Engineer’s Corner

Welcome to The Engineer’s Corner. In my time spent in the studio as an engineer I’ve come across some interesting things and I’ve decided to put together some articles here as resources to help answer some of the questions that I frequently come across. As there are several areas of studio production in which I work, these guides will cover a whole host of issues across music and film. Some of these things are genre specific but I recommend reading all of them as each area of audio I have ever worked in has taught me new skills and techniques that I constantly apply to improve myself to become the best engineer that I can be. My goal in writing these guides is to help my customers save money and time while guaranteeing a much better studio experience all around.

10 TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY IN THE STUDIO

Probably the biggest concern that people have before coming into the studio is the cost associated with recording. Here are some tips and practices to help you save money in the studio.

SONG/TEMPO MAPS

Song and tempo maps are highly useful tools in the studio. At the start of every session if songs aren’t mapped out there are often mistakes….

STUDIO ETIQUETTE

Studios are small spaces and often have a lot of people crammed into them. I’ve put together a list here of things that I consider to be important in maintaining an air of professionalism when in the studio.

WORKING WITH HOME STUDIOS

Due to the increased availability of recording software there has been a rise in recent years for musicians to complete as much of the recording process in home or basement studios as possible.

HELPFUL TIPS AND INFORMATION FOR YOUTUBERS FROM AN AUDIO ENGINEER

I had a conversation the other day with Devin, my brother in law. He happens to work in social media marketing and we ended up having an interesting conversation…

A WORD ON SAMPLES VS LIVE DRUMS

One of the debates that seems to be rolling around the internet that I hear quite frequently between professional engineers and enthusiasts seems to be focused around…

 

MAKING A RECORD FROM START TO FINISH

There are three major steps in creating a record from start to finish in the music world: Pre-production, Production and Post Production. Each has a significant….

FINDING YOUR SOUND (OR MORE ACCURATELY, FINDING OUT WHAT YOU SOUND LIKE)

As a result of the many long arduous hours spent in conversations with the musicians I’ve worked with, I’ve compiled this list to help answer…

PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS AND DELIVERABLES

Project specifications and deliverables are an important part of every project even though they can often be left undiscussed until projects are almost completed.

ADR AND VOICE OVER FOR ACTORS

I’ve spent a large amount of time in the studio recording ADR and Voice Over projects. They are always interesting and for the most part are a lot of fun….

QUALITY AND COST IN SOUND AND AUDIO

I’ve thought a long time about exactly how to tackle this topic. Honestly it’s one of those things that comes up pretty frequently; but seems to always leave a sour taste in my mouth when I have to talk to people about these things….

THE ENDLESS DEBATE OF MAC VS PC FOR AUDIO PRODUCTION

When I was in college studying all about everything in the audio world, there seemed to be an endless debate between everyone on whether Mac’s or PC’s were better….

PREPARING YOUR SONGS FOR MIXING

If you are planning on sending out your songs to be professionally mixed there are some things that I’ve listed here that will help save you time and money.

THE VALUE OF DEMOS

I’ve thought a long while about exactly what to write down about demos. In short demos of songs are often one of the most underutilized tools available to a band/artists….

HIRING A PRODUCER

Producers serve a vital role in the music industry but oftentimes what they actually do is a bit of a mystery. There are several different kinds of Producers, but for the sake of this article I’m going to focus on Producers that…

VOCALS (A GUIDE TO SINGING IN THE STUDIO)

I’ve spent a lot of time recording vocals in the studio and over time I started to realize that there are some simple but effective things that good singers do to get the most out of their singing.

ROLES OF AUDIO PROFESSIONALS IN FILM

In writing up my article relating to Audio Engineers and YouTubers, I ended up going into tons of detail about some of the various roles of Audio professionals across the film process….

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