Category Archives for Producing

Doubling Metal Scream Vocals – The Best Strategy

Should you double all your lead vocals? Triple? Pan them or keep them up the middle? Doubling and layering your screams is all about creating impact and size. Here’s my strategy for layering and doubling metal vocals, when to do it and how to pan them.

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My 4 Most Embarrassing Studio Mistakes!

Mistakes are bound to happen when you’re in the studio all day, every day for years. Here are some of the worst, most embarrassing mistakes I’ve made in the studio during my engineering/producing career. If I can make a living from making records despite mistakes like this, so can you! 🙂

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Studio Tour 2018: My Home Mixing Setup

UPDATED home studio tour! See what gear I’m using now, what gear is sentenced to the closet, and how I treated my home mixing room. Gear list: iMac 27″ / 3.4GHz i5 / 16gb RAM Pro Tools 12 (native) Apogee Duet Yamaha NS-10 monitors Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones Yamaha P2500s power amp EL Distressor Presonus […]

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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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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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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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Interview with David Bendeth

“The challenges are always the same — writing and finding great songs with artists that can perform
them.”

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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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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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