All posts by Jordan

3 Mistakes I Made Producing a Silverstein Record

7 years ago I produced and engineered Silverstein’s fifth album, “Rescue.” It was my first big label project, and because of that, I put extra pressure on myself and made a few big mistakes typical of a young engineer/producer. I’m still proud of the record, but I can easily point out ways that my lack of […]

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Imitation: Make Progress Faster

We’ve all heard it said that nothing is original anymore. When you’re starting something new, the fastest way to knock over barriers and make progress is to imitate someone ahead of you. It’s ok to copy. Imitation is actually what allows you to grow and eventually develop your own unique style. That’s exactly what I’ve […]

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[Video] Drum Room Mixing Trick for Bigger Room Sounds

Find yourself always struggling to use your room tracks in the mix without making everything sound worse? Here’s a way to use sidechaining to get exactly what you want out of the room tracks without everything you DON’T want. Make your room tracks can be usable again!

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My Most Essential Studio Gear

There are certain things that I’ve come to rely on in the studio, whether I’m tracking or mixing. Some pieces of gear that I simply can’t work without. That I REFUSE to work without! But it’s not what you think… No mics, no preamps… no compressors, no monitors…. These are the pieces that travel with me […]

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The Simple Approach to Layering Guitars

In the rock/metal world, there’s a common perception about how to get a massive guitar tone. Most players and engineers try to achieve this by stacking and layering multiple guitar tracks, sometimes using different guitars and amps for each layer. The term “Quad-tracking” is frequently thrown around as the best way to track heavy guitars, […]

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Committing: The way to better recordings, better mixes and a career in audio

Lack of commitment is a big problem for up-and-coming engineers today. I challenge you to find little ways of committing more with the projects you’re working on right now. Using one mic on an amp instead of 3? Bouncing your drum samples down to audio early in the mix? Finally sending that mix to the […]

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3 Ways to Deal With Hi-Hat Bleed

It’s a universal pain point for all engineers… The dang hi-hat bleed in the snare mic! In fact, how to deal with hi hat bleed is one of the most common questions I get from other engineers. Since it’s such a pesky problem, I figured it would be good to put together an article with some […]

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How to Mix Screaming Vocals (VIDEO)

Need a jump start on how to mix screaming vocals for metal and hardcore? EQ and compression are going to give you 90% of a good scream vocal sound… but you can’t be shy! See where to EQ and how to compress heavily to add energy and character to the vocal.

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#ASKJV 12: Blending signals, Overhead Mics & Processing samples

In This Episode: 1 – Blending signals 2 – Overhead Mics 3 – Processing samples This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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#ASKJV 11: Pre-production, Bass compression & Studio Computers

In This Episode: 1 – Pre Production 2 – Bass Compression 3 – Studio Computers This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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