3 Ways to Become a Better Engineer [Video]

You want to be a better engineer, right? I assume that’s why you read Home Studio Corner and subscribe to my newsletter.

Over the last year I can see areas where I have become a better engineer, and I thought I’d share a few tips with you to help YOU get better, too.

Here’s the video:


And here’s the link to Mix With Us if you’re ready to take the plunge and get seriously better at mixing. See you there!

(I need 10 comments before I’ll post again tomorrow.)

Buses and IO Explained [Video]

A lot of people get that “glazed-over” look when they try to explain or figure out buses and IO settings in their DAW. In this video, I give you a simple explanation of buses and IO. I’ll be showing it to you in Pro Tools, but these principles apply to any DAW.


What is your favorite thing to use buses for? I need 10 comments before I’ll post tomorrow’s post.


Want to learn more about Pro Tools? Check out UnderstandingProTools.com.

NEW Tour of my Home Studio [Video]

Several months ago I posted a video tour of my home studio. Well, I’ve since moved and changed things up a bit, so here’s a brand-new updated tour of my home studio. Enjoy!


What about YOU?!

I’d love to see a tour of your home studio. Post one on YouTube and put a link to it in the comments section here.

I’ve got something exciting to announce tomorrow, but I’ll need 10 comments on this post before I post it. Ready? Go!

Intro to Gates/Expanders

Do you ever use a gate or expander plug-in? Do you know what they do? Do you know how COOL they are?

I use them mainly for voiceover. They can help take a fairly noisy environment and make it seem much quieter than it actually is. I use them on the HSC Podcast, for example. In this video I actually use a snippet of audio from the latest podcast to show you how a gate/expander works.


How do you use gates? Leave a comment! I’ll need 10 comments before the next post.

Intro to De-Essing [Video]

De-essers. They’re so cool, but a lot of people aren’t sure exactly when or where or why to use them. Here’s a long overdue video where I explain just that. Enjoy! (And be sure to leave a comment.)


Studio Tour: McPherson Studios, Nashville, TN [Video]

This morning I got to hang out with a buddy of mine at McPherson Studios in Nashville, TN, where he works. I was helping him get ready for a drum tracking session this afternoon.

Of course I brought my video camera with me, since I’m always thinking, “I bet HSC readers would like to see this.”

So…here you go! Here’s a mini-tour of McPherson Studios. You can check them out at McPhersonStudios.com.


Mixing: “Limit Thyself” [NEW VIDEO]

I tried posting this yesterday, but I ran into some technical roadblocks, so here ’tis.

I’ve got a new video for you today. Live from my home studio…

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If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the blog post explaining the mixing course in a bit more detail. The doors open on MONDAY (3/29)!!

Also, don’t forget about the live streaming concert tomorrow night (3/27) at 5pm Central Time. I honestly don’t know how good the audio quality will be (fingers firmly crossed), but I’ll also be recording it all into Pro Tools. [Hint: If you join the new mixing course, the live recording might be a bonus…just sayin’. :-)]


I’ll be answering questions about the upcoming mixing course after the concert on Saturday. So come listen to some music, then stick around afterward, and we’ll have a live Q&A.