Author Archives: dean

12 Mar 2017

Who is Your Musical Crush?

Whether you know it or not, you have a crush on someone. A musical crush. A musical crush is when you love a song, album, or even guitar solo, but don’t know why. There’s just something about it. It’s fine to stop there, but if you’re like most of us, we want to recreate that in our own music in some way. But how can you figure out what that is and learn from it? Like this. 1. Start by […]

12 Mar 2017

Using Time To Get Great Drums That Sound Realistic In The Box

There’s a myth in the world of recording – great drum sounds only come from great drummers in great studios. While these things never hurt, it’s not the only way to get awesome sounding drums in your productions. We’ve mentioned before about how to best go about learning the basics of drumming and even shared some ideas on how to get killer drum sounds, (and of course we go through how the pros get amazing drums in and out of […]

11 Mar 2017

How Long Should I Spend On My Mix?

It’s an age-old question: how long should I spend mixing? Or maybe it’s rephrased as “how do I know my mix is done?” Some people will say that you should never “finish” a mix, only settle. These people are pessimists. Others will say that you should spend no longer than two hours mixing. These people are lazy. So when should you put a mix down and call it done, and when should you keep working on it? There’s a really […]

11 Mar 2017

Apollo Flex Routing

Looking hard at the Apollo for our new Studio A interface. Lots of Nashville friends really loving theirs, and this latest addition of flexible routing is definitely a welcome addition. Any of you guys using PT 11 with an Apollo? We’d love your feedback during this newest upgrade. Our HD2 is till cranking away with HD8 in Studio B, but with the impending death of the Pro Control, it felt like it was time to lose the 192’s and Pro […]

11 Mar 2017

How To Succeed As A Freelance Audio Engineer – Pro Sound Web

Whether you’re at the beginning of your audio career, or a seasoned pro looking to remind yourself of the key elements, this is a fantastic article that clearly summarizes the path of current and future audio engineers. All props. http://www.prosoundweb.com/article/in_the_studio_how_to_succeed_as_a_freelance_audio_engineer/recording/P1/

11 Mar 2017

Avid | Avid S6- Modular, customizable EUCON control surface for music and post

You’ve probably heard the news, but Avid has just announced their new, massive and customizable S6 Control Surface. Clearly targeted towards the high-end studio, it looks like a gorgeous piece. If we hadn’t just installed a series of Artist mixes into a custom desk, I’d be looking a little closer for Multi-Platinum studio A, but if it has EUCON support, it’s definitely a great option for any professional facility that needs client credibility as well as support for multiple DAWS. […]

11 Mar 2017

What’s Your DAW Color Scheme?

If you don’t know the answer to “what’s your DAW color scheme” right off the top of your head, then you don’t have one. And if you don’t have one, then you’re putting yourself at a huge disadvantage when it comes to working with your DAW. There’s a lot of reasons why you should have a set color scheme for your tracks. We’re going to outline why you need one and how to develop it. First off, you need a […]

11 Mar 2017

Seven Tips for Stunning Solos

Think about the last time you heard a really stunning solo in a song. What was it that made it leap out of the speakers and sound so incredible? If you’ve experienced any troubles capturing this “je ne sais quoi”, check out these tips for getting some great solos in your tracks (with examples!) 🙂 1. Work on getting a great and interesting tone. Whether you’re working on a screaming guitar solo or a smooth jazz tenor sax solo, get […]

11 Mar 2017

How to Build a Diffuser

What’s the purpose of a diffuser? The “random” nature of a diffuser allows sound to reflect in different ways, essentially eliminating audible reflections that can cause listening inconsistencies in your recording space. These are generally found on the back wall of a control room, or in the case of Blackbird studios here in Nashville, all over! This unique room is essentially a giant diffuser – and the result is stunning. There are no unwanted reflections, but it is not the […]

10 Mar 2017

Should You Learn a New DAW?

I get asked this question a lot: “Should I get Pro Tools?” My response is usually something along the lines of “what are you using right now?” If they answer with any of the other pro DAWs on the market, I usually ask why they want to make the switch. And almost every time, it’s not for a good reason. Let’s look at the only reason you would need to learn a new DAW. The only time you need to […]