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The 4 Elements That Separate a Good Mix From a Great Mix

The first thing to understand about music is that it’s completely subjective. You might make music for yourself, you might make music for an audience, but the audience will always form their own opinions about your labor of love. The same is true for me: some people love my work, some people hate my work. […]Read More »

Cut The Crap: What is a Filter & Why is it Your Most Important Mix Tool?

Cut The Crap: What is a Filter & Why is it Your Most Important Mix Tool? Welcome to the wonderful world of music mixing!  Your assignment today is to make everything sound great: huge drums, pounding bass, roaring guitars, thunderous synths, and captivating vocals.  Sound easy?  It’s not.  You’ll know it’s not that easy when […]Read More »

Learn Why Drums Sound So Much Better Recorded to Tape

Yum! Drums On Tape Taste So Much Better And Why Committing To Choices Yields Better Recordings  Recording to analog tape is in my top drawer of favorite subjects.  Combine my love of drums as both a player and an engineer; compounded with recording and mixing in the analog domain…well, I might burst!  Or possibly bust […]Read More »

Learn The Key Differences Between Analog Tape Speeds

What Speed Do I Need? Examining The Differences Between Recording Tape Speeds ALL ROADS LEAD TO VINYL So I’m told there has been a renewed interest in vinyl records and analog recording lately. It seems that some auspicious music publications are even dedicating entire issues to the subject!  According to Forbes (or was it the […]Read More »

How to Maximize Analog Tape’s Limitations & Embrace Music’s Humanity

How to Maximize Tape’s Limitations & Embrace Music’s Humanity And Why Over-Editing in the Digital Realm Dehumanizes Art When most people think about analog tape, they often romanticize about its rich tonal properties. For me, it’s all about embracing the humanness of music. The primary reason I record to tape is that it disarms you of the tools required […]Read More »

How To Seamlessly Incorporate Synths & MIDI in Your Next Project

How To Seamlessly Incorporate Synths & MIDI in Your Next Project When some musicians hear the words “synthesizers” and “MIDI,” images of dayglow t-shirts and frizzed out ’80s hairdos flash before their eyes. Most artist who do not regularly use these tools in their music have this antiquated idea of what synthesizers and MIDI are capable […]Read More »

Avoid These Six Mistakes When Recording Your Next Album

Not getting press? Shocker – maybe it’s because your band’s last album sounds like absolute ass. Sorry to be so blunt, but just because you CAN record on your laptop doesn’t mean you’re qualified to do so. After listening to literally thousands of first-time LPs and EPs from various bands throughout the years, I want […]Read More »

How to Fix Common Mistakes in the Studio (part 2 of 2)

“Don’t worry, we’ll fix it in the mix.” We know it’s a cliché but often it’s true. The power of recording in a controlled environment with the right tools and the right engineer is that many common flubs or mistakes can be fixed. So let’s take a look at what can be corrected and what […]Read More »

How to Fix Common Mistakes in the Recording Studio

“Don’t worry, we’ll fix it in the mix.” We know it’s a cliché but often it’s true. The power of recording in a controlled environment with the right tools and the right engineer is that many common flubs or mistakes can be fixed. So let’s take a look at what can be corrected and what […]Read More »

The Key to Recording Killer Drums & Percussion (part 2)

Capturing drums can be one of the most challenging aspects of the recording process. For one thing, there are so many pieces in the average kit that need to be mic’d.  And they take up so much room.  And they are so loud.  And they have to be performed perfectly. And they are hard to […]Read More »

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