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How To Land A Career In The Recording Industry

How To Land  A Career In The Recording Industry

This week I have been thinking a lot about the number of young engineers coming up with the same dreams and aspirations as I did years ago, a lot of which may never get a chance to see these dreams come true. The main reason being the limited number of jobs out there and the much lower number of opportunities compared to the number of people who actually want to be in the music production field. That said, how does a young engineer looking to take the next step at a Full Sail or other recording school ensure that they will have a chance to stay in town and work in the studio and become a professional in the industry after their internships?

Today I have a few tips for interns looking to land a successful position in this industry as well as tips for the engineers in the early days and stages of their career once they have their foot in the door of the industry. These tips are things that gave me a career in this business and allowed me to gain new clients and opportunities. These tips can help give you the edge above any of the other interns or recording students serving at the same time as you. Check out the video and be sure to comment and let us know your thoughts!



Joe’s Tips For Landing a Career In The Recording Industry

“Tips for a successful internship”

1) Be on time, ALL the time. Never be late, or ask for time off. 
2) Dress for success.
3) Be a servant. This is a service industry after all…
4) Know when to speak, and when not to.
5) Absorb knowledge from professionals/Don’t try to impress them with your own knowledge.
6) Put your phone away!

“Tips for the early days of your career”

1) Put your phone away.
2) Never turn down an opportunity based on genre preferences
3) Always appear confident and in control
4) Make those above you look great
5) Get rid of time wasters in your life
6) Don’t do politics on social media
7) Always meet deadlines
8) Don’t be offended when someone else gets the gig
9) always give back


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The “Very Best” Plug-in Choices For 2017 (PART 2)

 The “Very Best” Plug-in Choices For 2017 (PART 2)

Last week we talked about the “Very Best” plug-in choices for the new year, including which of the hundreds of plug-in models, types, and recreations that are the absolute best for the job. We even talked about what the “best” model or recreation of some plug-ins are, including the best 1176 plug-in model on the market. (Hint: It’s probably the one you already own)

Today we are going to be talking about some really great plug-in options for the guys who are already making the best out of the plug-ins they already own, including my personal recommendations. These suggestions are meant to compliment the plug-ins you already have that come bundled free with every DAW. 

Check out the video to see what I recommend for starting to build your plug-in toolkit. 



Thanks for watching and Happy New Year!

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The “Very Best” Plug-in Choices For 2017 (PART 1)

 The “Very Best” Plug-in Choices For 2017 

It’s that time of year again! With 2016 behind us it’s a great time to look back at the work we have done and think about how we can improve over the year ahead. With that comes a lot of thought and talk about the tools that we use… including plug-ins. Sometimes this can become confusing with so many plug-in manufacturers and hundreds of options for different plug-in types…

With so many different variations of plug-ins and countless digital recreations of the same classic hardware gear, sometimes the best plug-in for the job, or the “best” plug-in model, may not always be the one you expect… 

So what plug-ins do you actually need this year to take your mixes to the next level?



Thanks for watching and Happy New Year!

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Studio Tour – Sound Stage Studios

Today I have something really cool for you guys, an inside look at one of Nashville’s most iconic and legendary recording studios, Sound Stage Studios. I was able to get over their recently to shoot this video and show you guys a sneak peak of of their world class tracking room called Front Stage, which features an 80-Input SSL 9000-J, ATC monitors, and racks full of amazing gear.

Check it out to see a quick tour of the control room and tracking spaces. Stay tuned for more tours of Sound Stage’s other amazing rooms in the coming weeks. Hope you guys enjoy!

 


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Avoiding Visual Distractions In The Modern DAW Environment

Today, I have a great video for you guys about Avoiding Visual Distractions In The Modern DAW Environment. Before DAW’s, it was easy to “Mix with your ears, not with your eyes” while focusing on the music.
This was because our analog gear was behind us in a rack somewhere, out of sight out of mind, and even fader rides and automation were more intentional because console automation didn’t have visual break-point automation lines. It was much easier to focus on the song and worry about whats important… how things sound and not how they look. With the modern DAW, there is so much to be distracted by; Compressor gain reduction meters, EQ curves, spectral analyzers, and automation lanes, making it too easy to mix with your eyes. 

Check out the video to see a couple of tips I personally use to avoid visual distractions.

Products Mentioned In The Video:

For Mac:

  • Mac OS “Hot Corners”

For PC:


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Ocean Way Nashville, Studio A: Video Tour and Walkthrough

Today I have a great video for you guys that I shot after a recent tracking session at one of Nashville’s most iconic and glamorous Recording Studios, Ocean Way Nashville. Ocean Way’s Studio A is also one of the largest full featured tracking spaces in Nashville, making it highly sought after for large orchestra sessions.

Check out the video below to see my tour and walkthrough of Ocean Way Nashville’s Studio A.


 

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