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…)

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…)

Unhappy With Your Mixes?


That’s right, I said it. I’ve heard too many people tell me that they aren’t happy with their mixes, and the next words out of their mouth are “I need to buy another…” — plug-in bundle or another microphone, or another pre-amp or another piece of software.

Unfortunately, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but that’s not going to solve your problem.

You see, the issue is much simpler than that. If your mixes aren’t sounding good, I’m almost 100% certain that your plug-ins are not the main issue. The problem most of us run into when our mixes don’t sound how we want them to sound is that the tracks themselves don’t sound how we want them to sound.