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Today I want to go in a different direction.

I want to share the story of how The Recording Revolution came to be and how I turned it into a successful business.

I think my story will encourage you, and motivate you as it reveals that someone with no plan or vision or even business training can take a simple idea and a passion for something and turn it into an income stream.

Also at the end of the video I want to share a brand new resource with you that will help you do the same!

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How do you discover your sound as an artist or band?

What does that even mean?!

Today I want to share three simple tips to help you discover what your music’s sound truly is so you can develop as an artist.

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Today I want to encourage you. And to do that I must be brutally honest.

You have no excuse.

Specifically, you have no excuse to not be making the music you want. Complain all you want, there simply are no longer any excuses for music makers in this day and age.

Today I want to crush the three biggest excuses I have made and many of us home studio owners make as it relates to not making as much music as we want – and to take it further I want to give you three helpful resources to ignite your music making this year!

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If you want the next 6 to 12 months of your music making to be as productive (and fun) as possible, then this video is for you.

With so many videos, blogs, tutorials, and magazines out there offering tips, tricks, and training on how to get the most out of your music and studio, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

Fortunately there is a simple framework that you can use to sift through ALL of the noise, and figure out what you should be focusing on in order to see massive results for your music or career.

It’s called the 80/20 rule (or Pareto’s Principle) and here is how I use it on my music making…

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Did you know that your software has a sweet spot?

There is actually an optimal level for all of your tracks when recording and mixing in a digital system (DAW) and knowing this can help you get the best sound possible out of your software.

In this video I explain why recording and mixing in digital is WAY different than in analog and a big mistake that many young engineers are making because of it.

Once you know where the digital audio sweet spot is, you’ll be certain you are getting the clearest and most musical sound out of your software possible.

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As a musician you dream of having your music played on the radio, on TV, or in movies.

At least that was my dream for most of my life. Growing up a singer and songwriter, I worked HARD at creating music that people enjoyed and my goal was to get signed as a rock act.

Turns out God had other plans for my talents and gifts (this is one of them) – and I’m OK with that.

But just two weeks ago, one of my songs was featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!

How in the world could I spent almost my whole life TRYING to get my music onto a big platform like national television with no such success, and then this summer I help write, record, and mix a single that a few months later gets picked up by NBC without me even lifting a finger?

The answer is humbling – but powerful for you and your music.

The Power Of Collaboration

First things first – my song being featured on The Tonight Show isn’t as big of a deal as it sounds.

They simply needed some “walkout” music for one of their guests, actor Bryan Cranston. The Roots (Jimmy’s live band) covered the song and played it for about 15 or 20 seconds while Bryan walked out on stage, waved to...

If you ever find yourself stuck with a thin lead vocal in your song, know this: you’re not alone.

Even professionally recorded vocals in big studios sometimes have weird frequencies that make them sound thin, harsh, or otherwise unnatural.

While there are quite a few ways to thicken up a vocal in your mix, today’s video will show you two counterintuitive techniques you can use to bring back the fullness your vocal deserves.

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When you’re mixing music, you typically want the hook or chorus of the song to jump out of the speakers.

Some people try to do this by making the hook louder and stacking a bunch of effects on it.

Ironically there’s an easier way to make the chorus or big moment of your song pop and hit harder – simply make the moment BEFORE the hook smaller.

Specifically we can do this in four ways:

1. Remove tracks/parts
2. Make the mix more mono
3. Filter out top and bottom end
4. Add distortion to muffle the sound

The result is a powerful contrast that grabs the listener’s attention. Check out this video for an example of how I pull all 4 of those elements in to make the hook pop!

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Let’s face it, all of us musicians get stuck in a rut from time to time.

Those moments when you have no good ideas. Recording feels like a chore. Mixing feels like beating your head against a wall.

You’re not a robot. You can’t sustain creative output of a high quality day in and day out with some kind of dip, as frustrating as that may be.

There is good news however, and it is two fold:

  1. It’s normal. You’re not a weirdo. And…
  2. There are three simple ways to get out of the rut.

Today I want to share those with you.

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One of the tools I’ve used the LONGEST in my career as a mixer has been Ozone from Izotope.

I started on version 3 and have been using version 5 for the past few years.

Ozone 8 was released last month and comes with some powerful features for those of us who make music in the home studio – one of which is the Tonal Balance Control feature.

Today I’m going to show you how Tonal Balance Control inside of Ozone 8 Advanced can help you make sure you mix will translate out in the real world.

Want to get started mastering your music with your just your stock plugins? Check out this mini series I did:

Mastering With Stock Plugins 1 – EQ

Mastering With Stock Plugins 2 – Compression

Mastering with Stock Plugins 3 – Limiting

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Let’s be honest, a lot of home recorded vocals sound rough.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t make them sound professional in the mix! Today I’m going to show you how.

I have a simple 3 plugin vocal chain that I use just about every time I mix vocals and it helps give you that clear, polished, and up front vocal sound every time.

Oh – and you can do this with your stock or free plugins!

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What if mixing music is a whole lot simpler than we think?

At the end of the day, all we’re trying to do with EQ, compression, reverbs, delays, faders, automation, and all the tools at our disposal is simply make great sounding music to share with the world.

And while that’s easier said than done, it certainly doesn’t have to be complicated.

Today I want to share with you a stupidly simple, yet rather genius, approach to mixing that helped me a couple years back and still guides me today.

