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Should you mix your own music?

Don’t underestimate the importance of great mixing! There is no denying that many artists are choosing to purchase recording gear and record themselves at home.  There are certainly many advantages of recording yourself at home, not the least of which is the potential cost savings versus recording

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My Favorite Recording and Mixing Gear – Hardware

For recording & mixing, I love my analog compressors! There is just something about high quality, real hardware analog compressors, that just seem to make my job so much easier!  I have nothing against software plugins, and I have a huge assortment of plugins that I use

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Advice from Superstar Producer/Engineer Elliot Scheiner

Elliot Scheiner is one of the top producers/engineers in the world, with 24 Grammy nominations, 7 Grammy awards, 4 Emmy nominations,  1 Emmy award, 3 TEC Awards nominations, etc…. The list goes on!  Even if you don’t know his name, you have most certainly heard his work.

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The Village – Stephen Sherrard’s Peaceful Remix

Some more recent work I did for the Lee Ritenour remix contest.  Some incredible jazz musicians playing on this track!  As usual, I took mine in a totally different direction and ended up slowing down the song considerably for a ambient/chillout type reworking.

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Remaking and Remixing The Village by Lee Ritenour

I’m really starting to get into remixing, even though I’m not a dance club, DJ type producer.  I certainly don’t keep up with modern dance music trends, even though I do enjoy the music.  Instead, what I like to do is to take the songs in a

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Drum Mixing Breakdown Video

Breakdown of the mix of Ben Smith’s drums The drummer for Heart, Ben Smith, helped me out with some drum tracks for one of the songs I co-wrote with Coreena, “If You Wanna”.  We tracked the drums at the famous London Bridge Studio, which has a HUGE

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Music and Technology Blog

Resources for the Recording Musician If you haven’t checked it out in the past, check out the redesigned Music And Technology – Resources for the Recording Musician blog. I’ve switched over to a more modern blog format.  The site features many articles that I have written over

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Less is More – Bigger sounds through simplification

Want bigger & fuller sounding songs?  Less is More! The biggest problem I encounter with inexperienced artists, producers, and engineers these days is that there is too much of everything.  Too many parts in the song arrangements.  Too many tracks in the recording.  Too many plugins in

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Reducing plosives (pops) with EQ

Even with pop filters in front of a microphone, plosives (pops) can still be an issue with some vocalists. However, there is a relatively simple fix that can quickly reduce or eliminate those loud pops from your vocal tracks.  Use a high-pass filter, or low shelving EQ,

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Maximize Your Recording Budget

Revised & Updated! This is an old article I wrote in the early 90s. Quite a bit has changed since then, but most of the advice here still applies. With the reworking of my site in 2012, I have gone through this article and made some additions

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