18: The Truth About Recording An Album Part 1: Writing to Mastering | SOSstudio

The Truth About Recording An Album Part 1- Writing to Mastering SOSstudio.co-Session18


Brendan Dalton is a fellow Blue Man and just went through the ringer for writing, recording, mixing, mastering, copyrighting, registering, designing, distributing, publishing, and promoting his new album, “Smoke and Static,” with his writing partner, Patrick Mangiaforte. This is the debut album for their band, Radio Silence, and I caught up with Brendan to see how the process went, step-by-step, and where they had a good grasp vs. trying to keep up with this beast of recording an album. Part 1 covers the composition and collaboration process through mastering.

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You can't just get into a studio and start recording... you have to find your sound. Click To Tweet

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How Brendan and Patrick collaborated from afar
  • How they decided on a studio in a city where neither of them lived
  • Why you need to double your estimated time and budget when planning a new project
  • Why taking yourself seriously is crucial to learning your path
  • Why you need to scope out a studio before you hit record
  • Why you need time to let your ears rest between the rough mix and giving notes
  • The pros and cons to being in the room with the mixer vs mixing remotely
  • The trick of listening to mixes on different devices
  • Why Brendan thinks you should have your mix sound best on the smallest device
  • How the term ‘mastering’ has changed over the years


We knew odds were not in our favor because we're not an established band. Click To Tweet

It's when you commit to hard work that you start to take yourself seriously. Click To Tweet

After a while, it gets a little bit like chasing your tail, you will always find something to… Click To Tweet


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Thank you so much for tuning in to my conversation with Brendan! We’ll be back next week with Part 2 covering copyrighting, distribution, and promotion. If you want to add your voice to the conversation, please leave a comment below and we’ll keep talking!

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Thanks again for joining us, and a very special thanks to Brendan Dalton and Radio Silence. Until next time!


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