Category : Career

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

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

24 Feb 2017

An Exercise In Decision Making In the Studio

It’s time to turn your highly advanced DAW into an old school tape machine. Well, in functionality, at least. After you complete this exercise, you’ll be well on your way to making better decisions in the studio. The exercise? You’ve only got four audio tracks. Go. All you have to do is create an entire production using only four audio tracks. If you want this to actually pay off, however, you’ll need to have a lot more instruments than that. […]

25 May 2015

Hip Hop Mixing

Snoop Dogg, Tupac and Sublime all trust his production skills. Do you? Multi Platinum Hip Hop Mixing is 5 hours of Hands On mixing with Hip Hop master Dave Aron. How do you mix massive low end, punchy snares and tight rap vocals? Follow along with the included Pro Tools session as Dave Aron, the engineer behind Prince, Sublime, Death Row, and more, shows you the techniques, tips, and tricks that big-time mixers use to craft massive hits. Along the way […]