[Video] Overlapping Vocals

Overlapping vocals is a great way to add some interest to your recordings and productions. It’s easy to do, and can work really well in some situations. Check out how to do it in today’s video. What do you think? Ever used this technique on your recordings? How did it go? Leave a comment!

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[Video] Using Your Voice as a Background Instrument

Background vocals are great for harmonies. But you can also use your voice as a background instrument to just add a bit of texture to your productions. This is what I call “Background Vocals”, or BGV’s. It’s where you basically sing an instrumental part with your voice. See an example in today’s video. Ever used […]

How To Avoid Editing

An often inevitable part of the production process is editing. The editing phase encompasses several things. This is where we comp together all of our takes, maybe move some audio segments around if needed, and try to fix up some mistakes in the recording. But a big part of editing is what I call “tightening”. […]

Everyone Else is Better Than You

Have you ever felt stuck thinking that everyone else is better? “His mix sounds better than mine.” “Her voice is fantastic, mine is only mediocre.” “His guitar tone is top-notch, mine is terrible.” It’s in our nature to get caught up in the comparison game sometimes. It’s easy to look at someone else’s possessions or […]

How To Make Your Chorus Stand Out

Keeping with the theme of this week’s video, today I would like to give you some ways to make the chorus of your song “pop” or stand out. Even though the video showed a mixing tip, you should really start thinking about making your chorus stand out at a much earlier stage of the game. […]

The Key to Taking Your Music to the Next Level

Do you want to take your music to the next level? What does that look like for you? Maybe it means getting that EP done that you’ve been working on for the last several months. Maybe it means working harder on your tones and sounds to create a better production. Or maybe it means facing […]

To Autotune or not to Autotune?

In my free ebook, The Art of Music Production, there is an entire chapter on “Editing”. Editing is the part of the production process that comes right after recording, and just before mixing. The primary components are: Comping together the best takes of your recordings Fixing the timing and tuning of your recorded tracks. Today […]

Recording a Great Vocal Performance

Before Christmas I was doing some recording with a friend of mine named Karen. It was a great project, and I learned a lot from it. For a lot of my recording projects, I’ve been recording myself, so it was a very good experience for me to practice recording someone else. This is something I […]

How To Get Better At Anything

Happy new year! So, I started learning to play guitar in my early teens. In that time, there were three important things that helped me to improve: Practice (obviously) Getting help from better guitarists Going in over my head It’s the third point that I want to highlight today. It’s important to try something challenging […]