Acoustic Treatment Is The Least Sexy Thing But It's Important

in the studio Mar 27, 2018

I must get three e-mails per month from people who are frustrated because their mixes do not translate outside of their studio. The e-mails goes something like this…

“Hi David – I have a question. I have been mixing for about a year and I am having a terrible time getting my mixes to sound good on a variety of different sources (ie. car, i-pod, hi-fi system etc.) I work on a mix for days and get it to sound perfect in my studio and as soon as I bring it to another sound source the entire mix falls apart. What am I doing wrong here?”

When I receive an e-mail like this the very first thing I ask is:

“What type of acoustic treatment do you have in your mixing space”?

Most time the response is either “none” or “I have a few panels of foam on the front wall behind my speakers”. Here is where the issue lies.

We are all so caught up on the latest vintage / analog plugins, outboard gear, the latest DAW, etc.,  that we forget...

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6 Things Improve Your Mixes That Wont Cost You a Dime PT 2

mixing Mar 20, 2018

Ok, let's pick up from last week's blog post.....Here is PT 2

4. Mix at a low volume. Actually, as low as you can possibly stand….LOL. This is something that took me a while to wrap my head around and was very challenging for me to stick too. Our instinct is to turn things up, make the room rock! Everything sounds good a louder volume levels right? You want the drums to sound BIG, turn them up! LOL. Well the real secrete is to make those drums sound BIG at a low listening level. If you can do that, then regardless of the volume that the listener listens to your mixing masterpiece, it will always sound BIG and FULL and it WILL ROCK! Not to mention mixing at low volumes will save your ears and allow you to mix for longer periods of time. Now this does not mean don’t ever do a quick 10 second check of your mix at a louder volume. You need to do that as well. Break the pattern of what your ears are hearing so they “reset” themselves, but do most of your mixing...

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6 Things To Improve Your Mixes & It Won't Cost You a Dime PT 1

mixing Mar 13, 2018

After my last post, I thought I could take it one step further and give you a few tips that will instantly improve your mixes and the greatest part is that it does not cost a penny! Yes, totally FREE with no gear, plugins or anything else to purchase! These are concepts that have worked for many mix engineers for decades and when I started to use these techniques several years ago, I started to see major improvements to my final mixes. So here we go……

 1. Pick the section of the song that has the most impact to mix first. Maybe that’s the final chorus or maybe it’s the bridge section. You want to find a section where all the instruments are playing and it has the most going on. The concept is to make this particular section, the climax of the song sound as BIG as possible. This is where you want the most punch / payoff. If you mix this section first and make the track “slammin” then everything else will fall nicely underneath. What you...

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Gear - What Do I "NEED" vs What Would I "LIKE"

studio business Mar 09, 2018

Ok, last post I started to lay the foundation for you to start thinking about getting started with your own recording studio business. Hopefully, you started to create your business plans. Have You? Why not? This is important and cannot be overlooked. So stop reading this right now and finish your homework!! As I said in the last post, it does not need to be anything fancy or complex. A simple list of start up and monthly costs will do for now. Refer to the last post for all the details.

For those of you who have done your assignment and are ready to move on….. This time I want to focus on the gear and what you “NEED” to have vs what you “WOULD LIKE” to have. Now keep in mind that this blog focuses on mainly the beginner audio engineer / mixer engineer. We realize that that is the majority of my audience even though I know that there are more experienced guys/gals reading this. So with that in mind, let me first say something that...

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So You Want to Own Your Own Recording Studio?

studio business Mar 09, 2018

Hello Everyone! Welcome to My Blog! 

I get asked all the time by musicians & aspiring audio engineers that have dabbled in doing some of their own recordings, how do I break into the recording studio business? What are the first steps to making money and how do I go about getting clients? Well, those questions are not that straight forward to answer and I could spend hours explaining it. There are so many things to consider and think about before you ever take on your first client.

I thought the best way to help people with this would be to break this down into several different topics and every week or two add a new post to give you some new information to absorb and think about. This way you can start constructing a plan and begin your journey to becoming an owner of a professional recording studio……if that is something you really want to do! I know everything below may seem obvious but I can tell you that I have seen several recording studios in my area...

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