Have you ever tried to mix a song in 10 minutes? If not, you’re missing out. It’s funny how if you only have 10 minutes to mix a song, you become super big picture oriented and you think like a listener, not a mixer. This exercise will help you with your mixes immensely. Check it out!
Why wait for the mixing phase to enhance your drum sound? This classic technique is so easy, so fast, and can be done for less than $16, even for free in some cases. Some people overlook it, but not you. You’re going to be different. I have a good feeling about you. Check it out and enjoy!
Want a fuller recording that makes mixing a much easier process? One thing to keep in mind then is how much balance your tracks have. Specifically today I’m referring to the balance of both rhythmic and sustaining parts in a recording. This can be achieved in a million different ways, but here are just two examples that might spark your creativity.
Are you a pseudo bass player like me? Then today’s video tip will help a lot. Great bass guitar recordings have little to do with complexity and riffs and way more to do with intentionality. Take a listen to two ways I’ve played the bass lines to this song and discover the two secrets to getting a tighter and punchier bass guitar sound in your recordings.
Looking for that warm, punchy, and fat drum sound? Try this fat mic technique on your next recording. By simply adding an additional mic just over the center of the kick drum shell facing down to the floor, you can capture a more focused and rounder tone to the kit that can be EQ’d and compressed to taste for mixing back in with your other drum mics. Take a look at how I used the fat mic technique in a recent drum session.
The other day I asked the question, “Which comes first? Music or lyrics?” Personally, I’m a music first guy. Even more specifically I’m a vocal melody locked up tight first kind of guy. Today I thought it would helpful to give you a glimpse into my songwriting workflow in hopes that it will inspire and motivate you to go make some more music. Enjoy!
Today is Christmas day. And to celebrate, The Recording Revolution will be “closed” for a week as I take some much needed time off to rest and relax with my family. I hope you can do the same.
But I have something for you, a little free music. If you didn’t already download this last year (or the year before) please feel free to download a little Christmas EP we recorded a couple of years ago. The entire EP was recorded live, in a living room, on an 8 channel audio interface. Check out this video to see what our setup was like.
Looking for a great all around go-to studio microphone? Then put the Rode NT1a (or newly updated NT1) on your list. In the wake of last week’s article on affordable microphones vs expensive microphones I thought I would share one of my all time favorite affordable mics. For around $200 US, you really can’t go wrong with having one of these in your mic locker. Check out the review and sound sample at the end.
Have a great loop, but don’t know what to do with it? If you think like an arranger and producer you can actually create a rich and dynamic song built around a simple 4 or 8 bar loop. This summer I wrote and recorded an entire song around a simple guitar loop I created and I want to share some of my approach in hopes that it might spark your creativity.
So just this week my band released our most recent EP entitled Lower. It’s a simple 5 song album that was tracked, mixed, and mastered in my own project studio. I thought today I would not only share it with you, but highlight a few lessons (good and bad) that I learned from this specific project.
Less Is More
I would say the biggest lesson that was re-enforced on this project was that less is more in the recording phase. I think I did this well when it came to guitars. During the tracking process I kept stripping away guitar parts until we were left with the absolute foundational parts. This made the songs easier to mix and they sounded bigger in the long run. Go figure.
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