In this week’s episode, I talk about a recent epiphany I had, and how it helps me focus in the studio. Plus, I answer your questions about stuff like:

  • Using an external preamp with nicer headphones
  • 16-bit vs 24-bit vs 32-bit?
  • How to get consistency from one song to the next when mixing an album
  • Mixing (and miking) a cajon
  • Songwriting when you feel blue
  • Can you master without owning “mastering software”?

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I always made good grades growing up.

I annoyed the daylights out of my older sister. She worked her tail off to become valedictorian. I didn’t work all that hard and graduated 4th in my class. (Okay, okay, it was a class of 30 people, so I wasn’t even in the top 10%.)

Heading into college, I thought I was a pretty clever fella.

Then I took one of my first recording classes, and the teacher was explaining what compression is.

I was lost. Read more »

I wrote yesterday about how I recently picked my $400 Ibanez Artcore guitar over my $1200 Gibson Les Paul, even though there’s a 3x price difference. It was just the right guitar for the job.

Well, one of the downsides of that Artcore guitar has been how quickly it goes out of tune. It hasn’t been uncommon for me to need to re-tune between songs.

That’s not cool.

Because of this, I had been doing some research online for how to address this. Maybe new tuners and a new nut? Perhaps one of those Evertune bridges that literally never go out of tune?

It would be hard to justify spending several hundred bucks on a guitar that’s only worth $400 or less, but at the same time, if I like the tone of the guitar it’s completely worth it.

So I was considering this in the back of my mind when, one night last week, I consulted the almighty Google to find out what mods and upgrades people had done to their Artcore guitars.

I found a thread. Read more »

Yesterday I learned a valuable lesson, one that could potentially save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars.

I was on the schedule to play electric guitar at my church.

Since there would only be one electric guitar, I opted to bring my Gibson Les Paul Studio to the Saturday rehearsal. (I like playing through thick-sounding humbucker guitars when it’s just me.)

The entire rehearsal I was fighting the guitar. There was a certain tone I wanted, and I just wasn’t getting it.

I made it work, but I wasn’t terribly happy. Read more »