Welcome to the Studio

Outrun YouJacob Gagnon

Welcome to the studio. Here you'll get a glimpse of the latest track I'm working on with insights into my recording process. Today we're working on a cover of Outrun You, originally done by Trace Adkins. What you hear above is the first pass recording in the studio. 

I start by laying down the piano to a click track (which is perhaps the most time consuming part of the process for a tempo inept individual like myself). Once the piano track is down I get a preliminary vocal over top. This first pass recording is not intended by any means to be perfect. It is simply for me to get all the base parts to the song in tempo. In this case I think that the song benefits most from it's simplicity so to round out the recording I added a strings track to beef up the bridge. The key to the first pass is SIMPLICITY! 


As you listen to the above track you'll probably hear a few things that stick out. First, you may hear the sound of a mouse click during the transitions, or a steady click in the softer areas of the song. This is just noise pollution being picked up by my condensor microphone (I'm using the Audio-Technical P48 which is a great introductory microphone for the budget studio). I don't worry about these bits of pollution as both the piano and the vocals will be re-recorded as I listen to this scratch pass and decide what I like, what I don't, and what I might want to try next time.

Stay tuned for updates to this track and feel free to let me know in the comment section below what you think? What do you like, what might you add. Music is a creative and a collaborative process, so don't hesitate to help me make the most of this beautiful song!