Creating Strong Transitions In Your Music

We got more music production tips coming at ya! This week’s post is all about creating strong transitions in your music, specifically with modern electronic music productions. We’re going to go over the following techniques I use that help tell the story within the song

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Gain Staging Techniques That Will Make Your Productions Sound Better

Today’s video tutorial is all about gain staging. This has been the hot topic at the studio for the last couple of months, just revisiting the idea and drilling down further into the concepts and applications.

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The Importance of Time in The Recording Process

Time is money! Or so they say. Today, I want to talk about the importance of taking your time when recording. We hear it all the time as engineers and producers, work quickly, work fast, don’t slow down the session. While I agree that all of those are important factors to being a good engineer, I want to explore the other side of the coin. The advantages of being deliberate in our recordings.

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2 Mixing Tips That Have Nothing To Do With Plugins (and Two Bonus Tips That Might Get You Fired)

I was working on a mix this week that I couldn’t quite get sounding right. After working for a few hours without much luck, I realized I was on autopilot. Adding processing and reaching for EQ’s with no real reason, I wasn’t really listening and reacting. Instead I was just blinding making my usual moves. The next day when I came back to the song I reset every channel, dropped the faders to zero and started over. This time I didn’t reach for any plugins, instead I simply focused on the balance and in no time I had the track feeling much better. Here’s a couple quick thoughts about mixing that have nothing to do with gear.

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A Quick Trick To Give Your Kick And Snare More Punch Using Transient Design

This is Randor from Velveteen Audio.  Today, I did a quick little video regarding Kick and Snare Transient Design through editing.  The point of this video was to share a little technique to help our drums sound a little punchier and poke through the mix a bit more.

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3 Desert Island Plugins

On this blog, I decided to do something a little different and fun.  Let’s play desert island plugins! I’m hoping this will spark some conversations with everyone out there on the interwebs, as I’m sure we’ll all have very different opinions on what is necessary on our desert island studio.  So, you’re trapped on this metaphorical island with nowhere to go but you have great mixing monitors and an awesome control room built out of driftwood and coconuts as diffusers. You can only bring 3 plugins, what are they?!?  Here’s my desert island plugins:

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Enriching The Mix Process

I know that this can be a redundant statement and that you don’t need me to tell you something so obvious. However, I don’t think it can be overstated how massively the player/performance impacts the tone of the Bass. Finding a player who really understands the instrument and how it fits into a recording will save you a lot of headaches and get you bobbing along a lot quicker. I know that we don’t always have access to amazing bass players for every session, just remember that even if you are working with an inexperienced player, the more you can help him or her understand the instrument and perform better, the easier your life will be down the line.  

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5 Tips For a Great Bass Guitar Recording

I know that this can be a redundant statement and that you don’t need me to tell you something so obvious. However, I don’t think it can be overstated how massively the player/performance impacts the tone of the Bass. Finding a player who really understands the instrument and how it fits into a recording will save you a lot of headaches and get you bobbing along a lot quicker. I know that we don’t always have access to amazing bass players for every session, just remember that even if you are working with an inexperienced player, the more you can help him or her understand the instrument and perform better, the easier your life will be down the line.  

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Mute Everything!!!

So stoked to be making a guest appearance on the blog here. Today I’m going to lay out an approach I use to create effective arrangements that I call “producing by muting”. I developed this technique to deal with a problem that plagued me early in my career (and still shows up now and then); OVER CREATION! Let me walk you through a scenario that I’m sure we’ve all been through at least once.

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Effective Ways To Setup Parallel Compression In Your Mixes

Hey guys! Brad Simons here, and today I want to talk about parallel compression and a few ways to set it up in your mixes. It’s a great technique that can really make your mixes come alive. Setting it up in an efficient manner allows you to really get creative with your mixes. So let’s dive in and learn how to do that!

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4 Tips to Find Your Sound as a Producer

It’s become more and more common for “producer” to be a catch-all term for engineer, programmer, composer, mix engineer — the list goes on. There are so many different skills and roles that fall into our job description now, and at times it can be difficult to know where to focus our energy in terms of development. Many producers get lost in the weeds of technical ability, overlooking one of the most important parts of becoming a successful producer: developing a unique sound.

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5 Reasons To Care About Our Recordings

I absolutely love what I do and consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do it professionally for all these years.  Some of my best memories are creating music with my clients/friends in the studio, and I hope they have the same fond memories. Today, I want to list 5 reasons of motivation as to why it’s important for us to care about the music and clients that we work with.  

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How To Get A Great Guitar Sound In The Studio

Hey all, Brad Simons here again. As a guitar player, getting an awesome tone is very important to me, and also one of my favorite things to do. As with most things we do in the studio, there are a million and one ways to get an awesome sounding guitar tone. However, I’m going to go through my process, and I hope that it lays down some principles that you can use with your process. Let’s dive in.

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