I’ve got some exciting news for you loyal HSC fans. 🙂

I’m launching a series of posts designed to give you lots of ideas for how to make your recordings better. The series is called:

31 Days to Better Recordings

Yep, you guessed it. I’ll be posting every day for the entire month of October. The goal is to make you a better recording engineer by Halloween. 🙂

We’ll start out looking at studio equipment and gear, then we’ll move into tips for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering.

All 31 articles will be completely free. However, there’s a catch.

At the end of every article I’ll be posting a daily challenge. This challenge is designed to help you apply that day’s topic and to actually do something with it.

I can teach this stuff all day long, but if you’re not applying it and getting better, then what’s the point? I want you to be a better engineer in November than you were in September. But I can’t do the work for you.

Will you join me?

As we go through 31 Days to Better Recordings (or 31DBR for short), will you do the daily challenges? The first part of every challenge involves leaving a comment on that particular post, telling us either what you’re going to do or what you did do for that challenge.

This should be an awesome experience. The more people we have joining in the conversation, challenging and encouraging each other, the better the experience will be.

If you’ve never commented on articles in the past, I’d encourage you to try it. Like I said, the more involvement we have, the better it will be.

For you more experienced engineers, be sure to chime in and help out the new guys. Share your ideas. As most of you know, my wife and I are having a baby sometime in October, so there’s a chance I won’t be as involved in the comments at some point during the month. That shouldn’t stop you all from interacting, though. 🙂

For you new guys (and girls), don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are a lot of cool, knowledgeable people who hang out here at HSC, and one of them (or me) should be able to help you. (There are no stupid questions, and if anybody gives you a hard time, I won’t hesitate to delete their comment and ban them from the site. This is a safe place to ask your questions.)

Everything begins on Friday, October 1st. Will you join me? Leave a comment below and let me know. (Stretch your commenting muscles. :-))

Can’t wait to get started!!

102 Responses to “Introducing “31 Days to Better Recordings””

  1. Bob B

    Congrats on baby Owen. Heard you on IHR recently and though I’d come across the 31 days earlier I’m just I didn’t follow. Now that I’m pulling out some old writing and making a proper go of recording it. Hope it won’t mess you up that I’m a month behind.

  2. abel mendoza

    hi Joe,i want to thank you for doing this for all of us that are new at recording, this is going to help me a lot,im in.=)

  3. Durwood

    I’ve been kinda feverishly searching for “help!!” because I’ve got some experience and I’m attempting to put together an EP (4 songs)using Logic 9,and I’m realizing that I could use a lot more expertise if I’m going to sell it to people. I stopped by earlier, but didn’t have the patient to apply myself. Now I’m back

  4. Ebrahim Rashid

    It sounds a great challenge for me as an beginner who basically know something 😛
    and Thank you for this series 🙂

  5. Angel

    I just came across this website by searching for information on the internet about recording. I am what I call the rookie of all the rookies. The only experice I have recording is basically me messing around with a little Tascam 4track recorder but that thing is ancient. I recently purchased a HP PC, presonus firestudio, and Cubase 5 because the whole idea of doing my own recordings get me excited and Id like to eventully produce my own cd. But like I mentioned before, I am not an engineer, nor do I have much experience recording,but Im willing to learn. Im excited about this 31DBR your doing and really looking forward to it. I just saw the video intro to compressing you did and I loved how well you explained how compressors work. Thanks Joe for creating this website. You really inspire other musicians like myself to get into the whole recording world and to better understand it. God bless always!

  6. Michael

    As a musician I never really got involved with what you guys did on the other side of the glass. Now that the kiddo is traveling down a similar path (don’t ask, yup, its scary) I am starting to hear the “I need gear” sucking noise in my studio again. I think your web site is most righteous Joe. Thank you for the invite and let the games begin…:)

  7. Kevin

    I’m ready. I think what you are doing is awesome Joe.

    We just had a baby girl in June. Hang on Joe, it’s a great ride!


  8. Gustav Åström

    Wow Joe. You have done it again. You’re not only a good engineer, you’re also a great teacher who has the exactly right view of learning. I also admire your dedication to really learn people, so great :D. I’m going to join this for sure, i look forward to get started!

    Greetings from Sweden!

  9. Mánuee Trejos

    Yes I will, I was going to join the production club, but I couldn´t =(, thanks for this joe.

  10. Saman

    Hi. Sounds like a great way to become a better engineer… which is what i want… im a good enough musician now to be able to compose some quality songs as long as i beef up my engineering skills a touch… I’m in!

  11. Doug

    Hey Joe,
    I’m one of the “new guys” and I love your site. I don’t chime in for some of the reasons you mentioned above. I started using Pro Tools several months ago and would like to be further along than what I am.
    I’m going to take you up on your offer because you said, “There are no stupid questions,” and “This is a safe place to ask your questions.” Thanks for being there and I look forward to October!

  12. Will

    Perfect timing for me, just acquired Logic 9 and looking for a project to kick start things! I’m in.

  13. ki

    yes i want to be better…

    i just set up might home studio.. its been less than a month …

    so i am really really new to this ..

    I hope this helps me.

    thanks joe

  14. Alex

    I’m in! Sounds like a great plan, I know I can’t do every day, but I will do as much as I can!

  15. JordanR

    I recently discovered your site via audiogeekzine.com. It’s great! I also can’t commit to nightly recording but I will try to participate as much as I can!

    • Joe Gilder

      Nice to have you. Just so we’re clear, I’m not expecting everyone to do each challenge EACH day. A big part of the challenges will simply be telling us WHAT you’re going to do, or perhaps what you HAVE done in the past that’s worked really well for you. You could very well come back during Day 19 and report on how Day 1 went. It’s all good. 🙂

  16. Marc

    I am in…. I am part of the OHC and my understanding of recording has gotten better beyond expectation. Can’t imagine my potential with the 31DBR – Let’s do it!

  17. Joe Gidcumb

    I think it is a great idea and I am looking for some motivation as well. I think this would be perfect.

  18. Aubert

    Im in Joe, thanks a lot, by the way im new on your website and i think its great to have people like you sharing your knowledge! 😉

  19. Chepster

    hey there, I’m new here and this sounds like a great idea to have fun and learn something new at the same time, can’t wait!

  20. Cush

    This one of the better idea’s I’ve seen on this site, and I’ve seen a lot of good stuff here :). Pretty excited for this.

  21. Graham Wilson

    Hi Joe,
    Yep, I’ll be there I’ve improved in leaps and bounds since I started with One hour challenges so really looking forward to this.

    Oh and good luck with the baby.

  22. rick

    “As most of you know, my wife and I are having a baby sometime in October, so there’s a chance I won’t be as involved in the comments at some point during the month.”

    Spoken like a true rookie dad 😉

    I’m gonna try! Can’t guarantee all 31 days, but we’ll see!

  23. Kalichi

    I’ve learned alot from your site and the ‘Understanding Editing’ series. It’s a great idea. Let’s all try to be of help to each other for these focused 31 days in October.


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