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Mike Indovina

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Andrew Maury: How to “Feel” Your Mixes
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Andrew Maury: How to “Feel” Your Mixes
Andrew Maury is an American record producer and mixing engineer based in NYC / New Jersey. Andrew started his career in 2008 touring with Ra Ra Riot mixing front-of-house while producing artists between tours. His unique experiences and skills as both a live and studio engineer have influenced a body of work with artists such as Lewis Del Mar, Lizzo, Madi Diaz, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Vagabon, Victoria Canal, Jeremy Zucker, Kimbra, Colony House, Tones and I, COIN, Flor, Isaac Dunbar, and CRUISR.  IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Taking on opportunities when they comeThe challenges of working on the roadNot being married to your gearBuilding your interpersonal skillsTaking a top-down approach to mixingGetting the foundation of the mix rightHow to achieve big low-endWhy you shouldn’t always use high-pass filtersLearning to feel your speakersMixing at different volumesHow to get bass to translate on small speakersHow the speed of frequencies can be factored into mixingUsing saturation on drumsHitting the sweet spot on your instruments To learn more about Andrew Maury, visit: http://andrewmaury.net/ Notable plugins mentioned in this episode: Renaissance Bass: https://waves.alzt.net/ZQOyDqAPI 2500: https://waves.alzt.net/6eOgKKMaxxBass: https://waves.alzt.net/Gme2VV For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Subscribe to the show: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/master-your-mix-podcast/id1240842781Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5V4xtrWSnpA5e9L67QcJej Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review: https://masteryourmix.com/review/
Andrew Scheps: Streamlining Your Mixing Workflow (Revisited)
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Andrew Scheps: Streamlining Your Mixing Workflow (Revisited)
A Long Island native who got his start playing jazz trumpet, Andrew Scheps has mixed records for artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Metallica, Jay-Z and many others. After graduating from the Recording Engineering Program at the University of Miami, he spent some time working for New England Digital as a field service technician for the Synclavier, one of the first digital synthesizers/samplers/workstations, then on the road with Stevie Wonder (as a keyboard tech) and Michael Jackson (mixing live sound), before settling in LA. Having got into mixing a few years before the analog-to-digital revolution, Andrew worked with a collection of vintage gear at his Punkerpad West studio in Van Nuys, California, including a Neve Electronics BCM-10 with ten 1073s that were used for reference during the Waves Audio Scheps 73 plugin modeling process. In July 2015, he made the switch to working completely “in the box” Scheps is known for his balanced, modern sounding and often loud mixes.  He is also the owner and president of Tonequake Records and Punkerpad UK (formerly Punker Pad West). IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: The importance of having skills that go beyond basic audio engineeringDiversifying your skills and musical genresBeing proactive vs reactive in the studioWhy he switched working on analog gear to being 100% in the boxCreating efficiencies in your workflowHow using macros will make you a better engineerHis go-to macros for saving timeAndrew’s new app, Bounce FactoryThe various mixes you should be delivering to every clientHow he uses his “rear buss” system to make his mixes feel biggerHis approach to creating ambiance in a mixVarious ways you can manipulate your plugins to get a cooler sound To learn more about Andrew Scheps, visit: http://www.mcdman.com/scheps For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download Waves Plugins here: https://waves.alzt.net/EK3G2K Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Subscribe to the show: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/master-your-mix-podcast/id1240842781Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5V4xtrWSnpA5e9L67QcJej Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review: https://masteryourmix.com/review/
Brendan Duffey: Building a Successful Career in Audio
Jul 3 2024
Brendan Duffey: Building a Successful Career in Audio
