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RSR010 – Bobby Owsinski – 101 Mixing Tricks

RSR007 - David Glenn - The Mix Academy

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RSR010 - Bobby Owsinski - 101 Mixing Tricks

My guest today is Bobby Owsinski, a producer, mixer, podcaster, and author.

Bobby has a long list of credits that include Surround Mixing for household names like: The Who, Thin Lizzy, Todd Rungren, Dead Kennedys, Mel Tormé, The Kinks, and Pantera. Bobby’s production credits include Amon Tobin, Gerry Groom, Mick Taylor, and Joe Houston to name a few. And he recently produced and mixed the #2 album on the Billboard Blues chart, The Adrian Marie Blues Project.


Bobby is a prolific author, and has written 23 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best selling:

Mixing Engineer’s Handbook

The Recording Engineer’s Handbook

Music 4.0: A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age 

His podcast, Bobby Owsinski’s Inner Circle, is one of my favorites. He shares tips and insights for musicians about recording and the state of the music industry followed by interviews with many of the great minds in music production.

Check out some of Bobby's most popular books on Amazon:

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Bobby Owsinski - The Mixing Engineer's Handbook
Bobby Owsinski - The Recording Engineer's Handbook
Music 4.1 by Bobby Owsinski

Music 4.1 by Bobby Owsinski - A Survival Guide For Music In The Internet Age

Bobby has also created the ultimate resource to help you to take your mixes to the next level! (and a special coupon below)

101 Mixing Tricks - Big Studio Tricks for the Small Studio

Have you ever wanted to get your mixes to sound as good as the pro's mixes?

Frustrated with the limitations of his own mixing Bobby decided it was time to learn from the best. So he interviewed the top A-List mixers from New York to Los Angeles and created the ultimate collection of mixing tricks that you can use right now to take your mixes to the next level.

" it suddenly dawned on me that every mixer had a bag of tricks that he’d regularly dip into to make a mix element more interesting."

Bobby Owsinski's 101 Mixing Tricks course contains those tricks, and you’ll be able to use them to make your mixes bigger, fatter, rounder, slicker and more rocking then you ever thought.

Bobby has generously offered a discount for you Rockstars! Just use the code RSRPOD at checkout for $50 off of 101 Mixing Tricks!






Jam Session:


Q: What was something holding you back?


A: Ego. I hate to say it, but thinking I was better than I was. It’s a big slap of reality when you find out how good you are.

"I knew all best mixers in LA and NY. So I went and interviewed all of them!" @bobbyowsinski 

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Q: What was some of the best advice you received early on?


A: Distance equals depth. Basically if you move mic back from the source, it will sound bigger. (Learned from Eddie Kramer)

"If You Can Make Things Work On 8 Tracks, Then You Can Do Anything." @bobbyowsinski

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Q: Recording tip, hack or secret sauce?

A: Shorter delays and shorter reverbs have more of a place in mixing than you may think. Things can get muddy with longer delays.

“I believe today is the best it’s ever been” on recording technology. @bobbyowsinski

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Q: Favorite hardware tool?

A: Without a doubt Urei 1176. It always sounds good and you can make it work for just about anything you need. And the Warm Audio WA76 sounds great! It’s what I’m using on my voice for the podcast in fact.


Q: Favorite software tool?

A: An 1176 plugin. I’m partial to everything Universal Audio makes. And the reverbs from Exponential Audio, founded by Michael Carnes, who designed Lexicon’s reverbs for 25 years.

“Look it's just not getting any better. It’s getting different…” @bobbyowsinski about overdubs

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Q:A good resource for the business?

A: I really think the Music 4.0 book is unique in that it not only gives you history of music biz but in a different approach, but there's a lot of research where all the money goes, down to the very last percentage of streams on iTunes and such.

“Try to get one fan at a time, one gig at a time.“ @bobbyowsinski

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Q : If you ended up in a new city, didn’t know anyone and could only take a simple set-up to record, what would you take and how would you find people to record?


A: I would take my macbook pro, Apollo Twin Interface, Equator D5 Monitors, and a couple of Advanced Audio Mics. Go where the musicians go: clubs, studios, venues to meet people! For meeting people on line you can also use Gigmor.com - the idea is for musicians to meet other musicians at particular skill level they need to be.


Q: What is the single most important thing to become a rockstar of the recording studio?

A: Persistence always wins. It wins over talent every day” unless you are so freakishly brilliant. The people that hang in there are the ones that get ahead.

"Persistence always wins. It wins over talent everyday!" @bobbyowsinski

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If you have any or questions about recording you would like me to answer on the show or suggestions for the show please email me:

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com

If you dig the show and find it helpful I would be honored if you would subscribe, and leave a rating, & review in iTunes.

RSR007 - David Glenn - The Mix Academy

Credits: Thanks so much to Merissa Marx and Hunter Hansen for assisting with editing audio and show notes. You guys totally rock!

And if you want to get on the email list for free content full of videos, tips, studio tricks, and special offers just text RSROCKSTARS to 33-444 from your phone (super easy and I promise you won’t get spammed!)

Cheers!

