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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Back during my days as Technology Editor for the prestigious Performing Songwriter magazine, I attended a lot of music gear trade shows. I remember one year in particular, when I attended the Summer NAMM show in Nashville. Tacoma Guitars, based out of Washington State, had introduced two very interesting new acoustic guitar models: a baritone,.. read more →
One of my recording students who owns a home studio recently asked me if there was any way he could remove some of the “reverb” from recordings he had made of some classroom lectures. In his case, “reverb” meant the ambient reflections from the room in which the recordings were made, but what I’m about.. read more →