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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 […]

13 Apr 2017

Don’t Forget To Do This Every Day

There’s an epidemic among us. And by us, I mean musicians, engineers, and producers. We completely forget to do this simple task every day. And the more days we don’t do this, the worse we get as musicians, engineers, and producers. We need to listen to music every day. But we need to listen for enjoyment. Here’s three reasons why: 1. If we never listen for enjoyment, we can’t get inspired. If we are only listening to the sound of […]

13 Apr 2017

A New Approach to An Old Trick: Rethinking Your Techniques

Let’s face it – just about every trick in the book has been tried and tested when it comes to production. You can send just the kick and snare, just the room and overhead mics, you can bus them out separately – the combinations are almost endless. Just like with all things in any artistic venture – nothing is completely new. Sorry to burst your bubble on that. You’re not going to invent something completely new and groundbreaking all by […]

12 Apr 2017

Greg Calbi – Philosphy of Mastering

One of the most fascinating things for me is getting inside the great minds that produce, mix, and master music. Greg Calbi is one of those minds. Fortunately, this video gets to the core of some of his philosophies about mastering, as well as some of the techniques he uses when he does it. Check out this video and see what you can learn from it. One of the most interesting points he makes is that you cannot ever be […]

12 Apr 2017

The Challenge – Make Better Decisions In The Studio By Asking Yourself This Simple Question

The truth is, we all want to make better decisions in the studio. We want our productions to shine like the pros. But we tend to get caught up a lot of times – by the time we listen to our song for the final time, we hate what we’re hearing. Why is that? Here’s a theory – (almost) everyone loves peanut butter. (Almost) everyone loves pizza. Therefore, I’m going to open up my very own restaurant and call it […]

11 Apr 2017

Fluffy, Boomy, and Basketball-y Mixes

Maybe your mix sounds airy. Maybe it’s just a bit puffy. Maybe it’s basketball-y. You’ve probably figured out by now that just about any word can be used to describe a mix in some way. Some make more sense than others, but you get the picture. Do you use these terms when you’re working on your mixes? Unless you’ve made a habit of talking to yourself, probably not. But if you want to improve your ears and your mixes consequently, […]