Category Archive for: ‘Thoughts’

How does it sound?


It’s easy in today’s online marketing driven world to think that one’s tools are inferior, and that the latest and greatest new THING will help us all become better producers.  It seems like not a week goes by that there’s not some new “leak” of a revolutionary new product just around the corner.  (and on that note, the trend of …

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Common Track Issues


One of the most common emails I get from people, generally goes along the lines of “hey man, can you listen to my song and let me know what you think it needs?”. I always freely offer mixdown advice to my clients before they come to me for a mastering job, but it’s just not something I can do for …

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Know Your Limitations


One of my favorite ways of coming up with new ideas for songs, is to limit the options or tools I use during the composition process. I’m sure a lot of this is born from earlier times when I first got into music making, as I just didn’t have the money to spend on a lot of gear (and back …

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Just Because


Before I get started with the topic this week, it appears I need to make a clarification on the purpose of this blog.  As with my Production Guides, this blog’s only purpose is give me somewhere to voice my thoughts on different topics.  I’m not trying to say my ideas or working methods are the “right” or only way to …

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Learn To Forget


Recently I was watching an excellent documentary on origami called “Beyond The Fold”, and in it there were a lot of parallels I found with people who make music.  One of the points that some of the ‘older’ artists brought up, was that people just new to the art form spent so much time concentrating on technique, versus emotional message.  …

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Quit your day job?


Right around the beginning of the year, when everyone seems to be making new resolutions and goals, I tend to get a lot of people asking for advice on how to get a career in the music industry.  What do you have to do in order to quit the day job, and just do something music related for a living? …

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You have gas


GAS, what most musicians know as Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  That never-ending feeling that you have to have the latest and greatest in gear to make your music better.  It’s something we all struggle with, and it can be both a blessing and a curse. There’s no denying that new gear helps trigger fresh bursts of creativity, just the mere fact …

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Laptop, I love you, I hate you.


First up, if you haven’t seen the new teaser for the Elektron Octatrack, it’s definitely worth a look: Obviously I’m a huge Elektron fan already (owning a Machinedrum and Monomachine, as well as moderating the forums), so I’m interested in the Octatrack a lot.  Thinking it might let me use all hardware again to play live, leaving behind Ableton …

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Timeless tips


I was going through some old archives of mine, and I ran across a list of my top ten pieces of production advice, something I had written years ago.  Struck me that I probably wouldn’t change anything even after all this time. 1. Less is almost always more.  Turn down the effects, back off the compression, use less EQ and …

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And… done. Or is it started?


Well I finally got around to setting up my own blog, something I’ve been wanting to do for too long now.  The main intention is just to get some discussion going on mostly music-related topics, though who knows where it will lead.  Same rules as all the forums I help run: no religion, no politics, and no flaming/trolling.  Act like …

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