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19 Apr 2017

Better Productions Beyond the Honeymoon Phase

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 […]

19 Apr 2017

The Platinum Rule of Recording

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 […]

18 Apr 2017

What is Your Style?

This is a question that young mixers and producers don’t ask themselves enough. Sometimes for good reason, but sometimes just out of ignorance. There is a great time to ask the question “what is my style” and there is a not-so-great time as well. Make sure you’re asking the right question at the right time. Here’s how to do it: [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”] [wc_heading type=”h1″ title=”The Right Time.” text_align=”left”] [/wc_box] The right time to ask this question is when you’re […]

18 Apr 2017

The Real Problem With Digital Recording: Why Analog is *Better*

We all know that analog “sounds” better. That means different things to different people. We’re not here to argue about whether or not digital “sounds” good or bad – we’re here to talk about what the real problem with digital recording actually is. And it doesn’t have anything to do with how it sounds. The real problem with digital recording is the mindset that it fosters. You see, digital recording allows us to say “ah, that’s ok if you didn’t […]

18 Apr 2017

Virtual Consoles: Fan or Pan?

Many of the Multi-Platinum.com producers started their careers in the waning days of analog, or the birth of the digital revolution. A couple weeks ago, we were honored to have Graham Cochrane with therecordingrevolution.com hanging out in the studio, where a long discussion/debate of the virtues of console emulators came around. The consensus was that Steven Slate has once again found some pretty great programmers to create his VCC collection, and it’s being used on most things coming out of […]

18 Apr 2017

5 Realizations Every Home Studio Owner Needs to Make

I was recently chatting with a good friend of mine about his latest struggles in the studio. He moonlights as a songwriter and loves to record his own music. In fact, he’s been doing it for probably 15+ years. You might think he has released several – if not dozens – of records. With all that time he must spend doing what he loves, it would seem crazy to think that he’s never finished a project. But he hasn’t. So […]

18 Apr 2017

Want a free ebook about buying microphones?

Check this out! Sound On Sound has put together a nifty buying guide for microphones and is giving it away in free ebook form! Just follow the link to get your very own copy! http://www.soundonsound.com/smartguides/usdigitaleditions/mcbg.php “Microphones: Products & Practice is your essential guide to choosing, using and buying microphones. This authoritative publication gathers in one place all you need to know about every type of microphone for the stage and studio. In addition, it includes detailed technical specifications for hundreds […]

18 Apr 2017

Motivation and Creativity

I recently read an interview with the multi-talented writer, actor, comedian, and PC John Hodgman in which he offered a look into his daily routine – a common practice for interviews with highly effective people. What was the first thing he mentioned about his daily schedule? “10AM–2PM is set aside for writing. No meetings, phone calls, email, or other business may be conducted. This not only clears the decks for creative work during the day, it also makes me feel […]

17 Apr 2017

Why You Need Honest Friends As An Audio Engineer

Good friends are important in life. But good friends are essential as an audio engineer. There’s no substitute for the types of things that real, honest friends can give you as an audio engineer. We’re going to outline some of the key reasons why you need these people, how to find them, and how to help them out and be an honest friend to them as well. And believe it or not, your productions will get better as a result. […]

17 Apr 2017

Tracking Techniques – Choosing the Right Method

There’s a reason Jack White’s music is tracked live and rarely tuned. There’s also a reason why Katy Perry overdubs her vocals and has them tuned and pocketed to perfection. And believe it or not, it doesn’t have to do with talent. In fact, one could objectively argue that Jack is just as talented at being Jack White as Katy is at being Katy Perry. So what’s the difference? And why the extremely different approaches? It’s all in the tracking […]