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ABL Takeaways

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In this episode, I sum up some of the BIG things I learned at the Audio Bloggers Live event. Plus, I answer questions about what mic I used for the podcast, how I go about producing songs from scratch, launching albums, and more.

Check out the charity the proceeds from Audio Bloggers Live went towards: www.phoenixhouse.org

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I’m writing this at 12:18 am.

I’m up late working, catching up on email, and I needed some music to listen to, so I pulled up the NPR Tiny Desk Concert featuring Nickel Creek.

Now, whether or not you like Nickel Creek, and whether or not they actually only use one microphone to capture all four musicians…it’s irrelevant.

These are ridiculously talented musicians who have put countless hours and sweat and effort into honing their craft.

I’m all about home recording, obviously. I love talking about mics and preamps and mixing and EQ’s and compression tricks…but lest we all forget, none of that studio stuff matters at ALL without music.

Without music, we’re just crazy electronics collectors.

If you’re in a music funk and need a musical pick-me-up, or if you simply want to hear some great musicians in their element, I highly encourage you to take 20 minutes to watch this video:

To great musicians,

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

It happens far too often.

People try to create big-sounding mixes using mixing tricks.

I’m all for mixing tricks, but I’ve found that the biggest contributor to how big my mix sounds is the production behind it. Specifically, what parts were recorded.

I ran into this issue on my most recent EP, which I released late last year.

I was mixing one of the songs, and the final chorus simply wasn’t hitting hard enough. I tried several mix tricks to make it sound bigger, but they just didn’t work.

Finally, I decided what to do. I grabbed a mic, took 10 minutes, and gave the song exactly what it needed.

It’s a trick that can work in your mixes too. Check it out on my latest video: