Archive for Production

Bit Crushing Article on Puremix.net

Check out this post I did last week for Puremix.net about tasteful bit crushing. Bit crushing is a very particular, distinct, and often abused effect that can add an unique color to mixes just as easily as it can rip your listeners’ ears off. I usually use…

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EMW Music Group – Shuffle – An Album Benefitting VH1 Save The Music Foundation Out Now!!

The last 6 months have been crazy!! I’ve been pouring myself into this project and I’m incredibly excited that it’s finally arrived! Here’s the trailer video that gives a good overview of what this album is all about. I’m proud to say that EMW Music Group will…

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Moog 500 Series Analog Delay Video

Check out my latest video for Moog Music Inc, showing off not only how great their new 500 Series Analog Delays sound but also a few practical ways to integrate them into any studio. And of course I’ve already added it to the new Video…

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Signal Chains

So Many Choices Everyone loves geeking out with different combinations of gear and finding the coolest/most unique tones for their recordings – new mics, vintage preamps, analog EQs, and high-dollar converters are all capable of making a large impact on the sound of a record……

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Playing Favorites When Mixing

Where Should I Begin?  People are always arguing about mixing workflows and what order should you approach the elements of a mix? Some say you have to start with the vocals, others like to build up the rhythm section before moving on to the rest…

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Beat Production Tutorial Video

Don’t forget to check out my newest tutorial video on Puremix, Beat Production #1. In it I show my workflow for creating tracks from the ground up, in this video I’m using the instrument plugins included with Avid’s Pro Tools to make a hip-hop/RnB loop….

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100 Reasons NOT To Do 100 Takes

Seriously? I was going to come up with a list of 100 reasons why doing anything a 100 times is a bad idea but even with my infinite patience I would probably get bored by 10 and be  repeating myself for the next 90, sound…

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Vocal Recording Checklist

This is what I look for in a vocal performance when I’m recording. I put it in order of degree of difficulty to “fix in the mix”, 1 being impossible to fix and 7 being easily fixed. You have to realize that every vocalist, song,…

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Take Backing Up Seriously

It doesn’t matter if you work with A-list clients or just have fun making your own music, backing up your files is a must! I operate under the assumption that at anytime anyone of my drives could die a quick death. Living with this slight…

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How to Reamp, Getting Out of the Box

What exactly is Reamping? Anytime you send a track ‘out of the box’ and run the signal through something and record the result, that’s reamping. This can range from sending a guitar DI signal out into a real guitar amp, feeding a bass track through…

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Perfection?

I’ve yet to do something in my life that I feel is perfect.  I also know that I will never do anything absolutely perfect.  Since I’m never going to do anything perfectly, I’m very much into settling for great, awesome, innovative, beautiful, impressive, moving, fantastic,…

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Where You Record Matters

“I’d love to get this huge, billowy, rich vocal sound, can we record in the stairwell?” Jeff Knowlton from The Break Mission asked me last week. So we did a late night session and ran the lines into the stairwell at Smash Studios. I used…

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