I had an all-day tracking session on Monday.

My go-to drummer Tim Horsley and I arrived at the studio early to get drum sounds. We went through individual mics one at a time to make sure everything was sounding good. When we came to the top snare mic, it initially sounded like it had too much ring to it. My gut instinct was to have him dampen it to bring that ring down.

Tim, being an awesome dude, challenge me on it, saying it might make the snare sound lifeless and boring. I trust him on this stuff, so we left it alone. Read more »

I spent some time with a buddy yesterday, a producer here in Nashville. We talked about studio design, microphones, and production. He talked about how he enjoys mixing as much as production, and how he doesn’t care for big tracking sessions with lots of musicians.

I love living in Nashville.

While I was listening to my friend talk, I couldn’t help but think about all the people I interact with online. Most of them are hobbyists trying to learn the ropes of recording and mixing. I notice an interesting trend among the hobbyists that I don’t see in the professionals I know.

The hobbyists are obsessed with the latest gear. They’ll upgrade to the latest DAW, drool over the latest plugin, and keep their studio computers on the latest, fastest operating system. Read more »

Next week I’m heading out to sunny Anaheim, California to attend the Winter NAMM show. I’m excited to see Graham, Warren, Sam, Lij, Chris, Matt, Björgvin, Ronan, Chris, Brian, and others I’m sure I forgot to mention.

BUT…I’m also excited for the chance to see YOU, if you’re gonna be there.

Reply to this email or hit me up on Facebook to let me know if you’ll be there. If nothing else we can shake hands on the showroom floor.

If you can’t make it, and there’s a manufacturer or piece of gear you’d like me to check out, let me know. I’ll be shooting some GilderCam footage while I’m there.

Speaking of GilderCam, here are a few episodes from Summer NAMM last year:


Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

I read an article the other day that took a jab at the popular advice to “trust your ears.”

I get it. On the surface, it’s not super helpful advice.

But it gets at something deeper, something a lot of people don’t talk about (or don’t want to talk about).

When you ask me what EQ moves to use on your vocal track, it’s one of those questions that really can’t be answered, not unless I’m sitting next to you in your studio, listening to the vocal along with everything else in the track. Read more »


I want to tell you about a side project I’ve been slowly growing over the last few years. I don’t write about it a lot here. I’ve mostly only shared it with my VIP members, but I wanted to make sure you knew about it. I’ll get to that in a second.

How much do you think about your home studio in terms of VALUE?

Does your studio provide real, tangible, make-them-pull-out-their-wallet-and-give-you-money value? If not (or if you’re not sure), you need to make VALUE the focus of everything you do this year in your studio. Read more »