Resources for the Recording Musician


November 19, 2014
Finding and Keeping clients in the Music Biz

What online and in-person activities have you found the most worthwhile in building a client base for mixing and mastering? I'm going to expand on this a bit, and make it a bit more generic for anyone trying to make a living in the music business, not just for recording, mixing, and mastering. The 3 […]

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September 1, 2014
Y cables for Input Switching

Looking for an audio solution - I have a DAW (laptop) that is using a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 as the soundcard, connected via a USB hub. I also have a Roland RD64 as a controller which has its own onboard sounds, and I'm listening to everything through a pair of old (but great) Tapco S5s. […]

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August 29, 2014
Multiband compression for Bass

Stephen - when using multiband compression to shape a bass track, is there a good "rule of thumb" to how to set the cross over frequencies? For example, if I wanted to the break the bass track frequency band into 3 frequencies, which 3 frequency bands should it be? Thanks As with most questions of […]

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July 10, 2014
Monitors and Mixing

Stephen - I have a question which may be difficult to verbalize. When we mix a song over a set of speakers, we attempt to get the song sounding the best we can over those particular speakers. Then, if we hope to have that song translate over all speakers, one way of doing that is […]

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May 17, 2014
Robot Mastering

Stephen - have you any experience with these "online" mastering services? Here is one: (link removed) Apparently you can send in an MP3 file and they will plug it into an "algorithm" of some sort and then send it back to you. Have any of your customers ever used one? It seems that your file goes […]

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May 6, 2014
Questions regarding Analog vs Digital Compression

Hi Stephen, I am a third year music tech uni student. I was wondering if you prefer to use analogue hardware compression or a digital plug-in? Do you think that digital is taking over in studios when it comes to mixing? Every recording & mixing engineer is going to have their own opinions on the […]

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April 28, 2014
Expanders and their uses

Stephen - over the years you've answered several of my questions and have taught me a lot. I have another question if you've got the time. I hear everyone talking about compression for dynamics, but I never hear anyone talking about using expanders. Why do people use them? Are they used frequently? Do you use […]

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September 9, 2013
Getting Started as a Mixing Engineer or Music Producer

Here's a question I got via email this morning: What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out at producing/mixing music? I can't quite decide if I'd rather wear the producer's hat or the mixing engineer's hat. I ask because I want to take music production more seriously, but I am a […]

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March 10, 2013
Questions from a university student

Hello Stephen.  I’m studying for a Bsc(Hons) in Sound Technology at the University of Glamorgan.  Would it be possible for you to participate in a quick questionnaire with regards to the working methods of current producers/mix engineers? Let the interrogation commence… Happy to try to help.  You can find lots of articles and answers to […]

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February 18, 2013
MIDI and Audio - Connections

If I'm going to MIDI my Korg Extreme to an audiobox 44VSL interface to do everything one needs to in order to record...Am I still going to be using 1/4" (phono) cables as well? (from Korg to interface) Also, while I got'cha, could you Please turn us dummys onto a site showing the ORDER in […]

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