It’s a commonly asked question: should you equalize before or after the compressor? Much of the online advice is “it depends”. I think we can give a better answer to aspiring mix engineers. What does EQ before compression versus after compression do for us? EQ before compression affects the frequencies that the compressor acts on.Continue reading “Compression Before or After EQ?”
Every producer is looking for an edge to make their audio stand out. You want your track to shine brighter than the others in your genre, right? What’s the easiest way to do that? Figure out what plugins your favorite producers use, and buy them, of course! In this article, I’ll explore ways to buildContinue reading “The Best Mixing and Mastering Plugins”
Where do your ideas come from? This is a common question asked of artists and other creative people. Austin Kleon, among others, is famous for encouraging folks to “steal like an artist”. In that spirit, I’ve found a couple NPR Tiny Desk Concerts that show some interesting audio production ideas that I thought were worthContinue reading “Idea Harvesting”
I was editing a voice-over for a client recently, and it sounded like it was recorded in a living room or kitchen with hardwood floors. There was lots of resonance and room tone! With more recordings being done at home, I wanted to share how you can remove reverb and echo from some of yourContinue reading “Remove reverb & echo in Logic Pro X for free”
In this post, I want to talk about the master we received and explain some details to look for in mastering a recording. I was working on a mix for a client recently, and the client wanted to send it to another audio engineer for mastering before uploading it to their music distributor. I said,Continue reading “Mastering Audio, an anecdote”
This is a review of a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm open-back headphones that I bought a month or two ago. Neither the store where I purchased these headphones, nor Beyerdynamic are supporting this review. This is my own opinion. I hope this review answers questions that others may have while shopping forContinue reading “Gear Review: Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm Headphones”
Jessica Salfia’s poem, “The First Lines of Emails I’ve Received While Quarantining”, delighted me. I made a recording of it. Ms. Salfia owns all rights to the poem. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
As promised, here is a longer post about building versus buying a vocal booth for voice over recording. This is a cost-benefit analysis of building my booth. Cost When making my decision to build or buy a vocal booth two considerations were at the front of my mind: The cost of building a booth TheContinue reading “Vocal Booth: build or buy?”
As someone who creates things for people, this video is inspiring. It’s 70 minutes long, but it’s worth it. It digests the complexities of creating things for people. I thought the most helpful ideas were: – Make work you care about for people who care. Who do you want to work for? Who should youContinue reading “Watch This”
I’m narrating a new audiobook by Marc Reklau. It’s called, Love Yourself First, and it’s about building habits that raise your self-esteem. His positive message always puts me in an inspiring mental space. I’m looking forward to producing it, and I hope you’ll enjoy listening!