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Benchmarks for Killer Vocal Mixing
How to record and process vocals so they sit perfectly in the mix, connected to the song, with no weird resonances or peaky overtones.
Hearing Through Someone Else's Ears.
Hearing through someone else's ears is one of the most powerful tools in our songwriting, mixing, and production toolkit. Here's how to hear everything differently, Instantly...
Mixing Isn't What You Think
Are you sure you know what the goal of mixing is? If not, how can you know when a mix is done, or how good it is? Here’s how…
Why I Sold All My Expensive Vintage Preamps
The Short Answer: Because I made a preamp that changed the way I think about recording.
EQ: Before or After Compression?
Each eq/comp relationship has a different purpose and a different effect, but the underlying principle is the same: interactivity.
Emotional Stacks of Sounds
How to create drama in your mixes through contrast and evolving change throughout the song.
Who influenced your Influences?
Often, innovators aren't innovators at all, but replicators. Expand your musical horizons by examining those who influenced your influences.
Advice from the Masters
Influential bits of wisdom from experts the world over.
Whose Map are you Following?
Ask for help when needed, seek council when appropriate, but always disregard any advice that doesn't jive with the map drawn in your head.
Patterns - Make, Break, Repeat
It may not be easy, but breaking habits *is* simple. Do it often, and your craft will improve immeasurably.
Timelessness takes Time
Whatever it is you need to do, get on with it now, and if you've already started, keep going until it's done.
Better arrangements in 5 simple steps (Part 3)
Arrangement: Do it right, and the listener can't help but become mesmerized.
Better arrangements in 5 simple steps (Part 2)
You don’t need to break new ground or blow any minds with your cleverness. Just get the job done.
Taking your Own Advice
I’ve always been a fan of minimal mic techniques on drums, and I still am, but the mics and their positions have changed pretty radically.
Better arrangements in 5 simple steps (Part 1)
Every part of a song has it's own beginning, middle, and end. It's your job to move your audience through it. How well are you doing it?
Make them feel Something
If you want to be adored, you have to be okay with being reviled. You can't have one without the other.
Stumbling your way to Extraordinary
You can be fairly clueless about something at the same time be exceptionally good at it, because the results are what matters.
There are no Rules...So make a few! (Part 2)
Play infinite games with yourself to expand your artistic processes, personal life, and even your mind.
There are no Rules...So Make a Few! (Part 1)
When it comes to art and life, whatever you think you need to do, do it... because there are no rules.
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