Brendan Duffey is a Grammy award-winning mixing and mastering engineer. 15 Grammy nominations, multiple certified Multi-Platinum records, and awards in film and advertising are some of the highlights of his 25+ career in music production. Brendan has worked with Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Kendrick Lamar, Sheryl Crow, Devin Townsend, Ella Mai, Mount Westmore (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too Short, E-40), Milton Nascimento, Daniela Mercury, Muni Long, Graham Bonnet, Muni Long, Anitta, De La Tierra, Angra and many more. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Having diversity in your skillsetBeing a “people person”How to networkBeing an extroverted introvertWhy work/life balance is bullshitAligning with like-minded peopleWorking with Sylvia MassyBeing a creature of habitEngineers who have their own sonic footprintEstablishing client expectationsHaving a checklist for your workflowUsing AI in masteringThe value of your personal brand as an audio engineerAtmos mastering To learn more about Brendan Duffey, visit: http://www.brendanduffeyaudio.com/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Download Waves Plugins here: https://waves.alzt.net/EK3G2K Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Subscribe to the show: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/master-your-mix-podcast/id1240842781Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5V4xtrWSnpA5e9L67QcJej Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review: https://masteryourmix.com/review/
Zakk Cervini: Mixing Hit Records on Airpods (Revisited)
Jun 26 2024
Zakk Cervini: Mixing Hit Records on Airpods (Revisited)
Zakk Cervini is a Grammy-nominated producer and mixing engineer who has worked with artists like Blink-182, All Time Low, Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds Of Summer, and many more. He is well known for being a very versatile engineer in the studio. His persistence and eagerness to constantly learn and adapt to the changing musical landscape is one of his big strengths that keeps him high in demand. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Mixing on headphonesHow to make templates work in multiple genresProgramming drums vs using real kitsHow to serve the songUsing rough mixes as inspirationCreating an inspiring studio environment For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Subscribe to the show: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/master-your-mix-podcast/id1240842781Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5V4xtrWSnpA5e9L67QcJej Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review: https://masteryourmix.com/review/
Nicky Howard: The Art of Listening
Jun 19 2024
Nicky Howard: The Art of Listening
Nicky Howard is a mastering engineer based in 'sometimes sunny' Yorkshire, UK. He's worked alongside many Grammy-Winning & Nominated artists, producers, and mix engineers, including Rhymefest, Kipper Eldridge (producer for Sting, Gary Numan, and Mary J Blige), and Mikalai Skrobat (Mixing Engineer/Producer for Kanye West, and Pharell Williams). He is credited on Billboard Top 100 and UK Chart hits, and his work has amassed millions of plays. In 2022, he received a nomination for the MPG Mastering Engineer of the Year award. His work within the dance music community is well established, with credits on some of the most coveted labels, including !K7, Anjunadeep, Afterlife (by Tale of Us), WUGD (by Jax Jones), Purified (by Nora En Pure) and Cafe De Anatolia. Nicky has worked with influential artists, including Ewan McVicar, Hannah Laing, Chris Luno, and Franky Wah. His work on the 25th-anniversary of the groundbreaking UKG track RIPGROOVE led to the DJ Mag game-changer award for the artist. Nicky's studio was designed from the ground up as a no-compromise mastering facility. A fully bespoke room with exacting acoustics to create the most natural and precise sonic environment possible, allowing confidence in decisions necessary to make your music sound its best. The centerpiece is a cutting-edge full-range 7000-watt Kii Audio BXT Monitoring System, finished in custom bronze metallic. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: The journey of becoming a mastering engineerThe art of listeningNot being fixated on all the technical stuffFixing vocal artifacts in masteringThe downsides to using limitersSwitching from an analog studio to going 100% in the boxWhy digital mastering can be betterKeeping your clients happyMastering low-end To learn more about Nicky Howard, visit: https://nickyhoward.co.uk/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.com The Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Subscribe to the show: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/master-your-mix-podcast/id1240842781Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5V4xtrWSnpA5e9L67QcJej Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review: https://masteryourmix.com/review/
Ryan Schwabe: Using Clipping To Your Advantage
Jun 12 2024
Ryan Schwabe: Using Clipping To Your Advantage
Ryan Schwabe is a platinum-certified mixing and mastering engineer, a former professor of recording arts & music production at Drexel University's Music Industry Program, and a former Vice President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy, as well as Co-Chair of the Producer and Engineer's Wing.  Currently, he is the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AES and the owner of Xcoustic Sound, a mixing and mastering post-production audio company. Ryan is also the owner and product designer for Schwabe Digital. Ryan received his second Grammy nomination for "Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical" for mixing and mastering the album, Adolescence by BAYNK in 2023. His first nomination was for mixing the "Best Dance/Electronic Album" Planets Mad by Baauer in 2021.  IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: - Taking chances with your career - Choosing between your dreams or opportunities - Teaching yourself vs. having a mentor - Analyzing tracks on an album - Creating the arc of a record - What levels to master to - How Spotify determines the loudness of a record - When digital sounds better than analog - The real reason people pay you to work on their tracks - Using clippers in production and mastering - Clipping vs. limiting - How to use clipping to make your tracks louder - Different flavors of clipping - Hard clipping vs. soft clipping To learn more about Ryan Schwabe, visit: https://www.ryanschwabe.com/ or https://www.schwabedigital.com For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Subscribe to the show: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/master-your-mix-podcast/id1240842781Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5V4xtrWSnpA5e9L67QcJej Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review: https://masteryourmix.com/review/
Adam "Atom" Greenspan: Pushing the Boundaries of an Artist
Jun 5 2024
Adam "Atom" Greenspan: Pushing the Boundaries of an Artist
Inspired by early punk and new wave, Adam Greenspan's journey through the vast soundscapes of the late 80s, to industrial and alt 90s, marked a lifelong immersion in music. With over 25 years in the industry, his career ignited with the engineering of Faith No More's "Album of the Year." Later, a serendipitous connection with fellow producer Nick Launay led to fruitful collaborations, shaping albums for luminaries such as Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Supergrass, The Cribs, and Refused. Greenspan's recent productions have garnered critical acclaim, notably securing a 2019 Mercury Prize shortlist for IDLES' "Joy as an Act of Resistance" and a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album with Thomas Dybdal's "All These Things." His return to IDLES resulted in a UK #1 album with "Ultra Mono," highlighting his enduring impact on contemporary music. Continuing to shape sonic landscapes, Greenspan's recent projects include works with Bloc Party and Flogging Molly. His approach is characterized by close collaboration with artists, aiming to distill a sound and style uniquely theirs while encouraging them to explore new territories. Emphasizing the visceral impact of music and its ability to evoke emotion and movement, Greenspan rejects formulas in favor of capturing genuine artistic expression. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working with Nick LaunayGoing backward on the studio ladder to make for more opportunitiesHaving the right attitude to stand out when you’re getting startedWorking from rough mixesPushing the boundaries of an artistLeaning into what makes an artist specialCreative approaches to using poorly recorded tracksCreating a 3D sound using effectsUsing distortion on vocalsPanning effectsHow to use stereo wideners effectivelyCapturing the room and making your tracks sound bigMaking the most out of a small roomEliminating noise on your tracks To learn more about Adam "Atom" Greenspan, visit: https://www.atomgreenspan.com/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Mike Indovina: Answering Your Questions
May 29 2024
Mike Indovina: Answering Your Questions
We hit 200 episodes! In celebration of this giant milestone, I recorded a special Q&A episode where I answered questions submitted by our audience about all things production and more. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Mike’s thoughts on the production of Metallica’s “black” albumHow many layers to record for heavy guitarsMy mic of choice for recording vocalsHow to find time to write a bookWhat to do if you’re working on your music in a non-symmetrical roomThe simple way to gain-stage your tracksHow to add top-end to your mixes without making them sound harshWhere to find Mike’s production portfolioUsing reference tracks: Why you should use them, how to pick the right ones, what to do with them. For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Tony Hoffer: Creating Tracks That Have Grit
May 22 2024
Tony Hoffer: Creating Tracks That Have Grit
Tony Hoffer is most known for his colorful, gritty productions and mixes that pop out of the speakers. His work over the years spans across alternative, electronic, rock, pop and indie. Hoffer spent his early years in Miami making music on 2 cassette decks and a reel-to-reel machine. As a teenager, he moved to Los Angeles and went ‘hi-tech’ upgrading to a Tascam 4-track cassette deck falling in love with music and the art of production. Tony started off playing guitar in ‘post-punk’ bands and fell in love with sampling his favorite post-punk records (Cure, Chameleons, Bauhaus) into his own songs and productions. His big break was co-producing Beck’s double Grammy nominated album ‘Midnite Vultures’ which was a hybrid of intricate sampling and live playing. That initially led to him to working with Air, Phoenix and Supergrass. Some additional credits include: M83, The Kooks, Belle & Sebastian, Silversun Pickups, The Fratellis, Depeche Mode, Fitz & The Tantrums, Blondie, Metric, Chromeo, Dirty Heads, The Snuts, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Ziggy Marley. Tony’s productions and mixes have been nominated and/or won 7 Grammy’s (US), 4 Juno’s (Canada), 2 Aria’s (Australia) and the Mercury Prize (UK). IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working with BeckWorking fast and being a minimalistRunning organic sounds through synthsGiving tracks character & gritRecording live off the floor vs. tracking individuallyUsing samples in your productionsCreating hooksSeparating production time from mixing time To learn more about Tony Hoffer, visit: http://tonyhoffer.com/ Notable gear mentioned in this episode: ARP2600 (Plugin Version): https://sweetwater.sjv.io/JzMmkQKorg MS20: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/XYMX45 For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Brad Boatright: The Challenges of Mastering Albums
