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19 Apr 2017

How Great Productions Are Like The Stock Market

The stock market is a pretty crazy place. So how can good productions be like the stock market? It’s simple. I’d like to challenge you, if you haven’t already done this, to watch a single companies’ stock prices for one day. Use something with a graph, like marketwatch.com or the iPhone app. Check it once every hour that the market is open. See if you can predict exactly what is going to happen next. If you can, you may want […]

19 Apr 2017

Evolution of Music

Chills, people. Chills. It’s pretty incredible how far we’ve come. Just listening to the progression from the 60s to today, we as engineers, producers, and musicians have come up with some incredible art. Hope this inspires you to hit the studio today and crank out a masterpiece! Also, Pentatonix is pretty incredible – thanks for making this video for us all to enjoy!

19 Apr 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! What Are You Thankful For?

We’ve all got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Whether you’re gearing up for an incredibly filling dinner or a family reunion, chances are you’re going to be recognizing all of the things you’re thankful for. The list usually starts with important things that are close to you: family, friends, faith, protection, shelter, etc. These are great things to be thankful for and they should be at the top of your list. But here’s one more thing that […]

18 Apr 2017

Two Secrets for Pocketing Vocals Like a Pro

Listen to the radio. Maybe your favorite CD. If you’re listening to the vocals, it will seem like every single word is exactly where it should be. Not that every word is perfectly on the beat, but it is exactly where it feels right. But why are they like that? Is it because the vocalists are just that good? In most cases – no. In most cases, it is because the vocals were well produced and pocketed. So what does […]

18 Apr 2017

What is Your Style?

This is a question that young mixers and producers don’t ask themselves enough. Sometimes for good reason, but sometimes just out of ignorance. There is a great time to ask the question “what is my style” and there is a not-so-great time as well. Make sure you’re asking the right question at the right time. Here’s how to do it: [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”] [wc_heading type=”h1″ title=”The Right Time.” text_align=”left”] [/wc_box] The right time to ask this question is when you’re […]

18 Apr 2017

Using Clip Gain When Mixing

Are you using clip gain in your mixing process? You might be using it to fix a quick peak, or maybe to level out a vocal. It can be easier than automation in some cases, and can be a bit more precise than riding an actual fader. But there are actually other uses of clip gain in your mixing process that can be quite helpful. Once you start doing this, you’ll think of mixing in an entirely new light: Use […]

18 Apr 2017

The Real Problem With Digital Recording: Why Analog is *Better*

We all know that analog “sounds” better. That means different things to different people. We’re not here to argue about whether or not digital “sounds” good or bad – we’re here to talk about what the real problem with digital recording actually is. And it doesn’t have anything to do with how it sounds. The real problem with digital recording is the mindset that it fosters. You see, digital recording allows us to say “ah, that’s ok if you didn’t […]

18 Apr 2017

The Worst Audio Mistake And How To Avoid It

Whenever there are decisions to be made, there are just as many mistakes to be made. This is true for just about anything, but especially for audio. And there’s one mistake in audio that we make all the time. Unfortunately, we often don’t even realize that we’re making the mistake. Luckily, there’s an easy way to ensure that you won’t make the “great GUI (graphic user interface) mistake” while you’re mixing. And it will make your mixes better. Let’s explain […]

18 Apr 2017

Virtual Consoles: Fan or Pan?

Many of the Multi-Platinum.com producers started their careers in the waning days of analog, or the birth of the digital revolution. A couple weeks ago, we were honored to have Graham Cochrane with therecordingrevolution.com hanging out in the studio, where a long discussion/debate of the virtues of console emulators came around. The consensus was that Steven Slate has once again found some pretty great programmers to create his VCC collection, and it’s being used on most things coming out of […]

18 Apr 2017

5 Realizations Every Home Studio Owner Needs to Make

I was recently chatting with a good friend of mine about his latest struggles in the studio. He moonlights as a songwriter and loves to record his own music. In fact, he’s been doing it for probably 15+ years. You might think he has released several – if not dozens – of records. With all that time he must spend doing what he loves, it would seem crazy to think that he’s never finished a project. But he hasn’t. So […]