Was Blind, But Now I MIX

“You mix with your ears, dummy.”

Good point.

But is that all?

Unfortunately, no.

Unless you are visually impaired, chances are you struggle with mixing with your EYES.

I know I do sometimes. All this software just looks too cool. It becomes easy to let your eyes make the mixing decisions BEFORE you let your ears in on the action.

The result? Well, isn’t it obvious? (more…)

The Ultimate Catch-22 (The Story of Billy)

Which came first — the chicken or the egg?

I’ll see your question and raise you a question.

Which came first — the mix engineer or the tracks?

At first glance, you might say, “Well duh, Joe. You can’t mix if you don’t have tracks.”

And to that I say…EXACTLY.

Imagine with me for a moment…

There’s an aspiring musician named Billy. Billy LOVES music, and he recently discovered the world of home recording. (more…)

Just Embarrassing…and Sad

A couple weeks ago I went on a road trip with 4 other guys to South Carolina for a weekend show.

At one point, one of the guys pulled out his iPhone and started playing a bunch of recordings an audio engineer friend of his had given to him.

These were, quite literally, some of the worst recordings I’ve ever heard in my life.

I’m getting a little uncomfortable even thinking about them right now. They were just awful.

What made them so bad? Was it the engineering? Mic choice? Mic placement? The mix?


That’s the good news (and I guess the bad news, too). (more…)

A Parallel Universe

It’s addicting.

My wife and I are really good at watching TV shows on Netflix that were REALLY popular five years ago.

This time around it’s Fringe.

[Teensy-tiny claim to fame — While I worked in sales at Sweetwater, I actually had an email exchange with J.J. Abrams, the creator of Fringe, Lost, etc. He didn’t buy anything…]

Okay. Fringe. The basic premise is that all these crazy, inexplicable things are happening, things that traditional science can’t explain. So the FBI turns to what they call “fringe science,” the study of weird things. 🙂 (more…)

The Magic Mixing Button

I’m tipping my hat to Graham on this one.

He’s the one who reminded me of this a year or so ago, and I promptly forgot it.

And it’s a little embarrassing, I’ll be honest.

Here’s the story…

As you know, Graham and I are competing against each other every month as a part of Dueling Mixes. We each mix the same song, then members vote.

Well…as I write this, Graham’s winning in the poll. (Don’t worry, he’s not winning by too much. I still have faith in Team Gilder.)  (more…)

Thomas the Tank Engineer

I gotta get something off my chest.

My kid Owen loves Thomas the Tank Engine. (Like, obsessed.)

Needless to say, we end up watching Thomas videos a LOT around the Gilder house.

And I have to admit…Thomas annoys the crap out of me. Every episode goes like this:

  • Sir Topham Hatt has a “very special” job for Thomas.
  • Thomas screws up the job.
  • Sir Topham Hatt is “cross.”
  • Thomas makes everything right.

If I was Sir Topham Hatt, I would have fired Thomas a long time ago.

(I don’t care if the show is named after you, you big blue hunk of metal.) (more…)

Your Unfair (Performance-Enhanced) Advantage

There’s a rumbling going on around the internet.

It has to do with Carl Lewis (Olympic sprinter from the 80’s), who’s apparently questioning the “cleanliness” of the Jamaican runners from this summer’s Olympic Games.

He thinks it’s questionable that Usain Bolt could be that fast without some extra “help” from performance-enhancing drugs.

I honestly haven’t followed this very closely, but just caught wind of it recently, and it got me thinking two things.

Firstly, Bolt and Lewis have obviously never seen ME run. They’d be glad this white boy decided to pursue music over athleticism. 🙂 (more…)

The Power of Three

I’m finishing up a mix this week for a client from Russia.

Great song…and it’s not everyday I get to listen to a guy singing in Russian for a few hours. (I think I might be starting to understand it…nah, probably not.)


Here’s a quick mixing tip that will help you in two ways:

1. You’ll quickly improve your mixes.

2. Your mixes won’t take FOREVER to finish.

What is it?

It’s something I’m calling the “Power of Three.” (more…)