Lij

 

 

 

Michael Beinhorn

RSR009 – Michael Beinhorn – Unlocking Creativity

RSR007 - David Glenn - The Mix Academy

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RSR009 - Michael Beinhorn - Unlocking Creativity

My guest today is the extraordinary producer, programmer, performer, songwriter, arranger, mixer, engineer, and author, Michael Beinhorn. He began his career as a keyboard player with Bill Laswell in the band Material and had a major breakthrough in the 80's as co-writer of the seminal hip hop classic “Rockit” with Herbie Hancock.


He went on to produce an impressive discography that includes Soundgarden Superunknown, The Red Hot Chili Peppers Uplift Mofo Party Plan & Mother’s Milk , Soul Asylum Grave Dancer’s Union, and Korn Untouchables among many others.

Michael developed a reputation for producing artists’ “career records” and was ultimately Nominated for a Grammy in 1998 as Producer of the year for his work with Celebrity Skin by Hole and Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson.


And if that wasn’t enough Michael has also gone on to create new technology as well. Looking for the best way to capture a broad frequency range during the recording process he commissioned John French of JRF Magnetics to develop the “Ultra-Analog” recording format in 1994. This format featured the first 2” 8 track tape machine with unequalled bass and transient response.

(Basically think of the fattest drum sound you can possibly put onto analog tape)


And Michael is a prolific author. He has an ongoing blog called How To Save Popular Music where he comments on the state of music today. And In 2015, Beinhorn wrote a book called "Unlocking Creativity" which outlines his personal experience with the creative process as a record producer.


Order his book Unlocking Creativity here!

Unlocking Creativity by Michael Beinhorn - A Producer's Guide To Making Music And Art

Talent is often nothing other than being far more dedicated, focused, patient, and intent driven, than anyone else who does the same job as you."

Michael Beinhorn
Producer - Author

Q: Any tips for recording at home?

A: Have a profound knowledge of what it is that you do. While passion alone is one of the most important aspects, having knowledge and skills to master is most important. You have to look at every piece of equipment as an extension of yourself. Know all your equipment and the room.

“Being flexible may be the single most difficult—and important—aspect of producing records.” @michaelbeinhorn

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Q: How do you contribute to the artist's vision?

A: Know what you like and don’t like. It’s easy to get swayed by other opinions. Know when you're allowing your point of view to be swayed and be able to sense what you feel really strongly about in life and music alike.

“Music is the most proficient delivery system of emotion” @michaelbeinhorn

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Q: What’s your opinion on the loudness wars?

A: If people want to make records louder it’s none of my business. I’ve had to deal with people applying compression to boost gain and squash peaks. When you affect peaks it changes the overall sound. If that’s acceptable to them, fine. I don’t enjoy that. I prefer to have a direct conversation with my mastering engineer.

Where music is concerned, the now is all that matters. Now is when you are hearing it, now is when you find it exciting, now is when you are tired of it. @michaelbeinhorn

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Jam Session

Q: What was something holding you back at the beginning of your career?

A: Self esteem, insecurity. Don’t be afraid of sharing a vision. Go out and do it. I was insecure going out alone when I’d stopped working with a team (Material). I doubted myself alone.

If You Withhold Your Brilliance From The World You Will Suffer For It Later.” @michaelbeinhorn

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Q: What is a great recording tip, hack, or secret sauce you can share?

A: Use your ears, and find best way to optimize space. And here is one for drums: you can screw thick sheets of plywood together, connect with 2x4's, drill the bass drum pedal and a board to hold the bass drum in place.The plywood now acts as an amplifier.

RSR009 - Michael Beinhorn - Unlocking Creativity - Drum Platform Design

Q: What’s your favorite hardware tool?

A:Telefunken 251, Neve Germanium, Check out the Sonoma DSD recorder.


Q: Favorite software tool?

A: Reason, Pro Tools, Blackface 1176 plugin from Ik Multimedia


Q: What’s a great resource for the business side of things?

A: Cover your ass - be clear about what you’re doing. If you do favors make sure they're recognized. Know your contracts and rights. Check out these music business books.


Q: If you were dropped into a strange city and you could only take a simple setup for recording, what would you choose, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet right away to continue recording?

A: I would go to shows, watch performances, make inroads into communities where musicians are rehearsing. Get your name out there, reference forums where artists are looking for help recording a record. 

“You only get one shot, it’s best if you take it while not aiming at your feet” @michaelbeinhorn

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Q: What’s the single most important thing you can do to become a rockstar of the recording studio?

A: Be great, be patient, be intent driven. Make it known you’re willing to go all the way and prove to yourself and to them that you have what it takes.

Unlocking Creativity by Michael Beinhorn - A Producer's Guide To Making Music And Art

Order Michael's book Unlocking Creativity here!

Follow Michael on: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


If you have any or questions about recording you would like me to answer on the show or suggestions for the show please email me:

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com

If you dig the show and find it helpful I would be honored if you would subscribe, and leave a rating, & review in iTunes.

And if you want to get on the email list for free content full of videos, tips, studio tricks, and special offers just text RSROCKSTARS to 33-444 from your phone (super easy and I promise you won’t get spammed!)

Credits: Thanks so much to Merissa Marx and Hunter Hansen for assisting with editing audio and show notes. You guys totally rock!

Cheers!

Lij

 

 

 

Ian Shepherd

RSR008 – Ian Shepherd – Home Mastering Masterclass

RSR007 - David Glenn - The Mix Academy

If you dig the show and find it helpful I would be honored if you would subscribe, and leave a rating, & review in iTunes.

