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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 […]

14 Apr 2017

A Lesson In Collaboration

You never know when something will inspire you. And you certainly never know when something will inspire someone else. That’s what happened to artist/producer Kimbra with her latest single, 90s Music. According to this interview about the making of her new record, it started out as a “joke song.” So how did it start off as a joke and become her lead single for her newest album? She collaborated with the right people. And that’s how you can improve your […]

14 Apr 2017

Sampling Music – Can I Do It And Not Get Caught?

If you’ve ever made a hip-hop beat, chances are you’re going to want to sample. Not only has it become an iconic sound of the genre, it’s a great way to infuse some soul into your tracks. But is it actually legal to do it? The truth is that if you’re not paying for it, it isn’t legal. But don’t worry, the sampling police won’t come to your door and take you away. I mean, it happened to Biz Markie, […]

14 Apr 2017

Never Underestimate A Good Break When Recording

You’ve been going hard since 10am on this new track. It’s 6:30pm and you’ve only taken a single break to grab a quick bite. Your eyes and ears are getting tired, but you’ve only got a little bit to go before the track is finished – and you can’t wait to pop it on your iPod and jam out in your car. This can be one of the toughest times to take 5, but you’d be amazed at what a […]

13 Apr 2017

Don’t Worry – Be Happy! :)

Happiness – isn’t that what we all want? I know that’s why I spend my time recording music whenever I can. It’s certainly not to stress myself out! But sometimes we get so attached to our work that it’s exactly what seems to happen – whether it’s the snare that’s just not quite right yet, or the vocal that you’ve cut four times and it never seems to feel good to you – it can actually stress us out! And […]

13 Apr 2017

Every Home Studio Owner Needs One of These

It doesn’t matter if your home studio is a simple interface and laptop or a full blown project studio setup. If you don’t do this, you’re missing out. You don’t need any specific piece of gear or even skill level to achieve this. And once you do, you’ll start being more and more productive in your home studio. You need a deadline. Here’s how to set one up and make sure it works: [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”] [wc_heading type=”h1″ title=”1. Decide […]