Master Your Mix Podcast

Mike Indovina

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Ian Stewart: How to Get Big Low-End
1w ago
Ian Stewart: How to Get Big Low-End
Ian Stewart is a mastering engineer and audio educator from the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts where he's operated Flotown Mastering since 2011. Ian received his B.S. in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami in 2007 and has been a passionate advocate for audio quality, and for fostering a better understanding of the topics surrounding it, ever since. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Streaming loudness targets: Do they even matter?Should you master to -14 LUFS?How to prepare for your first listen of a new project so that you can create a game plan for itEstablishing a benchmark for what your final mix/master should sound likeGetting big low-end with your mixesWhy bass isn’t always about the bassBasslane Pro: How it will give you total control over your low-endUnderstanding sample rates and bit depths: Which settings should you use?Should you upsample/downsample your tracks when you export?What is dither and when should you use it? To learn more about Ian Stewart, visit: https://flotownmastering.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Jim Anderson: Working with Reverbs
Mar 8 2023
Jim Anderson: Working with Reverbs
For nearly 50 years, Jim Anderson has set the standard for acoustic audio engineering and production, capturing pristine, high definition stereo and surround sound recordings that have garnered thirteen Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, two Peabodys, and a pair of Emmy nominations among countless other accolades.  Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Anderson attended Duquesne University on a musical performance scholarship, and it was there that his passion for sound and technology first collided in the music school’s on-campus recording studio.  After graduation, he took work at the local public radio station, WDUQ-FM, and one year later, he made the leap to NPR in Washington, DC, where he engineered broadcast sessions for everything from news and documentaries to performances by jazz icons, classical orchestras, folk singers, and contemporary composers.  In 1980, Anderson moved to New York to launch his career as a freelance engineer and producer, and over the next several decades, he would go on to record studio albums, live concerts, and film scores across a diverse array of genres with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Christian McBride, Arturo Sandoval, Petula Clark, Patricia Barber, John Zorn, and hundreds more.  In 2003, he became a professor at the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. In 2008, he was elected President of the Audio Engineering Society.  Today, Anderson and his wife/production partner Ulrike Schwarz are widely hailed as industry leaders operating at the cutting edge of the immersive audio field, and their world-class recordings are regular fixtures at the Grammy Awards and on critics’ annual Best Of lists. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Recording with limitationsHow to handle high stakes pressure when you’re working with the best of the bestHelping artists achieve their vision for their albumsAdapting to new recording environmentsAdding reverb to your mixesUsing pink noise to calibrate your reverb levelsHow to create and use Impulse ResponsesTips for starting your day with a fresh perspectiveHow to record piano, horns, upright bass, and jazz drumsBeing intentional with mic placement and selectionUsing mics to create depthHow the impedance of your DI can drastically change the sound quality To learn more about Jim Anderson, visit: http://andersonaudiony.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Matt Ross-Spang: Leaning Into Simplicity
Mar 1 2023
Matt Ross-Spang: Leaning Into Simplicity
Over the past decade, Matt Ross-Spang has emerged as one of the premiere record producers and engineers working today across country, folk, rock and roll, and R&B. Known for a philosophy of putting artists first and for a skillset that’s enabled him to capture a vintage warmth and energy without ever sounding stuffy or dated, Ross-Spang has a discography that encompasses production, engineering and mixing for legends, perennial critical favorites and some of his own generation’s most exciting musicmakers: Elvis Presely, Lou Reed, Al Green, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Mountain Goats, Cut Worms, Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price, Lucero, Iron & Wine, St. Paul and the Broken Bones. He has won two Grammy Awards, for engineering Isbell’s 2015 album Something More than Free and again for its follow-up, 2017’s The Nashville Sound. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working at Sun StudiosRecording a full band with less than 9 micsVintage recording styles vs. modern approachesRecording drums that have characterRecording in monoUsing minimal processingEQing and compression on busses, instead of individual tracksGain staging your mixEmbracing bleed in your recordingsUsing far mics for overdubsCreating roomy recordings in small environmentsFinding unique places to stick microphonesUsing digital technology in an analog environmentMaking samples sound organicBuilding his studio, Southern Grooves To learn more about Matt Ross-Spang, visit: http://www.southerngrooves.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Jonte Knif: Building High Quality Audio Gear
