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I have a real treat for you this week.

Remember Ben Gortmaker? I interviewed him about his fantastic album All’s Lost, All’s Found a few years ago.

This week Ben is back to talk about the ever-important topic of PRODUCTION.

As home studio owner’s, we’re pretty good about wearing the musician hat and the engineer hat, but what about the producer hat? Methinks it gets neglected. And that can mean disaster for your music.

In this episode, Ben shares valuable insights into topics like:

  • Songwriting (how a simple shift in your songwriting approach can help you make better recordings and mixes later)
  • Recording with what you have (proof that you don’t need to own a dozen microphones to make good recordings)
  • How to juggle the different hats you wear in the studio (and how you must embrace your inability to do them all at the same time)
  • How to uncover an unending supply of production ideas (that you can “steal” for your own music)
  • The single most important part of the entire production process (skip this at your own risk)

Plus a ho’ bunch mo’.

Listen now, and before you finish, leave a comment below, letting us know if we hit a nerve, if this is a topic you want to learn more about in the future.

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This week I talk about an experience I had mixing vocals on one of my songs this week, that transformed the sound of the vocal track on the song. And I also answer your questions about stuff like:

  • To delete old sessions or not?
  • My go-to drum recording technique for beginners
  • My custom “patch-bay”
  • Quick question on using templates to mix albums
  • Getting production ideas

Wanna submit a question for the podcast? Go here: www.askjoegilder.com

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Last night a funny thing happened.

Pam and I were unloading our dishwasher, putting clean dishes away while the kids ate dinner. Pam was standing across the room, next to the cabinet where the coffee mugs go. I was standing next to the dishwasher.

I picked up a mug, and something came over me.

I couldn’t help myself.

I said, “Hey, catch,” and tossed it over to her as soon as she turned around.

As the mug floated towards her in slow-motion, her eyes got HUGE. Read more »

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In this episode, I share with you the things I like to buy for my studio, and in the Q&A section, I talk about stuff like:

  • Should you mix your songs for people listening on earbuds?
  • What’s the deal with one-mic recording?
  • Techniques for dealing with very dynamic singers (really loud and really quiet, all in the same song)
  • Audio interface options for beginners
  • What sample rate and bit depth I use in all my recordings
  • Parallel processing via sends vs duplicating the track
  • What to do with reference tracks when bouncing down a mix

Wanna submit a question for the podcast? Go here: www.askjoegilder.com

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