Studio Advice

The Cost of an E.P. or Album???

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in How To's, Intrductions, Recording, Studio Advice | Comments Off

I receive a lot of emails asking about how much it should cost to make an E.P. or an Album, yet most of those emails aren’t ever certain about much more details beyond the question. I recently responded to one of those emails with a pretty simple breakdown of the details needed to figure out the cost, so I thought I’d post it here to help everyone think through the process. Thanks so much for the email, XXXXXXXX. You’re right in thinking that a career in music requires well recorded songs available on iTunes for people to consume. I’ll try to touch on everything a little bit,...

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A Lesson in Perseverance

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Stories, Studio Advice, Thoughts | Comments Off

Let’s be perfectly frank here; the music business is rough. It is an industry filled with ego, pride, passion, and little patience. Add to all that, most music/artistic types have NO IDEA what it means to “do business,” so frustration and negativity fill every music “scene” in every city. Expectations are high but commitment is low. Resentment grows towards others who have a modicum of success. All in all, this laundry basket needs some fresh air! Success in the music business is defined in many different ways. Today, I’d like to define success as...

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Song Demo Advice

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Intrductions, Marketing, Studio Advice, Thoughts | Comments Off

I read a lot of music blogs, or rather, music production blogs, and I stumbled on a post this morning over at Music Clout by guest poster (and producer) Johnny Dwinell. This one is specifically for songwriters demoing their songs for other artists, and Johnny provided a very candid “producer’s” perspective. 10 Worst Song Demo Mistakes Just incase you didn’t want to surf over there, here’s a quick summary of what he was talking about. Long Intros…. Don’t do it.  The demo isn’t about the intro, it’s about the song, the story, the melody....

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Why the gear doesn’t matter

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Recording, Stories, Studio Advice | 15 comments

Every once in a while I am reminded why I do what I do. Sometimes there’s a lesson in the reminder, and sometimes it is just a re-inspiration to smile. Tonight I had one of those moments. To sum up the long boring story, I slipped on the ice and spent the afternoon lying on my back in pain.  Not uncommon.  In an effort to still remain productive this evening despite no desire to sit at the mixing desk all night, I decided to pace while I ran the studio computer through a series of maintenance routines and stumbled on a couple of recordings I did over the summer.   One in particular was...

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Advice for Recording at Home

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in How To's, Recording, Studio Advice | 2 comments

With widespread and easily affordable technology, more and more bands are trying to record at home.  Heck, if it weren’t for digital technology I wonldn’t be able to do what I do.  However, just because technology is cheap doesn’t mean the end user is going to make a great product.  Patience and knowledge still play the most important role in recording.  I mean, you could give Daniel Lanois a Shure 57, a Behringer preamp, and a dungeon and he’d still give you a great record. So, for those of you who’d rather tackle the processes of recording yourself, here is...

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Do Dynamics Still Matter?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Recording, Studio Advice | 0 comments

Someone asked me via email recently, “How much do dynamics matter nowadays? I’ve noticed that with most songs on the radio you have to actually look for volume changes in order to notice them.” The following was my response, and I’d like to share it here for those. =============================== Dynamics is a tricky beast to conquer.. It is more than just volume levels, although radio intentionally kills volume by squashing music even more than it already is. My advice when listening for dynamics is DO NOT listen to the radio. Instead, listen to your favorite CDs or...

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