I Should’ve Done This Sooner

During the busiest time in my audio career, I avoided taking one crucial action that would have supercharged my growth. Ignoring it cost me multiple projects and opportunities over the years. Listen to find out how to grow your audio business faster and be able to take on a lot more projects in the same amount […]

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Just Go All The Way

Quit being shy… The pros know how to be decisive and just “go all the way” in a mix. Make sure each track earns its place… and if it doesn’t, hit MUTE!

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4 Tips for Mixing Faster With More Confidence

How do you know if what you just did made the mix better? How do you stop the endless tweaking and questioning? How do you know when the mix is actually done? These questions keep a lot of mix engineers stuck. Here are my 4 best tips for getting out of the endless tweaking, becoming […]

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Pro Tools Tip: Plugin Favorites and Plugin Settings Shortcut

For all you Pro Tools users, here are two little plugin setting “hacks” that will save time and speed up your workflow. First, learn how to put your favorite plugins at the top of the list, and then how to automatically load your go-to settings when you pull up the plugin. Do you like these […]

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Measure Backwards

I used to get down and stressed every time I was working on a project. Why? Because I was always comparing myself to legendary engineers when I had no business doing so. If you learn how to measure backwards, you’ll keep motivation and momentum high and avoid the pits and valleys as you keep growing […]

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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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