Ask Joe #47 – 3 Tips for a Beginner


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Questions covered this week:

  • How do you use saturation?
  • What is considered a “fast” attack time on a compressor?
  • How do I deal with bad-sounding mp3’s?
  • What should I keep in mind for my mastering engineer when I’m mixing a song?
  • What are 3 tips you’d give a beginner?

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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…)

Ask Joe #32 – Mastering and more


The podcast is a few days late due to some traveling for the Gilder clan.

I’m back in Nashville and have a brand spankin’ new podcast for you

Some topics covered today:

  • Should I upgrade my computer?
  • Mastering individual songs vs an album
  • Electric guitar recording techniques
  • External converters
  • My approach to mixing
  • Choosing studio monitors

… and a lot more.

Happy listening!

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Ask Joe #31


Lots of great questions this week. Keep ’em coming!

Some questions covered today:

  • Should I mix and master separately?
  • How do I find clients in a rural area?
  • How do I pick my first pair of studio monitors?
  • How to not bite off more than you can chew with client work.
  • and lots more…

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Ask Joe #29 – The Resurrection of the HSC Podcast!


Big news, folks!

I’m resurrecting the Home Studio Corner Podcast! More specifically, I’m resurrecting Ask Joe.

Ask Joe was a feature I had on the site when I first started it back in 2009. It turned into an Ask Joe Podcast, which then morphed into the “Home Studio Corner Podcast,” and the “Ask Joe” part of it kinda died out.

Then (as you probably know) last year I joined forces with Graham Cochrane of to start the Simply Recording Podcast.

BUT…I still get lots of questions, and I want to answer as many as I can and help as many of my subscribers as I can, SO…I’m bringin’ back Ask Joe!

The easiest way to ask a question is to head over to That’ll take you to the right place.

As Home Studio Corner grows, it becomes harder and harder to return every single email I get. This podcast will allow me to answer questions more efficiently (and in more detail) than I could do via email.

So, grab a cup of coffee, and take a listen to the resurrected Home Studio Corner Podcast.


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