A Drill, a Closet, and a New Tracking Room

Recording in a home studio can be great, but we’re all aware of its shortcomings. If we are lucky, we have a dedicated room to record in. However, we have to use that room as both a control room and a tracking room. Simply put, if you are recording a musician, that musician is in the same room that you are recording in.

That’s not always a problem, and it can be a lot of fun. When I recorded my buddy Kevin‘s vocals for his album, he stayed in the room with me while recording. We had a lot of fun together and made fun of each other. It was great. 🙂

But sometimes it’s nice to have some separation. (more…)

Is it possible to make a professional mix at home?

If you read the question above, you probably have one of two reactions.

First, you may look at that, roll your eyes, and say, “No way it’s possible. You’ve got acoustical issues, inferior equipment, noise…it just won’t work.”

Or…you may look at that question and say, “Heck yeah it’s possible!”

Which category do you fall into? Seriously. It makes a huge difference. Your mindset can make or break your next project. I tend to fall firmly into the second category. (more…)

Listen Your Way to the Top

This week I had the privilege of interviewing Brent Milligan for my VIP members. He’s a professional producer/musician here in Nashville. Over the course of 45 minutes, he said so many things that I thought were just fantastic. I told him we could do a separate interview on EACH of those topics, there was so much good information.

Towards the end of the interview, I asked Brent if he had any final advice for aspiring producers. He told us a couple of things, but one thing particularly stuck out. He said, “Always be listening to good music.”

Now, you may be thinking to yourself Umm…yeah. That’s a no-brainer. But I’m always surprised at how little I focus on listening to good music as a way to get better. I still think of the music on my iPod like most normal people do — entertainment, something to listen to while driving, at a party, or mowing the lawn. (more…)

Great Acoustic Guitar Tone – The Mix (Part 7 of 7)

It would be lame for me to do a series on acoustic guitar tone without talking about how to mix those tracks once you’ve finally recorded them.

Lately I’m becoming more and more conscious of how my mixes are dependent on the quality of the recorded tracks. So now, whenever I record something, I try to get it to sound exactly how I want it to sound in the mix, right off the bat. I don’t just capture it and plan to go crazy with EQ later. I try to get it where I want it. My mixes are getting better (and easier) as a result.

Still, you need to mix those tracks, no matter how good they sound already, so hear are some tips for mixing acoustic guitars. (more…)

Tour of My Home Studio – Part 1

It’s been six months since I started Home Studio Corner, and it’s about time I showed you MY home studio! I love seeing other people’s setups, and I bet you do too, so enjoy!