The Pre-production Process

Recording is a lot of fun. So much fun, in fact, that it can be all too easy to dive headfirst into the recording process without giving much thought to what we’re going to do. We just start recording and see what happens. The problem is that a great production requires intentionality, and the only […]

How To Use Multiple Microphones To Your Advantage

I usually record with one mic, because it’s simple. It means less gear, less cords, and less phase issues. For these reasons, I typically would recommend that if you can get a good recording with a single mic, just do it. However, there’s a lot of cool stuff you can do with multiple mics. Or […]

Stereo Mic Techniques In Depth

If you record music, you’ve probably heard something about stereo mic techniques for recording. You’ve also likely seen discussions on phase issues, XY patterns, mid-side techniques, and many other potentially confusing terms and acronyms. I want to help you understand stereo mic’ing. It’s not as confusing as it may seem at first, and it can […]

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 […]

Intentional Arrangement

As home studio folk, we love to talk about EQ, Plugins, Mixing Techniques, and DAWs. But sometimes, we forget about some of the key things that can really make or break a production before you ever get to the mixing phase. Like instrumentation and arrangement. How many tracks should I record? What parts do I […]

The Truth About Gear

Today, I want to tell you a simple truth that is frustrating, and yet freeing. If you’re anything like me, you’ve thought something like: “If only I could get this new microphone (or speakers, or plugin bundle), then my recordings and mixes would be so much better”. I get it. I’ve been there. In fact, […]

Try Something That Might Not Work

One of the rules of audio recording and production is this: There are no rules I remember the first time I heard someone say “If it sounds right it is right”. In my mind, this was revolutionary. I had been obsessed with trying to do things the “right way”. (Which way are the drum overheads […]

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 […]