawn to. When I bought my first album Electric Warrior by T.Rex, I loved the sound of it and thought it must have been a good vinyl pressing, explains Moulder. It never occurred to me that it had to do with production or engineering.
He got his first experience with computer sequencing while producing a solo album with his now wife, Toni Halliday, before she was in the band Curve.
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