Listening To Change

By Charelle Evelyn on December 12 2016

PHOTO CREDIT: Trevor Moore

According to the gospel of Bob Marley, one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. At least it shouldn’t if it’s mixed properly. “In a good recording, you should be able to turn that sucker up and have it sound great,” said Darren Neufeld, owner and chief audio engineer behind Record Sound Productions, which offers professional recording, mixing and editing.

According to the gospel of Bob Marley, one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. At least it shouldn’t if it’s mixed properly. “In a good recording, you should be able to turn that sucker up and have it sound great,” said Darren Neufeld, owner and chief audio engineer behind Record Sound Productions, which offers professional recording, mixing and editing. Neufeld’s ear is well tuned, having spent time on both sides of the mixing board. In high school, he played guitar and sang with his band, Augmented.

That introduced him to people on the sound side of things and by 2004 he was the soundman at the Generator when live bands would hit the stage four nights per week. “It evolved from there because I played music and I wanted to learn how to record so I could record my own stuff,” said Neufeld, who earned an arts diploma in recording sound after moving to Vancouver with his now wife, Nicole. One major lesson: simply plugging in to GarageBand isn’t the same thing as getting someone who knows what they’re doing. “It’s maybe like knowing how to do an oil change and trying to change out a transmission or something… there’s a big difference between tinkering a little bit and actually going and getting the training and learning the tricks,” he said.

Back in Prince George, Neufeld is looking to expand Record Sound into distribution. Artists who hire Record Sound to mix their live shows now have the option of getting the gig recorded and put on a custom CD. “You can buy the show you’ve just seen,” said Neufeld, who sees it as a step towards becoming a minor record label. Profits from the sale of the CDs are split with the artist. He debuted the service in October, recording the five acts that played a show in benefit of the memorial fund for Blaine Magowan, and said he has received positive reviews on the quality of the recordings.

Find Record Sound Productions on Facebook or www.recordsound.ca.

CHARELLE EVELYN

REPORTER FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN

Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.

Website: pgcitizen.ca

 

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