Author Archives: dean

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. […]

11 May 2017

Turning Your Old Acoustic Guitar Into Something Special

If you’ve been playing guitar for a while, chances are that you have a few old beaters laying around that don’t get used much. This is a shame. All instruments should be used – even if you’ve upgraded! 🙂 Here’s a way to turn your old smelly acoustic guitar into a fresh new sound that you can use in your productions. Simply turn it into a Nashville Hi-Strung Guitar! Nashville Hi-Strung Guitar?! What’s that? It may sound a little odd, […]

11 May 2017

Soft Synths – Who’s Got The Best Deal?

It’s a long-running debate – which DAW comes with the best soft synths? Some argue that Logic by far has the best soft synths – but is quantity always better? While Logic has some amazing sounding instruments, they’re not the only ones that do it. Reason 7 actually has some absolutely incredible sounding software synths – check out this video to see one of them in action: So the question is this – who’s got the best one out there? […]

10 May 2017

Posture – Can It Improve Your Mixing?

Have you ever wondered what your posture can do for your mixing? I have. I was so intrigued by the thought that I spent some time looking into how your posture and body language can affect your mind and how others perceive you. This is the most interesting article I found. “Postures aren’t just an expression of how we feel. They can also inform the brain by changing our physiology. If you hold an open and expansive pose for a […]

07 May 2017

Compression On The Way In – Should you do it?

It’s a hot debate – should you, or should you not, compress something on the way in? There’s a lot of different opinions out there, but the truth is that there are times when it helps and times when it hurts. Learn how to compress effectively on the way in to make your tracks even easier to mix and overall more polished sounding with these quick tips: [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”][wc_heading type=”h1″ title=”1. Start with proper mic technique.” text_align=”left”][/wc_box] This is […]

06 May 2017

The Secret to Space In Your Productions: Frequency Placement

And we’ve come to the end of the line – the final step to creating space in your recordings. This week we’re discussing frequency placement. And this might be the most important part of the entire discussion. Without carefully considering the placement of different frequencies in your production, you’re bound to make cluttered, closed-sounding mixes. So let’s dive right into what “frequency placement” is all about. We’ll begin with a metaphor. Imagine a bedroom. Possibly your bedroom. There are plenty […]

04 May 2017

Using Simplicity To Make Better Music

Sometimes we get caught up in trying to create “complex” music. We like our crazy chord structures, intense solos, and 200+ track sessions. And that music can sound really cool. But we often forget about the power of simplicity in music. Depending on the type of music you’re making, this might be the reason you’re not happy with your projects. Some of the greatest music ever recorded was done with four tracks, two verses, and a chorus. Four chords at […]

27 Apr 2017

▶ How To Run A Recording Session – YouTube

We all need a little reminder of how to run a proper session now and again.

24 Apr 2017

The Making of a Pop Danthology

This takes talent. And a lot of it! When looking around for some great pop mashups, we came across this video on YouTube: The mix and parts were put together extremely well in this mashup, and Daniel Kim even explains how he goes about putting together a project like this – which is extremely interesting! “Once a year, I try to make a seamless musical mix (“mash-up”) of the year’s top pop songs. This is not a quick and easy […]

23 Apr 2017

What an SSD Can Do For Your System

Are you tired of a slow performing computer? Nothing is worse – I can assure you – than trying to work on a machine that is just…too…..slow….. But what can you do? If you’re not in the position to drop thousands on a new machine and dump the old, but still want to have a better machine to work with for your audio projects, the solution might be (relatively) simple. SSD. Solid State Drive. They’re fast, they’re incredible, and they’re […]