Some things just don’t make no sense.

I interact regularly with lots home studio owners.

And the more I hear from them, the more “don’t make no sense” things I hear.

For example…

  1. People who complain that they can never find any paying clients, but they don’t have a single song in their portfolio to show of their chops.
  2. People who can’t get good mixes, and they blame it on their gear.
  3. Automatically upgrading software, even though there’s nothing wrong with the way the system works now.
  4. Re-recording tracks for a song after buying a new piece of gear.
  5. People who put off a recording project until they get that new microphone (or preamp, or interface).
  6. Being convinced that taking recordings “to the next level” involves another piece of gear.
  7. Complaining about the latest paid software upgrade when there’s no need for an upgrade.
  8. People who justify a new gear purchase as a “business expense,” but dragging their feet on actually pursuing paying clients.
  9. People who would rather argue over samples rates than record some great music.
  10. Asking “What’s the best mic for recording X?” rather than “What’s the best WAY to record X?”

I could probably list 100 more of these.

The point is simply this — what “don’t make no sense” things are you doing?

Are you making excuses? Are you letting silly things like gear get in the way of making huge improvements in the quality of your recordings?

Are you waiting around for a magic pill?

I hate to break it to you, but the FedEx guy will never deliver better recordings. Better recordings happen when you commit to being in the studio and doing the hard (but insanely fun) work to get better…using exactly the gear that you own RIGHT NOW.

Maybe you need a nudge in the right direction.

How can you find clients without experience? How do you get experience without clients? It’s a catch-22, right?

One way is to join I’ll send you one song each week to mix, accompanied by a video showing you how I mixed the song.

Once you’re finished, you have my permission to use these songs in your portfolio to get new clients.

Find out if this is right for you here:

7 Responses to “Recording Engineers Who Don’t Make No Sense”

  1. Cush

    I’m not so much guilty of the gear related ones, but I have this problem with posting anything that I feel isn’t totally up to my abilities. I spend so much time of my time in the studio working on things and end up looking back at that time spent and saying “am I even going to use/finish this”. I need to get better at focusing the time that I do have, because another excuse I use is that I work too much 😉

  2. Smurf

    Guilty of all listed & more, but have been doing pretty good for about 10 months now. Just this week I finished up my last procrastinator track, and now it is back to mic experimenting!

  3. Dave Hiser

    I am still trying to learn the ins and outs of EVERY plug-in that comes with Pro_Tools so I can use every one on every track that I do… 😉

    All kidding aside, this is basically the kick in the butt I needed. I am officially out of excuses. I am going to finish one of the 20 or 30 songs I have started this past year and put it up there for God, you and all the little animals to see, hear and critique.

    Come what may…

    PS..keep up the good work in the Production Club!!!

  4. Bob Sorace

    My biggest is every time I learn something new from you or Graham, I feel it’s imperative to apply it to all of my mixes. I’ll never release anything at this rate! Well, I have seen the error of my ways, and I have finally put a song on Reverb Nation Please check it out!!/pages/Trip-Tucker-and-the-Buggy-Bumpers/175936542432531?sk=app_2405167945

    I really need to come to terms with the fact that the first album I do IS NOT going to sound like Brian Eno was twisting knobs, and all of the great stuff you guys show us doesn’t need to be on every song! Well, that’s my two cents! I may not be there yet, but without your tutorials I wouldn’t even be here! Great job Joe!

  5. mark

    I am offering my services free until i get some decent tracks under my belt. Targeting the demo-seeking crowd–new bands, artists with lots of ideas but not a ton of dough. high school metal bands. down-and-out blues cats. it’s a great way to facilitate music-making AND hone my chops. WINNING!

  6. Sad Panda

    I admit it, I tried to cut corners in tracking a couple weeks ago. And I paid a heavy price because we’re going to be re-tracking vocals as a result.



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