Ask Joe #115 – A Formula for Getting Unstuck

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After a much-needed week off, I’m back with another episode of “Ask Joe,” where I discuss a simple way to help you get “unstuck” when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

I also answer questions about stuff like:
  • how to save time when backing up large sessions
  • getting rid of acoustic guitar fret noise
  • using (or not using) a click track
  • varying the tempo of a song
  • drum editing

 

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Ask Joe #114 – Why You Don’t HAVE to Have Pro Tools

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Today I smack down a big ol’ myth that you absolutely need Pro Tools to collaborate with other musicians or (gasp!) make money from your home studio. Plus, I answer some great questions about stuff like:

  • Using a side-chained compressor on your mix bus
  • Mixing with the band members present
  • The difference between threshold and ratio on a compressor
  • The weird vertical lines on an EQ plugin
  • What make-up gain on a compressor is really for

 

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Ask Joe #113 – Tales of a Tracking Session

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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

 

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Ask Joe #112 – The Most Overlooked Thing in Your Home Studio

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This week I talk about something so obvious it gets overlooked all the time, in my home studio and I bet in yours, too. Also, I answer questions about stuff like:

  • setting up reverb and delay
  • using reverb on a bass track?
  • how to know when you’ve recorded a ridiculously good-sounding vocal track
  • recording with zero latency
  • using the EQ “boost and sweep” technique
Check out this video I mentioned in the podcast as well:

 

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Ask Joe #111 – The Missing Ingredient

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This week, I chat about the idea of doing things yourself in the studio vs having other people do it. (Hint: It’s not what you’re expecting.) I also answer questions on stuff like:

  • recording at low volume and dealing with room noise
  • getting consistency between songs when recording tracks for an album/EP
  • how I route things in my studio
  • is it cheating to use Waves plugins?

 

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Ask Joe #110 – Taking My Own Advice

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Today I talk about taking your own advice when it comes to big decisions about your studio and projects. I also share a little bit about my plans for tracking my upcoming album. And I answer some great questions about stuff like:

  • Achieving “depth” in a mix
  • How to do a good gear review
  • Dealing with room noise
  • Dealing with tinnitus
  • Recording tracks for someone else to mix

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Ask Joe #109 – Give People What They Want

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In this week’s episode, I talk about dealing with clients when they don’t necessarily LOVE your work. I also answer some great questions about stuff like:

  • Choosing a pop filter
  • Recording violin
  • What to listen for when using compression during mastering
  • The “sound-proofing” myth
  • Dealing with level differences when switching from mono to stereo.

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Ask Joe #108 – Sad Shootout Stories

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This week I talk about gear shoot-outs and how the results are oftentimes not nearly as “awesome” as you might expect. Plus I answer questions about stuff like:

  • getting rid of acoustic guitar pick noise (actually, this is more about GIRATS than anything)
  • should you set up a contract with new clients?
  • using different EQ settings for different parts of the same track
  • on-location recording tips
  • overcoming big obstacles
  • mixing with “depth”

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