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08 Mar 2017

Interactive Processing: Something You Should Be Doing

How do you apply effects your tracks while mixing? We’re not talking about what plugins you’re using – we’re talking about what process you’re using. It’s a good idea to hear exactly what a certain plugin is doing to one track specifically. You obviously don’t want to completely trash a track and not even know it. But soloing out a track to add processing is only half of what you should be doing. Here’s the other half: Processing individual tracks […]

08 Mar 2017

Never Lose Your Session Again Due To Weather

Are you sick of working for countless hours on your production, only to have a storm come through, knock out the power, and corrupt your entire session? If you’re not yet, you will be as soon as it happens to you! Don’t wait until it’s too late – take action and be prepared! But how? Get yourself a UPS. Uninterrupted Power Supply. It’s basically a mini generator that runs for a short time off an internal battery. It’s not going […]

08 Mar 2017

Your 2014 Recording Resolution: Get Better With This Simple Tip

Happy New Year! Whether or not you have a New Years resolution, you should still have a 2014 recording resolution. Why not make it something that’s going to make your recordings way better. It’s not hard – and you don’t even have to think of what it’ll be. We’ve got you covered. So what’s going to make you way better at recording in just a few short months? It’s simple and we promise it’ll be fun. Here it goes: record […]

07 Mar 2017

Become a Sound Engineer in 6 *Easy* Steps

I stumbled upon this interesting article on wikihow, and must agree with the steps to success that are laid out. Although it may seem quite a bit easier than it really is, this is a good breakdown of the steps to become a good engineer, producer, or musician for that matter! Here’s a quick outline of the article (which you should read here if you like): Start practicing. It’s impossible to become the next Mozart if you’ve never picked up […]

07 Mar 2017

Is This Analog Yet?

The vast majority of producers, engineers, artists, and audio gurus will agree, for most genres, analog sounds better.  Whatever that means.  Mics with tubes or FET circuitry and preamps with rows of tubes and power supplies the size of small dogs tend to just make everything sound bigger.  Tracking to literal tape, provided everything done pre-tape, meaning the performances, mic placements, and preamp levels, are all executed flawlessly, can make a very warm mix.  But it’s also real tape; it’s […]

07 Mar 2017

Master Background Vocals – Bil Vorndick. Master Vocal Production

Let’s get back in the studio today with master vocal producer Bil Vorndick. In this video we watch his technique for pro-level background vocals with some of Nashville’s hottest vocalists.

07 Mar 2017

The Production Challenge

Back in the day, I was reading a book where they mentioned something about recording challenges. It was always interesting, and I always wanted to give it a shot. Basically, you give yourself a time limit (this competition was 24 hours), and a number of songs that you will write/record. For example, 5 songs in 10 hours, or 3 songs in 8 hours. Then guess what? You do it. No interruptions, no stopping, maybe 15 minutes for a lunch break. […]

05 Mar 2017

My Drums Don’t Fit – What Do I Do Now?

My drums don’t fit – what do I do now? Don’t panic. This is one of the most frequent worries any producer has at some point during the session. Maybe it’s the timbre, maybe it’s the part. A lot of times, it’s hard to tell exactly what is causing your second guessing. But after you figure out what it is, you’ll be able to fix it in no time. Use these steps to figure out what the problem is: [wc_box […]

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 […]