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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…?

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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

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“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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

John, Paul and George sing their vocal parts together, into a single microphone.

Recently a Facebook friend of mine posted a link to a vocals-only mix of the Beatles’ 16-minute medley from the second side of their epochal swansong album, Abbey Road. That’s right: only their vocals. That in itself was enough to get me interested (okay, downright excited – I’m a huge Beatles fan), but listening to those.. read more →