I’m not a big fan of exercise.

But I’m also not a big fan of being — how do I put this delicately? — “husky.”

But there’s really no way to lose the chub without putting in the hard work.

I can buy the latest workout routine DVD or book, sign up for a gym membership, create a killer spreadsheet to track my progress, develop the perfect workout plan, buy all the equipment I need…

…but NONE of those things will help me lose a single pound.

None of ‘em will de-huskify me.

Only when I take those plans — the information, the tools — and put in the hard work will I ever see any results.

And it won’t happen fast.

The first few times I’ll feel like I’m gonna hurl.

But over time, it gets a little easier. My body starts to get a little smaller. My lungs don’t feel like they’re going to explode at any moment.

What about you and your recordings?

Are you happy with the way they sound?

Are they a bit husky? :)

Are you developing quite the collection of workout tools (plugins, microphones, preamps) and programs (training videos, books) and seeing no change?

You’ve got to put some effort into it.

There’s no such thing as liposuction for your recordings. You’ve got to put in the hours to hone your skills and make yourself better.

Gear can’t do that for you.

My training videos can’t do that for you.

I can help you make better recordings, but only if you’re willing to do your part and APPLY the things I teach.

The first step to good mixes is learning how to effectively EQ things. I can help you learn it, but you’ve got to put in the practice time, too.

Get started here:

www.UnderstandingEQ.com

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  • Greg

    Thats right Joe, Faith without Works is dead! Faith with Works will produce fruit every time.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/beltane Xan

    Wow!…Not just recording advice Joe, but now dieting advice as well..! ;)

  • Andrew

    Good stuff! Wish people would talk more about “when and why” people should buy gear and “when and why” you shouldn’t buy gear more often so one can see do they really need the gear or do they NEED to know how to use the gear they have (I think it’s a good cheat sheet that I would have loved to have when I first started).For example (at least from my experience):

    When I buy gear I only buy it for these reasons (my reasonings are my “Whys”):

    1.) I want a “DIFFERENT” sound (Notice I stressed different. Doesn’t necessarily mean “BETTER.” My Sm57 sounds “DIFFERENT” from a Rode Nt1a).

    2.) I need to replace broken gear.

    When you shouldn’t buy gear:

    1.) compensating for poor engineering skills (as in not learning how to make great stuff with the gear you have. If you don’t know how to use the stock compression that’s in Logic Pro you probably don’t want to buy a SSL plugin).

    2.) Advertisers are making you feel insecure about the stock plugins you have by creating loaded terms such as analog, warm, etc (The list goes on). Thus, the stock plugins you have in Logic all of a sudden don’t sound “warm” or “analog” enough for you (whatever that means. Use your ears to guide you on what sounds good and not some sales-mens sales pitch).

    I guess to make a LONNNNG STORY short people need to make more cheat sheets/reminder sheets to avoid “impulse buying” (I wish I had it when I was younger; however, no one ever tells you why you should buy gear, for they ALWAYS tell you why you shouldn’t buy gear which makes people doubt the information you see: I see alot of engineers saying don’t buy the latest gear yet have the new and latest Waves plugin. What’s up with that? LOL).

    (Sorry for the long rant for anyone who reads my message. I really wanted to share it).

  • Sad Panda

    Here I thought this was going to be an article about rolling off all the tracks to get some of the extra fat off of them. Still, good encouragement for people to get to work!