A friend of mine left me a voicemail the other day.

He was talking about making progress on his new album, and he said:

“Instead of being excited by the adventure, I’m overwhelmed.”

Man, I get that.

I’ve been in that spot where I like the idea of a project more than I like actually doing the creative work.

Because it absolutely is W-O-R-K.

That’s not to say it’s miserable work. If we didn’t enjoy it, we wouldn’t do it. Read more »

Started up a new daily workout routine last week.

I noticed something interesting on Day 2.

Although I was sore from starting up working out again, I found myself being more active throughout the day.

I was more inclined to chase my 3-year-old around the house, for example.

When I wasn’t working out, it was almost like I knew that if I ran a little bit, I’d remember that I need to do more of that. So I stayed as still as humanly possible most of the time.

But now that I have a workout to do every night, I find myself much more open to random opportunities to “pick up the pace.”

Working out made me more likely to work out.

Being fat made me more likely to be fat.

Aaaaannnnd…working on music makes you more likely to work on music.

(Or to put it in a negative light, avoiding working on music makes you more likely to avoid it in the future.) Read more »

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Lots of fun stuff for you in today’s episode. First, I share an audio clip from last week’s tracking session, and during the Q&A portion of the podcast, my 3-year-old son Owen joins me to offer his insights. Brilliant stuff. Plus, we answer questions about stuff like:

  • recording a garageband
  • the “right” ratio for compressing vocals
  • songwriting resources
  • recording acoustic guitar – stereo vs double-tracking
  • placing acoustic panels horizontally vs vertically
  • using multiple computer monitors

 

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

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Yesterday I wrote about how using high-end preamps can be a great tool, IF you already know how to get good-sounding recordings with minimal equipment.

Today, I want to share with you something that a lot of people won’t want to read. A lot of companies won’t want you to read this. But it could potentially save you untold amounts of time and money (and help you make better-sounding recordings, too).

As you recall, I run a website called Dueling Mixes with my good buddy Graham Cochrane. For almost two years, we’ve competed every month on mixing a new song. Then we post those mixes to the members area, where members vote for their favorite.

Now, Graham has won more months than I have. Read more »

Got two very different comments last week from two of my readers.

The first is from John.

In response to the email I wrote about running my overhead mics through my Presonus ADL600 preamp, he wrote:

“Mr Firm believer of affordable gear and needs vs wants has a $2100 tube pre-amp lol”

See, John’s implying that I’m a hypocrite.

The overall message of Home Studio Corner is that improving your skill level is the only guaranteed way to improve your recordings. No amount of gear will make YOU better.

But that doesn’t mean good gear doesn’t have its place.

Just because Eric Clapton could make a $99 Strat sound like a million bucks doesn’t mean Eric plays $99 Strats on tour.

Why?

Because he invested the time in becoming a phenomenal guitarist, thereby making him one of the most qualified people to play really nice, high-end guitars.

Want to play guitar like Clapton? You don’t start by buying a $15,000 guitar. You start by playing the crap out of your $99 one. Read more »

When we were tracking drums on Tuesday, I used my Earthworks SR25’s (small-diaphragm condensers) as overhead mics.

I ran them through my Presonus ADL600 stereo tube preamp. As we were setting levels for everything, the drums sounded monstrous. We decided to hit the tube pre’s pretty hard to get a thick sound out of the overheads.

At one point, Joel (bass player) said, “I hear some distortion on those toms.”

We checked the tom mics in solo. Everything sounded fine, so we moved on.

Everything had a good, healthy level. Everything sounded great. Read more »