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.

3 Ways Humility Makes You A Better Mastering Engineer

3 Ways Humility Makes You A Better Mastering Engineer

We all want to be noticed. We want to be known--to feel like we're making an impact.

Not much feels worse than putting much time and effort into a project then being told it's not up to par. What's our knee jerk reaction? Do more hard work, add more value, do more.

Or blame our converters.

I have no qualms with working hard, but assuming "more" is always the answer to "better" can get you into trouble. Humility requires a much different mentality.

What Is A "Sonic Signature"?

What Is A "Sonic Signature"?

"How did they get that sound?"

An age old question often asked. It's why guitarists obsess over the picks The Edge uses, why mixers hang on Bob Clearmountain's and Chris Lord-Alge's every word, and why there are hundreds of YouTube videos out there showing you how to nail some dubstep "wub wub" bass.

We hear something we love, then we want to know how to get there. Oftentimes there's no easy answer.

Top 8 Mixing Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Top 8 Mixing Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

I get to hear a lot of mixes from many different genres. Even though each of these musical worlds bring their own tonal palettes to the table, I've noticed that several common themes keep coming up.

Here's a look at these 8 frequent follies of producers and mixers alike. I hope you can keep these in mind and make even better sounding music.

My 2015 Mastering Session Template and 3 Things It Can Help You Do

My 2015 Mastering Session Template and 3 Things It Can Help You Do

Templates make anyone's workflow more efficient. This template I've developed helps out your mastering sessions in three ways:

  1. Starts your session with clarity and focus
  2. Save you time not having to sift through plugin lifts and routing
  3. Give you confidence knowing you have a tried and true roadmap you can follow

In the following video I take you through my processing chain and guide you through how each tool helps the songs I work on sound their best.

7 Dos and Don'ts While Preparing Your Mixes For Mastering

7 Dos and Don'ts While Preparing Your Mixes For Mastering

You've finally made it to the last step in your record making process: mastering. Although mastering is an incredibly creative craft, there are some technical things to keep in mind as a producer/mixer when getting your songs ready to send off.

Here are 7 surefire ways to make sure your record goes through mastering smoothly.

How To Set Up A Mastering Session

How To Set Up A Mastering Session

Compared to mixing or producing, mastering can seem like a pandora's box when first starting out. Spoiler alert: it doesn't have to be hard.

Although it's preferred to have your music sent off to some fresh ears for mastering, when you're on a tight budget, you may have to do it yourself. Here's a simple and intuitive template that will help you get on the right track.

So You Want To Be A Sound Guy: What You're Really Signing Up For

So You Want To Be A Sound Guy: What You're Really Signing Up For

You've poured hours into setting up and configuring the PA. You ran a smooth soundcheck and even spent 20 minutes on the hi-hat. Then the show comes along and you absolutely NAIL the mix...

Stop Destroying Your Plugins

Stop Destroying Your Plugins

Have you ever wondered why most pieces of older analog audio gear have input metering on the front? It's because they were meant to receive an optimum amount of voltage (or level) from their audio source.

3 Things To Keep In Mind When Mastering Your Own Mixes

3 Things To Keep In Mind When Mastering  Your Own Mixes

Thanks to the digital age, many of us are able to write, produce, record, and mix our own songs. Let's face it. In today's music world you must be able to wear a lot of hats.  Most of us are pretty comfortable wearing one of these first four hats, but have a panic attack when they start mastering.

3 Tips for Better Audio Project Organization

3 Tips for Better Audio Project Organization

"Everything has a home." My wife told me this for the first time when we were cleaning our apartment one Saturday morning. This simple phrase has helped me keep our living room, my work desk, and my project files in great shape.

Even though this post aims to help those who manage and create digital audio, I believe these principles can apply in other media worlds as well. Here are three ways you can keep your digital workflow running smoothly.

Make Your Digital Workflow Better By Stealing From Analog

Make Your Digital Workflow Better By Stealing From Analog

Very few engineers are working completely analog these days. For better or worse, the digital has come and is here to stay. Although plugins have offered us a great deal of flexibility, there's much to be learned from their analog counterparts.

The Greatest Thing You Can Do For Your Next Record

The Greatest Thing You Can Do For Your Next Record

Advancement in recording technologies has made it easier than ever for artists to create and share professional and inspiring music. Musicians armed with an audio interface, a mic, and a computer have the ability to create some amazing sounding records. Although some say this widespread DIY approach to record making is currently ruining the music industry, I believe that more people being able to create and contribute their story through music only enhances the market and gives people the chance to contribute who otherwise could not.