Posts tagged production
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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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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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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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 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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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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