Just go all the way!

December 5, 2017

Quit being shy...

The pros know how to be decisive and just "go all the way" in a mix. 

Make sure each track earns its place... and if it doesn't, hit MUTE!

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How To Stop The Endless Tweaking

December 1, 2017

How do you know if what you just did made the mix better?

How do you stop the endless tweaking and questioning?

How do you know when the mix is actually done?

These questions keep a lot of mix engineers stuck. Here are my 4 best tips for getting out of the endless tweaking, becoming more decisive and mixing faster.

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Measure Backwards

November 20, 2017

I used to get down and stressed every time I was working on a project.

Why?

Because I was always comparing myself to legendary engineers when I had no business doing so.

If you learn how to measure backwards, you'll keep motivation and momentum high and avoid the pits and valleys as you keep growing your skills.

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Grab your FREE mixing cheatsheet and some of my best recording and mixing training here: www.MakeBetterRecords.com

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I Almost Bought A Sub

November 17, 2017

I recently moved into a new house and set up a new mix rig.

I was struggling with the sound of the new room, and I almost fell into the gear trap by thinking a subwoofer would fix my problems.

In the end, the solution was incredibly simple.
Hereʼs how I overcame my room issues without spending any more money...

And the secret behind why some people can mix hit records on headphones or tiny speakers, and without a treated room or ‘accurateʼ monitors.

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Grab your FREE mixing cheatsheet and some of my best recording and mixing training here: www.MakeBetterRecords.com

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How to defeat engineer burnout

November 15, 2017

Whenever your work is connected directly to your passion (like music), itʼs easy to burnout and lose motivation.

This episode talks about the different ways we lose passion and motivation, and how to reignite that fire and keep making great records.

(note: listen to the end and respond to me via email!)

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Grab your FREE mixing cheatsheet and some of my best recording and mixing training here: www.MakeBetterRecords.com

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How to MAKE IT as an engineer

November 1, 2017

Is it getting harder to make a name for yourself as a producer/engineer?

Maybe. 

So what?

 

Here's the cold hard truth:

It takes TIME and EFFORT to develop a skill and be rewarded for it. 

 

There's one simple solution....

Stop quitting. 

Be better.

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Learn how to get better sounding recordings & mixes so you can make it your job to make records. Get started at www.makebetterrecords.com

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Pre-production: the what, why and how

October 30, 2017

Ever been stuck for two hours just trying to nail down one drum fill? 

Or start rewriting lyrics and melodies when you're supposed to be laying down the lead vocal?

Yeah, I’ve been there… 

 

There’s only one way to eliminate these sorts of problems.

And that’s pre-production. 

I took some time to answer some of the most common questions I get about pre-pro, such as:

  • What, exactly, is pre-production and why should I do it?
  • A few different ways you can go about doing pre-pro (In the studio? In a practice space?)
  • How long you should spend and how much to charge
  • When is prepro not important?

 

My aim is to give you a clear idea of how you should be doing it so that you’ll be able to work it into your projects with confidence. 

 

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The $30,000 napkin

October 19, 2017

Should you charge hourly? Day rate? Per-song? Flat project rate?

It’s hard to know which pricing model to use as an engineer. 

A typical model, of course, is charging an hourly rate for your services. 

Seems pretty logical…

But I believe this is actually the worst way to value you work. 

I’ve got a quick story that illustrates this perfectly, involving Picasso and a napkin. 

 

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When I was an intern: key lessons & takeaways

October 13, 2017

In 2007 I spent six months interning at a world-class studio in Toronto. 

In this episode I break down:

  • ​The big-name engineers and producers I got to meet and watch - and what I learned from them
  • How to be the perfect intern
  • The best technical tricks & tips I picked up along the way
  • The most surprising thing I learned about what ​truly ​makes a world-class engineer. 

Enjoy!

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Behind the scenes of Silverstein - “Departures”

October 10, 2017

In this episode, I play some clips and tell the inside story on how the song "Departures" came together in the studio on the fly... and just in time!

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