Ask Joe #141 – It’s Difficult

This week I share with you a new fun drum loop/song I worked on recently. I also talk about difficulty in the studio, and how it’s par for the course.

In the Q&A section I answered questions about stuff like:

  • choosing the songs for my album
  • using onboard mixer preamps vs outboard
  • fade-out issues
  • the way I get inside clients’ heads
  • thoughts on mixing while recording

Wanna submit a question for the podcast? Go here: www.askjoegilder.com

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Ask Joe #140 – The One Thing

In this episode, I talk about a great new book I just read, and how it’s helping me get more done (and how it can help you). Here’s the link to check it out:

http://astore.amazon.com/homstucor-20/detail/1885167776

And in the Q&A section, I answered GREAT questions about stuff like:

  • the good and the bad of using a calendar as a productivity tool
  • what “printing” means
  • plugins and clipping – what matters
  • recording acoustic guitar secrets
  • making a studio newbie feel comfortable
  • recording without a microphone

Wanna submit a question for the podcast? Go here: www.askjoegilder.com

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Interview: Drew Cyphers of The Outlier Studio

While releasing my album yesterday was exciting, today I’m even MORE excited to share a really great interview with you.

Drew Cyphers of The Outlier Studio agreed to sit down and talk with me about his remix of “Better This Way,” which was the winner of the remix contest and is featured as song #14 on my album.

Drew did a killer job on the remix. As it turns out, he does a killer interview too!

Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • The power of deadlines (and how they really do work)
  • How it’s possible to make great music with ancient software
  • A great free tool for creating really cool vocal effects [UPDATE: This tool is no longer free. Sorry for the misinformation!]
  • How to make your mixes have impact (i.e. how to punch me in the face with your mix)
  • One of the most important keys to achieving great things in your home studio (this one is subtle, I hope you catch it)

Check out Drew’s website (with pics of his home studio) here:

www.TheOutlierStudio.com

(Also, here’s the link to the free percussion samples I mentioned on the episode.)

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Ask Joe #139 – Silly Train Gives Good Advice

Today I talk about something that could very well make or break your success when it comes to music (or anything, really). Plus, in the Q&A section I answer questions about stuff like…

  • dealing with room resonance in your recordings
  • business resources for home studios
  • using compression and keeping things balanced
  • less-than-amazing drum recording vs sampled drums
  • resources to help you know your frequencies
  • what differences mastering made on my album

Wanna submit a question for the podcast? Go here: www.askjoegilder.com

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Ask Joe #138 – An Introvert’s Perfect Music Venue?

SPECIAL BONUS – In this episode I play for you the title track from my new album, “Better This Way,” in its entirety (starting at 11:51).

I also share with you some details about a ConcertWindow.com concert I’m doing on March 20, 2015 at 8pm Central. It’s an acoustic set with percussion, bass, guitar, vocals, and harmonies. [UPDATE: Due to illness in the Gilder house, the show is now going to be an solo acoustic show instead of a full band show. We’ll do a full band show in the future!]

And online concerts might be a great thing for you to look into for your music and your clients’ music. Could be a great service you could offer people. Great-sounding audio for their streaming concerts. Hmmm…

And in the abbreviated Q&A section, I answer questions about stuff like:

  • How to calibrate your studio monitors
  • Multiple ways to deal with latency while recording
  • Signal degradation with a volume knob?

Wanna submit a question for the podcast? Go here: www.askjoegilder.com

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Ask Joe #137 – Be Featured on My Album?

This week I announce a special remix contest using one of the songs from my upcoming album. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015. Full details and download links here:

www.homestudiocorner.com/remix

And in the Q&A section of the podcast, I answer questions about stuff like:

  • higher sample rates – worth it?
  • drawing a good performance out of a client
  • good mics for recording drums
  • how to handle a project where two different people are mixing different songs

Wanna submit a question for the podcast? Go here: www.askjoegilder.com

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Ask Joe #136 – A Simple Mixing Secret

I shared this little secret with my Dueling Mixes members this month, but I want to share it on the podcast as well.

It has to do with a way of approaching a mix that virtually guarantees you’ll mix it better.

And in the Q&A portion of the podcast, I answered some really great questions about stuff like:

  • How to approach recording and mixing multiple electric guitars
  • How to record electric guitars with multiple microphones (and not have a huge headache later)
  • How to mix if you tend to “EQ” the sound of your car stereo or iPod
  • Thoughts on LANDR.com and other automatic mastering service

Wanna submit a question for the podcast? Go here: www.askjoegilder.com

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Ask Joe #135 – The REAL Reason You Get Nothing Done

This might offend some people.

Heck, it offends me a little bit.

In this episode, I talk about the one thing that is keeping you (and me) from getting anything done in our studios.

And I share some specific ways that I’ve found that help me overcome this one thing, even as recently as this morning.

I also answer some great questions about stuff like:

  • Dealing with noise on the front and back ends of your songs
  • Options for getting your music on iTunes, Amazon, etc. (and what I use)
  • My stupid-simple method for knowing when my mix is finished
  • Panning suggestions for string arrangements

Wanna submit a question for the podcast? Go here: www.askjoegilder.com

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