RSR008 - Ian Shepherd - Home Mastering Masterclass

Home Mastering Masterclass (Click the link to check it out)


Ian Shepherd is a professional mastering engineer with over 20 years experience and owner of Mastering Media Ltd. Ian has mastered thousands of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays for all of the major record labels, TV stations and independents, including several number one singles and award-winning albums.


Some of the artists and clients include: Keane, Tricky, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple, The Orb, Leslie Garret, Culture Club, Porcupine Tree, Andy Weatherall, The Las, Ozric Tentacles, Christine Tobin, New Order and King Crimson amongst many others.


Ian has taken all of that experience and created the popular website, Production Advice.

He is also the founder of Dynamic Range Day raising global awareness for the loudness wars, and he is creator of  the award-winning Perception Plugin with MeterPlugs. The one tool you need to make sure your masters sound 'better" not "worse!"


But the best tool that Ian has created for you is:

The Home Mastering Masterclass

This class will help you get better results mastering your own music.

This is an awesome resource that can help you with your mastering whether you are just starting out and wanting to master from home on your laptop or looking to deepen your understanding of what mastering is really all about. Even if you still rely on professional mastering!

Home Mastering Masterclass

Use this link below for the RSRockstars discount!

The Home Mastering Masterclass


Here is a sweet deal for you Rockstars!

Ian has a special offer for you Rockstars! If you purchase through the link below he will throw in a FREE copy of  The Essential Production Advice. ($25 value!) 

And you can also get an exclusive 33% discount on Perception Plugin, too ! Just click here.

The Home Mastering Masterclass (Click Here) 





Mastering Advice - Q&A:

Q: Have you worked at a number of mastering studios or do you do it mostly at your own?

A: I worked at SRT for about 15 years. I learned most of what I know there, and now I do my own work.


Q: What is mastering?

A: It’s actually really simple. It’s like Photoshop for audio. It’s about taking the mixes and taking them to the next level. Mastering is balancing the songs within an album. Mastering mostly consists of EQ, Compression, and Limiting.


Q: What is the loudness war?

A: People like louder music. If you play them the same song at different volumes, they will like the louder one most of the time. Over the years, people have been compressing or limiting as close as possible to 0dB Full Scale. The trouble is if you go too far, it can actually make the music sound worse, and that’s the situation we’re seeing today.


Q: Tell us a little bit about your Home Mastering Masterclass.

A: I’m still learning all the time. I understand most people do not want to pay someone to master something when they can just do it themselves, so I want to teach them to do it well.

Home Mastering Masterclass covers EQ, reference tracks, compression, and limiting.


Q: What are some of the most frequent questions you get about mastering?

A: How loud should it be? How loud is too loud? How loud should your monitors be when mixing or mastering?


Q: How often is your Home Mastering Master Course available?

A: Usually about 3 or 4 times a year. The course lasts for 8 weeks. Every week I master a different song of a different genre, using a different DAW and software. I assign the listeners a small task that will help them improve their own mastering skills.



“Jam Session” - Q&A:

Q: Tell us about what was holding you back at the start of your Mastering career?

A: I had no gear. I had nothing at all. I persuaded my parents to buy me an old computer that had an 8-bit sampler. It got me started making noises and allowed me to create little songs. It doesn’t matter what gear you have, just how you make use of it.


Q: What was some of the best advice you ever received about recording or mastering?

A: When you’re making comparisons, always loudness-match first, so you’re not fooled into thinking it sounds better just because it’s louder.


Q: Can you share a recording tip, hack or secret sauce?

A: Loudness matching. My plug-in called Perception, allows you to loudness match with the click of a button. You can do this without a plug-in, but it takes much longer.


Q: Can you share a great resource related to the business aspect of mastering?

A: My advice would be just be as generous as you can with the knowledge you have. Don’t be afraid to provide free information or lower your rate for a band you think is truly amazing. You never know who you’re interacting with.


Q: If you were dropped into a strange city with only a simple mastering set-up, what would you use, how would you find music to master, and how would you make ends meet while you do it?

A: All you need is a laptop. I can improve the way you perceive a song with just an EQ and Limiter. If you’re just getting started, you will probably have to do work for free to begin with. People will not want to pay you to master until they can see that you really can master.



Twitter - (@IanShepherd)

Folow Ian on Twitter - @IanShepherd

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/shepherd.ian

http://mastering-media.blogspot.com/

Rockstars don't forget your special discount!

Ian has a special offer for you Rockstars! If you purchase through the link below he will throw in a FREE copy of The Essential Production Advice. ($25 value!)

And you can also get an exclusive 33% discount on Perception Plugin, too ! Just click here.

The Home Mastering Masterclass (Click Here) 


If you have any or questions about recording you would like me to answer on the show or suggestions for the show please email me:

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com

If you dig the show and find it helpful I would be honored if you would subscribe, and leave a rating, & review in iTunes.

And if you want to get on the email list for free content full of videos, tips, studio tricks, and special offers just text RSROCKSTARS to 33-444 from your phone (super easy and I promise you won’t get spammed!)

Credits: Thanks so much to Merissa Marx and Hunter Hansen for assisting with editing audio and show notes. You guys totally rock!

Cheers!

