In addition to mastering records, I also love creating custom soundtracks for storytellers. I contribute to a fantastic music library at Atomica Music as well. Below is also my blog where I share my workflow and tips from the field.
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.
Let me start with a quote from Teppei Teranishi, a killer leather craftsman and member of Thrice (one of my all-time favorite bands). Teppei blogged this during the home stretch of self-producing, recording, and mixing a monumental quartet of EPs, The Alchemy Index.
Most people know of him as an artist and painter. And rightly so. 95% of his known art is oil on canvas. Although Picasso wasat 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.
Winter follows Autumn. January brings a clean slate. Rest gives birth to meaningful work.
Rhythm can be found even in mundane objects—like sponges. I think this porous sage has much to teach us about how we grow. Sponges prove themselves useful through three life stages: soaking, synthesizing, and sharing.
You've seen this a thousand times. A football player on the losing team makes a highlight reel worthy play against a player on the winning team. Does the current "winner" acknowledge the "loser's" skill or ability?
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.
I read this quote a few weeks ago and couldn't get it out of my head: "According to ancient theory of art, the practice of sculpting has less to do with fashioning a figure of one’s choosing than with being able to see in the stone the figure waiting to be liberated. The sculptor imposes nothing but only frees what is held captive in stone."
Have you ever been trapped in a discussion with a conversational narcissist? Not only can you not get a word in, but everything they say revolves around their own little world. If you hear that lame story about almost meeting John Stamos one more time you'll throw up in your mouth.
The fashion industry blows my mind. A handful of top-tier designers make a purse, assign an absurd dollar figure to it, then convince Beverly Hills trophy wives that their teacup poodle's life won't be the same without it. All for what?
Ok, I know what you're thinking: what the heck do equalizers and ice sculptors have in common?
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.
This week we get the party started with a little simplicity. My challenge is to get a mix sounding as good as it can with one stock stereo EQ plugin. Check out how I took this mix from thin in narrow to wide and and full with a few simple EQ moves.
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.
In short, a mix review is a free service I offer to all of my mastering clients.
If the project timeline allows it, I do a full pass through the entirety of your record. I listen in my mastering room with no distractions (except maybe a cup of coffee) and a pencil in hand. No screens, no email, just a time to listen.
EQ is an essential tool to crafting great mixes and masters. Although they're incredibly powerful, it's often hard to know which one to choose for the a specific job. Here I show you just how different equalizers with the exact same settings can sound quite different.