Creating A Solid 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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How To Make 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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Drum Overhead Techniques For Incredible Sounding Drums

I like to think that drum overheads capture the bulk of the sound for the kit. This isn't always the case, as it depends on the style and the engineer. But for the most part, the overhead mic placement is where you get the big picture of the kit. So let's talk about a few drum overhead techniques you can use to get a great drum sound.

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How to recreate the Lean On Sample by Major Lazer

In the summer of 2015, I'm pretty sure I heard the song "Lean On" by Major Lazer and DJ Snake atleast 400 times. Good thing I love that tune, such a killer pop song. Unfortunately, every dang producer on the planet has decided to use that vocal sound (or a close replica) in the chorus of their songs. But regardless, it's super fun to play around with. So let's dive in and learn how to create the sound in "Lean On"

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Whale and the Wolf Sessions

We had an amazing week working with Whale and the Wolf over the past week. The guys flew in Vancouver based producer Danny Craig, who is the drummer of the band Default. It was an incredible experience. I learned a lot from working with a seasoned professional such as Danny.

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