Should You Normalize Audio Before Mixing? – Compression Versus Normalization

Should You Normalize Audio Before Mixing_ - Compression Versus Normalization

Do you use audio normalization? If so, you might be making some small mistakes or not realizing what is actually happening. I personally hardly ever use audio normalization. Now there might be times when it can be handy. Although I work on music production, maybe if you’re in broadcast or other areas in the music space it can be a handy tool.

But for what I do, it’s not necessary. If you want to learn more be sure to check out the video on audio normalization.


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Music Mastering Problems – What’s Wrong With This Waveform for Mastering?

Music Mastering Problems - What’s Wrong With This Waveform for Mastering?

What’s wrong with this waveform for mastering? This is a common music mastering problem that I see. Even though I give clients instructions I commonly find clients trying to send me MP3s, and or files with blown up waveforms. The problem with these files is there is no dynamics left and no headroom for me to work on your project.

I made this video to share what your waveform should look like before sending off to a mastering engineer.


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How To Finish More Music Faster

How To Finish More Music

Today we discuss how to finish more music! This is often a problem for artists that get stuck in the motion of making loops and general ideas but never actually finish complete songs or have a hard time getting there.  Some of these tips will help speed up your workflow, make things efficient and get you to the finish line faster so you do not have to waste time trying to do repetitive tasks and it will hopefully speed up your production process.

If you’re a new producer or an experienced producer looking for more workflow tips then be sure to check this video out!


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Is Mastering Necessary?

Is Mastering Necessary?

Ever ask yourself is mastering necessary? Are you releasing tracks without professional mastering? Likely you won’t be getting the best results.  For example, your tracks are likely not competing with other professional tracks on the market. Another example, your tracks might not be getting the polish and sheen they need to sound like a quality production. Check this video out for a quick look at what mastering can do for you!


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My Favorite Filter Plugin – Fabfilter Simplon

My Favorite Filter Plugin - Fabfilter Simplon

In this video I share a plug in I use in every single one of my productions, the Fabfilter Simplon. It’s an easy intuitive filter plug in that just gets the job done! I share the features of the plugin and a cool trick where I use dual filtering at the same time.  If you need an easy plugin  for filtering you need to check this plug in out.


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3 Of My Favorite Delay Plugins for Music Production

3 Of My Favorite Delay Plugins for Music Production

In this video I share three of my favorite delay plugins for music production. There’s tons of delay units on the market, but with these I am sharing units that are simple and effective. Sometimes you don’t want to be bogged down with tons of features and you just need something to get the job done. That’s what this video is about, and strictly about delays. I even include one stock Ableton delay for the users that do not have paid plug ins.  If you need a crash course on simple delay units then this video is for you.


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Agents vs Managers – Difference Between an Agent and a Manager

Agents vs Managers - Difference Between an Agent and a Manager

In part three of the series on booking agents we have our final chat with guest speaker Troy Gilmore, Vice President of Sleeping Giant Music to talk about the differences between agents and managers. A lot of people confuse the two or think they are one and the same when in reality each has a distinct role in the career of an artist. 

To learn more about specifically what booking agents do vs managers check this video out.


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How To Get Signed By a Booking Agency

How To Get Signed By A Booking Agency

In part two of the series on booking agents I bring back guest speaker, Troy Gilmore, Vice President of Sleeping Giant Music to talk about what agents look for and how to get signed by a booking agency.  Many artists are not ready for agents but just expect that if they sign with an agency they will have a packed tour schedule. There’s much more to it and we are here to discuss what you should be doing so agents start knocking on your door.


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What Does A Booking Agent Do Day to Day?

What Does A Booking Agent Do Day to Day?

In this video I bring in a guest speaker, Troy Gilmore, Vice President of Sleeping Giant Music to talk about what a booking agent does day to day.  A lot of artists are clueless to the duties of the booking agent, and often confuse managers and agents. As a result we wanted to give you an explanation of the duties of a booking agent. For a short synopsis on what agents do day in and day out then be sure to watch this video.


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UAD LA-2A Compressor Plug In Collection Explained

UAD LA-2A Compressor Plug In Collection Explained

In this video we discuss the Universal Audio LA-2A compressor plug in collection. I go over all of the various units UA has to offer in the bundle and give some examples of what they sound like and their differences.

The LA-2A is on of my favorite compressors and I use it in almost every music production. They are fast, easy to use and intuitive. Although you don’t get much control like a normal compressor they have a distinct color and character t0 them that cannot be replaced.


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