I’m reading this great book.

It’s not written all that well, but it’s inspiring the heck out of me.

It’s essentially a collection of stories written by Grammy-winning recording engineer Jim Malloy.

Jim worked primarily in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.

I’ll be sharing more from this book in the coming weeks, so stay tuned, but for now I want to hone in on one specific concept from one story.

Jim was recording a Henry Mancini album. Henry had taken the recordings home to listen to them on his stereo system at home.

He came back and demanded that Jim turn up the rhythm section in the mix, saying that it was far too quiet in the mix.

Jim told him that if he did, it would ruin the whole mix.

They went around and around, back and forth, until Jim finally told something like this:

“Look, I spend 12 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week in front of these speakers. I know what the mix should sound like.”

Was he being arrogant?

Not at all.

He was stating a fact. He had spent infinitely more time mixing songs than Henry had.

(As it turns out, Henry’s speaker system at home was complete garbage, which explains why the mix sounded wrong.)

The lesson is simple.

Yes, you need things like good equipment and talent. But those alone won’t make your recordings sound great.

You’re missing one key ingredient.

T-I-M-E. Time.

I’m not saying you have to spend over 70 hours in your studio to become good at what you do, but I can tell you that, from my experience, the more I work in the studio, the better I get.

And it’s true for you, too.

One GREAT way to ensure that you’re spending time in your studio is to finally take the leap and join Dueling Mixes:


A new song every month to mix, and a whole buncha training material to help you along the way.


Joe Gilder
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