“I’m not happy with my mixes.”

That should become the anthem of home studio owners everywhere. (I’m thinking it would sound a lot like AC/DC’s “TNT”. Something like, “My MIX – ES SUCK … They really do.”)

Anyway…it’s a real struggle. As with anything creative (and anything worth doing), mixing takes a mountain of effort to get really good at it. And it’s not like you work hard for four years and get to graduate with a bachelor’s in mixing. You will always be capable of churning out a bad mix. The difference is those bad mixes will be fewer and fewer, and when you do crank out a steamy pile of audio poo, you’ll more than likely be able to recognize it and fix it.

All that said, take heart. Mixing is a game where you can absolutely improve your mixes over time, but you have to avoid some roadblocks. I’ve compiled them into a list of 10 Reasons You’re Not Happy With Your Mixes. I’ll share the first 5 today, and I’ll share the last 5 next week. Let’s dive in: Read more »

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This week we took a look at the mic I used back in 2001. My dog Nash makes an appearance, and I answer a bunch of great questions about all things home recording. Join us every Tuesday at 1pm CT from over at my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/homestudiocorner

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In this week’s episode I talk about what matters and what doesn’t when it comes to figuring out what your fans or potential clients want from you.

Here’s the “What a Wonderful World” video I talked about in the episode.

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It’s easy to do.

You can be so focused on one thing that you completely miss the boat on another opportunity right in front of you.

When you have a home recording studio, it’s easy to ONLY think about recording. It’s a recording studio after all, right? Right.

While I’m a HUGE fan of recording, mixing, and mastering songs, EP’s, and albums, I’m also a musician who enjoys performing. And a recording studio is a FABULOUS performing venue for a musician.

Wait…huh? “Joe, I can’t fit more than a few people in my small studio, whatchoo talkin’ ‘bout it being a venue for performing?”

The internet, my friend. The internet.

Whether you’re a musician recording your own music or a recording engineer recording music for other people, you are missing out on a killer opportunity if you don’t explore the world of live streaming online shows.

If you want to see what that looks like, come to my live online acoustic show this Wednesday night at 8pm CT. Here’s the link:

www.concertwindow.com/joegildermusic

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Monday morning I had a drum recording session at my buddy Tim Horsley’s house. I can record drums at my place, but Tim has his kit and mics set up already, and he’s constantly tweaking his setting to get better and better sounds. (Timmy Boy, you’re drum sounds have gotten better and better over the years since I first recorded with you back in…2011? You’re a beast.)

Monday’s session was for a 5-song EP I’m producing for my friend Frankie Barranco. (Side-note: we’re mixing one of the songs from that EP over at Dueling Mixes this month. Now is a GREAT time to join. The song is dope.) We had three songs that needed drums.

We recorded scratch tracks a while back (acoustic guitar and vocals recorded to a click track). I scheduled some time on Friday to do some prep work. Frankie’s husband Spencer sent me some ideas and references for each song. It was super helpful. Still…with the start of every new project there can be a lot of doubt about what direction to take each song.

Enter Crippling Self-Doubt

I sat down on Friday, and my intention was to listen to the three songs, finish writing charts for each, and do some quick “pre-production.” (Pre-production is a catch-all term for making decisions about arrangement, instrumentation, vibe, feel, etc.) I scheduled one hour to do this. I really thought it wouldn’t take much more than a quick listen. Read more »