Category : Career

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 […]

15 Apr 2017

The Quick Mix

How long does it take you to finish a mix? A better question might be “how long should it take you to finish a mix?” There’s no answer that will work on every single project. Some might take longer than others – but there is an answer that can help guide you. It should be quick. At least initially. I know what you’re thinking – “why would I rush a mix and do it quickly?” There’s a few reasons why […]

15 Apr 2017

Did you hear? Engineer salaries and demand have gone UP!

Despite the gloom and doom often preached over our industry, this article presents some real numbers about the state of employment, growth, and salaries over the last 10-12 years for audio engineers of various types. What about you? Are you seeing significant changes in your ability make a great living producing music? http://www.sonicscoop.com/2012/05/10/industry-intel-recording-engineer-salaries-by-industry-and-region/   Industry Intel: Recording Engineer Salaries (By Industry and Region) May 10, 2012┬áby┬áJustin Colletti Despite stories of big studio closures and contracting CD sales over the last […]

15 Apr 2017

Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted (And You Didn’t)

I’m no Hans Zimmer, but I definitely understand his workflow, quoted below. Somehow I also wasn’t aware of these Hollywood whisperings about him not being a real musician. Seriously? Zimmer? I’ve known some people to get pretty far in a career with minimal skills…but If he was a non-musician who got to the level of feature films he’s known for, frankly, that’s almost more impressive. But no, it’s a great article that shows you the workflow of a *master* producer/composer. […]

14 Apr 2017

You’re Not A Scientist – You’re A Musician

This past week, I was having a conversation with a good audio engineering friend of mine. We were chatting about compressors, tape, and the newest plugins. All was well and nerdy until he made a comment that I just had to disagree with. He said, “we’re all just scientists anyways, right?” I think not. That kind of thinking can severely limit your creativity and overall output. Even as audio engineers, we are still working with music, which makes us in […]

14 Apr 2017

3 Things You Should Be Doing *Besides* Hitting Record

If you like recording music, then chances are you have a home studio. And if you have a home studio, then you probably like to go in with a great song and start a session, hit record, and stack your tracks with awesome parts. But there’s a few things you’re probably not doing that you should be. That’s right, it can’t all be recording! Trust us, if you do these simple things first, you’ll have even more time and energy […]