All mono

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I’m on a return flight from Los Angeles where I was recording some live concerts. I was listening to the in-flight music. Classical, jazz, country… All mono. Have I mentioned how important it is to mix (or at least reference) in mono? (I’m writing this at that awkward time after the plane pulls up yo…

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Live recording in Alta Loma, California

I had some problems last night.. but as I say… we learn more from mistakes most of the time… I learned a LOT!

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Live Recording process in Stockton California

Hey Guys ‘n Gals.  I’m doing some remote recording Today, September 29, 2011 through Saturday.  I wanted to include you in on what I’m doing. This is a live recording.  The Front of House engineer (Tony Rhode) is using a Digico DB-8 console.  It has tons of DSP built into it, but the coolest thing…

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Building Trust: Have an opinion, but don’t always express it

Just because you have an opinion, doesn’t mean that everyone needs to hear it. You should always be paying attention to what’s going on so that if someone asks you, you won’t look like you don’t care.

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Building Trust: Knowing your gear

If you spend all of your time “tweaking” and not enough time getting things done [link to goal post about speck] you may be slowly losing trust. … It’s okay to get excited about new gear… but don’t let it take away from the task at hand {link to prev post} and don’t over sell it.

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Building Trust: Have a Plan

Part of being a leader [link to “if there’s not a leader, there will be” post] (and you are if you own a studio) is making a plan if there is not one. … If you know what he will consider a good day in the studio, then you can continuously strive to get there, or make him realize that its’ just too much to take on that day and start changing his expectations for the day.

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Building Trust: Easing Tension in the studio

If you have to singers in your studio… one’s behind the glass trying to make magic happen and the other is in the studio with you verbally beating up the other singer, step in if you need to and call off the dogs. Not much good can come of one artist bashing another artists when you are trying to get a good performance. if tension gets high here’s a couple of things you can do to get things “back on track”

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Building Trust: Pre-Roll can establish you as trustworthy

If you have rolled the song back 3 times now and the singer has missed his cue all three times, YOU need to ask yourself, “Is there something I can do to make them come in on time without roughing up their self-esteem?” … If this is the third time they’ve missed their cue, how do you think they are feeling about their basic ability to come in on time.

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The End of the Faceless Mixer (Hopefully)

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I really enjoy talking to you in the comments, int the email and in the “Mix Like a Pro” class. … It’s easy and you’d be helping me to put a name with a face…or a GRavatar .

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Mixer’s Toolkit is at number 33 on Amazon

Pro Tools 9: The Mixer's toolkit at number 33 on Amazon best sellers in Sound Recording

I just noticed that the book that I wrote with Nathan Adam is the 3 Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 7.50.13 PM.png3rd most popular book in the Sound Recording section at Amazon right now. We are right behind Zen and the art of Mixing … which is GREAT company to be in.

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