Lij

 

 

 

David Glenn

RSR007 – David Glenn – The Mix Academy

RSR007 - David Glenn - The Mix Academy

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RSR007 - David Glenn - The Mix Academy

The Mix Academy (Check it out)

My special guest on the show today is David Glenn, a professional mix engineer from Orlando, FL, who has worked with many great artists including Pablo Villatoro, Blanca Callahan , LaRue Howard, the American Idol Finalist Jeremy Rosado , and Aimee Allen on Warner to name a few.

David generously shares his expertise with you through his site DavidGlennRecording.com where he creates Youtube tutorial videos, a podcast, blog articles, and a complete set of products to help you learn recording and mixing.

One of his coolest products is The Mix Academy, a membership site where David shares the complete mixing process from start to finish while members virtually watch over his shoulder to learn the tricks and techniques that David uses to create professional mixes.

And David has created a special offer just for you, Rockstars!

If you text MIXACADEMY to 33-444, David will throw in two extra multitrack songs for you to start mixing right away when you become a member. That’s on top of the sign up bonuses that already come with every new Mix Academy membership. (That’s a $100 bonus right there) Awesome!

Intro -

Born and raised in Orlando florida, David Glenn’s interest in music began early. He began playing guitar in his free time on the road with his soccer team. He was inspired to pursue a career in music after hearing Weezer’s Blue Album for the first time. Hs grandmother bought him his first guitar, a Fender Washburn Stratocaster. Armed with his guitar, a zoom pedal and a 4 track recorder, Glenn set out to begin his music career.

Some of the topics we talked about on the show:

  • David started out recording with Cakewalk and later got Pro Tools.

  • Mixed bag of influences include: Blink 182, Misfits, Nirvana, also Martina McBride, Backstreet Boys, & top 40.

  • His first recording setup was the Digidesign DIGI 001 with Pro Tools 6, a G4, and an M-box.

  • Early drum machines he used: Korg Electribe, Emu, Akai.

  • His first real studio internship and gig at 18 years old was at Starke Lake Studios in Ocoee FL a beautiful studio with a variety of vintage mics including the AKG C12 and SONY C800G.

“Git r done” @davidglennjr on mixing advice

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“Make commitments, get stuff done. I have to push myself to set goals and meet them." @davidglennjr

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What was a setback or failure?

  • Over promising and under delivering.
  • Communication with clients and people; serving their interests first is key.
  • "If they want the dang house door painted yellow, it’s their house. I had to learn to serve the clients and humble down."

David Glenn

What was successful moment or win for you?

    • When I started my internship I was certified in Pro Tools. So after a few months at the studio I got my hands on the console and helped record Amy Allen (signed to Warner Bros. at the time). Getting in there, being quiet but having the right suggestions were the right thing to do. And my big win was that she later asked me to help her and Ryan Adkins produce as a team and it took my confidence to a new level!


What are you excited about right now?

  • “I’m excited about running mix academy and I thought it’d be cool to have a web show for tutorials so I started one with my friends similar to Pensado’s Place but more laid back. we’ve done 6-7 episodes.

  • I learn a ton from my students every day on the forums or facebook group.

  • I miss the interaction with people in the big studios which is key. that’s why I love the web show community aspect of the home recording.

Jam Session:


Anything ever hold you back when starting out?

  • Grades. My parents took away my guitar because of my grades! I held myself back by not doing well in school.


Best advice received?

  • Graham Cochran of The Recording Revolution told me don’t hold back, serve people and you’ll see business growth. And don’t over promise/under deliver. If you say a week make it 3 days.


Recording hack/secret sauce?

  • So many small moves add up to a great record.

  • Top-down mixing

  • Sonar workshttp://sonarworks.com/ headphones, calibration reference 3 headphones plugin flattens response of frequencies. They modeled custom profiles on 50 pairs of headphones and come up with the average eq measurement.

  • And just for you Rockstars Sonarworks has offered a special discount of 15% off! Just gp to Sonarworks and use the code RSR-15SW at check out (Good thru 10/31/15).


Fav book or film?


Fav studio hardware tool?


Fav software tool?

  • Soundradix Auto Align and pi helps align phase on multi instruments.


Great business resource?

  • Bookkeeping websites. Facebook ads. hire an assistant to cut out prep work and the tech side of things.


Online resources for outsourcing assistants or editors?


If you were dropped in a strange city, had to take a simple setup to record, what would you take? How would you meet people to record? And how would you make ends meet to survive at first?

  • Grab a 4 track recorder, couple of mics and go to open mics; find street musicians and do whatever you can to find people who have great songs.

  • That’s the goal; to make great music.

  • You’re name will grow faster with a good song and bad recording than the other way around.

  • Find talented artists and vocalists.

  • The soul of a great song is in its vocalist.


What is a modern version of a 4 track?


What is the single most important thing to becoming a recording studio rockstar?

  • listen to Lij’s podcasts! (Thanks David!)


Here's how you can find David Glenn:



And remember David has created a special offer just for you, Rockstars!

If you text MIXACADEMY to 33-444, David will throw in two extra multitrack songs for you to start mixing right away when you become a member. That’s on top of the bonuses that already come with every new Mix Academy membership.

(That’s an added value of one hundred dollars right there)

So awesome!

If you have any questions or suggestions for the show please email me:

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com

(If you dig the show and find it helpful I would be honored if you would leave a rating and review in iTunes. You can tap through right on your phone from the podcast search page or go to recordingstudiorockstars.com/review for easy instructions.)

