There's a lot that goes into creating a timeless recording, but Butch Vig has been through the process enough times to understand that capturing a great performance is not optional.
In that regard, Vig's best advice is to make sure that great performance is recorded in the first place. It's trite, but it's true.
"A lot of times people think they're warming up and if you record it, you might end up with a final take," Vig says. "I know it because sometimes when I'm recording myself, if I don't get something in two or three takes, I get into my head a little bit and usually it goes south for a while and it takes a while to get the performance back up to where it was when I initially started. I have a tendency to try to keep the first or second or third take when someone's recording."
Vig is also the drummer, co-founder and longtime co-producer for Garbage, which he says is also almost finished with a new album.
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