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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, […]

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 […]