THE GROOVE3 BLOG
Learn about music production, mixing, mastering and the audio industry with useful articles by the Groove3 team.
There's a lot of talk in our industry about professionals vs amateurs. Having done this for 30+ years, we've had a major shift in the amount of "amateurs" or "novices" that have an interest in this field. Whether it's being a Producer, Engineer or Mixer.
As time goes on, budgets get smaller and we are all looking for shortcuts. It’s understandable. And even when I have the budget to do something right, I don’t always have the time. So shortcuts run thru our minds all the time when dealing with projects and deadlines.
As a Mixer, I have a policy that I only accept WAV files. I started this because I noticed that I much preferred mixing tracks when the client wasn’t using the same DAW that I was using. Less to think about and less to go wrong.
If you’re having a professional mix your production, one of the most important things you can do is to prepare your tracks for the mix. As a Mixer, nothing takes me more “off course” or gets me more frustrated than trying to figure out the work (or the mess) that’s put in front of me.
Do your Drums sound dull and lifeless? Here's a great way to wake them up and make them a bit brighter while also controlling that top end in the process.
This is one of those tricks I discovered many many years ago and I’ve used it on almost every record I have produced or mixed since. Whether it be metal, rock, pop, pop/rock or even some lighter adult contemporary music.
This is a difficult one to agree with. I tend to lean on this trick myself as drum fills and crash cymbals tend to make sections explode and also highlight the transitions from section to section.
When first starting out in this craft of recording, it is important to understand that while it does makes sense to try every option available when you're still learning, it is also not the goal to continue that practice once you become a professional.
This comes from the infamous story of catching crabs in a bucket. When you catch a crab and place him (or her) in a bucket, the first thing he'll try to do is escape. Now, if you put two crabs in a bucket (hence the plural form of 'Crabs in a Bucket') and place them both in there together, as soon as one tries to climb up and out of the bucket, the other one will grab the escaping crab by the legs and try to escape itself. Which pulls that crab back down. To which the process gets repeated to the point where NO crab ends up escaping.
It’s true. It’s NOT just you. Every creative person wrestles with the idea of not only throwing out the piece of work they’re working on at the moment, they also consider quitting this line of work or profession entirely. Seriously. It’s true.