Ask Joe #81 – Should I Turn Down Work?

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Questions covered this week:

  • How do you turn down a sub-par client/band/project/etc. when you rely on your freelancing to pay bills?
  • I’ve been told I should put on dithering any time I mix down from 24 bit to 16 bit, but I still don’t know what it is or what it does and I can’t hear a difference. Can you explain this and if I should hear a difference?
  • I want to get into recording recitals to make some money and build a client base. Any tips on how to get started?

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Ask Joe #80 – Omni and Figure 8 Microphones

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Questions covered this week:

  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of using omni or figure eight microphones instead of cardioid mics?  When would I want to use an omni or a figure eight instead of a cardioid?
  • Do I have to go through a “burn in” period with new headphones and monitors so that they will reproduce audio more effectively?

Ask Joe #79 – Questions from Southerners

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Questions covered this week:

  • Do I need a direct box going from my synths to say a digimax preamp or can I just use a male XLR to 1/4 cable?
  • I heard someone describe the difference between subtractive EQing and additive EQing – subtractive is corrective whereas additive is creative. Would you agree with that description?
  • You’ve mentioned some recent changes to your studio – what are they?
  • When mastering multiple tracks, do you prefer to use different reference tracks for each song, or use a reference track on the first song and then use the first song as a reference track for the next song?

Ask Joe #78 – Mixing Vocals and Using Samples

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Questions covered this week:

  • You always say Get It Right At The Source, and that no amount of compression or EQ will fix a poor recording. Is this true with drum samples? Will a bad kick sample be as hopeless as a poorly recorded kick track?
  • How would you approach mixing vocals with a stereo backing track rather than having all the instruments on separate tracks?
  • How do I add harmony to some vocal tracks? Are there any tricks you’ve learned that could help? Any resources out there that you would recommend?
  • Whose job is it to determine the length of a song – the engineer or the mixer?

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