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Are you the type of person that just dives into mixing without taking the time to really think about what the song needs?

Well, stop it.

You’re not doing yourself any favors.

In fact, I would argue that you’re spending more time mixing that way than with the way that I’m about to tell you.

You see, all too often we tend to reach for our plug-ins before we really think of what we’re going to do with them.

It’s like a knee-jerk reflex to slap an 1176 on the kick drum, or add a 5 kHz presence boost to the lead vocal.

You can probably think of more ways that you “automix” every time you pull up a new song in your DAW.

Well, how about I give you a different method that actually helps you get a great mix before you even slap on ANY of your favorite plug-ins.

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I gotta get something off my chest.

We live in a strange time in history, especially when it comes to the way businesses are created. As someone who has built two successful businesses from scratch (and will likely build more in the future), I’m very interested in business.

I received an email the other day about the fact that the company Uber has not yet turned a profit, although its revenue has grown considerably over the last year. The writer of the email said, “That’s the way business works.”

Amazon famously lasted years and years before ever turning one penny of profit.

These “businesses” are funded by investors with deep pockets, in the hopes that one day they’ll gain enough market share to turn a real profit. Now, I know this has worked successfully for many businesses. I’m a big Amazon fan myself. But these businesses aren’t the norm.

The existence of these businesses tends to distort our view of what a business should be.

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This week I started working out with Iron Tribe Fitness. Two workouts in and I am HURTING.

This husky boy has 51 pounds to lose, and I think what I’m learning about that process applies to you and your music, too.

Plus, in this episode I answer questions about stuff like:

  • Switching DAWs
  • Dealing with annoying sibilance and breath sounds in spoken word applications
  • Acoustic treatment placement (for more on this, see Understanding Your Room)
  • What “mid-side” is and why I don’t use it.
  • More electric guitar tone questions
  • Running a signal through an outboard preamp
  • Re-amping: do I need a reamp box?

BONUS! This week I used the Roswell Mini K47 mic on my voice this week. Sounds GOOOOOD. Take a listen.

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2015 has been a strange year.

I won’t get into all the details, but at different times throughout the last 8 months, Pam and I have each struggled with depression and motivation. We’ve both been through fairly long seasons of feeling incapable of doing all the things we want to do.

While I know there are many, MANY factors at play, and everyone is different, I wanted to share some things that have worked for me.

goalBefore I begin, though, I have to say that a huge part of why some people lose motivation has to do with chemical imbalance or other psychological or physiological problems. There is absolutely a need for medical intervention if the problem gets to a point where you can’t function.

But once you get back to “functional,” what then?

One Motivated Dude

I’ve changed over the years. Mostly for good, I think.

I used to be obsessed with work. Workaholic is a good word for it. I was motivated, hard-working, obsessed. I derived much of my self-worth from how I was doing, how well I was performing, how much money I was making.

It’s a slippery slope. As soon as I would reach one milestone, I would celebrate for about 8 seconds, then focus my attention on the next milestone…and the next…and the next. I would have a big breakthrough or a successful product launch, and I would be bummed out, because it wasn’t “bigger.”

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In this episode, I share how I currently go about getting things done, especially when things get overwhelming. 

And I answer questions about stuff like:

  • House-hunting tips for home studio owners
  • Adding depth and width to the mix
  • How I got that huge tom sound on my song “Where Are You Now?”
  • Expanding your mic locker
  • Transient-shaping plugins?
  • Getting bass to cut through the mix
  • Cleaning up sessions before mixing

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