I got this email a couple days ago, and it was just too cool not to share with you.

Michael (one of my customers) wrote:

Understanding EQ changed my whole world a few months ago, I have started Understanding Compression this week and the quality of my mixes has taken a giant leap. My friends and clients have been letting me know I’m on the right track.

You know what’s so cool about this email? The thing that fills me with warm fuzzies?

The fact that Michael’s friends and clients are noticing a difference.

Wanna know why that’s cool?

Because friends and clients are usually completely oblivious to the recording process. They don’t care about compressor ratios and EQ curves. They don’t care about muddy-ness or crossfades.

They just know when something sounds GOOD.

They know if they would actually voluntarily listen to in the car on a road trip.

Why? Because the technical stuff (the recording, the mix) isn’t getting in the way. Nobody cares if you used parallel compression on the drums. They just know whether the drums make ‘em wanna dance or not.

Your job is to get out of the way.

If you’re doing your job, the average listener will be able to listen to the MUSIC and not the recording.

Now I’m not one to say my training videos are “world-changing,” but I seem to get a lot of emails like the one above. People are having lots of “ah-ha!” moments. Their recordings are getting better, and they’re having more fun.

To learn how to “get out of the way” with compression, clicky-click here:


3 Responses to “Umm…You Might Be Getting in the Way”

  1. Xan

    While I agree with the thrust ov this article wholeheartedly – that listeners don’t care for nothing except “Does it sound good?” and we attempt do put together mixes that have no distracting elements such as instruments being too loud, harsh, muddy etc. That’s all good stuff.

    But it’s a bit ov a worry when someone has “clients” for their audio engineering work, yet they are still taking 101 courses to learn about integral things such as EQ and Compression..!!

    • Joe Gilder

      I’m not sure I follow you. Are you saying you have to be an “expert” before you can have clients? I wholeheartedly disagree.

      If I had the choice between:

      1. the engineer who’s eager to learn and get better (who admits that he doesn’t know everything)
      2. the engineer who thinks he knows everything and doesn’t need to learn anything from anybody

      I’d rather have #1.


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