Feb 22 2023
Jonte Knif: Building High Quality Audio Gear
Jonte Knif was interested from an early age both in engineering and musical instruments and music. This dual interest manifested itself in the daring decision to start studying harpsichord at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki, and engineering physics at the University of technology. This decision was soon to be found to be a mistake and Knif concentrated on music studies only. During the following 6 years Knif played in many ensembles specializing in music from medieval times to Frank Zappa, and started to build tube amps and design speakers and harpsichords, which got international recognition. Knif switched to study in the department of music technology in Sibelius-Academy and graduated in 2005. After graduation, he decided to concentrate on hardware design and founded Knif Audio in 2005. Fueled by his passion for instrument building and audio, Knif Audio has produced many power amplifiers, experimental loudspeakers, one commercial loudspeaker, Knif Rauman Nº1, and new harpsichord and electric clavichord models. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Becoming a gear manufacturerLearning how to make gearUnderstanding psychoacousticsBalancing the needs of the pro audio community vs audiophilesMastering grade vs. mixing grade equipmentLooking back at your past workWhat makes different models of EQ sound differentHardware vs pluginsHow Q values change in relation to EQ boosts/cutsTubes: Choosing the right ones for specific usesTubes vs. transformersPlugin Alliance Soma: How it compares to the real thing To learn more about Jonte Knif and Knif Audio, visit: https://knifaudio.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Brent Hendrich: How Limitations Foster Creativity
Feb 15 2023
Brent Hendrich: How Limitations Foster Creativity
Brent Hendrich is a freelance mix engineer with over 20 years of experience as a working professional in the Nashville music industry. Through his work on a Dove award-winning record, contributions toward Emmy award-winning compositions, and countless hours of studio experience, Brent has been building a track record consisting of a diverse repertoire of content spanning across genres of rock, pop, EDM, soul, jazz, and singer/songwriters.  IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: How networking can happen where you least expect itGetting started as a freelancer: How to survive the rough early daysTraps to avoid when getting startedWhen/if you should niche down your audio servicesHow to get in the heads of artists before you start working on their musicMaking room for vocals in a mixSeparating prep time from mix timeListening to rough mixes: How to know what elements are important to keep in the final mixHow working with limitations fosters creativityExercises to strengthen your audio skills To learn more about Brent Hendrich, visit: https://brenthendrich.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Johannes Ringen: Writing film scores
Feb 8 2023
Johannes Ringen: Writing film scores
Film and TV composer Johannes Ringen is known for his eclectic approach to music, combining traditional orchestral colours with electronic instruments and textural sounds. His compositions range from action films and thrillers to documentaries, comedies, and animation. His recent work includes an action-packed score for Netflix's No 1 original film Troll, dark ominous music for the disaster movie The Quake, and a symphonic score for the quirky Viking comedy show Norsemen on Netflix. After moving to Los Angeles, Ringen has contributed music and/or arrangements to major Hollywood productions such as Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7,  (directed by James Wan,) and The Fate of the Furious, as well as TV shows such as MacGyver and Hawaii 5-0. Ringen is a graduate from the prestigious Film Scoring Program at the University of Southern California. When not composing, he can be found at flea markets with his wife and kids, secretly hoping to find unique instruments previously unknown to mankind for his next film.   IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: - Why having diversity in your musical tastes is so important for composing- Creating music with MIDI- How to make virtual instruments sound realistic- Battling perfectionism- How to deal with “demoitis” and imposter syndrome- Ways to beat writer’s block- Why you should always have deadlines - Delivering tracks as stems- Tips for evoking emotion through music To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Tony ”Jack The Bear” Mantz: Forging Your Own Path In Music
Feb 1 2023
Tony ”Jack The Bear” Mantz: Forging Your Own Path In Music
Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz is owner and founder of Deluxe Mastering. He has had over 35 years working in many facets of the music business both here and overseas, but found his niche in mastering. Tony or (Jack) as he is also known, was trained in vinyl mastering at the famous Frankford Wayne Labs in NYC. This was the training ground for such luminaries as the late great Tom Coyne and Herb Powers. For decades now Tony has mastered for many of Australia’s top artists along with a few international artists that have notched up Gold & Platinum awards. It’s this expertise alongside his commitment to excellent customer service that will make your mastering experience a smooth one. Aside from mastering, Tony is also doing the rounds on the public speaking circuit to schools and organizations about his journey in the music industry. During these talks he shares his profound life lessons in music and life that have shaped him today. Tony’s hope is to inspire others, to pursue their dreams in life. Tony also hosts the Mastering Music Mastering Life podcast, where he has in-depth and engaging conversations with music industry heavyweights in all matters of music and life. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Doing what you loveDefining successDealing without parental/social support systemsMaking your own successHow to network properlyHow to provide value to others (even when you think you don’t have anything to offer)Battling imposter syndromeThe fine-line between self-deprecation and humility To learn more about Tony “Jack The Bear” Mantz, visit: http://www.jackthebear.com.au/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Jake Rye: Creating Wide Mixes With Character
Jan 25 2023
Jake Rye: Creating Wide Mixes With Character
Jake Rye is a Michigan-based producer and mixing engineer with over 16 years of experience working within the indie/alt rock genres.  Since 2006 Jake has produced and or mixed over 2000 songs with both indie and label artists alike garnering respect as a person who not only delivers the highest level of complimentary work but also the highest level of care for the process and the people involved. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Mixing based on feel, rather than technical “rules”Using saturation in your mixesJake’s go-to mics for recordingDriving preampsThe importance of consistency with your gainstagingHow to achieve wide mixesUsing mid-side compression to help with widthHow he sets up his system for tracking and mixingA simple trick to use during tracking that ensures each instrument will have clarity in the mixHow he structures his tracking process to encourage efficiency and creativityBuilding relationships with clients vs. treating them as clientsKnowing when you aren’t the right person for a projectHow he handles new projects and sets expectations early To learn more about Jake Rye, visit: https://jakerye.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Dom Morley: How to Get Your Vocals to Sit Right in the Mix
Jan 18 2023
Dom Morley: How to Get Your Vocals to Sit Right in the Mix
Dom Morley is a British sound engineer and record producer. He started his career in the late 1990s at DEP International Studios in Birmingham before moving to London in 1999 to take a position at Metropolis Studios. Here he worked his way up through the ranks, engineering for such producers as Tony Visconti, Phil Spector and Mark Ronson. It was his work with Ronson on the Amy Winehouse Back to Black album that won him the Record Of The Year Grammy Award in 2008. Since then Morley has become a freelance engineer and producer working recently with such artists as Sting, Adele, Grinderman, Kate Walsh, The Police, Colin MacIntyre and Jeff Beck. He produced the Mull Historical Society album City Awakenings. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Moving up the ranks quickly as an internThe small details that create a great experience for your clients so that they come back time and time againBeing the “fifth member” of the bandThe most expensive mistake you can make in the studioEstablishing your creative vision in order to make the production process easierHow to set up a mix around the vocalsHow he sets up his vocal effects to keep the mix excitingWhy it’s a good idea to record singers in the control room with youCommitting to sounds in the recording stageWhat he does to ensure mixes translate across multiple playback systems To learn more about Dom Morley, visit: https://www.dommorley.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Katie Tavini: Having Fun While Working On Your Craft
Jan 11 2023
Katie Tavini: Having Fun While Working On Your Craft
