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Everyone I talk to wants a wide mix.

They want a mix with impact, space, clarity – and width!

What’s funny is that the EASIEST way to get that wide mix is to use something called LCR panning.

That’s right – panning!

No stereo widening plugins, no spacial imagery – just turning your pan knobs to THE RIGHT PLACE.

It’s the oldest “trick” in the book.

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“Should I use online auto mastering services like LANDR or eMastered?”

It’s one of the biggest questions I’ve gotten in the past 2 years. And it’s a good question.

I have used both services, as well as professional mastering engineers (and self masters) over the years so I can tell you from experience if they are a good fit for you.

Today I want to break down two reasons why you SHOULD use the services and one giant reason why you SHOULDN’T.

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The idea of mixing fast is not a new one – but it’s a smart one.

The longer you take on a mix, the less objective you become. This leads to making bad mix decisions.

That’s why I’m a fan of mixing quickly – especially if we’ve already set our mix up correctly.

In today’s video I’ll walk you through a mix I pulled together in about an hour and show you the four elements you need to cover in that time frame to go from raw tracks to mastered release!

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Mixing looks fun and glamorous with all the plugins and effects at our disposal.

But did you know that the best mixers in the world have a systematic (and boring) setup process?

In fact, many of the top mixers have their assistants do this FOR them so come mix time they can move fast and have fun.

If you don’t have an assistant (hand raised!) then you need to know how to properly start your mix so you your song can sound it’s best.

Today I will show you the simple 4 step process I use to start each and every mix!

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Do your vocals sound boring or lifeless?

Perhaps they were recorded and performed well, but just need a little something to spice them and make them pop?

Let me offer you 5 simple effects (that you already have in your software most likely) that can help take your vocals from zero to hero.

Whenever you get stuck with mixing vocals, simply reach for one or two of these effects to see if they can give your vocals a little lift.

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How many years have you been at this music thing?

Have you made it a career yet? If not, how long will you keep pursuing it?

When should you give up? SHOULD you even give up?

Today I want to unpack two ideas that I think will be helpful to you if you’ve been trying to make a living in music and haven’t quite reached your goals.

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Are you a singer/songwriter who needs quality drum sounds in your songs but doesn’t have access to a drum kit?

Welcome to my life!

And have no fear – today I’m going to show you 3 easy ways you can get pro sounding drums into your session.

I’ve used these methods to produce real projects and they’ve all turned out great.

Looking for some free drum sounds to get started?

Here are some places to get FREE drum loops that you can import into your software:

  1. Big Fish Loops (What I use in the video)
  2. Looperman (User submitted loops)
  3. The Loop Loft (They have a free sample pack)

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Wow! So many of you enjoyed my iPhone-only recording and mix in last week’s video. Thanks!

But many of you had questions regarding HOW I pulled it off.

So today I’m going to walk you through my mic technique (or phone technique I should say) as well as my exact mixing settings in Garageband.

Also – you can download or stream this iPhone edition of my song “Wandering Man” on Spotify and Apple Music and just about anywhere you buy music.

►► Overwhelmed by EQ when mixing? Just download my FREE 7 Step EQ Checklist →

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I’ve said for years that you don’t need a “real” recording studio to make radio-ready recordings.

A modest home studio setup will do the trick just fine.

But a buddy of mine asked me “Do I even need studio equipment or microphones to record? Can’t I just use my iPhone?”

The question made me pause…CAN YOU make a record on an iPhone? And nothing but an iPhone?

I decided to find out.

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One of the most used and recognized effects in mixing is delay (or echo).

Whether it’s the subtle and natural sound of a short slap delay or the larger than life, seemingly never ending muted quarter note delay – this effect can be used in countless ways to enhance your recordings.

In this video I will show you how to mix with delay on your vocals and guitars – using both long and short delays.

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If you’ve ever wanted to reach for reverb on your vocals to help them sound like they weren’t recorded in a bedroom or closet, this is the video for you.

Today I’m going to show you the best (and not so best) way to use reverb in a mix and my favorite starting points for getting a natural reverb sound quickly.

Whether you want your vocals totally soaked in verb or just dipping their toes in the waters if you will – I’ll show you how!

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Have you ever wanted to make a side income doing what you love?

How cool would it be to get paid to record or mix (or produce or master) music for other bands and artists?

VERY cool is the correct answer!

But HOW do you pull that off?! That’s the question I seem to get regularly from students like you.

What’s amazing is that it’s really not that complicated.

In fact I teach my students a simple 4 step process for turning their home studio gear and current skills into a steady and consistent income stream – and I want to share that process with you today.

Let’s dive in!

►► Make an extra $500-$1000 on the side doing recording or mixing. Download my FREE guide and learn my 4 step process →

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Everyone says you need to use compression on vocals. But why? What does compression really do for your vocals?

That’s the question I was asking when I first got into recording and mixing music and it’s one I hear all the time from my students.

Today I want to break down compression for you so you can see how to best approach it when mixing vocals. Once you get this, you’ll have more confidence to get that vocal sounding just the way you want in the mix!

►► Does compression in mixing confuse you? Download my FREE 7 Step Compression Checklist →

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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!

►► Get paid to do what you love. Download my FREE audio training and learn my 3 step process →

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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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