And if you want to get on the email list for free content full of videos, tips, studio tricks, and special offers just text RSROCKSTARS to 33-444 from your phone (super easy and I promise you won’t get spammed!)

Cheers!

Lij











 

 

 

Graham Cochrane

RSR006 – Graham Cochrane – The Recording Revolution

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RSR006 - Graham Cochrane - TheRecordingRevolution.com

Dueling mixes (check it out)


My guest on the show today is Graham Cochrane a musician, mix engineer, and audio blogger. Graham has built a very successful career recording and releasing both his own records and mixing for clients in many different genres.


He is also the creator of The Recording Revolution.com, a fantastic resource where you can go to learn tons about recording. You will find blog articles, youtube videos, and podcasts, all absolutely FREE.


And when you are truly ready to invest in yourself and your recordings you can also check out the in depth training courses that Graham offers. He has created complete video courses called the Rethink series to take you through different aspects of recording and mixing.

Or you can check out The Audio Income Project to help you get started building the business side of your recording career.


But the top gun training is a membership site Graham created with Joe Gilder called Dueling Mixes.

When you are ready to join an awesome community of peers to take your mixing to another level. You get access to monthly mixes from Graham and Joe, multitrack recordings, and a large support system of peers to practice your mixing and building your resume.


Dueling mixes (click the link to check it out)



Graham starts out his story on the podcast like so many of us do…

He was a musician first and had a band in high school. When they were finally ready to record they considered going the professional studio route, but instead decided to spend their budget on a home recording setup.


When Graham’s band bought a Korg Digital 8 Track they realized they were in way over their heads! So Graham took on the duty of reading through a very complicated manual to try to figure out exactly how to use the thing.


And so started his journey on the path becoming a Rockstar of the Recording Studio.

Graham humbly denies the title. (But if you want irrefutable proof CLICK HERE!)


Many records and blog posts later Graham shares with us some of the wisdom he has learned along the way…


He started with an inspirational quote that applies to all of us (from the host of This American Life.)

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

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It is only by going through a volume of work that... your work will be as good as your ambitions 

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Then we got to talking about the process of getting better at recording and mixing.

“I’m an audio experimenter. I’m just pushing buttons until it sounds good. Just like with a guitar amp,  just turn the knob until it sounds good. And over time you get really smart about what sounds good and what doesn’t sound good.” 


“You’re just probably a solid year away from half decent recordings, and a few years away from the kind of recordings you really want to get good at. But you don’t need to buy anything new. You just need to do a lot of it.”

Graham Cochrane                 

“Experience is really valuable, even if it’s a failure. You can learn a lot from every experience, and so it’s [important to have] the courage to continue to apply what you are learning. To try new things, and not make sweeping generalizations about your entire life history or the course of your life after one experience.” - Graham Cochrane

"It’s gonna take a while. It’s normal to take a while" @recordingrev

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You only hear a mix for the first time once... and that moment is so valuable. - @recordingrev

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And if you want a great place to learn with the support of a community of peers. A place where you can develop you mixing skills with the support of Graham Cochrane and Joe Gilder as your experienced and patient guides then I highly recommend that you check out:

Dueling mixes (click through here)

  • Monthly mixes from Graham and Joe for your review
  • Downloadable Multi-tracks so that you can mix the same songs as Graham
  • An online community and Facebook peer group for reviews of your mixes
  • An unique community of support to help you take your mixes to the next level!

Recording Advice - Q&A:

  • Q - What is one failure that has taught you something throughout your career?

    • A - When I first tried being a full-time freelance engineer, I quit because of the uncertainty of a regular paycheck. I got a job as a sound designer for a while and then tried freelancing again after a while. I learned that even a failure in this industry still provides you with experience.

  • Q - What are the benefits to mixing fast?

    • A - You only hear a mix for the first time once... and that moment is so valuable.

  • Q - What are the most important things you can do to a mix?

    • A - The most important things are getting the tracks to a good level, then compression and equalization. Those three things will have the biggest impact on your mix.

The Jam Session Q&A:

  • Q - What was holding you back when you were getting started in recording

    • A - A fear that my recordings would not sound good.

  • Q - What was some of the best advice you ever received about recording

  • Just put the mic where it sounds good and don’t over think it. - Graham Cochrane @recordingrev

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  • Q - How about a tip hack or secret sauce that you would like to share from your experience?

    • A - Recording - Use cardioid microphones as much as possible when you’re recording in your home studio. Point the back of the mic towards things that sound bad to reject the noise. Mixing - Do a lot of mixing in mono. It forces you to get clarity and punch when mixing out of only one speaker.

  • Q - Do you have a favorite book you would like to share?

  • Q - Can you share a favorite hardware tool of the studio?

    • A - I have a custom Argosy desk that was built for my studio. It does nothing for the audio, but it makes me feel good about my space.

    • I also love these Kel Audio HM1, HM2D mics that are very cheap but sound great.”

  • Q - How about a favorite software tool?

  • Q - How about a great resource for the business part of the recording studio?

    • A - WordPress for your website. Paypal for collecting money. And Soundcloud for hosting your music.

    • A - It’s not the technical tools. Go meet people, make some records for free, and ask for referrals. Add value to people’s lives and serve them.

    • A - “Be your client’s trusted advisor” - Jay Abraham

  • Q - If you were dropped into a strange city and you could only take a simple setup for recording, what would you choose, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet right away to continue recording?

