Working Through Your Workflow

Working Through Your Workflow

It takes a long time to create a good recording. But it can take a lot longer than it needs to in some cases. The reason why? The workflow hasn’t been figured out or executed. Here’s a good workflow that I like to use in order to maximize efficiency and finish more recordings, which means…

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Vacuum – AVID’s Best SoftSynth

Vacuum - AVID's Best SoftSynth

AVID doesn’t include nearly as many softsynths as some other DAWs, like Logic Pro, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t as good. Vacuum is a terrific software synthesizer, and might even be AVID’s best and most unique sounding instrument. Check out these reviews from Dean Palya Jr: Some of the sounds you can get with…

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Understanding Convolution Reverb

Understanding Convolution Reverb

Do you know the difference between a regular reverb plug-in and a convolution reverb? A good friend asked me the other day whether or not it would be smart to use a convolution reverb instead of a digital reverb on a track he was working on. After a few more minutes of talking through it,…

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Better Background Vocals in 3 Easy Steps

Better Background Vocals in 3 Easy Steps

We’ve all been there before. Listening back to a mix with stacks of BGVs and thinking “this just doesn’t sound very tight.” Even though we often leave the BGVs until the very end of the production process, they’re a critical part of the recording in many styles of music. Tight background vocals can often be…

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Multi-Touch Pro Tools Control? Slate – Raven MTi

Multi-Touch Pro Tools Control? Slate - Raven MTi

Well, it’s finally available. Let me be clear. I like Steven Slate. I’ve got to chat with him on several occasions through the Grammy foundation and at NAMM. I tried an early version of the MTi and though the idea is super cool, the act of trying to edit on a touch screen was still…

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The Best Way To Get Out Of A Creative Rut

The Best Way To Get Out Of A Creative Rut

We all get in a rut sometimes. Especially as musicians, we tend to have an inconsistent flow of creativity. But sometimes you want to channel it at a specific time – you don’t want to wait for the drought to end, you just want to create! There’s all sorts of reasons why you might have…

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Curbing Your Appetite For Gear

Curbing Your Appetite For Gear

“You want it. You can’t stop thinking about it. You must have it. You keep visiting websites about it. You find it for sale online and your finger hovers over the button. You see it in a store and you almost can’t tear yourself away from picking it up and holding it in your hands.”…

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Musical Doodling – The Best Way to Practice

Musical Doodling - The Best Way to Practice

You hear it all the time – practice makes perfect. We’ve said it, other people say it, it’s pretty much common knowledge. But what isn’t common knowledge is exactly how to practice and be productive while you’re doing it! So today we’re going to take a look at the best way to practice. Musical Doodling.…

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Better Programmed Drums with this Tip

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Unless you’ve got a great kit, a great room, and a great drummer, it’s tough to get great live drums. Oh, and don’t forget the great mics/pres and years of great experience. The list goes on… This shouldn’t be too shocking. Even if you don’t have all of these things, you can still get some…

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Making Breakthroughs In Your Productions

Making Breakthroughs In Your Productions

I recently read an article called “How Good Management Stifles Breakthrough Innovation” on hbr.org. Here’s the opening bit of the article: “We hear a lot these days about how big companies fail to innovate, but the truth is more complicated. A lot of companies excel at developing better products, yet these improvements are incremental. They’re…

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