Turn Off Your Screen

This little music production tip is very simple, but don’t underestimate it’s power. In fact I’m pretty sure you’ll be surprised how effective it is if you haven’t tried it before.

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Why I Love Logic Studio

I started my production career back in 1996 using trackers – mainly Impulse Tracker and Buzz. About 10 years ago I made the switch to Logic – it was version number 4 back then. I’ve worked on other software since then (Cakewalk, Cubase, Ableton Live, Pro Tools) but always felt Logic just works best for […]

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Mixing for Vinyl: Don’t Fall for These Traps

If your track comes in from the vinyl press sounding like shit, what would be your first reaction? Bad mastering, right? Wrong answer geeza.. Guess what – I’m blaming it on you. Mixing for vinyl ain’t your everyday walk in the park. Looks like I’ve got a bit of explaining to do while you glimpse […]

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EQ the Effects Bus

It’s easy to feed stuff to the effects bus and then forget about it. Don’t! It is especially important to EQ your reverbs. It depends on the case of course but I usually do three things with reverbs: Cut everything below 200-300hz or even higher – don’t need the muddyness and rumble on reverbs. Apply […]

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Tune Your Bass Sounds

It is a good idea to aim to have the bulk of your sub-bass and bassdrum one octave apart from each other.

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How to Finish Music

You’ve just had a good long studio session. You started a banging new track, spent hours refining and maybe even managed to finish (or so you think). You go to sleep feeling really good about yourself. The next day you have a listen. Everything sounds a bit off. You feel like all the hard work […]

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Inspect the Real Performance of Your EQ

Inspect the effect of your favourite EQs have on the sound using a spectrum analyzer. It is easy to get tricked by the curve that you see on the interface of the EQ. Sometimes it’s not an accurate description of what is really going on.

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The Art of Shutting Down the Noise

It was as if my thinking was being blurred. The huge flow of digital noise and useless information was derailing my focus. I had to change things up.

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The Muppet Show

About four or five years back I was featured on a big compilation (it’s still available on Amazon, Play.com, etc). Needless to say, to appear there alongside some of the absolute brightest stars in the game was a huge opportunity for me. That opportunity went down the drain.

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Clean the Low End of the Mix

When mixing a track, go through every single track and sound. Inspect them using a spectrum analyzer. Many times you will discover unnecessary low end (0-80hz) hum and rumble in pads, vocals, effects, etc. Clean that up!

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