6 Subgroups That Make Up My Routing Template
Before hitting my main output busses, I have 6 subgroups that all of the tracks in my session get assigned to.
The music bed. Everything else in the session that is not drums, bass or vocals, for example - guitars, synths, piano, keys etc.
Bass & Music
These 6 subgroups are summed to the Main aux and Print tracks, controlled by the Master fader. Read More
I always start with the music, or melody first. Rarely, if ever, do I start a song by writing lyrics. In my opinion, any song that I’ve attempted to write starting with the lyrics reads more like poetry than a song. I also don’t think what is being said is anywhere near as important as how it sounds. Ever find out the actual lyrics to a song you’ve been singing incorrectly for years? Or find yourself singing or humming a melody to a song and you have no idea what the lyrics are, or what the song is about? What matters first is if the song is catchy. Read More
Arguably the most important element of the song, the lead vocal is one of the hardest things to get just right. Often times I’m hired to mix entire projects because the producer, or band member doing the mix was struggling to get a solid vocal sound. So, I want to share my process with you and help you get better, more natural, clear, and open lead vocal tones. Read More
Recording studios from LA to NYC want you to think that your music is going to sound better because of all of the gear filling the room. Truth is? It’s not! Read on to learn about the industry's best kept secret. Read More
Inspiration can come from anywhere, at anytime. But, who knows when that will happen and where you’ll be when it does? You might not write your greatest hit during a pre planned writing session if you’re uninspired, but thats okay! Read More
Guitars are the focus and foundation of almost all heavy music, and getting them right is no easy task. Before we dig in to deep to the specifics of metal, I recommend you check out my previous blog post 5 TIPS TO A HUGE GUITAR TONE! Read More
1. IT STARTS WITH THE GUITAR!
Not all guitars are made equal, and picking the right guitar for the part is going to make the biggest impact on nailing the tone. A Stratocaster will never sound like a Gibson Les Paul, and vice versa. If you’re not sure where to start, check out Rig Rundown on PremierGuitar.com Read More
You, like most bands or artists, are probably chasing a sound. You heard something somewhere and it's taken over your brain and set you on a path of endless creativity hurtling deeper down the rabbit hole to achieving That Sound. You might be in the recording studio, or deep into the production phase when you get hit by The Sound and suddenly it's all wrong. Scrap it. Back to the drawing board. Read More
You've done your research. You've googled all of the recording studios in your area, listened to examples and read reviews, right? Good! But, should that be the end of your research trail? Read More
We're going to take a look at editing vocals from start to finish. This will be a multi-part blog post dealing with everything from comping, editing takes, making smooth transitions and fades, time aligning and tuning. Read More
I had a production session today with Brian Kroll of My Son The Bum (www.MySonTheBum.com). He's got some very interesting music and an even more interesting project. Spend an afternoon with Brian Kroll and you'll enter the world of creativity going on inside his mind. He's constantly jotting down voice notes and memos of song ideas that he, unlike many of us, will actually come back to and finish. His catalog is enormous. We're in the process of revamping 3 hard drives worth of music, originally recorded in various studios over the last 10+ years. He's had different drummers, bass players, vocalists, guest guitar players, producers, recording formats... You can see how song to song we had some obstacles to overcome. In this post I'm going to discuss how we dealt with the drums, but there will most likely be a part 2 and 3 diving into the bass and vocals. Read More
I finished mastering an album earlier this afternoon with the talented Brian Mancuso. We'll be adding him to the Artist page with some streaming tunes and purchase links very soon!
I use reference tracks heavily when mixing and especially when mastering. They're a great way to make sure your work stacks up against big commercial releases. Read More