All posts by Jordan

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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#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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#ASKJV 10: Phase, Guitar Fizz & Choosing Samples

In This Episode: 1 – How to check & correct phase in the mix 2 – What do to with the fizzy high end of guitars 3 – How to choose which drum samples to use This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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How to Stop Mixing With Your Eyes

The SSL Channel is one of my favorite plugins, but not just because of the way it sounds. The other big benefit of a plugin like this is that it forces you to use your EARS more than your eyes. This video gives you an example of what a typical EQ on the SSL Channel […]

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#ASKJV 09: Low end, Renting space, and Recording acoustic guitar

In This Episode: 1 – Referencing Low End 2 – Renting out recording spaces 3 – Recording acoustic guitar This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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Interview: Andreas Magnusson (Scarlet, Oh Sleeper, Haste the Day, etc.)

Some of Andreas’s credits include Scarlet, Oh Sleeper, Haste the Day, and Black Dhalia Murder. We cover a wide range of topics in this interview, including how he got started, his favorite gear and how to make a career in audio. Andreas is one of my favorite producers and I’ve learned a lot from him […]

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