May 15 2024
Brad Boatright: The Challenges of Mastering Albums
As an active recording and touring musician for over thirty years, Brad cut his teeth as the guitarist and vocalist in From Ashes Rise, making music in a scene fraught with challenges to sound quality. He was raised in the North Mississippi Hill Country, surrounded by a rich and historic music scene, and, after studying Recording Industry Technology at Middle Tennessee State University in the late 1990s, Brad armed himself with a healthy obsession with records, sound, and music. He's always aimed to overcome the challenges independent artists face while helping them realize their vision of sonic perfection. Since founding Audiosiege in 2010, Brad, a self-described "musician's engineer", has mastered many notable albums, including Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon's opening sequence and Grammy-nominated official soundtrack for Netflix's "Stranger Things" series, the reissue of Sleep's monumental "Dopesmoker" LP, as well as records from Corrosion of Conformity, Nails, Samiam, Obituary, Yob, Twitching Tongues, and more. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Analog vs. digital masteringHow file names can tell you a lot about a projectUsing meters to guide your decisionsHaving consistency in your levels and workflowMastering albums made of previously mastered songsUsing Metric AB for troubleshooting gear issuesGetting client feedbackMaking sure your gear is calibrated properlyWorking on the Stranger Things soundtrack To learn more about Brad Boatright, visit: https://audiosiege.com/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Notable gear mentioned in this episode: Manley Massive Passive: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/g1070giZotope RX: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/xkyR2x Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Max Morton: Having a Musician’s Mindset as a Producer
May 8 2024
Max Morton: Having a Musician’s Mindset as a Producer
Max Morton is Ukrainian producer and musician best known for his work with Jinjer, IGNEA, Morton and other metal bands. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Being able to relate to musicians and coach themImproving your own musicianship through recordingMaking musicians comfortable in the studioRecording guitars using DIs and reamping vs capturing live ampsTips for recording with DisShould you record guitars using gates?How string and pick selection impact the sound of your guitarsRecording metal vocalsControlling screaming vocalsBeing strategic with headphone mixes for singersA simple process for layer vocals and building harmoniesHow to get a solid low end in metal musicUsing tools like compressors and EQs as analyzers To learn more about Max Morton, visit: https://mortonstudio.com/ Notable gear mentioned in this episode: SM7B: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/DKLEP5 For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Carl Bahner: How to Get Your First Studio Clients
May 1 2024
Carl Bahner: How to Get Your First Studio Clients
Carl Bahner is a mix engineer originally from Lancaster, PA.  Carl has worked with artists like The Wombats, St. Lucia, Joywave, and Hippo Campus. Applying a contemporary slant on the "Wall of Sound" style to his productions, he offers his bright-eyed and open-hearted perspective by creatively framing vocals with imaginative instrumentation. He blends the organic with the synthetic, the digital with the analog, and the modern with the classic—resulting in rich, vibrant music that's full of life. But don't be fooled by Carl's youthful energy and infectious enthusiasm – he's a seasoned pro who's honed his skills on stages around the world. As a performer, he has toured extensively in the US, Canada, and the UK, and his music has been featured in film, television, and even Guitar Hero: Live. Carl has also performed on stage opening for acts like Walk The Moon, X Ambassadors, Charli XCX, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, The Wombats, Joywave, Years & Years, They Might Be Giants, Civil Twilight, The Hold Steady, Diarrhea Planet, Cold War Kids, The Gaslight Anthem, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Naked & Famous, and countless others. In addition to his mixing and production work, Carl is an educator passionate about sharing his industry knowledge. He currently teaches music industry courses at Lebanon Valley College. Carl also creates educational content for Produce Like A Pro, focusing on home studio marketing topics. