Jack White, Minimalism, And Songwriting As Work

| Interview, Songwriting Month

Today I want you to listen to acclaimed ¬†songwriter and artist Jack White (of the White Stripes) share his insights on what it means to be an artist and the process of creating music in this interview with Conan O’Brien.¬†His perspective on the process is fascinating and (if you let it) will motivate you to… Read more »

Selling 250,000 Albums Made In His Home Studio

| Interview, Mixing, Tips

The future for many artists is self released, self produced, self promoted, self made albums. But going indie doesn’t mean creating a mediocre home recording and selling only a few hundred copies. Take the band Porcupine Tree for example. These guys record and mix all of their albums in the lead singer’s parents basement and… Read more »

Even Frank Sinatra Recorded In Awkward Places

| Interview, Tips

I think many home studio owners get caught up in the fact that they have to record and mix in a non ideal space. They believe that it is a huge limitation, whether they admit it or not. I can understand the thinking. When compared to a million dollar commercial facility your spare bedroom isn’t… Read more »

Grow Up And Stop Using Cracked Plugins

| Interview, Plugins, Rant

If you will permit me, I’d like to get on a soapbox for a moment and say something very important. To all of you home and project studio owners out there using cracked plugins (aka stolen plugins), grow up and stop destroying your own industry! This post might sound harsh, but it’s time to put… Read more »

The Cycle Of Self Doubt In Mixing

| Interview, Mixing, Tips

It’s inevitable: if you care about making great music in your studio, you will have moments of self doubt. One moment you’ll feel like you’re creating award winning tracks, the next moment you want to delete it all. It can almost be a Jekyll and Hyde experience of extremes, like you have two very different… Read more »

The Case For Starting Your Mix With Drums

| Interview, Mixing, Tips

One of the most challenging aspects of mixing is knowing how to start. Do you begin with the vocal? Do you begin with guitars or drums? What about starting your mix with all of the faders up? The beautiful news is: there is no one right way to start a mix. Find what works for… Read more »