Katie Tavini is a Mancunian mastering engineer, now based in Brighton, whose credits include Emeli Sandé, Arlo Parks and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Equally comfortable dealing with an artists' first ever release as she is with a seasoned pro's greatest hits – Katie's ability to bring out the best in a mix comes from her years of experience in studios, combined with her open communication with artists, engineers and labels that trust her to take care of their prized works. Through her work, Katie has become one of the most in-demand mastering engineers in the UK. Since starting in 2014, the growing range of Katie's discography is testament to her versatility as an engineer. She is at home with everything from the heaviest metal to the lushest orchestral works and everything in between. A lover of music, Katie enjoys the challenge of taking on new styles and exploring new sonics. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Why you shouldn’t wait until you are “prepared” to start your careerHaving fun while you workNot getting caught up with “technical” perfectionReverse engineering musicListening with intentStarting a mastering collectiveCollaboration vs. competitionThe benefits of having a mentorDo you need expensive monitors to master properly?Enhancing the feel of a mixWhy sweeping with EQ can be dangerousEQ vs. compression: which is better for creating feel?Katie’s practice techniques to constantly get better at her craft To learn more about Katie Tavini, visit: https://www.katietavini.co.uk/ and https://www.weirdjungle.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Pete Weiss: Working In Open-Concept Studios
Jan 4 2023
Pete Weiss: Working In Open-Concept Studios
Pete Weiss is a New England-based producer/engineer/mixer/musician. His unfussy, organic, "artist first" work has earned him a reputation as an outstanding producer who can adapt to many musical genres and is unafraid to ignore stylistic convention. Notable artists Weiss has worked with include Charlie Chesterman, Chris Brokaw, Peter Holsapple, Kustomized, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Doug Yule, Moe Tucker, The Upper Crust, Aimee Mann, Lee Ranaldo, Bell X1, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Two Dollar Pistols, Bow Thayer & Levon Helm, Hayley Thompson-King and many others. In 1989 he co-founded Zippah Studio in Boston. In 2004, he built and opened Verdant Studio, an "open room" retreat-style studio with artist lodging in rural Vermont which he operated until late 2020, when he returned to Boston to concentrate on mixing and mastering at Jade Cow Music Post Production Services. When not in the studio, Weiss fronts the instrumental band The Weisstronauts and is a member of the experimental pop collective known as Sool.  Since 2017, he has collaborated with eclectic vocalist/songwriter Hayley Thompson-King.  He released a solo album in 1996 and three albums while fronting the subversive Pete Weiss & the Rock Band from 1995-2000. He has scored four independent films, "Methods" (1998), "Metal" (2001), "Bad Gravity" (with Sool 2006), and "The Arcadian Ideal" (2007). He is a Senior Contributor for Tape Op Magazine, writing reviews of audio equipment as well as conducting interviews with recording industry figures. Over the years he has served on many panels & workshops at Tape Op's and Potluck Audio's conferences. In the early 1990's Weiss authored two books on baseball, "Baseball's All Time Goats" and "Longshots!", both published by Adams Media. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working with track limitationsOwning a retreat-style studioFinding clients while working in the middle of nowhereAttended sessions vs unattended sessionsSetting guidelines for clientsWorking in an open-concept studioThe relationship between kick and bass guitar: how to get the low-end feeling balancedHow to track bass guitarThe keys to getting a great guitar toneMaking time for experimentation during a session To learn more about Pete Weiss, visit: https://www.weissy.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Rafa Sardina: Calibrating Your Ears & Emotions for Mixing
Dec 28 2022
Rafa Sardina: Calibrating Your Ears & Emotions for Mixing
Rafa Sardina is a Los Angeles based  18-Time Grammy and Latin Grammy winning producer/engineer and mixer. He has built an impressive list of clients over the years, from D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Elvis Costello And The Roots, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Placido Domingo, Camila Cabello, Miguel, Lady Gaga, Clare Fischer Big Band, Alejandro Sanz, Calle 13, Natalia Lafourcade, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Arturo O’Farrill with The Afrocuban Jazz Big Band Orchestra & Chucho Valdes, Tim McGraw and many more. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working as an intern to get into the industryThe importance of constantly learningDiversifying your musical genresTaking inspiration from multiple styles of musicCalibrating your ears and emotions for mixingUsing intuition to guide your mixesWhat to do when you’re feeling stuck with your tracksBattling self-doubtBuilding naming systems for your sessions to keep organized and inspiredWorking with Michael JacksonCreating depth and width in a mixWhy you should start your mixes with a focus on the center channelUsing automation early in your processAutomating compressors to create movement throughout a songUsing multiple EQs on a single signal chainLearning to hear the differences between different plugins/hardware To learn more about Rafa Sardina, visit: https://rafasardina.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
John Burke: Achieving a Perfect Vocal Sound
Dec 14 2022
John Burke: Achieving a Perfect Vocal Sound
