Ask Joe #65 – Getting Clients Without a Portfolio

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Questions covered this week:

  • How do you maintain a good work-life balance?
  • How do you choose good reference tracks?
  • Should I upgrade from a PC to a Mac?
  • How do I get clients if I don’t have a portfolio?
  • Should I buy an external preamp?

3 Steps to Getting Your First Paid Recording Gig (Simply Recording Podcast)

Dueling Mixes

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Ask Joe #54 – Should I Master While Mixing?

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Questions covered this week:

  • How much is too much acoustic treatment?
  • How should I build a web presence to showcase my portfolio?
  • Should I master while mixing?
  • How do I deal with electrical noise?
  • How should I go about recording drums with one microphone?

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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…)

Tickle Their Ears

Got this email yesterday:

Hey Joe, this is Josh Herring (I’m part of your Mix With Us community). I read your recent email regarding creating a portfolio and I was looking for some advice. Is it something tangible like a CD and a business card or is it a website that you try to promote online? I would like to start putting mine together but I don’t know where to start.

Thanks for your time, Mix With Us is awesome! Just thought I’d throw that in there.

Thanks Josh. Great question.

I tend to lean more towards a website (or at least some form of digital solution), just because I’m normally interacting with people over email. (more…)

Why “Free” Isn’t Necessarily Valuable

I mentioned this on Facebook the other day. It’s kind of humorous, AND there’s a lesson here for all of us.

Here’s an email I got from one of my subscribers:

You send these emails, but I think you’re just looking to make some cash. How do I do the same? I offer to do recording, mixing, mastering for free but no takers. Any advice?

And here’s a summary of my response: (more…)