These Kids Have No Experience

One of my favorite engineers/producers is Brian Malouf.

He’s worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Dave Matthews, but I’m more of a fan of his work mixing so many of my favorite 1990s rock tracks from bands like Pearl Jam,  Live, The Verve Pipe, and Kid Rock (Bawitdaba anyone?!).

A few years ago he mentioned on an interview a powerful lesson he learned about mixing from the perspective of live sound.

He was an artist playing in a band at the time and they were doing lots of outdoor festival gigs. For a period of a few weeks his band had a bunch of shows at a local theme park.

One thing he noticed was that the park was rotating in summer staff...

Looking to get more width on your vocals in the mix? There are two simple tools that I use to get the job done.

Reverb and delay.

Specifically I want to show you how to layer a filtered reverb with two distinctly different delay sounds to create a wider vocal track with more depth and dimension.

This works great if you have home recorded vocals that either sound dry or were tracked in a not so great sounding space.

With just three simple moves you can open up your vocals and help them fill out the mix nicely.

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If you’re going to make music in your home studio, you need to know what you’re doing.

Not just how to record a song and all the intricacies of mixing, but more importantly you need a vision for how to get the most out of your gear, your songs, and yourself.

Because trust me, working in a home studio is very different than a pro studio. You can achieve great results with both, but they each have their own approach.

Today I want to give you a simple but effective manifesto (a core set of beliefs) that drives my music making in the home studio. This will help you stay focused, get better sounding recordings, and have more fun.

My Brand New EP

To give life and application to the following manifesto I want to use my most recent EP as an example.

Just this week my band at church released a brand new EP of 5 original songs, called Revive. I’ve been working on it since May and it’s been a blast to see it come to fruition.

The entire project was recorded in my tiny one room garage studio, drums and all.

We used affordable mics and preamps from Rode, Focusrite, and other brands that you’d find in many home studios.

We had a calendar that we stuck to in order to get...

One of the hallmarks of well produced music is tight vocal harmonies. Conversely one of the dead giveaways of an amateur recording is sloppy vocal harmonies.

But with all the time stretching and compressing plugins and tools available these days the “editing” process can become overwhelming.

In this video I break down my tried and true method for getting beautifully tight and natural sounding vocal harmonies without any time-stretching or effects.

And the best part is, you can do this in any DAW software.

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Is your mix good enough to share? When is your mix “done”? And what actually makes a good mix anyway?

Today I want to answer all of those questions.

First I’ll give you a simple 3 step “checklist” to know when your mix is done and ready.

Second I want to share with you the paradox of mixing. Get this and you’ll be liberated and freed up to make better music.

And finally I want to share a simple tool you can use to get better at mixing.

Get your free month of Dueling Mixes here:

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Quick story today about how I beat up a robot. Well, not a real robot, but a music robot.

OK, this is sounding weird.

Literally as I type this I’m picturing the Michael Jackson music video for Beat It where those two guys kind of dance fight with knives, only it’s with me fighting some singing robot.

Can’t get enough of that song!

OK, back to my point. The robot I beat up the past few days was actually an auto-mastering robot, and there IS a point to this post.

In fact, today I want to quickly point out my interesting discovery in a recent experiment with auto-mastering and then give you 3 practical strategies you can use to make sure your final masters sound their absolute best if, like me, you prefer to self master your music.

Sound good? Good!

That Doesn’t Sound Better At All!

I was just wrapping up the final mixes for my band’s latest EP and was planning on running them through an online auto-mastering tool I’ve used in the past.

I’ve used a couple of these services in the past with pretty good results so I was feeling confident this “robot” would help clean up my mix a bit more. What I got back shocked me.

The “mastered” version, while loud and punchy, was overly cooked and way to crispy. It sizzled so much in the top end, had an overly scooped mid range, and a reduced low end.

My absolute initial thought was – “This doesn’t...

When it comes to mixing electronic music, to me there are two steps that standout as powerful tools to making your tracks come to life.

These steps don’t require any special plugins or any particular DAW. They can be done in your current software with your current rig.

They WILL require, however, just a little bit of brain power – but the results will be worth it!

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The following is a guest post from my friend Stephen Kelly, a London-based musician, mixer and educator. His mission is to help you take giant steps forward on your audio journey. You can check out all of his free techniques and systems to help you understand everything you need to know about producing better audio on his site, Understanding Audio. Take it away Stephen! “What sort of music do you like?”  If you’ve ever been asked this question and answered… “Oh… everything and anything”, you’re missing a trick. The right answer isn’t to list off every single artist you’ve listened to since you were three years old but you could give a few short examples of who you really like, why you like them and then ask the other person who they’re into; like the good conversationalist that you are.  The “everything and anything” answer is never really true. As a music lover, you’ve been listening to so many different artists and styles over the years that you’ll undoubtedly have your favourites and that’s what truly makes you stand out from the crowd. Maybe you exclusively listen to death metal or acid jazz and that’s cool – that’s your taste and no one should judge you for it. In fact… you’d be a specialist.

When it comes to mixing EDM or any kind of electronic music, there is one plugin that is more helpful than all the rest: a harmonic exciter.

The subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) distortion, saturation, and harmonic content they add to your synths, keys, and drums go a long way to making your tracks pop out of the speakers and have more realism and bite.

Today I want you to hear the difference that harmonic exciters can make on your electronic music. It’s night and day.

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