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11 Mar 2017

How To Succeed As A Freelance Audio Engineer – Pro Sound Web

Whether you’re at the beginning of your audio career, or a seasoned pro looking to remind yourself of the key elements, this is a fantastic article that clearly summarizes the path of current and future audio engineers. All props. http://www.prosoundweb.com/article/in_the_studio_how_to_succeed_as_a_freelance_audio_engineer/recording/P1/

10 Mar 2017

Should You Learn a New DAW?

I get asked this question a lot: “Should I get Pro Tools?” My response is usually something along the lines of “what are you using right now?” If they answer with any of the other pro DAWs on the market, I usually ask why they want to make the switch. And almost every time, it’s not for a good reason. Let’s look at the only reason you would need to learn a new DAW. The only time you need to […]

09 Mar 2017

Do You Know How Much You’ve Improved?

Have you ever thought about how much you’ve improved over some period of time? Maybe how much better your mixes have gotten over the last year? Or maybe how much better a track sounds after a few rounds of mixes? If you haven’t, you should start. Why? Because if you know what you’ve improved on, you’ll know what has worked and what hasn’t. You’ll also be able to better identify whatever still needs work. Use this test when comparing two […]

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

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. […]