Recording Help BLOG

How to Mic a Snare Drum 101

Too pong-y?  Not snappy enough?  Too thin? Drum sounds are some of the hardest things to get right while recording.  Too often engineers think “I’m going to replace them with …

Why I Mix Alone

I’ve been engineering, mixing, and producing for years, and it takes a lot to make me cringe. There is one question I am asked from time to time which causes …

Why DI?

“I saw in one of your videos that you like to record a DI of electric guitar and bass in addition to the miked signal, but do I really need …

Let’s Gate Those Drums

Are gates REALLY necessary when mixing, these days? I know they use them for live sound, but I am a mixer for recorded music. Okay, yes.  Gates are very useful …

Let’s Make that Kick Drum KICK

“My kick drum sounds cool, but I want to make it BIGGER…” Well, it’s simple.  What if I told you that in less than 5 minutes, your kick drum can …

Bathroom Vocals

“When I sing in the shower, it sounds so good! Why shouldn’t I record my vocals in there?” That may be one of the most common questions I’ve been asked …

When Is The Mix Done?

One of the most common questions I am asked is: “When am I finished mixing the song?  How long should I spend on a mix?” Well, my favorite answer is: “How …