Music Production, Recording & Mixing


Words of inspiration from Young Guru

Recording vocals in the old DBAR Productions vocal booth

Tuesday night we had the opportunity to attend an inspirational presentation from Young Guru.  This was an event put on by the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy, and their Grammy U program. I was able to bring a guest, so I brought my wife along. 

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Questions from a university student

Hello Stephen.  I’m studying for a Bsc(Hons) in Sound Technology at the University of Glamorgan.  Would it be possible for you to participate in a quick questionnaire with regards to the working methods of current producers/mix engineers? Let the interrogation commence… Happy to try to help.  You

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MIDI and Audio – Connections

If I’m going to MIDI my Korg Extreme to an audiobox 44VSL interface to do everything one needs to in order to record…Am I still going to be using 1/4″ (phono) cables as well? (from Korg to interface) Also, while I got’cha, could you Please turn us

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Bo Bice – November – Sennheiser/Neumann Mixing Contest Winning Entry

Sennheiser/Neumann just announced that I was the winner of their 2012 Bo Bice mixing competition, for the mix I did of Bo Bice’s song November. We were given the tracks from 3 unreleased songs from Bo Bice, and we could pick one of the three to mix

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Mix Automation – Beyond Volume

Using mix automation for more than just volume. In this article I want to share with you how I used automation for my award winning mix of Bo Bice’s song November.  This mix was done for the Sennheiser/Nuemann Bo Bice mixing competition, which was judged by a

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How to prepare for your recording session

  Barry Gardner is the sole mastering engineer at SafeandSound online mastering So you have booked your recording dates and hopefully they are a few weeks off so you can make preparations to get the most out of investment. Preparation for recording makes a lot of sense

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Preparing your tracks for Professional Mixing

How to prepare your tracks for Professional Mixing Once you have decided that it may not be best to try to do it all yourself, and you think you have a song that is good enough to get professionally mixed, you need to prepare your tracks to

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The Mixing Process

How to Mix a song – The Mixing Process Mixing is not something you can learn to do quickly.  It takes many years of practice and experience before you get really good at it, just like learning to be a great guitar player or singer.  My belief

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Must Have Tools – The SPL Transient Designer

The “Secret Weapon” behind many great recording and mixes! Here is something that not too many people talk about any more, and thus many beginners might not know about.  But, it’s one of those tools that I can’t live without!  The SPL Transient Designer is a cool

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3 New Mixing Projects

Just wrapping up a busy few weeks of mixing for 3 different projects. First, I mixed a set of 5 great songs from Travis Oberg.  Those are off to mastering and I’ll post links when he has something online that you can listen to. Then, I helped

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