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There is a difference between writing a great song and writing a great song as a professional in hopes of getting that song cut by an established artist. After all. If that’s what you’re trying to do. Or be. You want to get “cuts” by established Artists. Which is to say that they agree to record your song on their major releases.
Most of us are taught to be humble. To be modest. To not expect to receive more than your fair share. And while there is a certain amount of nobility in this idea, it doesn’t really serve you if your goal is to be truly successful.
For years we’ve been living with this myth that the rules that applied to analog recording situations must also apply to digital ones. Or Gain Staging inside our computers or DAWs.
As a Drummer, I really love the nuances you get from a real person hitting those skins. It's not that drum software doesn't sound great. Of course it does. Much better than 95% of the engineers who want to record drums these days.
Another question I'm asked quite often is how to get a Manager. Many top Producers and Mixers have one. So you probably think that you should have one too. Especially if you're looking to get more and better gigs.
One of the most asked questions I receive is how to get more gigs as a Producer or Mixer.
The best answer I can offer is to "Find a Partner".
This is a really big one. As engineers, we tend to lose focus on what matters and get lost on details that "might" matter in the long run. But "definitely" distract us in the short run.
This is one of the simplest ways of making your drums pump. Crush them.
So take all of your drum tracks and send them to a buss. Keep your drums playing where they are as well. I usually send this bus POST Fader but you can do PRE Fader if you want to mix it differently.
You must be willing to let go of the place you're at, before grabbing the next one.
In your career, opportunities will come up. You will see them float by and you will look at the current position you are in, and realize that you can't seize that next opportunity without letting go of your current one.
For this tip I'm going to outline how I deal with vocals dynamically. In other words, how I handle controlling the volume of a vocal in a recording.