I’m not a big fan of mowing the yard.

Lazy? Probably. But I just simply don’t enjoy it.

Sadly, that means the grass in my yard is very long right now…

That’s what happens when you ignore it, it gets overgrown. Then once it’s overgrown you have an even MORE difficult time getting it back into it’s original state — all pretty and “manicured.”

It’s the same with your studio.

Things can get overgrown really quickly. (No, I’m not suggesting you have plants growing out of the back of your audio interface.)

But what I AM suggesting is that perhaps your studio SKILLS are getting a bit overgrown.

Recording music is a lot like my yard. If you’re not regularly working on it — recording new music, working on mixing, etc. — you won’t get better.

In fact, you’ll probably slowly get worse over time.

And it’s and endless cycle. The less time you spend in the studio, the less likely you’re going to get the sounds you want when you DO finally get around to working on some music.

(And a shiny new piece of equipment won’t solve your problems, either.)

You gotta invest the time, my friend.

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I’m even doing critiques of members’ mixes later this week. Might be just the ticket you need to start hacking away at some studio weeds.

Joe Gilder

  • Xan

    Same here, I hate mowing the lawn. So as ov consequence it gets all long and clumpy. Then it’s a pig ov a job to mow.

    Other things get left undone to around the house like DIY stuff, but in this case I actually like to do these things but I often don’t have the time?

    Why?

    Because I spend so much time in my studio writing songs, recording, mixing, mastering. All them good things..! 😉

    As for mowing the studio, this could also be considered tidying up the place. See I spend so much time actually recording the space around me gets cluttered with all me recording bits. Mics, pedals, leads, PSU’s, groove boxes, guitars, bits ov handmade equipment in varying stages ov prototyping and ov course media like CDrs and Pen Drives.

    Speaking ov new equipment, I really do think I would be happier if I had a new REALLY grunty lawn mover. The Flymo Turbolite 350 barely cuts it (‘cuse the pun!) when the lawn gets to it’s usual state when mowing time comes…! heh

  • DonB

    Taking your post literally, remember when you use a lawn mower, or any noisy machinery, use ear plugs. Prolonged exposure to high SPL will wear away at your hearing. (It takes me close to two hours to mow my lawn. Longer if I let it grow too much.)

    Of course, we all want to take care of our hearing. It’s our window to what we love to do. Music and recording.

    • Great point, Don. I ended up hiring a guy to mow it for me. BAM. Ears protected. 😉