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Questions covered this week:

  • What are your thoughts on using stereo widening plugins?
  • Is it possible to daisy chain 2 usb interfaces by plugging them into two different USB ports?
  • What is the best way to make poor acoustic guitar recordings sound good?
  • Do you use the auto gain setting on the compressor plugin?
  • Is there something wrong with adding the mastering chain to the master bus on a regular mix session?

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  • Gabe

    Awesome and helpful stuff, as usual. Keep up the good work!
    Also, I love the “weird intros”, as I believe you’ve called them… Quite fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha. Apparently it’s a “thing” now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hillel

    To continue with your cooking analogy, sometimes after working on a track you need a “palate cleanser” so you can go back into it with a blank mind (or with fresh ears). Cooks don’t typically go from trying one food straight to the next, otherwise the tastes will mix and they won’t get an accurate evaluation of it

  • Bill Sjulin


    Just listened to “Ask Joe #55. I agree with everything you said. I do have some additional info for your listeners.

    Re: Piano recording. There is a good YouTube video from Full Sail University on recording pianos ( I have used some of these techniques with success.

    Re: Sax recording. I have used a ribbon mic (Fat Head II) about a foot from the bell with a lot of success capturing a very smooth/rich sound.

    Keep up the great work.