My wife Pam went in for an allergy test the other day.

She’s been having some wicked asthma, so we figured it was time to actually do something about it. If you didn’t know, one of the things they do at an allergy test is put a bunch of little pin-pricks in your arm (both arms actually) and use those pricks to test to see what you are allergic to.

It’s such a primitive way of doing it, but it apparently works.

When it comes out your music and home studio, what are some ways that you can prick yourself?

Are there areas in your work that need attention? Are you just ignoring them, or are you doing anything about them?

One of the ways I “prick myself” is to regularly listen to my mixes alongside professional mixes. It’s quite the reality check. It can be rather depressing, but I always learn something. If you are not in process of regularly making yourself uncomfortable in an attempt to improve your skills, I think you’re missing out.

If you’re looking for a place to practice mixing while also learning how to constructively compare your work to others, I know just the place.

It’s called Dueling Mixes.

Get started here:

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

3 Responses to “Little Prick”

  1. Jerome

    Comparing one’s self to professionals is definitely humbling yet rewarding , if I don’t stick my head in the sand and believe I’m OK. Ignoring the obvious doesn’t make it go away. I actually found out how to use the myriad feature set of my old Akai MPC 1000 , by watching an add demonstrating what the NEW Akai MPC can do. I know that’s a little off topic ,but my point is hanging out in places like HSC , Dueling mixes , manufacturers websites , you are bound to improve in ways you didn’t see coming. Hope Pam’s asthma gets controlled.


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