We’ve all met at least one.

The “grumpy ol’ fart” in the neighborhood.

You know the one. He says things like:

“Back in my day, when we would walk 15 miles uphill in the snow…”


“That’s the way we’ve always done it.”

He hates change. He doesn’t see any reason to try new things. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he grunts.

Well you might think that I (being the young whipper-snapper that I am) would be against this old dude’s way of thinking.

But alas…I’m a bit of an old fart myself.

(At least about some things.)

Take editing, for example. Simple functions such as cut, copy, paste, nudge, fade, etc. have existed since the dawn of digital audio.

Fast forward a few decades, and things have advanced quite a bit, with newer and newer technologies being developed every year. We can now do so much more than we could before. (Tuning, pitch-shifting, time-stretching, quantizing, etc.)

But you know what?

I still like the “old fart” way of editing. Give me a DAW with basic editing functionality, and I’ll be well on my way to a nice, polished-sounding recording in no time.

Why? Because I stick to the basics. I keep it simple. I don’t use fancy software.

And it works for me.

It’ll work for you, too. (If you know how to do it.)

To learn the good old-fashioned editing skills (that never go out of style, no matter how many new features the latest software upgrades promise), skee-daddle on over to:


Joe Gilder

3 Responses to “Grumpy Old Fart”

  1. Andrew

    I love that quote “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” Joe. Don’t go bashing on it LOL! But seriously it is one of my golden rules for mixing because it has a lot to do with the “less is more” approach when working with music. These are the 3 golden rules I use ALWAYS use for music (and almost wish someone taught me earlier if I ever got stuck on something. Oh well *sigh*):

    1.) “If it sounds good, It is good” (It’s unbelievable how many times I would do weird drastic EQ on bass guitar or strange compressing tricks on Vox tracks, but if it works for the song it works).

    2.) “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” (When I first started I use to ruin great recordings by Over doing things. Got into the habit of adding unnecessary plugins on an already perfect acoustic guitar…stuff like that. So it goes back to golden rule#1 if It sounds good, it is good so LEAVE IT ALONE!!!)

    3.) “Less is More” (I use to add compression on every track when I first started and tape saturation plugins on everything for a so called “Tape sound” which led to a very distorted song. If I would have added a little compression here and a little distortion there I would had a more “Listenable” song. So my advice is to keep it simple stupid and stop over doing things).

    Just wanted to share my golden rules (it’s like the ten commandments for music. If I break one I committed a sin).=)

    • Joe Gilder

      It’s a killer set of rules, Andrew.

      It’s funny how easy it is to break our own rules. I have to constantly smack myself in the face when I’m tempted to get out of control.

    • Michael

      “If it sounds good, it is good.” – This is the Cardinal rule! Thanks for saying it Andrew.

      Can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me about their mix to which I’ve replied “it sounds good”, and to which they’ve replied “do you think I should…(fill in the rest)?”. What!? I just told them how good it sounds but they want to go messing with it anyway.

      Been there, done that myself so I’ve got to give those who ask room to learn, but I also attempt to educate where I can. The learning never stops.


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