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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Ideas For A Vocal Chain

Getting a great vocal is the cornerstone of almost every song ever written. So we need to focus on really making sure that it sounds killer and cuts through the mix. My vocal chain is always evolving, but I thought I would describe the way it is currently working. And of course, every vocalist requires a slightly different setup, but this is a go-to for me that generally gets the job done.

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Tips For Making Drum Samples

Making your own drum samples is a great way to get a punchy, natural sound in the mix. By adding in samples of the same kit you’re recording, it allows you to lower the close mics and the cymbal bleed that is captured by them, leading to a cleaner drum sound. Not all bleed is bad, but typically I don’t like a lot of over-compressed hi-hat in my snare track and gates can be tough to dial in.

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3 Ideas To Make The Chorus Stand Out

Part of our jobs as engineers is to make sure that we make when the song hits the chorus, the listener knows it. Of course, this is also part of the songwriting, but the producer and engineer have to add to that effect. Sometimes, it can be tough to really get it to hit home. So if you're ever stuck, here's a few ideas to help give you that satisfying feeling a chorus should have.

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Pro Tools Shortcuts To Memorize

Yeah we use Pro Tools (actually I use Logic as well). To be honest, I don't really care too much about what DAW I use. I am comfortable using Pro Tools because I've been using it for 15 years, that's about the only reason. So get over it all you naysayers! This post is for the Pro Tools users out there :)

I'm just going take it easy on this one and list a bunch of essential Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts. Make these second nature, and your workflow will drastically improve.

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