#ASKJV 43: Setting Prices, Finding Clients & Pink Noise?

In This Episode: 1 – Setting prices when starting out 2 – How to find & obtain clients 3 – Calibrating your control room with pink noise? This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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#ASKJV 42: Tracking Special (Workflow, Guitars, Vocals and more)

Special extended episode all about tracking! In This Episode: 1 – Wood vs. metal snares in the studio? 2 – What’s your overall tracking workflow? 3 – Do you track the L/R rhythm guitars with the exact same chain? 4 – Using multiple mics on a vocalist? 5 – Is it normal to always feel like I could do better? […]

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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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#ASKJV 41: Sloppy Players, Sibilance & Recording Drums

In This Episode: 1 – Getting good takes even when working with sloppy players. 2 – Dealing with sibilance when slamming vocals with compression. 3 – Miking a drum kit This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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#ASKJV 40: Why Limiters?, Great Drum Rooms, Creating Huge Choruses

1 – Limiters and when to use them. 2 – Drum Rooms and what makes for a great sounding one. 3 – Making huge choruses and production tips to bring your choruses to life. This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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#ASKJV 39: Acoustic Guitar, Favorite Preamps, Automation & Clipping Drums

1 – Recording acoustic guitar and keeping the tone consistent. 2 – Favorite mic pres for different sources. 3 – Automation workflow 4 – Clipping drums – which plugins I’m using This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE O

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Guitar Tuning Tips for Recording

We engineers spend a lot of time researching microphones, trying to put them in the perfect spot, and setting up the perfect signal chain. So much so that we often overlook the little things that can make a way bigger difference in whether our recordings sound professional or not. One of these things, often a tell-tale […]

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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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All About Pre-Production

Pre-production is the process in which the producer meets with the artist or band to rehearse and prepare their songs before entering the recording studio. The pre-production phase can include songwriting, choosing album tracks, arrangement choices, and simply practicing the material. The goal of pre-production is to prepare as much as possible in a low-cost […]

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