If you know me, you know I’m an advocate of saving your money and not buying pointless gear. But in some cases I’ve been a little on the cheap side. Some things are simple studio basics that we all need. Back in my college days I was making enough money to buy what I needed, but I kept the cash for myself and did stupid stuff like what I explain below. Enjoy.
Newsflash: I do dumb stuff in the studio and have made a ton of mistakes over the years. Today I have another classic mixing fail for you. When I was first introduced to the concept of using a reference track in the mixing process, I thought it was great because virtually every time I referenced a track, my mix sounded better than the pro mix. At least it did in my home studio…
On Monday I released a brand new EP and along with it a little documentary showing you behind the scenes process for this project. If you missed the first part of the documentary, check it out here. Today I have the final half for you. This inside look into my recording and mixing process will hopefully encourage you to go make some music of your own, or to finish that latest project.
And of course, if you’d like to check out my new songs go here and download the EP. Name your price and get to listening!
Well people, it’s official: today I’m launching a brand new solo EP! As promised, what started as a challenge in January has turned into 5 brand new songs, a documentary and yes, even a music video. The EP is called The Tree and I’m super pumped to share it with you today.
Feel free to pick up a digital copy of it here (name your price) and if you really want to support me, pick up the Deluxe Edition which features the original demos for each song, the full HD download of the documentary and music video, and 5 bonus videos with explanations of the lyrics.
The Evolution Of A Song
Today I’m sharing Part 1 of the documentary “The Evolution Of A Song” with Part 2 to follow later this week. Hopefully it’ll give you a good idea of how I go about creating music in my home studio, and maybe even inspire you to go make some music yourself! Thanks for watching!
The Music Video
And just because I’ve never done one, I decided to put together a little music video for one of the songs. An EP, a documentary, a music video…why not, right?! Huge thanks to my super talented friends Logan Leopold (drums) and Brian Keogh (guitar) for their help on this song. Hope you enjoy and feel free to share!
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You’re song isn’t ready to be released until it passes the radio mix test. No matter how good it sounds sonically, no matter how much you’ve referenced it to other mixes, no matter how many revisions and tweaks you’ve made, unless it you’ve walked through this process systematically, your mix hasn’t met it’s full potential.
The problem with our ears is that they adapt; they get used to whatever they are hearing. One solution to “wake” them up is to periodically flip back and forth between two very different mix volumes. You want a standard volume (which ideally is relatively low) and then a super low volume. If you have a dim switch on your interface, you’re set. If not, watch this video.
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!
Did you know that mixing can be summed up in just one word? It’s true. Mixing isn’t about plugins, converters, or studio monitors. It isn’t about acoustically treated rooms or golden ears. All of those things play a part (potentially) in getting a good mix, but to focus on them when mixing is to miss the entire point. Let’s kick off Mixing Month with this critical video…
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.