Wanted: Studio Lawnmower

I’m not a big fan of mowing the yard.

Lazy? Probably. But I just simply don’t enjoy it.

Sadly, that means the grass in my yard is very long right now…

That’s what happens when you ignore it, it gets overgrown. Then once it’s overgrown you have an even MORE difficult time getting it back into it’s original state — all pretty and “manicured.”

It’s the same with your studio.

Things can get overgrown really quickly. (No, I’m not suggesting you have plants growing out of the back of your audio interface.)

But what I AM suggesting is that perhaps your studio SKILLS are getting a bit overgrown.

Recording music is a lot like my yard. If you’re not regularly working on it — recording new music, working on mixing, etc. — you won’t get better.

In fact, you’ll probably slowly get worse over time.

And it’s and endless cycle. The less time you spend in the studio, the less likely you’re going to get the sounds you want when you DO finally get around to working on some music.

(And a shiny new piece of equipment won’t solve your problems, either.)

You gotta invest the time, my friend.

And hey, if you need some motivation every month, and a place to “hang out” online with other cool folks, become a VIP member.


I’m even doing critiques of members’ mixes later this week. Might be just the ticket you need to start hacking away at some studio weeds.

Joe Gilder

Practice Makes Perfect…Even for Audio Engineers?

Football practiceHave you heard of Nick from NicksTutorials.com? He’s an Ableton/sound design guru (and a cool guy).

He wrote a blog post recently on how to train yourself to be creative, even if you’re not feeling it. It’s a great read (and I’ve linked to it at the bottom of this post).

At one point, Nick writes:

Practice makes perfect: An overused saying that nevertheless rings absolutely true. The necessity of actually doing something is inescapable if one plans on getting better at their chosen craft.

Recording may be a hobby for you, or perhaps you’re aspiring to make a full-time income from it. Wherever you fall in the spectrum, you should take these words to heart.

Practice Recording…Like Football?