Ask Joe #87 – My Buddy Zig

This week I share with you one of my favorite Zig Ziglar quotes and how to apply it to your recordings. Plus there are some great questions about my latest album, and also getting realistic sounding MIDI drums.

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Ask Joe #86 – A Case for Time Limits

In this episode, I talk about why I’m such a huge fan of time limits (and why you should be too), plus I answer some great questions on topics like how to get clients when you only have 2 mic inputs.

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Ask Joe #85 – New Year, New Podcast Format

To ring in the new year, I’m changing up the podcast format a bit. The podcast will now be on Tuesdays again, and it will be 30 minutes long instead of 15. Plus a rant section!

Details on this episode, plus lots of great questions.

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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…)