Recently, Janna, Kaelyn and I and i decided to do an “expert” level Lego project.. just for fun… They gave me a Lego replica of a 1962 Volkswagen Camper Van (the most affordable version of my dream car) for my birthday. We were determined to do it all in one day… so we started putting our… Continue reading How 1,334 Bricks Can Improve Your Mix
After one of my recent Mixing Tutorial videos for MixCoach Member, one of our awesome members mentioned my fast paced workflow and decision making process. He asked how I work so quickly. This got me thinking back on my mixing journey, about how when I first started out, I would get bogged down by very small… Continue reading How To Work Faster and Mix More Artistically…
Let me ask a question… do you think that McDonald’s has the best hamburgers in the world? I don’t. I make a pretty mean burger myself. So why do billions of people go to McDonald’s to eat? No matter where you are in the world, you will find McDonald’s on some busy corner packed with… Continue reading Three ways to become a more consistent mixer
This is Matt Butler with Mixcoach here to talk about a relatively new product for audio engineers. The Kaotica Eyeball is the latest innovation for acoustic treatment for large or home studios alike. At first I thought, “Oh boy. Another acoustic treatment gimmick!”. After about 15 minutes of using the Kaotica Eyeball, I was singing… Continue reading The Kaotica Eyeball – Now you can record great vocals in any setting
In Part One of Demagnetizing The Mix we noted that most mixes begin ‘stuck’ inside an imaginary box between the speakers. We described this phenomenon as the ‘Magnetized Mix’. One of the first tasks of an engineer is to take concrete steps to ‘demagnetize’ the mix, or ‘unpack the box’, so it can have a… Continue reading Demagnetizing The Mix (Part 2)
Most mixes begin life ‘inside-the-box’. By this I don’t mean ‘inside a computer’. No. In this instance I mean something completely different. Most mixes begin life inside an imaginary box in between your speakers, and when a mix gets stuck inside this box you have a ‘magnetized mix’. This imaginary box has a limited frequency… Continue reading Demagnetizing The Mix (Part 1)
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to complete my first mix evaluations for the incredible team of engineers over at MixCoach Member. For those of you unfamiliar with what this is every month MixCoach Member subscribers are given a new song to mix, along with tutorials on how to approach and mix it. At the… Continue reading What Makes A Great Mix?
As Part 1 and Part 2 have talked about, this is something engineers, producers, and almost any professional artist deals with. There are many things to distract us from our creative side. I’ve been sharing some of the best ways to counteract “creativity killers” and keep you motivated creatively. Schedule hang time with a friend… Continue reading Keeping Creativity Alive In Engineering (Part 3) – From An Engineer’s Journal
This is the second set of tips to help you stay creative and passionate in spite of the many things that can distract you from why you started engineering in the first place. To check out part 1 of this series, click HERE. So as we’ve said in part 1, remaining creative and happy as… Continue reading Keeping Creativity Alive In Engineering (Part 2) – From An Engineer’s Journal
As an engineer/producer life is full of deadlines, scheduling, mix revisions, invoices, and details. These are all incredibly important things but getting “tied up” in them can lead to losing sight of why we started engineering in the first place. I’ve had many conversations about this topic with other professional engineers. So I thought I… Continue reading Keeping Creativity Alive In Engineering (Part 1) – From An Engineer’s Journal – How Coffee Helps You Mix.