Whew. Could not have picked a better day to move yesterday. 64 degrees and sunny.

Gotta love Nashville in the spring.


As I’ve said before, I read a lot of books, mostly business-type books.

What I find fascinating about all these books by all these different authors is that there are SO many different views on WHAT makes a business successful.

One guy says the key is tons of effort and hard work.

Another guy says the key is to only focus on your strengths and to delegate your weaknesses.

Yet another author swears that networking and relationships are the key to success.

This makes reading these types of books both fun and frustrating. Fun because I get loads of new ideas from each book. Frustrating because all these ideas oftentimes conflict with each other.

But there’s one thing I’ve noticed.

While the authors’ opinions of HOW to go about building a successful business (or studio or whatever) vary greatly, they all seem to agree (for the most part) on a set of fundamentals.

Things like honesty, hard work, talent, education, customer service, etc.

These lay the foundation for a successful enterprise. (And they apply REALLY well to working on music in your home studio, too.)

The key is to learn the fundamentals, to lay a good foundation, before you run off into another direction.

Remember that email I sent a week or so ago about making 100 calls per day at a sales job? Making a boatload of calls every day won’t do ANYONE a lick of good if they don’t first lay a basic foundation of how to effectively sell things to customers.

It’s the same with recording music. Everyone needs a foundation.

Now, what you DO with that foundation is completely up to you. That’s the beauty of being creative. But laying that foundation will give you something to build on later.

What are some foundational “cornerstones” that you can lay for yourself?

Things like really understanding how EQ works:


and how to effectively use a compressor:


And also understanding the fundamentals of how sound interacts with your room, thereby affecting EVERYTHING you do in your studio:


I’ve developed all these products to help you lay a good foundation, so you can move forward and make some kick-butt recordings.

Go get ’em! 🙂

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

P.S. Don’t forget, I’ll be adding new bonus material over the next month to Understanding Your Room, where I’ll walk through setting up my studio in my new house. Epic fun will be had by all. 🙂