Making the Leap to Full-Time Engineer/Producer

A lot of people fall in love with the dream of making music full-time. But at the end of the day, this is still a business, and most businesses fail within a few years. Here’s what it truly takes to make the switch from your day job to studio business, why so many people fail […]

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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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Double Your Audio Income with Joel Wanasek

  Joel Wanasek joins us on this special episode to give us the low-down on starting and growing your studio business. This episode covers things like how to set up your business, set your prices, and find new clients. Joel has a lot of knowledge in this area, and he’s just released a brand new […]

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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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#ASKJV 45: Creative panning, editing bass, losing perspective & more

In This Episode: 1 – LCR Panning and other creative panning techniques 2 – Editing bass 3 – Complimentary guitar tones 4 – How to maintain perspective when engulfed in a mix This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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#ASKJV 44: Making mix changes, room samples, & programmed drum issues

In This Episode: 1 – Mix revisions & going down the tweaking rabbit hole 2 – Combining drum room sounds 3 – Handling drum bleed (programmed) 4 – My approach to mixing programmed drums This show runs on your questions! Submit your question here. SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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#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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