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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5 Non-Technical Tips to Help Your Productions

I’m currently on a flight home from Toronto, where I spent the past week crashing on couches while doing co-writes with other producers and working on the debut single for an upcoming artist. There was little sleep, too much coffee, and lots of late night conversations and sessions that really reminded me that there’s so much more to producing than just the technical side of things. Below are some of the ideas from those late night talks focused into a list of tips on the non-technical side of the craft.

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5 Tips To Get The Best Out Of The Artist

As much fun as we all have nerding out over engineering and production tips, it’s important to keep in mind the main reason we are in the studio: to create music with emotion and vibe that will resonate with listeners. In order to do that, we need the Artists more than they need us.  And more importantly, we need them at their absolute best. Here are 5 tips that we as Producers/Engineers can do to ensure that our clients are at the top of their game.

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5 Basic Ways Producers Can Improve Their Studio Sessions

The focus of this article isn't about gear or techniques on how to record, but rather about some of the other things that are associated with the recording process. Some of these may seem like common sense, but often can be overlooked because everyone's focus gets pulled into some of the many technical details during recording (which are still very important). The end result is affected by every single aspect of the recording process, so these are a few details that should not be overlooked, and will ultimately improve the end result of your recording.

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Why Creating A Team Will Make You A Better Engineer And Producer

Hey guys! Brad Simons here, and today I want to talk about one of the most important parts of Velveteen, team. It's no secret that we really push the teamwork environment at Velveteen. We began building our team about 3 years ago, and the benefits have really helped us grow rapidly as both a collective and as individuals. The famous quote "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" really does ring true here. 

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4 Ways To Jump Start Creativity In Your Productions

Alright, let’s talk about writer's block. We’ve all been there, eyes glazed, staring at our screen trying to figure out where to start or what to do next. Inspiration is unreliable at best and if we only worked when we felt inspired, would we ever get anything done? Besides, if the session starts at noon then you better be ready to create at noon. Creativity is such a deep topic and there are a ton of great resources out there, but with this post, I’m just going to focus on a few quick practical ways to jump-start your process. If you’re interested in going deeper, I’ll have a few resources linked at the end!

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Four Creative Ideas for Sitting the Snare in a Mix​​​​​​​

Snare drums. Usually, they’re an integral element of a song. It’s also one of those elements that has a reputation for not wanting to play nice with the balance of a mix. Sometimes you get a track to mix and for whatever reason (tonality, dynamics, performance, etc…) the snare just won’t sit in with the rest of the track. It feels detached. On top. It’s own weird separate entity. Straight volume, EQ, and compression are the usual suspects we turn to when trying to get a snare to blend in, but there are some other fun & creative techniques to help solve this problem as well.

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A Four Step Method To Quickly Getting Your First Production Clients

Hey guys! It's Brad Simons here, and today I want to do something different. We're going to talk about a method that you can use to get new clients when you're starting out as a producer. I want to stress that this is a method to get alot of clients fast, but will evolve once you've established yourself. Furthermore, this method will highly depend on what kind of artist you're trying to work with, as I'm going to suggest you find them on Instagram. Although I see alot of genres on Instagram, maybe yours isn't. In that case, you'll have to tailor the method as such.

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Metering Methods Using the Klanghelm VUMT Plugin

Hey everyone! It's Brad Smith here. Today I’ll be diving into the Klanghelm VUMT plugin, what it is, how it works, and how I use it in all three phases of the recording process. This will be broken out over two (potentially three) blog posts. Today's post will be an introduction to the plugin and I’ll talk about how I use the plugin while tracking.

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6 Mistakes I Made As A Beginner Engineer

When I was 18 and first getting into recording, I had no idea what I was doing. Today, I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but I have made enough mistakes along to way to learn what NOT to do, and that has helped me more than any blog/book/seminar ever has. During the process of recording my band Forester's full length album, I did many things incorrectly that one often only sees in hindsight. Some of these may seem like rookie mistakes by seasoned recording vets but with so many elements that make up a great recording, everyone makes mistakes somewhere along the way.

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5 Tips To Get A Huge Kick Drum Sound

Hey guys! It's Brad Simons here, and this post is all about making your kick drum sound huge. There are few things more satisfying in the studio than getting that kick sound just right. As always, I'm going to talk about how I go about it, rather than describing all possible ways that it's done. We're going to talk about the process from tracking, all the way to mixing, so we can make sure the final mix has that much-needed kick drum sound. Here we go!

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5 Ways To Prep For A Studio Session

Ok, you've saved up/earned enough money to get yourself into a pro recording studio. You definitely don't want to waste any time while you're there, as you'll end up paying for it. Hard. I've seen lots of bands come into the studio and start off on the wrong foot. However, it's my job to make sure that bands know how to prepare for the studio. Here's a few ways:

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