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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 […]

17 Apr 2017

Understanding the Difference Between Genre and Style

Most of the time, we use the terms “genre” and “style” interchangeably. And most of the time, that’s not a problem. But when we’re trying to figure out what makes a pro mix or production, it can make a pretty big difference. As you start to understand the difference between genre and style, you’ll be able to better understand what makes up each and how to achieve them. More importantly, you’ll be able to develop your own style while working […]

16 Apr 2017

Recording Drills – Improve Your Skills With An Exercise a Day

A few folks have asked recently how they can rapidly improve their recording skills so that they can make better sounding tracks. I always use the same answer: practice, practice, and more practice. But it is sometimes unclear exactly how to practice this stuff. That’s why we’re starting this four-day challenge. Each day this week, we’ll be posting about a new exercise that you can do to greatly improve your skills. This is how you practice. Today’s exercise will focus […]

16 Apr 2017

Setting Up A Workflow for Your Productions

Setting up a workflow is key to being efficient in your home studio. A while back, Dean Palya Jr offered us some great tips on his blog about how to set up a great workflow. The benefits to creating a workflow you are comfortable with are numerous – ultimately, it will lead to creating cleaner, better productions. My favorite point dealt with mixing as you go – this is something that can really save time and allow you to create […]

16 Apr 2017

Get Better At Mixing In The Next 5 Minutes

[wc_heading type=”h1″ title=”Did you know that you’re about to improve your mixing skills?” text_align=”left”] One of the most important things in mixing, audio, and even life is the ability to reflect. We do it all the time, whether we know it or not. But if you do it right, you can actually improve your mixing abilities in just a few minutes. Here’s how you do it. Sit down and clear your mind (and ego). You’re an unbiased, purely objective listener […]

16 Apr 2017

Demo vs. Master – What’s the difference?

Demo vs. Master – what’s the difference? It’s a question that is actually more important than you might think. And with the line blurring even more every time something like Logic’s “Drummer Track” comes out, it’s become increasingly difficult to differentiate between the two. But if you can understand the differences and know when to use each mindset, you’ll be able to work faster, smarter, and ultimately end up with a better product. Here’s how. [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”][wc_heading type=”h1″ title=”What’s […]