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Making remixes to build your portfolioTaking music production “seriously”Getting on the same page as your clientsNot being afraid of muting tracks in a mixQuestions to ask yourself to make sure you aren’t adding too many layers to your productionsHow to get clear, in-your-face vocalsThe argument for using multiple plugins with each doing smaller changes, rather than fewer plugins doing big moves.Using de-essers properlyThe downside of using reverbHow HPFs will help you achieve better low-endGetting your first clientsHow to use social media to market yourselfWhat sorts of social media posts to makeDoing cold outreach to attract new clients To learn more about Carl Bahner, visit: https://www.carlbahner.com/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.com The Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Toby Campen: From Working In Film & TV To Mastering
Apr 24 2024
Toby Campen: From Working In Film & TV To Mastering
Toby Campen, a mastering engineer based in Brighton, UK, is dedicated to helping artists elevate their music. With a focus on delivering exceptional mastering services, Toby aims to enhance creative visions and foster deeper connections with audiences. Toby's professional journey began as a mixing engineer in various domains, spanning music, film, and television. He has garnered experience at renowned facilities such as Pinewood Studios, Technicolor, and Grand Central Recording Studios. Additionally, Toby has a background in music performance, notably as a guitarist and producer for Searching Alaska, a band recognized for their appearance at Download Festival 2013 and winning the Red Bull Prize. In 2006, Toby initiated his venture into recording, and mastering records for both personal and collaborative projects. This hands-on experience sparked a deep fascination with the mastering process, leading Toby to offer mastering services professionally, ultimately specializing solely in this field. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working in audio post-productionFollowing your passionsThe crossover skills that working in audio post-production can bring to masteringAudio restorationKnowing when to work in or out of the boxHow volume can influence your mixing decisionsKnowing how far to go with processing tracksMastering on headphonesLearning to trust your headphonesThe two tools Toby can’t live without for mastering on headphonesWhy tools like CanOpener Studio are better than Slate VSXCommon mix problems to pay attention to To learn more about Toby Campen, visit: https://www.tobycampen.com/ Notable gear mentioned in this episode: DT 990: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/DKxBXySonarworks: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/75gd23 For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.comThe Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Marc Matthews: Mastering Synth-Based Music
Apr 17 2024
Marc Matthews: Mastering Synth-Based Music
Marc Matthew is the driving force behind Synth Music Mastering, an online music mastering company. With a deep understanding of mastering's complexities, Marc aims to alleviate the common struggles musicians face in achieving sonic perfection. He offers a collaborative and straightforward mastering service, ensuring artists' visions are honored and their productions maintain their integrity. Marc's mission is to offer peace of mind in the production's final stage, helping musicians finish a record they're proud of. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Finding your niche in the music industryThe “dark art” of masteringThe financial side of getting into masteringPicking reference tracks wiselyWhy people struggle with mixing low-endHearing low-endTools that can help you when you’re not sure of what to do with your mixesThe importance of volume-matchingCompetitive loudness: Should you master for specific levels?Using humans vs. AI for masteringThe challenges of mastering synth-based music To learn more about Marc Matthews, visit: https://www.synthmusicmastering.com/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Adam Bentley: Making Immersive Prog Tones
Apr 10 2024
Adam Bentley: Making Immersive Prog Tones
Adam Bentley has been deeply entrenched in the world of guitar playing and music production for the better part of his life. With nearly a decade of focused study in music production, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College, setting the stage for his professional journey. Upon graduation, he swiftly secured a position as a mix engineer in Nashville, immersing himself in the city's bustling music scene. In addition to his role as a mix engineer, Adam is a formidable force in his own right. Under the alias "Absently," his solo project has garnered significant acclaim, lauded for its exceptional musicianship and polished production. Concurrently, Adam continues to make his mark in the studio as a mixer and producer, boasting credits on numerous albums spanning the progressive and metal genres. Presently based in Nashville, Adam Bentley remains deeply committed to his craft. Beyond his studio endeavors and guitar duties with the band Arch Echo, he actively shares his expertise through his burgeoning YouTube channel, where he offers valuable audio tutorials. With his steadfast dedication and notable contributions to the music industry, Adam continues to leave an indelible imprint on the world of music production and performance. