I worked one two mixes today. One is shaping up nicely. The other is making me wish I had some hair to pull out.

Instrumentally the mix sounds great. Punchy drums, big guitars. Thick bass. All is well in the land. But the lead vocal is KILLING ME.

This is a track I produced, so I’m the one who recorded the vocal, and I even swapped out microphones to get a better sound (you know, GIRATS and all), but it’s not coming together for me…at least not without a fight.

So what did I do? Read more »

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This week I talked about blinds spots, how we all have ’em, and how to attack ’em.

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I couldn’t help myself.

You may have noticed I’ve been growing quite the beard over the last month or so. I let it go on as long as I could, but it’s time to say goodbye for now.

Like most dudes, I couldn’t just shave it off without having a little fun, so I’ve been walking around the house today looking like this:

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Pam is THRILLED with it, by the way. :)

Why the heck am I sharing this with you? (Other than to give myself yet another thing to regret in my life?)

Because shaving a beard and mixing a song are really quite similar. Read more »

Do you ever have a section of a song that builds up but doesn’t really pop? Here’s a way to remedy that.

QUESTION: What are your favorite techniques for making build-ups pop in your productions and mixes?

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In this week’s episode of Ask Joe, I talked about recording with and without a click track, how to work with less-than-amazing musicians, and how every musician should approach music success.

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Okay, not quite.

I played basketball tonight for the first time in years. So glad we only played half-court. Full-court would’ve killed me.

I’m out of shape. My feet are killing me, and I had a blast. :)

The thing about basketball is it doesn’t take a ton of skill to play poorly. I played in high school (all-conference, baby), but I’m not (I repeat NOT) all that great. I’m a mediocre player at best.

Here’s the fun part. If I get in better shape, and if I play regularly, I could be a much better player than I am today.

Guess what, pumpkin? Same thing is true for working on music and audio. Read more »