This week on the podcast, I talk about the importance of being prepared, being ready for those awesome opportunities BEFORE they arrive.

And I also answer a bunch of great questions about stuff like:

  • Good books and resources for home studio folks
  • Finding new clients
  • The difference between line and instrument inputs
  • Switching between monitors
  • Acoustic treatment vs bookshelves
  • When I like to use normalization
  • How to tell a band they’re not ready to record 🙂

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  • Hey, Joe! I love Mike Senior’s books – both the Mixing Secrets volume and Recording Secrets are really detailed and very useful. Those and Owsinski’s book are on my office desk, right outside the entrance of my studio room. I even took a great and inexpensive course through Berklee edX online on producing vocals. You’re dead on about this stuff. I’m a bit of a nerd anyway and love learning in general (I am a early-retired middle school teacher) but I’ve always loved being a student, and experiencing those ‘AHA’ moments. I’m also a member of Dueling Mixes – and regardless of time, even if I know I won’t be able to get a mix up for review at the same pace as my fellow subscribers (life does get in the way – family, personal stuff) I do plod ahead at my own pace, knowing that I get closer to confidence with every step I take.

    Honestly, I really think it was your video that I purchased a couple of years back that was my first stubborn step into realizing I don’t know everything. That video you did on Understanding Compression – man, was that ever a wake-up call – in a good way! Having been in audio school back in the early 90s when I learned to edit with a razor blade and a grease pencil, things went by so quickly I never really had the time or inclination to study much in depth. But your video was the first time I actually “got” compression, and can now use it with extreme confidence – there is still always some experimentation, but I do have a solid base from which to start.

    And that’s the long-winded reason that your points are so valid. I decided that if I ever feel that I am done with learning, I know all there is to know, and can skate on mixing and recording without continuing to study and learn, that’s the day I should hang up my headphones and move on to something else. Thank you, Joe, for all you do, and thank you for humanizing this whole crazy world of audio, struggling, griping, and learning right along with all of us. Best wishes to you and your family for the holidays and new ye!ar. I’ll continue to work right along side you for the foreseeable future