Category Archives for Recording

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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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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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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My Most Embarrassing Studio Moment

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the studio. Here’s a bad one for you. I once got chewed out by Usher’s personal engineer because I set up the vocal mic backwards. Yup, the mic was pointing at the wall when Timbaland went into the booth to lay down a take. It was back in […]

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10,000 Hours

In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become a master of something. This is backed up by studies of successful artists and business people. Elite musicians commonly have more than twice the amount of practice hours under their belt than amateurs by age 20. Bill Gates pulled […]

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That awkward moment when Nick Jonas is in your car…

  It’s true, about 7 years ago I drove Nick Jonas in my car. I was working in Toronto as a studio assistant and the Jo Bros were there working on their 2nd album. I had to drive Nick to his hotel at the end of the night. Anyways, this post isn’t really about that. […]

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