    • A - The first thing I would do is get a job. All I would need is a laptop, a 2-channel usb interface, large-diaphragm condenser and a dynamic mic like an Shure SM57. I would be fine with the stock plugins on the DAW. Then I would just go to where music is happening and offer to record people for free. You need money to stay in this business, so a job is nothing to be ashamed of. Then you can pocket all the profits you make recording.

  • Q - How can our listeners follow you?

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Russell Wolff

RSR005 – Russell Wolff – Producer, Songwriter, Musician, Funny Dude

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RSR005 - Russell Wolff - Producer, Songwriter, Musician, Funny Dude

RussellWolff.com          http://www.russellwolff.com/

Instagram - @russellwolff

Twitter - @russellwolff

Krazy Pop Studio - http://www.krazypopstudio.com/

No Bull Productions - http://nobullproductions.bandcamp.com/


My guest today is a self described “Musical Octopus” and Harvard graduate, Russell Wolff, is a recording/touring artist, and producer of over 30 albums. He got his start in New York City working in Theatre before beginning his career in audio. Russell is an ASCAP member, a voting member of the Grammy’s, a multi-instrumentalist, and a DJ and live sound mixer. Throughout his career he’s worked with the talented acts of Martina McBride, LL Cool J, and has worked on albums under Atlantic Records.


Projects

While Russell was attending Harvard, he released six albums. More recently, Russell completed the 365 Project, where he wrote a song each day for a full year. The project was started to help lift the spirits of a close friend, Dana, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

During Project 365 “There was no such thing as a song that was a bad idea.”

-Russell Wolff



One of the cool resources Russell shared is: Entertainment Legal Aid in Nashville

In Nashville, there is an entertainment Legal Aid Society for people in the industry of low income. Also there is a society through Music Cares and the Grammy association that provides volunteer legal aid for the arts, that will provide you with a lawyer and discuss contract negotiation with you, and also represent you if you’re sued.


Some great quotes from Russell:

"We are responsible for our own success"

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"Fear is large portion of why people don’t achieve their goals"

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"Any day can be your last and nothing is guaranteed, so do what you can to make the most out of every day" 

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Screw up! It’s the best way to learn. It’s essential to life. 

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Jam Session

Q: Do you have anything that was an inspirational quote about making music?

A: There is no right or wrong way to do something (more like a concept than a quote)


Q: Can you share an important failure or setback in your career that turned out to be a great lesson?

A: Every record I ever made. They’re all failures and they’re all successes.


Q:Tell us about a moment of success that felt like a “hit” moment for you.

A: Opening for Moxy Fruvous in 1999 and the crowd sing along to my songs by the first verse.


Q:Tell us something you’re excited about right now in recording, making records, or your music career.

A: Branching out internationally, with work in Israel, Europe, and Africa



Q: Do you have any advice for anyone interested in making records in other countries?

A: Really get to know people in your community, then your region, state, etc.


Q: What was holding you back at the beginning of your career in music?

A: Fear. Everything was fear based.


Q: What was some of the best advice you received starting out or advice you’d give to someone who’s just starting?

A: Don’t listen to anyone. Listen to the loudest, most passionate voice in your head.


Q: What recording tip hack or “secret sauce” would you like to share?

A: Don’t over-compress, especially when you’re just starting out. There is no secret sauce. Don’t use secret sauce. Use your ears and use your brain.


Q: Do you have a favorite book you’ve been reading that you’d like to share?

A: Sadly, I can’t focus on a book enough to read. On shorthand, TapeOp


Q: Do you have a favorite hardware tool to use in the studio?

A: This cheap chain of mics into an API pre, then into an ART VLA II compressor, into a Behringer V-Verb Pro REV2496 reverb.


Q: Do you have a favorite software tool?

A: My UAD plugins


Q: Can you share a resource for the business side of the recording studio?

A: Write everything down. Everything.


Q: If you were dropped in a strange city and you could only take a simple setup to record, what would you choose, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet?

A: I’d take a UA Apollo Twin, a Miktek CV3, a laptop with Pro Tools, a guitar and a small keyboard. I’d probably go to the middle of town every night and see where the musicians are. I’d play music in the middle of town with a guitar cases for donations







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Links

Instagram - @russellwolff

Twitter - @russellwolff

Website - http://www.russellwolff.com/

Krazy Pop Studio - http://www.krazypopstudio.com/

No Bull Productions - http://nobullproductions.bandcamp.com/















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Björgvin Benediktsson

RSR004 – Björgvin Benediktsson – www.audio-issues.com

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RSR004 - Björgvin Benediktsson - www.audio-issues.com


My guest on the the show is Björgvin Benediktsson, a songwriter, producer, engineer, and music recording blogger. An Alumni from the SAE Institute, He has been writing about music production since 2008, bringing you insight into everything he has learned along the way.


I was first introduced to Björgvin through The Pro Audio Files leading back to his site www.audio-issues.com. Here he creates content to teach you more about the whole recording process from Songwriting to recording and mixing till you create a finished master.


Björgvin gives audio enthusiasts an easy yet solid understanding of the various aspects of producing music, through practical production tips and in depth training products. Providing everything you need to know to produce your own music in your home recording studio.


He runs his own site Audio Issues, and has produced an EP and multiple singles for his band, The Long Wait, and is currently working on their first LP.