John Burke is an engineer based in northeast Ohio who has worked in multiple genres ranging from pop, rap, and metal. He also runs the website, perfectvocalsacademy.com where he helps people with learning how to record, edit, and mix their vocal tracks. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Letting your market choose youEditing vocalsTiming vs tuning: Which one to fix first?Autotune vs. Melodyne: Which is better?Processing background vocals differently than lead vocalsThe tools everyone should have for editing vocalsShould you remove breaths?Fixing vocal plosivesStretching vs nudging vocalsRemoving background noisesTips for recording clean vocal tracksHow to find the key of your songWhen and where to use clip gainMultiband compression vs. regular compression vs. dynamic EQJohn’s go-to vocal chain To learn more about John Burke, visit: https://perfectvocalsacademy.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Steve Genewick: How to be Prepared for the Studio
Dec 7 2022
Steve Genewick: How to be Prepared for the Studio
Grammy nominated recording engineer Steve Genewick has thirty years of experience, both as a studio and live recording and mix engineer. He has had the pleasure of working at legendary recording studios around the world such as Capitol Studios, United Recording, Village Recorders in LA, Abbey Road Studios in London, and La Fabrique in France. Steve has worked primarily out of Capitol Studios as a staff engineer since 1994. At Capitol Studios he has worked with countless artists such as Elton John, Bastille, and Trisha Yearwood. Steve was also amongst the first of studio mixers to begin mixing music in Dolby Atmos, working with artists such as Beck, Gregory Porter, LL Cool J and Nial Horan and on the popular video game Apex Legends. In 2017 he received the Pensado Award for Best Recording Engineer, and he was a part of the Universal Audio and Capitol Studios Team that won a TEC Award for the Capitol Chambers plugin at the 2020 NAMM Conference. For the last 20 years, Steve has had the great honor of collaborating with 23 time Grammy award winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt, working with artists such as Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Gladys Knight, Neil Young, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach and Paul McCartney. Steve has also joined Al for Mix With the Masters seminars for the past seven years in addition to their collaboration on their instructional film “The Art of Recording a Big Band”.  When not working at Capitol, Steve works independently at numerous major recording studios in Los Angeles or at his home mixing studio. He has had the pleasure of working with the best in the business, and has always delivered to the highest of standards. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working at Capitol StudiosLearning in school vs. real world experienceHow to work your way up the ranks in a big studioWhat makes a great assistant engineer?Being adaptableHow to be prepared for studio sessionsWhy the studio industry is actually the hospitality industryLearning to speak to musicians in their languageWhy engineering rock records isn’t different than working in any other genreWorking with the legendary Al SchmittWork/life balanceBeing one of the first Atmos engineersRemixing classic albums for Atmos To learn more about Steve Genewick, visit: http://stevegenewick.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Matthew Weiss: Producing Vocals With Feeling
Nov 30 2022
Matthew Weiss: Producing Vocals With Feeling
Born in Philadelphia, 1984; Matthew was raised by his mother, a doll sculptor, and his step-father, a jazz pianist. He studied clarinet, piano, drums, guitar and voice, but his favourite instrument was a Roland Groovebox 303 his step-father bought for him as a birthday gift.

 Matthew attended Sarah Lawrence College for Musical Composition and Theory, where, as a freshman, he became the head sound technician. His job required recording and rendering all the concerts held on campus. While Matthew loved writing music, he soon discovered he loved recording music even more.
 In 2005, Matthew left school to pursue his interests as a recording engineer. In 2007 he took up a job at Studio E in Philadelphia, where he recorded overdubs for the Grammy Nominated album “The Othello Syndrome” by Uri Caine. Matthew worked as an in house engineer until 2010 when he decided to begin freelancing. From that point his focus shifted from recording work to mixing.
 Between 2010 to 2016 he worked with high profile clientele such as Ronnie Spector, Arrested Development, SisQo’, Sonny Digital, and Dizzee Rascal. In 2013, Matthew mixed the album “Rosso” by King Midas which won the Norwegian Spellemann Award for Best Rock Album: 2013.
 Matthew moved to Los Angeles in 2016 where he partnered with Kanye West’s engineer Andrew Dawson running a commercial recording studio. A year later, Weiss became a technical consultant for the construction of a recording studio owned by multi-platinum recording artist Akon. Recognizing Matthew’s talent, Akon asked him to be his personal recordist and mixing engineer. In 2019, Matthew received a Platinum plaque for engineering “Comentale” by Ozuna and Akon.

