MixCoach Podcast 027 : MixCoach Season 2 and Mixing Volume

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In this episode, MixCoach “Season 2” is introduced and the topic of mixing volume is discussed. Kevin talks about not only what volume to mix at but about protecting your ears everyday.   Question: What is the term for things sounding better (due to the way we hear) at higher volumes?

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Creating depth: The Haas effect

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The Haas effect is a psycho-acoustic effect described by Helmut Haas as the ability of our ears to localize sounds coming from anywhere around us.

In short, our ears determine the position of a sound based on which ear perceives it first and its successive reflections (arriving within 1-35 ms from the initial sound) which, will give us the perception of depth and spaciousness. Pretty simple!

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MixCoach Podcast 026 : Know Your Price

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In this episode, the tricky topic of knowing how much to charge for your services is discussed.  Kevin discusses being prepared for the conversation about the budget as well as being respectful of the artist and knowing when it is okay to compromise.   Question: Do you have any additional thoughts to add to this…

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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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MixCoach Podcast 025 : How to Attract Those First Clients

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Alex asks Kevin what can he do to get work after he leaves this internship.  How does he find work and make a living in the recording industry.  Several avenues and topics are discussed to help provide a plan to stay busy behind the console.   Question: What are some different ways you have attracted…

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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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MixCoach Podcast 024 : Pre-Roll is more important than you might think

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In this episode, Alex discusses his difficulty getting the amount of pre-roll right for a vocal overdub session.  Kevin provides some new ways to think about the underrated concept of pre-roll.   Question: What signs do you look for to read the artist and make the session go smoothly?

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MixCoach Podcast 023 : Overdub Etiquette (Part II)

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This week, the discussion of proper overdub etiquette continues.  Methods of file exchange including Dropbox and iDisk are discussed and how they are used.  Also, Alex and Kevin begin talking about trust and dealing with clients. http://mixcoach.com/dropbox Question: Have you ever thought of trust being such an important part in the studio?

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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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MixCoach Podcat 022 : Overdub Etiquette (Part I)

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In this episode we begin a two part series on the etiquette of overdubs.  With the recording industry becoming a global industry, the new technology provides new challenges and advantages that we have never had before.  The importance of proper session delivery between studios, file naming protocol, good communication, as well as an example of…

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