Steve Albini’s 4 page letter to Nirvana

Steve Albini's 4 page letter to Nirvana

I’ve met Steve Albini. Even drove him to the airport and had a nice long chat one time, along with producing a video of a great lecture he gave at MTSU. While I think a lot of us can agree with his philosophy about producing a “Band”, oftentimes we as producers/engineers are working with “Artists”…

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Creating Your Very Own Click Track

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Last week, we talked about the importance of the click track. But what is equally as important as having a click? Having the right click. That’s right – there is certainly a way to have the wrong click. Having the wrong sound, coming in on the wrong subdivisions, or even just being unclear as to…

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Get Better Snares with This Technique

Get Better Snares with This Technique

You’ve probably heard of layering your snares in order to get a bigger, better sound. But you might still be fuzzy on exactly what you should be looking for when putting together different snare layers in order to get one great sounding snare. Until now. Here’s a good way to think about it for those…

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Multi-Platinum at Sweetwater GearFest 2013

Multi-Platinum at Sweetwater GearFest 2013

Some of you recognize the enthusiastic gentleman on the right from Multi-Platinum’s very own (shameless plug alert!) Project Studio Mastering. Literally the first audio instruction I ever encountered were articles from Mitch Gallagher on Keyboardmagonline.com. He was the inspiration for producing all these videos, so many years later. A few of you know I started…

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The Importance of a Portfolio

The Importance of a Portfolio

As you have probably realized, a portfolio is a pretty important thing to have when it comes to getting gigs recording, engineering, producing, or performing with people. But why? Let’s think through a simple scenario to see why it’s so important to have a good portfolio: Imagine you’re buying your first brand new car. You’ve…

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Presets: The Fast Food of the Plug-in World

Presets- The Fast Food of the Plug-in World

Sometimes you just don’t have time to sit down to a nice meal. That’s why Ray Kroc invented the fast food model. Sometimes you just don’t have time to move all the knobs and change all the numbers when you’re mixing. That’s why we’ve got plug-in presets. But the similarities between fast food and presets…

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Salt = Reverb

Salt = Reverb

Little known fact, but salt makes most foods taste better. (Gasp) Thomas Edison would watch the way in which a prospective employee would eat, and if he put salt on his food without tasting it first, he knew that the man had no intuition. He wouldn’t hire him. Salt is one of those things that,…

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Who is Your Musical Crush?

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…

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

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…

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How Long Should I Spend On My Mix?

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…

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