Bright Idea or Playing With Fire? – Airborne Studio Diaries

As the lone audio engineer for my piano album Airborne, at this point, I've done way too much solo piano editing.  Am I that bad a pianist?  No, but I'm a perfectionist, so I strive to meet impossible standards—especially since I have such a strong idea of how my own compositions should sound. Even so, editing is much … Continue reading Bright Idea or Playing With Fire? – Airborne Studio Diaries

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Studio Diaries – “MHB” – Part 4: Answering the Production Question

Remember in english class how you were told to keep your essays on-topic?  They said to come up with a thesis, and everything in the essay had to somehow support or build up to it.  You weren't supposed to put in lots of "padding" or go off on a tangent.  Well, believe it or not, … Continue reading Studio Diaries – “MHB” – Part 4: Answering the Production Question

Studio Diaries – “MHB,” Part 3: Sleeplessness and Logic’s Super Tool

It was 1:00 AM.  Like a typical teenage musician, I didn't feel the least bit tired.  The rest of my family had already gone to bed, so I couldn't play or really mix.  What did I decide to do?  Why, I added some key commands in Logic, of course! I hit option-K and opened up … Continue reading Studio Diaries – “MHB,” Part 3: Sleeplessness and Logic’s Super Tool

Studio Diaries – “My Heart Beats,” Part 2: Hurricanes and High-Pass Filters

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I gained a few extra hours today for mixing since classes got cancelled.  Where I live, we have been fortunate so far because it has only been raining, and there has just been some mild wind.  However, we need to keep those more directly in Sandy's path in our thoughts and … Continue reading Studio Diaries – “My Heart Beats,” Part 2: Hurricanes and High-Pass Filters

Studio Diaries – “My Heart Beats,” Part 1: Long Hours and Little Sleep

I know I said I was going to make posts about everything that happened this summer, but right now, I'm in the middle of something big--I'm producing my first album.  I'm producer, engineer, executive producer, and keyboardist on Singer/Songwriter Lily Garay's debut bilingual pop EP "My Heart Beats."   For the next few weeks, I'm … Continue reading Studio Diaries – “My Heart Beats,” Part 1: Long Hours and Little Sleep

My Recent Mixing Breakthroughs

Wow, this month, I'd say that my mixing skills have improved more than they did for the past two years.  So what happened this month, and what are some good ways to improve your own mixing skills? For one thing, I've been putting in even more time mixing and listening to great mixes by people who … Continue reading My Recent Mixing Breakthroughs

Oscillators Are Your Friend – Adding Low-end to Your Kick

When it comes to mixing, few things are more frustrating than knowing how you want your mix to be, versus how it actually is and the feeling that you've tried everything you can to get there, but it just won't get there. One thing that has especially continued to elude me is how to get … Continue reading Oscillators Are Your Friend – Adding Low-end to Your Kick

The Ballad of the Mixdown

When you're mixing, sometimes you just can't get out of the studio; every time you think you're done, you always hear something else that needs to be fixed, so you keep listening and tweeking over and over again until you reach exhaustion.  Recently, I wrote a poem about it because I thought it would be … Continue reading The Ballad of the Mixdown

My Mix Fix – EQ Boosts and Cuts

Off and on for the past six months, I've been working on a song of mine called "Your Love (How Deep, How Wide)."  Although for the most part, I finished arranging and producing, the song a long time ago, the mix has been giving me a lot of trouble.  I've probably burned a "final" mix … Continue reading My Mix Fix – EQ Boosts and Cuts