Ask Joe #123 – Putting Your Mix Out of Its Misery

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This week I share with you some ways to finish your mixes without over-mixing (aka ruining) them. And in the Q&A section, I deal with topics like:

  • how to deal with a client who talks too much
  • which to buy first – another mic or speakers?
  • simple de-esser solution
  • dealing with client expectations/frustrations

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Ask Joe #122 – New Intro Music (plus a surprise)

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This episode airs on the 2-year anniversary of the launch of Dueling Mixes. If you’ve never checked it out and would like a sneak peak, check this out:

www.homestudiocorner.com/dm

Also in this episode, you’ll get to hear the new intro music for the podcast, and hear a little bit more about where that came from.

And in the Q&A section, I answered your questions about stuff like:

  • The role of a limiter (and there are limiters with attack controls on ’em??)
  • My Presonus Studio One FREE video tutorial series (www.homestudiocorner.com/presonus)
  • Using plugins like a channel strip for recording
  • sub-mixing tracks to save CPU
  • using multi-band compression on bass?

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Ask Joe #121 – Take it to the Limit(er)

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(By the way, we’re trying out Wednesdays as the new podcast day. Might be temporary, might be permanent. We’ll see.)
In this week’s episode we jump into LIMITERS. What are they? How do they work? How are they meant to be used?
And in the Q&A section I answered your questions about stuff like:
  • dealing with phase issues of doubled distorted guitars
  • the always-annoying “whiny frequency” (and how to avoid it)
  • are high-end A/D converters worth it?
  • pricing your services (a precise way to figure out how to quote a price to a potential client)

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Ask Joe #120 – Sprints vs Marathons

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This week I talk about working in short bursts vs ongoing, regular, consistent work. And in the questions section, I answer your questions about stuff like:

  • best practices for setting levels (for recording, mixing, and mastering)
  • how I mix my podcast
  • using EQ plugins during tracking (why it’s not necessarily wrong)
  • tips for getting great guitar tone in-the-box
  • mixing levels
  • compensating for hearing loss
  • EQ-ing reverb
  • setting up a reference track

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Ask Joe #119 – Me and My Microphone Mistakes

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This week I talk about my top microphone mistakes, plus I introduce you to my brand new tutorial product, Understanding Microphones.

I also answer questions about things like:
  • “checking” mixes in mono vs actually mixing in mono
  • what I look for in a mic stand (and how to make ’em last a long time)
  • the number one reason why you shouldn’t master your songs in your mixing session (and it’s not what you think)
  • preventing ear fatigue
  • why you shouldn’t only mix on earbuds (read this great article from Ian Shepherd)
  • headphone mix basics
  • fun way to maintain consistency when mixing an album

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Ask Joe #118 – Why Mics Matter So Stinkin’ Much

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In this week’s episode, we talk about mics, plus don’t miss the free mic webinar on September 4, 2014! Register here:

On the podcast, I also answer questions about things like:
  • Opening stubborn Pro Tool sessions
  • Dealing with the figure-8 pattern of ribbon mics
  • Using expanders
  • Moving up to bigger clients
  • Using EQ on the mix bus

 

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Ask Joe #117 – Fun Approach to Parallel Processing

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In this week’s episode, I talk about a new way I’ve been experimenting with effects sends while mixing. I also answer questions about stuff like:

  • “printing” EQ/compression on tracks
  •  getting rid of choir sibilance
  •  getting rid of static noise
  •  tips for programming MIDI drums
  •  my “gotta have” plugin
  •  dealing with low frequency problems in your room

 

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Ask Joe #116 – Fat Loss and Recording

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In today’s episode, I talk about the importance of tracking your progress in the studio, even if the results aren’t exactly what you expect (kinda like weight loss).

Plus, I answer a bunch of great questions about stuff like:
  • Things to consider when building a website for you and your studio
  • Recording a bass with active pickups
  • How to describe what compression actually does to the sound
  • A simple first step for acoustically treating your room
  • How to compress bass
  • Ways to keep a project moving forward

 

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