Mike & The Machine - Episode 1

Mike & The Machine - Episode 1

Here we are! Video numero uno. I'll keep it short.

In this blog series I'm challenging myself to compete with a online mastering algorithm. Being in a quiet room by yourself for hours on end can start to feel a bit weird, so why not throw some fun in the mix? My current opponent is the new Lydian engine from the brilliant minds at LANDR.

Oil & Canvas

Oil & Canvas

Let’s talk about Picasso.

Most people know of him as an artist and painter. And rightly so. 95% of his known art is oil on canvas. Although Picasso was at his best while painting, his art manifested themselves in many other forms.

He wrote several plays, designed sets for ballet, and sculpted with wood, clay, and wax. On his death bed he drew on his X-Ray developments.

Room To Grow

Room To Grow

I hate karaoke. With a passion.

I’ve found there are two ways to win at that miserable game—neither of which I’m capable of.

  1. Wow the crowd with your incredible pipes
  2. Sing just bad enough and make it funny

After slogging through Bohemian Rhapsody, here are a few things I’m muttering to myself on the walk of shame back to a now lukewarm Shiner:

What To Do With The Machine

What To Do With The Machine

LANDR, an AI based online mastering service, has caused quite the stir in the worldwide music community. Several rival factions have taken up arms on audio forums worldwide.

The three main reactions are as follows:

My Top 5 Online Audio Resources

My Top 5 Online Audio Resources

It seems now that if you have an internet connection you can learn anything. Basketweaving, fencing, proper haiku recitation. You name it, someone probably has a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching it.

Although I'm all for everyone being able to share their approach to making music, there's a ton of content to sift through.

3 Reasons Why You Should EQ Like An Ice Sculptor

3 Reasons Why You Should EQ Like An Ice Sculptor

Ok, I know what you're thinking: what the heck do equalizers and ice sculptors have in common?

Plenty.

These artisans always start with the same raw material: a giant block of ice. After having a vision for what they want to transform to the block into, they use several specialized tools to slowly chip away at the block until they're happy with its shape.

An Inside Look At My 2016 Mastering Template

An Inside Look At My 2016 Mastering Template

Although great tools are an important part of mastering, how you use them is what makes great masters. Even so, I wanted to share with you what goes on "behind the curtain" when I master.

Here's a semi-quick run-through of the starting place for my mastering chain.

New Blog Series: Monday Mastering Challenge

New Blog Series: Monday Mastering Challenge

It's time to shake things up a bit in the mastering world.

Over the next (at least) 10 weeks, I will be taking on a weekly challenge while mastering a track.

I will be purposely making myself have to do without some tools, use crazy processing, or be under time constraints and see if I can still come out with a great sounding master.

Sounds crazy? Find out next Monday.