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11 Apr 2017

Mixing with Mastering in Mind: Tone

Rob Schlette writes a great series of articles on how to mix, while considering how mastering will effect your tone. I love the folks over at http://theproaudiofiles.com/. In addition to some great articles, their app Quiztones can really help train your ears as a musician/producer, who is learning to think in frequency, rather than just pitch. By discussing useful concepts on mix arrangement, it will help you rethink how you approach 1) Lead or Focal Elements, 2) Rhythmic Elements and 3) […]

11 Apr 2017

The Vibe – How You Can Better Your Productions With These Easy Steps

Vibe. It can’t really be explained. It’s…a solid? No – a liquid. Or…an emotion? It’s probably not any of those things. If I had to define it, I would call it a connection. That’s what it really is. A connection to the music, the musicians, and the studio. No one understands how to craft the perfect vibe better than Robert Glasper. Check out this interview – especially when he talks about how his Grammy Award Winning album “Black Radio” came […]

10 Apr 2017

Interpreting Feedback from Your Clients: The Secret to Happy Customers

You’ve probably heard the saying – “the customer is always right.” But as engineers, sometimes we’re “right.” Actually, most times we’re “right.” Contrary to what some artists think, there’s no such thing as the “umph” knob on the kick drum channel. But it’s our job as the engineer to make them think there is. If you deal with feedback this way, you’ll be your client’s superhero. Here’s the process: You’re going to get a request that sounds outlandish at first. Maybe it’s […]

10 Apr 2017

Can You Finish Your Project?

I’ve known several people that have been recording music for years. Some for 25 years. You would think they’ve got stacks and stacks of CDs they’ve finished, right? Wrong. They’re working on their first CD. This is actually more common than you might think – you may even be in the same boat. But if you can do this, you’ll be able to actually finish your project and get started on the next, better project. Here it is – are […]

10 Apr 2017

The Power of Feedback

A while back, we talked about how to eliminate the unwanted kind of feedback. But we’re talking about a different kind of feedback today. This kind of feedback will make you a better producer, engineer, or mixer – and fast! The secret is getting good, reliable, and regular feedback on your work. Let’s talk about your local supermarket. As you walk around, you’ll notice hundreds if not thousands of items – just about all of which are major improvements from […]

09 Apr 2017

Getting Musical Writer’s Block? Try This!

I know how frustrating it can be to be stuck. You can spend hours trying to work through it with no results. I’ve heard people say that it’s just a part of making art. “You can’t always be creative.” That would be true if you believe in some kind of a spirit that floats around from artist to artist giving them insight and inspiration. But I don’t follow that thinking. I believe that getting writer’s block is due to a […]

09 Apr 2017

An Interview with Mick Guzauski

It’s hard to find someone with a longer and more impressive credit list than Mick Guzauski. He is mixing some of today’s biggest hits and is shaping the sound of the modern mix with credits like Pharrell, Alicia Keys, and Daft Punk. We were lucky enough to chat with him a bit after his presentation at Sweetwater’s Gearfest 2014 this weekend. (Check out some other great interviews over here.) Mick gives us an inside look at his workflow and current […]

08 Apr 2017

Ever wonder what the pro’s workflow looks like inside a DAW?

As engineers, producers, and musicians, we each have our own best way of getting the job done inside a DAW. Sometimes it’s just a slight difference – but sometimes it can be quite a different approach. But what you may not have known about (or may just want a refresher on) is that there is actually a set of guidelines that most of the top engineers and producers use when working with DAWs. The Producers & Engineers Wing of the […]

08 Apr 2017

The Key to a Smooth Session – Better Tracks Guaranteed

Think back to your last session. How did it go? There are two probable answers to that question. One is that it went perfectly – without a hitch. The other, and sadly the more common, is that it was kind of a disaster. Things just didn’t happen as they were supposed to. Don’t worry – even if the latter is your answer to this question, these tips will help you never have one of those days again! [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”] […]

08 Apr 2017

Want To Save Time When Sending Mixes To Clients?

I’m sure you’ve been here before – whether sending mixes off to clients or listening back to your own music back on different systems. “It sounded great in the studio, but the vocals are just way too hot in this mix!” Maybe your vocals are too hot, maybe too soft. Maybe your overall bass is just too much. Whatever the problem is, there’s an easy way to solve it – and still save time in the process. All you have […]