THE GROOVE3 BLOG
Learn about music production, mixing, mastering and the audio industry with useful articles by the Groove3 team.
Why Do We Need More Than One EQ or Compressor Plugin????
You read that right. It’s 2018. Why are we still using more than one EQ or Compressor plugin to adjust our music?
Kenny's Tip of the Day - Stop Looking for a “Great” Hammer!!!
Yes. We all do it. We’re all looking for that perfect tool that will bring our productions, our mixes, even our masters to the next level. It’s normal. Almost necessary. But only almost.
If It’s NOT The Gear, Why Do Professionals Always Use The Best???
I think it's a very fair question to ask. If the gear doesn't matter, why do the professionals use or buy better gear?
That’s right. Someone finally came out and said it. You don’t need to spend ANY money on fancy third-party plugins. The stock plugins that came with your DAW are just as good. That’s right. You’re wasting money if you buy anything and use anything besides the plugins that came with your state of the art DAW. Yes. It’s true.
If you know me, from any of my comments on forums and groups, you know that I’m no fan of the Shure SM7b. In fact, this is a mic that I have grown to loathe. Hate even.
Now I should say, that I do hesitate to knock any company’s product. Especially one that is fairly priced for people who can’t afford the mics that I typically use. But I also think I wouldn’t be doing my job, in the audio community, if I didn’t share my opinion of this mic.
A little while ago I posted a contest. Asking people to tell me the two most important factors of a popular (hit) song. And in what order. Maybe I didn’t word it perfectly but I didn’t really get the answers I was hoping for.
If you’re like me, as a producer, you’re probably being asked all the time by bands or artists to produce you for free or on Spec. What does that mean? It means the artist has no money and wants you to invest in them with your production talent and time.
Early in my career, I worked at at least a half dozen studios with a very modest microphone collection. During that time, I fell in love with the AKG 414 as a vocal mic. It was the best that most of those studios had at the time. And it was certainly better than the 57s I was using at home.
Yes. I said it. There’s is NO music business anymore. And for many many years, there really hasn’t been. Even before record sales disappeared, most of what Pop music was, was just a commercial. A commercial for what was coming before or after the music (more commercials) and an advertisement for that artist. But I’m going to ignore that part for now. Let’s get back to the crux of the issue.
Have you ever had a prospective client call you up and ask if you’re willing to work with their band on spec? Or at a really reduced rate? Or worse, they really want you to work at the same rate as a few other producers, mixers or engineers had worked with them before?