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21 May 2017

Keep Track of Your Progress

It’s pretty easy to get discouraged when you’re working on a single project for so long. After the fourth mix session with seemingly no progress, it seems just as easy to quit as it does to finish it out. Sometimes that feeling wins and we don’t finish a project, which is a shame. So how can you stay motivated? By keeping track of your progress. The best way to do this is to simply save a new session each time […]

21 May 2017

The Power of the Demo

Demos can seem like a waste of time and energy – especially if you’re going to be the one doing the master recording. Why should you spend time recording scratch parts if you’re just going to re-record them a little later? Believe it or not, there are actually several good reasons you should make a demo before you make the master recording. In fact, if you make a demo, you’re much more likely to succeed in the long run – […]

21 May 2017

Make It Stop!!!

Make It Stop!!! If you’ve never screamed those words during a late night recording session in reference to buzz, hum, crackling, or lack musical ability, you are a lucky person. I am not lucky by these standards, however. Buzz, hum, and extra noises can be extremely irritating when recording especially when they ruin a perfect take. So what should you do if you’re experiencing these problems? The same questions was asked of SoundOnSound Magazine, and they had a pretty great […]

21 May 2017

What are my DAW options?

There’s a lot of options when it comes to choosing a DAW to work with. Let’s face it – they’re all very similar. Unless you’re using something like Maschine or Live, the layout and operation is very similar from DAW to DAW. So why are some people dedicated to Pro Tools and others to Logic? Some people love Cubase, and others run PreSonus StudioOne? The answer is simple – it all comes down to personal preference, workflow, and feel. In […]

20 May 2017

But which DAW is best for me?

That’s a good question – and one you should definitely figure out! A lot of companies allow you to get a free trial of their product, which you should definitely take advantage of. Although we’re traditionally Pro Tools guys, we know that there are a lot of great DAW’s on the market these days. Check out this video to see a run down of some of the popular ones by Kosmic Sound! Then find a product that you can pick […]

20 May 2017

In-the-box Analog Sound with Slate and SSL

We’ve got some killer new products coming up with one of our in-house engineers, Chris Sy. In this video, he shows us how to get the rich, warm, analog sound completely inside Pro Tools by using Slate Virtual Tape Machines, State Virtual Console Collection, and Waves SSL Bundle! Not only that, it features a recent acapella project we had in Studio A, the beautiful (and beautifully sang) Beyond All Reason group from St. Louis.

19 May 2017

Creating Versatile Mixes – The Advantages to Multiple Monitors

How many times have you mixed your track to perfection in your studio. Then, once you take it out into your car (expecting to love your work), you immediately hear that the vocal is just way to soft – or that you can’t even hear the bass guitar because the kick drum is overpowering. Don’t worry – we’ve all been there. But once you’ve been there, you probably don’t want to go back. So here’s how you can create versatile […]

14 May 2017

What You Need To Learn From Film To Help Your Songwriting and Productions

With all the buzz from the Oscars, we’ve all been thinking and hearing about movies lately. And the truth is that movies – at their core – aren’t that different from songs. Great movies and great songs have a lot in common. If you ask yourself this simple question of comparison – you’ll¬†know¬†whether or not the song your working on is destined for greatness. You can even learn what to do to add that professional feel to your songs. The […]

13 May 2017

Using Templates In Your DAW To Improve Your Workflow

It’s no secret – templates make everything easier. Think about it – everything from coloring books to website templates – would be so much harder if we didn’t have a nice place to start. And working in your DAW is no exception. If you’ve never used the templates function in your DAW, you’re really missing out. And we’re not necessarily talking about the preset templates that come with your DAW – although they can be very helpful to get you […]

12 May 2017

Getting A Better Feel From Your Kick

The four-on-the-floor kick drum is one of the staples in dance/pop music. But getting it to sit perfectly in your production can be a little trickier than just hitting “quantize” on the MIDI track. There are two ways to greatly adjust the entire feel of your track – just by moving the kick drum part around a little. Let’s take a look at the two most common moves to make: Pushing it forward. This is just what it sounds like. […]