All posts by Dan Knittel

I Almost Bought A Sub

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 […]

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How to defeat engineer burnout

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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How to MAKE IT as an engineer

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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Pre-production: the what, why and how

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 […]

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The $30,000 napkin

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 […]

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When I was an Intern: Key Lessons & Takeaways

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 […]

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Behind the Scenes of Silverstein – “Departures”

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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How To Alter Reality

Most of how we experience life has more to do with perception than reality. Here’s how to stop sabotaging yourself and alter reality to work in your favor.  

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FAIL: Autotune for Guitar

A few years ago, Antares (the makers of Autotune) announced their innovative “Autotune for Guitar” system. As a producer who spent hours every day just tuning alone (literally), this was an exciting new product. But the rest of the world didn’t see it that way, and product has now been discontinued. I’m very sad about […]

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Secret to connecting with industry pros

Whether you’re hoping to sit in on a session, or get connected with managers & labels, there’s a crucial principle you need to understand. Here’s how to make big connections over the long term, with two stories that illustrate it perfectly.

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