We mentioned yesterday about learning from the greats. Well, get ready to add another (long) video to your watch list! This is a Pensado’s Place episode featuring none other than legendary engineer Tony Maserati. This video is not only very informative, but it’s also very inspiring and gives a lot of ideas for mixing masterpieces! My favorite part of this video is about 7 minutes in, where the topic of using the sidechain of plug-ins comes up. This is extremely […]
Day 8 in Multi-Platinum’s 100 Days of Waves! We’re counting down our top 100 Waves plug-ins, and showing you how we use them in our projects and daily work. Today we are looking at MV2, the little brother to MaxxVolume. It’s a quick and powerful way to keep the spotlight on what really matters in your mix. We want to hear what you think about them – tell us your thoughts and share it for your audio friends!
Ever wonder how they make Taylor Swift tracks sound so good? Want to know the secrets to creating stellar pop country tracks – all in the box? Are you sick of lifeless tracks for your pop country productions? Have you tried to create steel guitar parts with no success? Are you wondering how to create such a great recording in the box? Have you tried referencing your mix to those of the stars, only to be disappointed in the end? […]
If you’re into electronic music, you are probably into creating cool sounds with synthesizers and virtual instruments. Last week, I was working on writing an EDM track with a friend. We come from different musical backgrounds, so it was cool collaboration. But the biggest thing I learned in the process dealt with designing sounds. My entire process got a shot in the arm after that session – here’s why. I usually take the “200 track pop production” approach. That means […]
So you might have gotten some pretty cool toys to play with. Maybe some new samples, a new guitar, or a new microphone. For the next few days, you might be making some amazing music. Everything sounds fresh and new. Whatever you record turns to gold. But a week later, maybe a month later, maybe even a year later – if you’re lucky – things start to sound old again. You fall into a rut and start making mediocre music […]
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 simple rule. And since your time is precious, you definitely need to make the most of it and use this rule constantly. The platinum rule […]
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 me wrong, if you’ve got it – that’s great! But if you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated by the price tags on the so-called […]
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 is and how to use it: Dynamics. And we’re not even talking about the technical side of things (dynamic range, limiting, compression.) Nope – we’re […]
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 every hour that the market is open. See if you can predict exactly what is going to happen next. If you can, you may want […]
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 making this video for us all to enjoy!