Ask Joe #84 – Getting Clients and Dealing With Noise

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Questions covered this week:

  • If I’m recording acoustic guitar or vox with an LDC or SDC, does it matter if the microphone/s are facing my studio monitors, computer, external hard drives, outboard gear, etc?
  • Do you have any tips for getting over writer’s block?
  • Do you have any suggestions on how to build your client base?

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Ask Joe #83 – Dealing with Reverb

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Questions covered this week:

  • When you reference your mix on your “crap speakers”,  are you listening to them with or without some sort of EQ?
  • Could you give some pointers/general principles about how to use reverb in a mix?
  • What would be some applications for use of a low pass filter?

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Ask Joe #82 – A Tale of Two Bloggers

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Questions covered this week:

  • How did you & Graham get to know each other and then start collaborating (Simply Recording Podcast, and then Dueling Mixes) as you live in Nashville and Graham lives in Florida?
  • Anyway, I’m finding that my vocals don’t really meld with the rest of my mix. Like the vocal just kind of stands out, but not in a good way. Have you ever run into this?
  • How do you know when to stop?

Here’s the link to that Dueling Mixes interview: www.transientmobile.com/dueling-mixes

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4 Keys to My Most Recent Mix

Hiya.

Changing things up slightly. Gonna start sending out these daily emails first thing in the morning instead of at noon. Just keepin’ you on your toes. 🙂

I recently finished up my latest mix for Dueling Mixes. I’m happy with how it turned out, so I thought I’d share a few key things that contributed to the awesomeness.

KEY #1 – I used a reference track.

I took my own advice and actually used a reference track for this mix. It’s a good idea to compare your mixes to a similar, professionally-mixed track. But it’s also kinda annoying…and I keep forgetting.

This time I didn’t. (more…)

Do you hear what I hear?

Tell me if this has ever happened to you.

You’re working on a mix, and as you listen to it, you realize things sound a bit muddy.

You suspect it’s the bass track, so you grab an EQ and go to work.

“I need to turn down the low-mids,” you say to yourself.

(Ideally you say this out loud. I tend to talk to myself a lot in the studio. Talking to yourself makes you super cool.)

The only problem is…you don’t really know what “low-mids” are. You’ve heard people talk about low-mids, and you have a general idea of where they are, but in practice, you’re WAY off.

You could play the mix for a pro mix engineer, and ask him, “Do you hear what I hear?” (Hey, it’s after Thanksgiving. Cue the Christmas music.) He might agree that the mix is muddy, but how he uses EQ to address the muddiness will likely differ wildly from how you used it.

Why? (more…)