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.
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.
Welcome to Recording Month! All of last month we talked about nothing but songwriting, and hopefully it was helpful for you. Starting today (and for the next 4 weeks or so) I’ll be covering recording specific tips, tricks, and mindsets to help you capture the best sounds possible in your studio. And the best place to start when it comes to getting a great recording is with your microphones. Here are four ways to get more out of your current lineup of mics that will really help.
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!
The foundation of a great recording is a great guide track. What’s a guide track you might ask? Simply it’s whatever you setup in your DAW to help your actual recording sessions go smoother, faster, and more efficiently. In a jet-lagged stupor I show you in today’s video what three key elements are in every one of my guide tracks and how you can copy my workflow.
I’ve got some bad news for you. Not every song you write will be good. In fact, you probably will have to write some crappy songs just to even get to the good ones. It’s a sad truth about songwriting that all of us must embrace at some point or another. The sooner you can come to grips with the fact that not every song is good, the sooner you can have the guts to cut your losses and throw away the bad ones; even if you spent a day of your life writing like I just did.
So you want to actually release a new album or EP this year? Fantastic. Do you have a deadline in place? Smart move. But there’s one final piece of the puzzle; a “not so” secret to actually finishing your project on time. And truth is, I know most of you aren’t doing this. Skip this video at your own peril!