Mastering your homegrown tracks for film and TV use is a different process from mastering them for other purposes like publisher pitching, artist release for CD or streaming, or radio airplay.  When mastering (whether doing it yourself, or hiring a professional mastering engineer to do it for you), here are four things you’ll want to.. read more →

Over the last few months, I’ve had several conversations with different clients that went something like this: CLIENT:  I tried contacting them [i.e. a publisher / venue / manager / music supervisor / other industry VIP], and I NEVER heard back from them! Not ONE word! ME:  How did you contact them? CLIENT:  I emailed.. read more →

19 Aug 2016
August 19, 2016

It’s ALL About The Vocal!

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On my weekly live group Q&A call with my Mixing Mastery students last night, we got into a discussion about “what’s the most important thing in a mix.” There were various answers, like getting the balance of all the parts right, or making sure that the volume levels are consistent and competitive, or making sure all.. read more →

01 Aug 2016
August 1, 2016

Mixing Parts Instead Of Tracks

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One of the things I notice about amateur vs. pro mixes is that often, the amateur ones sound like they were done seat-of-the-pants, without much cohesiveness.  They lack focus and continuity, and things just seem to be arbitrarily placed, rather than having a purpose or intent behind them.  If you’ve read my Fett’s Mixing Roadmap book.. read more →

In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken to some frustrated musicians. Each one is a singer/songwriter who is very talented. They’ve released CDs, played at prestigious festivals, received awards – and yet? They’re still having trouble getting gigs. What gives?! I mean, at some point it’s supposed to get easier, right? Well, yes. And no… read more →

With so much interaction happening on social media these days, many musicians think that maintaining their own personal website is a thing of the past. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, artist, musician, composer, and music company websites are more essential than ever for establishing and developing a brand. Your website.. read more →

One of the most common recording questions I receive from my clients and students is, “what’s the best way to record acoustic guitar?” Well, there are a lot of factors, but the first piece of advice I always give is to record the guitar with a microphone, rather than just with (or in addition to).. read more →

Woodshed

The other night, I was having a conversation with an old music buddy of mine about performances. Specifically, memorable, live music performances. We concluded that the ones that really stuck out for us and stood the test of time were the ones that were phenomenally polished.  So polished, in some cases, that they were even.. read more →

Both Choices Are Good

I’ve been having an interesting conversation with one of my coaching clients lately.  The topic is a common one among music people (and all creatives, for that matter): trying to resolve the “conflict” or the “incompatibility” between making our living from our artistic pursuits vs. making a living from a “day job” or other, non-artistic pursuits… read more →

Pleeez... Just Tell Me Which Button To Push!

There’s an interesting tendency I find among some home studio enthusiasts when I get into a discussion about recording with them: they’re looking for a “magic pill” or “silver bullet” that will suddenly make all of their recordings sound like blockbuster hits. They just want me to tell them which specific piece(s) of gear to buy.. read more →