 Matthew has recorded and mixed four albums and hundreds of B-sides with Akon. He has also mixed for artists Swae Lee, Jeremih, Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Nicky Minaj, Becky G, Anitta, Rick Ross, Farruko, and Ozuna. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Transitioning from live sound to in studioHow to stand out as a studio internGetting great vocalsGetting vocals to feel locked in rhythmicallyUsing AutotuneHow to use headphone cues to help capture better performancesSetting up your room to hear accurate low-endWorking with pre-processed samplesAnalyzing your processes and learning to simplify To learn more about Matthew Weiss, visit: http://weiss-sound.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Mat Leffler-Schulman: Focusing On The Big Picture With Audio
Nov 23 2022
Mat Leffler-Schulman: Focusing On The Big Picture With Audio
Mat Leffler-Schulman is a mastering engineer based out of Baltimore, MD. He's mastered countless records for an eclectic range of artists from Maine to Spain to Ukraine. Projects include Billboard #1 & Top 10 charting songs, GRAMMY® Award-winning artists, and many records with multi-million spins on Spotify. Artists he's worked with include Jon Batiste, Beach House, Mon Laferte, will.i.am, Blondie, Gipsy Kings, The National Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Dean, Lesane, Future Islands, Waka Flocka Flame, Dan Deacon, Wye Oak, Lower Dens, and Ice Cube.    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Using analog vs digital gear for masteringHow working with limitations will improve your audio skillsMixing and mastering on headphonesThe secret to mixes that translateWhat to listen for with reference tracksBattling imposter syndromeAvoiding debt while starting a studioNiching down your services and genresCreating intake forms to help give you direction and to reduce revisionsKnowing when to take a minimalist approach with your workMastering software vs traditional DAWsMastering to specific levels: Does it matter how loud your masters are?Do you need expensive monitors/cables to hear mixes properly? To learn more about Mat Leffler-Schulman, visit: https://matlefflerschulman.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
John Congleton: Making Records That Feel Authentic
Nov 16 2022
John Congleton: Making Records That Feel Authentic
John Congleton is an American Grammy Award-winning record producer, engineer, mixer, writer and musician who has worked with artists such as St. Vincent, Wallows, Everything Everything, Bully, Angel Olsen, Future Islands, The Decemberists, Goldfrapp, Sharon Van Etten and many, many more. In addition to his production work, Congleton has fronted the alternative rock band the Paper Chase, and writes music for a newer project entitled the Nighty Nite. He has also written music for various other projects, including MTV's Jackass, the Discovery Channel, Friday Night Lights, Evil Lives Here, and several Halloween sound effects/music CDs.   IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working with Steve AlbiniMaking recordings sound exactly how it sounds in the roomGetting sounds at the source vs. fixing/manipulating them in postUsing headphone mixes to help guide musicians to get the right performancesWhat to do when you can’t get the sound you’re afterBalancing the needs of a producer vs. the artistRecording fat snare soundsReamping drumsAnalog vs digital recordingFighting the urge to be a control freak while recording vs keeping things simpleGetting punchy kick drums without relying on top-end To learn more about John Congleton, visit: https://www.nextwavemanagement.com/john-congleton/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Frederic Archambault: Succeeding In The Music Business
Nov 9 2022
Frederic Archambault: Succeeding In The Music Business
Frederic Archambault is a Producer, Mixer, Songwriter, Musician and Engineer from Los Angeles, CA. He is best known for his work with Avenged Sevenfold lending his hand to production on their albums City Of Evil and Waking The Fallen. He has also worked with the likes of Atreyu, Deftones, Panic At The Disco. He produces most of his projects at his home studio in Los Angeles called Studio 5A.   Most recently, Fred has completed production and mixing the music for the NBC TV Broadcast Last Call with Carson Daly. In the 7 years at Carson Daly he has worked on 100’s of artists from Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, M-83 and Weezer to name a few.  In that span of time it is estimated that he has mixed over 1500 songs for network broadcast. At the 2015 Pensado Awards, Fred won two awards: Excellence In Live or Front Of House Sound and Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Visual Medium for Last Call with Carson Daly.  Currently, Fred is the Manager for Audio Mastering operations for the Content Management Team at NBCUniversal. He oversees and supports a team responsible for global audio operations for all things TV and film. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Collecting hard vs. soft assets as an engineer: What they are and why you need themThe importance of consistencyDiversifying your skillsThe future of immersive audio for musicIs audio fidelity really important?How to set up a guitar to capture the perfect toneTuning tricks that ensure you have tight sounding tracksMicing tips for guitarsFred’s white noise trick for achieving perfect phaseCombining multiple ampsHow to use a DI to help make editing easierThe importance of the headphone mixGetting polished vocalsHow to create awesome vocal stacksWorking on broadcast productionsMixing live performances To learn more about Frederic Archambault, visit: https://www.fredarchambault.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!
Taylor Larson: Creating energetic rock drums
Nov 2 2022
Taylor Larson: Creating energetic rock drums
Taylor Larson is a record producer, mixer, and audio engineer who has worked with artists such as Asking Alexandria, Periphery, From First to Last, I See Stars, Veil of Maya, Within Temptation, The Dangerous Summer, Conditions, and Sky Eats Airplane. He is also the guitarist of The Evening. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Making sacrifices to work in audioUsing reference tracks to make you a better engineerHow to create energy in a mixRecording drums that hit hardThe secret tip John Feldmann uses for recording drums that sound bigBreaking the “rules” of audioCreating sustain for your drumsA simple trick for getting ghost notes to be clearly heardWhy dynamics aren’t always important To learn more about Taylor Larson’s company, MixWave, visit: https://www.mixwave.net/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.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!