Step Up to the (tem)Plate

You know what’s annoying?

Doing the same thing over…and over…and over…and over again.

For the longest time, I’ve been a “clean slate” kinda guy when it comes to working in my studio. I like to fire up my recording software with NO tracks, then build my session from there.

But…it’s getting kinda old.

In the last month I can’t tell you how many times I’ve created the EXACT set of tracks for recording, grouping, and bussing electric guitars.

But is there really a solution?


Templates, baby! (more…)

If it doesn’t come easy…


Whether you’ve been recording music for twenty years or twenty minutes, there’s something you should know.

You WILL get frustrated.

Sometimes you’d rather have a root canal than spend another hour on that mix that just isn’t coming together.

It’s easy to think that there’s something wrong with you, that you don’t have what it takes.

Hold on.

Before you give into your frustration and sell all your gear on Craigslist, check out this great email I got from a long-time customer (and pianist) Ron: (more…)

Perhaps I was wrong…

Happy Monday to ya.

I’ve been recording guitars in the studio all morning, and I wanted to stop and write you this email while I’m still jazzed about these guitar parts I came up with.

See, I’ve talked pretty regularly on Home Studio Corner about the importance of pre-production. I’ve talked about how important it is to have some sort of a plan when it comes to your songs, so you don’t end up wandering aimlessly for months on end, trying to make progress on your precious project.


I should be more careful when I give that kind of advice.

If you plan EVERYTHING, you leave no room for creativity. (more…)

Recording Onions

First things first. Thank you for all the sweet emails you folks sent me yesterday when I announced the twins. I’m still wading through hundreds of them. Y’all are awesome. 🙂

Okay, on to today’s tip, as promised…

When it comes to recording electric guitar, there are so many things to think about.

But if you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a bunch of tracks that just don’t work for the song.

The key to all this?

Onions. (more…)

I’m seeing double…


My head is still spinning.

Here’s the story…

My wife is pregnant, right? So yesterday morning we left our 2-year-old Owen with his grandmother and went to our first ultrasound appointment…you know, to find out the gender of the baby.

We were hoping for a girl…

The ultrasound tech was a super-sweet lady, and made us feel comfortable right from the start. She squirted the jelly stuff on Pam’s belly, fired up the ultrasound machine and began.

As soon as she started looking she IMMEDIATELY stopped, pulled the little sensor off Pam’s belly, and said, “Wait a second, this is your first ultrasound?”

The rest is a bit of a blur.

Pam joked, “Yeah, why? Are there two in there?”

“Yep.” (more…)

Your Questions Answered (The Podcast is Back!)

Happy Wednesday!

Today I’m keeping it short and sweet.

In case you didn’t know, the Home Studio Corner Podcast is back online, and I just posted a brand new episode of “Ask Joe” yesterday.

Here’s the deal. I’ll be posting a new podcast episode every Tuesday. These will be SHORTER episodes (15 minutes), where I answer YOUR questions. (more…)

“You CAN do this on your own but…”

I mentioned the Sound City movie in yesterday’s email.

Here’s a great quote from the movie. It’s Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), talking about the new “digital age,” where the technology allows folks like you and me to make music in your bedroom studios.

He said:

“I think the downside these days is thinking that I can do this all on my own. Yes you CAN do this on your own, but you’ll be a much happier human being to do it with other human beings. And I can guarantee you that.”


Man, oh man.

That’s good.

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of being a “studio hermit,” locking yourself away in your studio for hours on end, with no human interaction. (more…)

A Whole New World

Man, I’m excited.

For a couple reasons.

First, I watched the Sound City documentary over the weekend. If you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out.

Seriously, I think it’s required watching for anyone who records music. So stinkin’ inspiring.

I just wanna make music after watching it.

Check it out here:

The second reason I’m excited is because I got a new guitar over the weekend. I traded one of my Earthworks mics (I had three of them) for a custom telecaster. (It’s not a Fender, it’s actually a custom-made guitar from Bootleg Guitars.) (more…)