Today, more and more self-recording musicians and studios are catching on to the value of using an independent mastering engineer to master their finished mixes.  At a minimum, an independent mastering engineer provides an additional, objective set of “ears” in a recording project’s lifecycle.  But there’s much more to it than that.  Another major reason.. read more →

I often recommend that people use a “45-degree angle” on the neck microphone as a starting point for recording acoustic guitar.  Just describing it in words can be a little confusing, so I put together this quick video to illustrate what I mean. I also explain why the 45-degree angle is a good place to.. read more →

05 Apr 2018
April 5, 2018

Re-learning The Art of Listening

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When I was a kid, listening to music was a ritual. Whenever I got the chance, I would take a vinyl record out of its sleeve (yeah, I know, I’m showing my age!), place it on the turntable, and listen to it from start to finish, usually with my eyes closed, and often with a.. read more →

23 Feb 2018
February 23, 2018

UPDATED: Cakewalk Lives!!!


UPDATE, 2018-02-23: Cakewalk SONAR has been rescued from Gibson, and will continue to live on! See the article here. On November 17th, 2017, musical instrument conglomerate Gibson shocked the music-making community by announcing the total shutdown of one of their recently-acquired divisions: Cakewalk Software. Cakewalk, makers of the SONAR recording program and many other extremely.. read more →

14 Nov 2017
November 14, 2017

Who’s On First?

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Nancy and I have just returned from the annual TAXI Road Rally music convention in L.A. (our FOURTEENTH Road Rally in a row – can you tell we like them??? 🙂 ). At each year’s Rally, we do a ton of mentoring and teaching.  For example, at this year’s Rally, I did 1-to-1 mentoring with.. read more →

Old Wood Grain Silo, Oconto County, WI.  Photo credit: Oconto County Genealogy website archives.

The Summer NAMM trade show and convention just ended here in Nashville this past weekend.  If you’re not familiar with NAMM, on the whole, it’s a big gathering of music gear manufacturers showing off their latest goodies to dealers and potential consumers.  But more important, it’s a chance for people to get together — in person.. read more →

In my job as a producer, recording/mixing/mastering engineer and “teacher of all things music production,” I get to hear a lot of recordings made by other people.  Many of them are recordings made for commercial use, as either artist/band releases, or for film and TV cues. Problem is, many of them aren’t anywhere near ready.. read more →

14 Jun 2017
June 14, 2017

Goodbye, Glass Ceiling…?

Broken Glass Ceiling

There has been a lot of talk in our society lately about gender equality and the roles of women and men. As a music producer and engineer, is has been a fascinating experience watching those roles evolve in my industry over the past 35 years. Way Back When When I first started out, there were almost.. read more →

19 Apr 2017
April 19, 2017

The Producer Mindset


“Hello, what do you do…?” One of the things I find interesting about what I call “self-recording musicians” is how they do (and don’t) introduce themselves and talk about what they do.  Most refer to themselves as some combination of songwriter, composer, musician, performer, or artist. Some of them might refer to themselves as a.. read more →

(Click on any image above to see full size photos.) Update (8/18/17): The Epiphone Genesis has been SOLD! *** NOTE: this guitar has a couple of minor dings and needs some minor maintenance to get it fully back up to snuff, so if you’re okay with that, read on… For those who are into this sort of thing, this.. read more →