Have I ever mentioned that I hated dating?

I was lucky to meet my wife as soon as I did, because I just wasn’t cut out for the dating scene, especially first dates.

But guess what? Recording music is surprisingly similar to a first date.

(Especially if you’re just starting out.)

Let me show you how.

#1. You’re constantly second-guessing your every move, paranoid that you’ll ruin everything.

You can be so worried about getting a great-sounding mix that you inevitably become paralyzed. You can’t decide if mix #47 sounds as good as mix #13, so you obsess over it endlessly.

#2. You listen to bad advice.

“If you open the car door for her, and she the unlocks YOUR door while you’re walking around, then you know she’s the One.”


It’s the same for home studio folks. You take advice from some random dude in a forum rather than using your brain to try things for yourself.

#3. You put way too much pressure on yourself.

News Flash: The first date doesn’t make that big of a difference. You won’t lose your soul mate forever because you weren’t the perfect date.

It’s the same in the studio. Your mixes aren’t ruined forever if they have some imperfections. (In fact, I’d argue that those imperfections are sometimes the best parts of a mix.)

#4. You spend a lot of money, thinking that it will make a difference.

Look, she ain’t gonna marry you just because you dropped 200 bucks on a lobster dinner.

And whatever shiny piece of gear you’re about to buy won’t make your recordings instantly amazing.

It just doesn’t work that way.

If you want to get better results in the studio, you’ve gotta spend time “getting to know” the basics of audio.

That’s why I created Understanding EQ, to debunk a lot of myths and teach you a proven, simple method for getting better-sounding mixes.

Now dry those sweaty palms and click on over to:


Joe Gilder
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