I’m sitting in Starbucks, listening to a good friend of mine play some music. I’ll be playing in a little while.

We’re both playing through my Fishman SoloAmp. (Check out that link for my review of the SoloAmp. Such a cool piece of gear.)

It’s been a relaxing weekend so far. This post will be a short one. I plan to work on my album tomorrow. I’m contemplating posting some tracks here for you to critique or even re-mix. We’ll see. 🙂

Have a relaxing, musical weekend. I leave you with a picture.

This week’s Ask Joe question is an intriguing one. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic, so be sure to leave a comment!

Photo by rockmixer

Photo by rockmixer

Stephen wrote:

Hey Joe,

I was wondering if it was worth the money to take the classes for Pro Tools Certification and if you did would that help out your chances to find work in this diminishing market? Thanks.


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Parallel processing is something you’ll come across at one point or another as you dive deeper into the world of recording. Basically, it’s the process of treating two identical copies of a piece of audio with different effets, then blending them together.

In this video, I show you a way to use parallel processing on drums. Enjoy!


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Last night About2Flip commented on the Intro to Compression video:

Again Great Video!!! But what does KNEE do? I have been searching for almost a year now.

The knee function on a compressor is not as important as the ratio, attack or release functions. However, it can still be a useful tool, and it deserves a little attention. Thanks for asking, About2Flip.

Take a look at this screenshot of a compressor plugin:
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Photo by jurvetson

Photo by jurvetson

Deadlines. They’re only good for jobs and tax returns, right? You don’t need the stress of meeting deadlines in your home studio. It’s your creative getaway, the place where you go to slowly piece together musical masterpieces. Wouldn’t a deadline stifle your artistic efforts? Your music should tell you when it’s finished, not the other way around, right?

Raise your hand if this is the way you think…go ahead, raise it. You can’t see me right now, but I’m raising my hand. Guilty as charged.

I was heading out to play soccer with my wife last night, and I told her I’d like to have my album finished by September 1st. She laughed. I jumped straight into “sensitive-artist-defending-his-art” mode. “What are you laughing at?”

She proceeded to tell me that she’s been listening to me talk about this fabled album for years…years.

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