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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The Beat Detective Hack!

Time correction on your drum tracks can be a can of worms.  There are many arguments for and against editing your drums, as well as a multitude of different techniques you can use to achieve the “performance” you’re looking for.  Today, I want to specifically focus on Pro Tools’ “Beat Detective” and its functionality and a few tips on improving performance.

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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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The Klanghelm VUMT Plugin & Metering Methods: Part I

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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5 Home Recording Hacks

Alright, let's face it. Studio's are damn expensive and sometimes are just out of the budget. But what do you do if you want to get an idea out into the world? In comes home recording. I'll be honest, you can make some pretty incredible stuff at with todays technology. Also, it's probably a good idea for every musician to atleast have a rudimentary understanding of how recording works. It will help you when you get into the studio. So, today we're going to give you 5 home recording hacks that can help you get the most out of your home recording.

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7 Tips For Automation In Your Mix

Alright, today we're going to talk about one of my favourite topics, Automation. Oh I just love this stage of the mix. This is the stage where the song starts to come alive, at least in my process. For myself, I rely a lot more heavily on automation than EQ to fit things together. This of course depends on the project, but generally speaking. So today we're just going to list a bunch of automation tips. Here we go!

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Ways To Practice Mixing

Mixing is no different than any other art form, it takes years of experience and intense practice to really get great at it. And let's face it, you're going to suck at it in the beginning. So, how can we improve faster? How do we shorten the time it takes to master your craft? Deliberate practice. Here are some ways you can deliberately practice mixing and get better faster.

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