The Platinum Rule of Recording

The Platinum Rule of Recording

The golden rule is great, but when it comes to your studio, you need to follow the platinum rule as well. But what is the platinum rule? Good question. The platinum rule helps you make decisions and make them fast. A lot of time can be wasted in your sessions simply by not following this…

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Obsessed!

Obsessed!

Sadly, many of us gear heads can relate all too well to this picture. Maybe not about the video games (or maybe!), but what about the piles and piles (and piles…don’t forget about the closet piles) of gear? The truth is, it really isn’t 100% necessary to have a crazy amount of gear. Don’t get…

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The Essential Step Everyone Forgets In Their Productions

The Essential Step Everyone Forgets In Their Productions

Nobody’s perfect. That’s why we all forget this step from time to time. But that’s no excuse – this is an essential part of music that is too easily shoved to the side and forgotten. And our productions are worse off for it. Don’t let that happen on your next production – here’s what it…

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How Great Productions Are Like The Stock Market

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…

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Evolution of Music

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…

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Happy Thanksgiving! What Are You Thankful For?

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,…

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Two Secrets for Pocketing Vocals Like a Pro

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…

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What is Your Style?

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.…

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Using Clip Gain When Mixing

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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…

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

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…

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