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What’s The Top DAW? It’s Not An Easy Answer

FL Studio DAW

We live in a golden age of audio software. Just about any digital audio workstation that you buy is easy to use and has more power than almost any analog studio, and the plugins available are nothing short of spectacular. The only problem is that there are so many DAW packages available that it’s difficult […]

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Geoff Emerick On Recording The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper

Geoff Emerick

Geoff Emerick is one of the 5 engineers to work with The Beatles and is probably the one most identified with the group. Other than his great book (Here There And Everywhere: My Life Recording The Beatles), you don’t hear him speaking very much about the experience. He goes into great detail in this recent interview for […]

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Is Getting A Good Mix Using Headphones Possible?

Mixing on headphones

Many producers using home or small studios are forced to use headphones late at night so they don’t disturb the family or the neighbors. That’s obviously not a method that many would recommend for a great mix, but it’s possible to attain something reasonable using headphones if you’re aware of the pros and cons involved, which […]

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Spotify Drops It’s Loudness Target So No Need For Loud Mixes Anymore

Spotify Loudness Target

Artists, producers and record labels have been obsessed over final mix volume levels for over 30 years now, as mix levels are raised to ridiculous levels where even distortion no longer matters. The problem is that we’ve known for a long time now that severely compressed low dynamic range mix levels are counterproductive and can even hurt it […]

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3 Techniques For Recording Bass Guitar

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Just like the acoustic bass (and just about all instruments), a great bass sound is dependent upon the instrument itself, the player, the amp, and the room. The player has to be able to achieve the tone you’re trying to record with his fingers first and foremost. This excerpt from the 4th edition of my […]

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How To Troubleshoot A Song

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You may have been here before. You’re producing a band but the song just isn’t coming together. If you’re experienced you probably know exactly what to do, but even after a couple of steps you might hit a dead end. This excerpt from my Music Producer’s Handbook provides 10 questions to ask in order to troubleshoot a […]

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A New Guide On Where To Find Acoustic Panel Materials

Rockwool

I posted this few years ago on my other blog, but the question keeps popping up so here’s an updated version. Where do you find acoustic panel materials (like Owens Corning 703) so you can build your own panels? At one time, most of the excellent acoustic materials weren’t found at your local Home Depot, but that’s changed a bit recently. […]

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Sylvia Massy’s Glowing Pickle Filter

Sylvia Massy Pickle Filter

Producer/engineer Sylvia Massy is fearless when it comes to trying things in the studio, especially if it involves guitars. Guitar players are usually willing subjects for experimentation since the search for the perfect sound continues seemingly forever, but how many players have ever considered a big fat dill pickle to use as a filter? Sylvia (who will […]

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Recording 50s Style

Recording 50s style

While we live in an period of unlimited DAW tracks, there’s still much fascination with the time where there were far fewer variables, and that means the mono world of the 50s. In that era and the one that immediately followed, mixing held little resemblance to today, since all the magic took place in the recording. Placement […]

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April 26, 2017

Access A Great Music Production Community With My Hit Makers Club

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Over the last few years I’ve received what seemed to be the same request from many of my mailing list members. “I would gladly register for your 101 Mixing Tricks program (or other programs) if only it were available for a monthly fee.” Let me tell you, I’ve heard those emails loud and clear. That’s why I’ve created […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Sound Devices New MixPre Series

Sound Devices MixPre Series

When it comes to portable recording, it’s hard to beat anything made by Sound Devices. The company has consistently made some of  the highest quality recording gear that’s become a standard on any television or movie set. Now the company looks more towards musicians, podcasts and YouTubers with a penitent for quality with its new […]

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How Our Short Attention Span Is Changing Song Structure

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Radio airplay has always influenced how songs were produced, chiefly the length, as for years it was felt that 3 minutes was the ideal length to keep the listener engaged. In fact, today songs are sped up routinely in order to have more plays per hour. Now a pair of new studies published in Musicae Scientiae, […]

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April 19, 2017

7 Steps To Keeping Your Voice Fresh And Healthy

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Eventually every singer has some voice trouble, and if you’re not careful, it can really lead to long term damage. That’s why it’s important for a singer to learn to be especially aware of the need to take care of him or herself. Here’s an excerpt from the band improvement book How To Make Your Band […]

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