Content:


The best ways to make great records is to start with great recordings and know how to work with the tracks till you have a balanced mix.

The best way to get to a sound that is balanced is to understand the basics. That’s why Björgvin created The Ultimate Guide To EQ to help you get the ultimate sound!

“If you've ever wondered how to give instruments their proper place in your mix where they don't fight with each other, you already know the answer... Its EQ 

​Any engineer will tell you that EQ is their most important weapon when they're mixing.

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Everything else comes after.” -BB



When you are ready to mix then you need the power to understand how to use your plugins

(Especially if your are mixing in a DAW like 99% of the music making world!).

Björgvin created an awesome course called Mixing With 5 Plugins to help guide you on your mixing journey. He breaks it down to five basic plugins to give you everything you need to create a fantastic, professional mix.


Create an Amazing Mix With Only 5 Plug-ins

“Discover How To Use EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay and Saturation To Create Incredible Sounding Mixes. You only need 5 plug-ins to get a great mix.”


You can find all of Björgvin’s work at Audio Issues


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Here are some of the wisdoms that Björgvin shared with me on the podcast:


Philosophies


  • “Always try to teach what you know while striving to improve” @audioissues

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  • “Forge your own path, even if it’s different or difficult” @audioissues

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Jam Session


Q: Tell us about something that was holding you back when getting started with music

A: Fear of thinking that I’m not good enough


Q: What was some of the best advice you received about recording?

A: Read everything you can about it


Q: Can you share a recording tip, hack or “secret sauce”?

A: Experiment. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, try at least two things so you can have something to compare.


Q: Can you recommend a favorite book?

A: Unlocking Creativity by Michael Beinhorn


Q: Share with us a favorite hardware tool from the studio

A: AKG C-414 XLS


Q: What about favorite software tool?

A: Logic and UAD API channel strip plug-in


Q: What’s a great resource you found for the business side of the industry?

A: Wunderlist, XMind, and my calendar


Q: If you were dropped into a strange city with a simple setup to record, what would you choose to have, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet?

A: I’d take a 4 to 8 input interface. I’d find people to record by going to shows and networking.



Resource Links


Facebook - facebook.com/audioissues

Twitter - @audioissues

YouTube - Bjorgvin Benediktsson

The Long Wait

Patreon - The Long Wait


Websites - Audio Issues

Björgvin's Products to help you make better recordings:

So if you have any questions or suggestions for the show please email me

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com

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RSR003 – Joe Gilder – HomeStudioCorner.com

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My guest today is Joe Gilder. He is songwriter, producer, engineer, teacher and innovator in the online world of music production, blogging, and podcasting. Joe’s focus is the home studio owner, to help you create the best recordings you can. He has created a fantastic resource and website called HomeStudioCorner.com

Check out Home Studio Corner Production Club​ a 19-Part Online Course Walking You Through the ENTIRE Home Studio Production Process From Song Idea to Finish Mastered Recording


In his own words:

“Home Studio Corner (HSC) exists to help home studios excel. It gives you LOTS of ways to expand your recording knowledge, hone your recording skills, and make better recordings.”


Joe offers articles, videos, podcasts, and training products so that you can start learning for free now and dive in for much more in depth training when you are ready.


Here are some of the topics we discussed on the show.


Dueling Mixes

  • Dueling Mixes is for users who are comfortable with their DAW and want to go deeper into what the program can do. The site offers alternate mixes of the same song so the user can compare the two and see how differently a single track can be mixed. They can also download the original track to mix the song themselves. Joe and his co-host Graham Cochrane show you how they mix the songs to give you insights into the process.


Home Studio Corner” & “Simply Recording” Podcasts. (These links will take you straight to iTunes)

  • Joe talks about the production of one of his albums from 2010. He brings up the 80/20 rule which states 80% of your results comes from 20% of the inputs given. He talked about how he was going to write 50 songs in 12 weeks to create at least 10 that he was super proud of!


Predicting The Cost of a Record:

  • Joe talks about how to plan out how long and how much time it will cost to complete a record. This goes back to knowing how long it takes you to accomplish something in order to accurately predict how long the process will take. Joe talks about the value of salesmanship when quoting a client on how much his services will cost. This is a great lesson for us all in matching our rates to the high value of our service.


Recording Advice - Q&A:

  • Q- “What is the most important advice you have?”

    • A - “Getting it right at the source.”

  • Q - “What was an important failure or setback that became an important learning lesson for you in the studio or in your musical journey?

    • A - “The more I learned about the proper way to record music, the less time I spent creating it.”

  • Q - “Tell us about a moment of success in your recording career.”

    • A - “Listening back to old recordings and noticing how the emotion of the songs are still coming through, even after so much time.”

  • Q - “Where can we find your album “Better This Way?”

  • Q - “Tell us about something you’re excited about right now.”

    • A - “I am most excited about writing more music, especially in the studio with my drummer and bassist.”

  • Q - “How do you imagine capturing that writing process with a group of people like that?”

    • A - “I think it would be let’s just set up a recording session and jam until we come up with something or jam to a click to build a track that way.”


The “Jam Session” Q&A:

  • Q - “What was holding you back from getting started in recording?”

    • A - “Feeling like I had to do everything myself.”

  • Q - “What was some of the best advice you received about recording?”

