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Working with the Jesus & Mary Chain was fantastic. They are responsible for me working in the field of music I am in now, as I was doing a lot of dance music before then. They taught me a lot, says Moulder. Jim is one of my all time favorite singers, and William likewise on guitar. What many people probably dont realize is that both the Reid brothers have a great sense of humor.
So we had a lot of fun doing those records, and on Honeys Dead, William and I really got into the programming side of things, he says. We used a lot of loops and sampling. Since they had their own studio it took off a lot of the time pressure and we didnt have to worry about anyone else. Most of the time there were just the three of us there.
Hard-disk Recording Rocks
Coming from a background recording and mixing in the pre-digital days, producer/engineer/mixer Moulder can profess that technology has made a great difference in his life. With hard disk recording and editing you can concentrate on getting a great performance. If there are a couple of flaws that bother you, they can be fixed rather than having to do the whole thing over, he explains.
Like everything, it is a matter of taste as to how you use technology, but I know that I wouldnt want to go back!
Aspiring Engineers Beware
Being a hot-shot audio engineer does not come without sacrifices. He warns, Be prepared for a good few years with no social life, no sleep and no money! It can be very tough at the beginning and this tends to sort out the serious ones from the rest.
If you take one step at a time and really bury yourself in learning as many aspects of engineering as possible, you will find it incredibly rewarding, says Moulder. It is one of those jobs where you are constantly learning and just when you think you have got it all worked out something comes along to show you otherwise.
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