Are You the Weakest Link?

Nobody’s good at everything. Whether it’s the work that you do for a living or your work in the studio, there are some things that you’re better at than others. That’s no surprise, right?

But what are those specific things that you are really good at in the studio? And what are the things that you’re not-so-good at?

If you remember that old TV show called “The Weakest Link”, at the end of the show this British lady would stand up and say, “Joe, you are the weakest link. Goodbye.”

That poses an interesting question. What should you do with the weaknesses that you have in your studio, in your abilities as a recording engineer? Let’s think about that. (more…)

Why Doing Everything Yourself Might Be Lame

You know what they say, just because you CAN do something doesn’t necessarily mean you SHOULD.

There’s a common thread I see in the home studio world. A lot of home studio owners are musicians themselves. They record their own music. Sound familiar?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a bunch of different hats in your home studio. That’s what I do on a daily basis. One second I’m belting out a lead vocal track, the next I’m comping, editing, and mixing the song.

And I’ll admit, I’ve got this idea in my head that people will be REALLY impressed with my music if I perform every single part. All the guitars, all the vocals, bass, drums, etc.

Is it impressive to be the “one-man band”? I suppose it is to a degree. But is it best for the music? Probably not.

The reason? I’m not a bass player. I’m not a drummer. I’m not a female vocalist. I’m not a lead guitarist.