    • A - “Get it right at the source.”

  • Q - “How about a tip hack or secret sauce that you would like to share from your experience?”

    • A - “Committing to time-based effects at the time of the recording.”

  • Q - “Do you have a favorite book you would like to share?”

  • Q - “Can you share a favorite hardware tool of the studio?”

  • Q - “How about a favorite software tool?”

  • Q - “Would you like to just drop a reference to one favorite new feature that exists in it that you’re liking a lot right now?”

    • A - “I like the feature that lets you to route the plug-in chain on any channel and split the signal, and do different things on each part of the signal”

  • Q - “How about a great resource for the business part of the recording studio?”

  • Q - “If you were dropped into a strange city and you could only take a simple setup for recording, what would you choose, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet right away to continue recording?”

    • A - “The rig - a laptop with Presonus, an interface, and a mic. People to record - you have to go to where the musicians are and find them.

  • Q - “What if someone is in a town that doesn’t have many musicians?”

  • Q - “How can our listeners follow you?”

For more about Joe go to

HomeStudioCorner.com

So if you have any questions or suggestions for the show please email me

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RSR001 – Mike Purcell – 6Minor Films

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Intro:

Mike purcell has a long list of recording, mixing and mastering credits including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Waylon Jennings, and Billy Ray Cyrus. He is a recording artist himself, and has a passion for indie rock. He is also an entrepreneur with many business ventures.

He grew up in Nashville, and started playing guitar when he was 14. He began recording with 2 cassette decks and a Radioshack mixer, and his first recording studio experience in 1988 solidified his passion for recording.


Early Career:

Mike attended Belmont University from 1990-1994. He interned at The Castle recording studio and was offered a job there for $150/week. He later went to LA for a six month trip to record Lionel Richie.

When he returned to Nashville, he got a ProTools rig and was very into digital audio. He did a lot of vocal tuning work at this time. He would also often record using the Otari RADAR II digital multitrack recorder.


Demo Recording:

A demo recording is done for songwriters who want to pitch something to a recording artist. These songs are often done with session musicians who do not rehearse extensively before the session, because they can sight-read the charts.

At County Q studio, Mike would record a high volume of demos in a single day. Because of his ability and experience as an engineer, and the quality of the session musicians, they were able to record songs very quickly and efficiently.


Philosphy/Advice:

-What comes next in the recording industry is what you invent. Don’t be afraid to try new things and make mistakes.

-Mike Purcell prefers to find music he loves, and capture it, rather than finding music that he kind of likes and reinventing it.


-Take every job you can if it has anything to do with music. Take the gigs that you’re uncomfortable taking; you’re probably uncomfortable because you don’t know much about it, so you’ll probably learn from the experience.

-Don’t have an ego as an engineer. Try to fulfill the client’s vision rather than your own.

-Get hooked up with someone who is successful and doing something that you want to be a part of. Do the best job out of anybody there, and confess to your mistakes, and you’re likely to be successful.





Jam session:


-what was holding you back at the beginning of your career?

-lack of resources to and access to the good studios. That’s different now, because you can buy ProTools.


-what was some of the best advice you’ve received?

-do it right and do it once.


-What is your favorite recording trick?

-Sidechain compress the bass, using the kick drum as a key input, and squash it down half a dB. It helps keep kick punch through the mix.


-Do you have any book or magazine recommendations?

-Abbey Road book.

-Tape Op magazine.


-Favorite piece of gear that you have?

-SansAmp gt 2.


-Favorite software tool?

-I use an old standalone version of T-RackS (version 3) for mastering. You can get stuff really loud with it.


-Favorite internet resource?

-Facebook


-If you were dropped in a strange city, and could only take a simple recording setup, what would you take? How would you find people to record? How would you make ends meet?


-Take a simple m-box setup with a couple of mics.

-Go to shows to meet bands.

-Deliver pizzas or something like that to make ends meet.


Links to Check Out:


-Mike’s current project, 6minor Films, which creates documentary films about the music creation process:

-Website

-Facebook

-Youtube


-Mike’s facebook

-County Q website



So if you have any questions or suggestions for the show please email me

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RSR000 – Lij Shaw Introduction to the podcast


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Welcome to Recording Studio Rockstars I’m Lij Shaw and this is the podcast created to help you become a rockstar of the recording studio! I am an award winning chart breaking music and podcast producer and have been making records for 25 years. I’m also the owner of a Grammy award winning studio called The Toy Box Studio in East Nashville TN.


But when I started out I knew nothing about recording and had to learn from the ground up. All I wanted was a chance to be in the studio learning from the best! Whether you are just starting out in recording, or want to take your recordings to the next level this show is made to help you get excited about recording and learn more stuff. Who doesn’t need that? I know I do!


I’ll be interviewing producers, engineers, studio owners, gear builders, or anyone else that is a rockstar of the recording studio. We will hear their stories from starting out to becoming the pros that they are today, and learn from their insights, tricks, and advice.


I be asking questions about their musical journey to keep us all inspired, and follow it up at the end with “The Jam Session” a series of shorter questions full of tips and tricks. So if you have any questions you would to hear me ask or suggestions for the show please email them to me

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com


If you dig the show and find it helpful I would be honored if you would leave a rating and review in iTunes. You can tap through right on your phone from the podcast search page or go to recordingstudiorockstars.com/review for easy instructions.


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