Category Archives for Recording

How to Get More Stuff Done by Batching Tasks

One of the keys to getting more stuff done is to batch your tasks. Everything you’re working on requires different types of focus, from brainstorming to setup to organization to creation… And every time you switch modes, your brain has to start all over again. Batching your tasks allows you to stay focused on just […]

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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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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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