Author Archives: dean

05 Mar 2017

How’s Your File Management?

Depending on your organizational skills, working with a lot of files and folders can either be a cinch or a struggle. If you’re one of those types that keeps your pens in one drawer and your pencils in the other, you might not think it’s too hard. But if your one of the normal folks, it can trip you up now and again. That’s why we’re going through the basics of file management with your DAW today. You’ll never lose […]

05 Mar 2017

The secret to building an audio career.

  I get this question a lot from aspiring engineers, and tonight on Reddit saw a similar post about how to make a living as an audio engineer. So here’s my 30 second breakdown. The key, if you want to actually make a good living, is one of 2 ways. 1) Follow the 5/95 rule. i.e. be in the top 5% of the competition in a given area. Want to be a mix engineer in nashville? LA? etc. You’ll have […]

05 Mar 2017

Recording On The Go? Pack the Essentials!

Do you know what the most frustrating thing in the world is for people like us? Well, there’s a lot of ways this can go, but I’m going to go with one that I experienced recently – recording on the go. Or maybe, a better way to put that is not being able to record on the go. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ended up transporting car loads worth of gear to be able to record some […]

04 Mar 2017

Organization is Everything!

Check out some of these tips on how to better organize your session inside Cubase 7. Cubase has some of the best organizational tools inside the Edit window, and Dean shows us how to use these to our advantage. Whether you’re working in Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, StudioOne, etc., try to use the organizational tools provided to help you move around your session and focus on what really matters – the music.

03 Mar 2017

Organizing Tracks With Playlists in Pro Tools 11

Aren’t you tired of losing audio tracks due to a lack of session organization? Ever wish you could go back in time to before you had edited that vocal track? Learn how to use playlists to do just that with this video.

03 Mar 2017

Using the PreSonus Studio Live in the Studio

Looking for an interface that doubles as a live sound board? If you’re recording your own music and gigging with your band on the weekends, this might be just the thing you need. I had the pleasure of meeting Rick (the engineer in this video) this past summer at a NAMM pre-show that PreSonus did here in Nashville – great guy and great engineer. Check out this video to see some of the cool features that the Studio Live can […]

02 Mar 2017

Why You Should NOT Upgrade

Many pros are working on old versions of software. Pro Tools 9, Waves v8, and OSX 10.6. And it’s not because they’re cheap. They know the reasons why they shouldn’t upgrade as soon as a cool new piece of gear comes out, but do you? Time and time again, people will prematurely upgrade and end up regretting their decision in a big way. Don’t let that happen to you. Learn why you shouldn’t upgrade: [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”] [wc_heading type=”h1″ title=”1. […]

02 Mar 2017

If We Treated Mixing Like We Do Mastering…

If we treated mixing like we do mastering, we would never mix anything. We would say that we need a massive console with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gear, computer, and plug-ins because “that is how the pros do it.” We would say that because our rooms aren’t perfectly treated for mixing, we would never be able to get anything that sounds good. But we don’t, do we? Otherwise, we wouldn’t be mixing. Here’s why you should treat […]

01 Mar 2017

Sending Mixes to Clients – Don’t Make This Mistake!

There are a few things that you learn over time. One of those things is how to get great guitar tones. Another is how to tune a vocal flawlessly. And dealing with clients is yet another. Don’t make the same mistake I made recently when sending off a batch of mixes to a client. Don’t even make this mistake if you’re just showing your music to friends, family, or even putting it on YouTube. This rookie mistake can cost you […]

28 Feb 2017

Getting Started: A Beginner’s Guide to Audio Equipment

I hear it all the time: is my computer fast enough to run Pro Tools? What interface should I get for my recordings? Should I get Yamaha NS-10s or the PreSonus¬†Sceptre¬†CoActual Active Studio Monitors? The truth is, you don’t really need the fastest computer for Pro Tools, or the most expensive interface, or even the most expensive speakers for that matter! Not to say that you shouldn’t pick up a pair of the PreSonus Studio Monitors if it’s in the […]