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: How to record technical guitar parts for clarityCreating space in the arrangement for instruments to shinePunching in vs. recording single takesReducing noise in a performanceMaking tracks sound and feel tightGetting solid bass tonesCapturing the articulation of a bassUsing dynamic EQ for low-end controlProgramming bass and drum tracks with MIDIHow to make your programmed tracks sound humanRetaining dynamics with programmed tracksMaking mixes feel immersive To learn more about Adam Bentley, visit: https://www.adambentleymusic.com/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of my Amazon #1 bestselling books: The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio: https://therecordingmindset.com The Mixing Mindset: The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Will Beasley: Achieving a Full Sounding Mix
Apr 3 2024
Will Beasley: Achieving a Full Sounding Mix
Will Beasley is an American producer/engineer, and musician from Richmond, Virginia. His credits include artists such as Turnstile, The Dangerous Summer, Emarosa, and Asking Alexandria. Will's love for music was developed at an early age and he spent his teenage years playing live shows with various bands and learning the mechanics of recording. At 18, Will moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and began working alongside legendary producers Paul Leavitt and Brian McTernan. After years of gaining invaluable experience, he moved to Richmond, where he currently resides and operates Studio A at the Bakery Recording Studios, a beautiful, newly developed facility in the heart of the city. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Starting with solid recordings  Why you need to put so much value in getting the performance rightWorkshopping songs in pre-productionTreating vocals as an afterthoughtHow to prevent your songs from sounding “over-produced”Creating space around instruments in your mixDouble-tracking tips to get more width out of your mixKeeping your signal chain simpleGetting big drum soundsWhy ring is a good thing with snaresAutomating ambiance throughout a songWhy tempo makes a big impact on your reverb settingsUsing room samples To learn more about Wil Beasley, visit: https://www.willbeasleyrecording.com/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
George Perks: Making Exciting Mixes
Mar 27 2024
George Perks: Making Exciting Mixes
George Perks is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, and mixer with over 10 years of experience working across genres, with artists like Enter Shikari, The Darkness, Skindred, and You Me At Six. His portfolio has totaled over one billion streams worldwide, including 3 UK-chart topping albums. George specializes in helping rock, metal, punk, and alternative artists craft powerful and exciting records - from developing and producing young acts to creative engineering for self-producing artists. Now the resident engineer at VADA Recording Studios in Worcestershire, George has also recorded in some of the UK’s premier studios including Abbey Road and RAK in London, and built temporary recording spaces in remote locations. He has engineered for a wealth of producers including Adrian Bushby, Dan Weller, and Julian Emery. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: How to keep busy with work when working in a small, remote townGetting repeat clientsBeing adaptable with your production approachHow to work fastCommitting to your soundsTracking to a “mixed” soundFulfilling an artist’s visionCreating movement in a mixThe importance of contrast in a mixHow to make vocals sound interestingUsing modulationHis go-to tools for mixing vocalsDouble-tracking vs. modulation To learn more about George Perks, visit: https://www.georgeperks.com/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Get your copy of The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio by visiting: https://therecordingmindset.com Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Vince Ratti: Creating Space for Each Instrument in a Mix
Mar 20 2024
Vince Ratti: Creating Space for Each Instrument in a Mix
Vince Ratti is a highly accomplished producer, songwriter, and recording/mixing engineer based in the Philadelphia area. Operating from two renowned studios, The Skylight in Fairless Hills, PA, and Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA, Vince has become a sought-after figure in the music industry. His extensive portfolio includes collaborations with well-known bands such as Circa Survive, Brand New, The Wonder Years, Citizen, Balance & Composure, August Burns Red, Title Fight, Mewithoutyou, and others. Vince is not only a technical expert but also a facilitator of creativity, fostering environments that bring out the unique qualities of each artist. Beyond his studio work, Vince Ratti is a guitarist for the band Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer. This dual role as both producer and performer provides him with a holistic understanding of the music-making process, contributing to the authenticity and innovation evident in his productions. With a career marked by diversity and a commitment to pushing artistic boundaries, Vince Ratti remains a respected and influential figure in the dynamic world of music production. His dedication to excellence and genuine passion for the craft continue to shape the soundscape of contemporary music. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Becoming an engineer who only mixesDo you need to be a jack of all trades?Social media for engineers: Do you need to use it?His two tricks for mixing big-sounding drumsFiguring out the source of muddiness in your tracksWhen and when not to use tools like Auto AlignGetting great bass tonesCleaning up guitar tracksUsing multiband compression on vocalsRough mixes: What’s the point?How to critique your work when self-producing To learn more about Vince Ratti, visit: http://www.verydesign.net/vince/ Get your copy of The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio by visiting: https://therecordingmindset.com For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Johan Holmström: Composing For Video Games
Mar 13 2024
Johan Holmström: Composing For Video Games
Johan Holmström is a highly accomplished Swedish composer renowned for his significant contributions to the realm of video game music, particularly in his role as the composer for Candy Crush Soda Saga. With an extensive background in both composition and orchestration, Mr. Holmström meticulously crafted and arranged the score for the game, which was recorded with the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. As a resident composer and sound designer at King, the acclaimed creators of Candy Crush and numerous other top-grossing games, Johan Holmström consistently demonstrates his exceptional musical prowess. Following his studies at the Musicians Institute and Berklee College of Music in Boston, he garnered invaluable experience playing alongside some of Sweden's most prominent artists, with a notable emphasis on showcasing his exceptional Hammond skills. In addition to his impressive work in the gaming industry, Johan has made substantial contributions to the Swedish music scene. For three consecutive seasons, he served as the bandleader and composer for the popular Swedish children's show "Bacillakuten," further showcasing his versatility and talent in the field. His achievements, including the distinguished recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, have earned him accolades such as the title "King of video game music" among other commendations. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working on casual games vs. AAA-level gamesPreparing scores for orchestrasComposing music for games such as Candy CrushAsking questions when you’re feeling stuckDesigning sound effectsGetting your team on the same pageMaking sure your music translates across multiple devicesHow to get into the gaming industryFinding people better than you to collaborate with For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Get your copy of The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio by visiting: https://therecordingmindset.com Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!
Phil Ek: Establishing the Vibe of a Record
Mar 6 2024
Phil Ek: Establishing the Vibe of a Record
Phil Ek is an American record producer, engineer and mixer. Ek began his career in Seattle, Washington in the early 1990s recording live sound in clubs. He then moved into studio recording, recording small projects and demos for local bands. Around this time, Ek was frequently working with influential producer Jack Endino. Producing Built to Spill's second album, There's Nothing Wrong with Love, proved to be Ek's mainstream breakthrough (the album has since ranked in the Top Ten of Spin Magazine's top indie records of all time). Phil Ek has worked with such indie rock bands as Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Built to Spill, Duster, 764-HERO, Big Business and Mudhoney. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working in Seattle during the 90’sPrioritizing instruments when recordingThe legacy of Build To Spill’s “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love”Overdubbing vs. recording live off the floorGetting the right scratch tracks in order to capture the true energy of a songEditing for feel vs perfectionShould you track with or without reverb?Setting up room mics for optionsHow to make reverb sound big but without being muddyCreating a 3D sound To learn more about Phil Ek, visit: https://philek.com/ For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/ Get your copy of The Recording Mindset: A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating Pro Recordings From Your Home Studio by visiting: https://therecordingmindset.com Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/ Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/ Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android. Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!