Drum Delay

Here’s a demonstration video where delay is used on the drums. First delay is a full time effect on the room mic. The second delay is a effect for the bridge on the snare.


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Recorders Regret

Today’s post piggy backs on the Mic Placement vs Re-tracking post.

Recorders Regret is where you had an issue or compromise during tracking and now regret it.

Case in point I recorded some drums for a track and the floor tom did not sound right.

I stopped down, attempted to tune the drum, and wasn’t getting anywhere with it.      What did I do?

I recorded anyway!  Now although I used that Tom about 5 times in the track every single time I hear it I wish it wasn’t there!  Yes I managed to “fix it in the mix” but there’s only so much that could be done.

I tracked anyway due to time constraints, I had a time slot open to get the track completed and I used the time as best I could. Compromises are a part of every recording process. And more often than not that’s a great thing that pushes your creativity. In this situation I have a poor sounding floor tom track. (could be worse I suppose)

Whenever possible do as much as you can to make the source sound great before you record. If it sounds off in the room, it will come across that way on playback.

Recorders Regret can happen anyplace, anywhere: That last word you didn’t hit, the ringout of a chord that had a buzz. The chair that squeeked on the acoustic take.

Be vigilant and try not to compromise during the tracking process with these types of things. Once it’s down it’s down. Go for the best you can produce and the mixing phase will go so much smoother you may surprise yourself.

Mixing good sounding tracks is far easier then slaving it out trying to make bad tracks sound good. If there is something that your instincts are telling you, you should fix do it! Nothing worse than having to live with a part of your recording that you know you could have done better.

Another form of Recorders Regret is not having recorded that extra idea or overdub. It’s always better to record the extras that may end up taking the section / song to another level production wise. And a lot of times the idea strikes as a reaction to what’s going on during that moment of the recording phase. It’s best to capture that idea as fresh as you can. If you need to change it later, you always can, but more often than not your original idea will be the best.

Take the extra time to get new heads on those drums, change out the guitar strings, warm up properly, get a good headphone mix that inspires the talent and doesn’t leave them fighting to hear themselves properly. These few tips will go a long way in giving you a much better recording and a way better mix. Best of all, these are free, (expect drum heads and strings, you get the idea)

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If It Sounds Good (Old Recordings)


Today’s post is about what makes a recording good. Would you listen to a song if the recording quality was bad but the song was great? Of course you would, we all have. We’ve all enjoyed an inferior live recording that captured some magic not present on any other version. Or the fact that perhaps you were in attendance and the event is forever captured for you to re-live. Think of bands like The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, etc. Does the limitations that were in place at the time make the songs less enjoyable? Of course not! Black Sabbath’s first album was recorded on an 8-track. It still stands as a foundational metal album. The recording is muffled and not even close to what they would eventually achieve, but since the song’s are so powerful, you’d listen to them again and again regardless of the sonic fidelity.

If the song is powerful enough the recording doesn’t have to be extremely polished. What about the performance itself? Sometimes the magic captured on a first take or demo has “something” about it, even if it doesn’t sound as good as a version that had the production behind it. If you’re constantly striving for perfection, STOP!

I’m not saying you shouldn’t have standards by any means. I’m sure you’re far and away your biggest critic. Just remember what the music is for in the first place. To provide a feeling, convey emotion and make a statement. You don’t necessarily need the perfect spot on recording to get that across to the listener. If you have something special to capture, don’t wait until you have the best piece of gear, or ideal situation to record or even release it.

Plenty of people put off recording or mixing a project until they have “everything” they think they need. Chances are you have what you need……a great song to record. Remember why you love those old songs, because they are great songs, not perfectly recorded.

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Recording in the Digital Age

Recording with today’s technology there is a remarkable amount you can achieve with even entry level gear. Unlike the days of analog where the only way to record was in a true dedicated studio environment with tape machines and mixing boards that were worth the value of a single family home. Now days with the super clean recording capability of digital you’re only fighting your basic mic techniques and room sounds if you have: A great performance and decent sounding gear AKA source.

You are not competing with the noise floor of tape or hiss of analog gear. You can now record release quality as long as your are able to mix and master your product correctly.

The war is now waged against inferior room sounds, and poor quality instruments / performance. People are releasing fantastic ‘home studio’ material all the time. Grab yourself a modest set-up and get recording. There is no reason to not capture your ideas, you’ll get better as you go. With digital now the norm plug-in / software companies are working harder than ever to push the boundaries of what can be done. The only thing preventing you from getting good sounds………is you!

Learning to record and mix well is a long process, but NOT an impossible one. Just like any other en devour you’ll be required to put in the time to get anywhere. What I’m trying to say is, with today’s gear you’re already several steps ahead of the game. Getting a clean sound from affordable gear is a reality. You won’t rival a major studio, but neither does your budget. Can you record and mix something others would enjoy listening to? Without a doubt. Check out Graham’s post from The Recording Revolution.com He lays it all out for the aspiring musician in a great way. Don’t think you need the best of the best to capture a moving captivating song. Digital is here and it’s awesome.


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Dueling Mixes


Dueling Mixes

Dueling Mixes is a collaboration between

Joe Gilder of Home StudioCorner.com and

Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution.com

Each month a new song is presented where Joe and Graham then upload their mixes for the DM community to vote on! Dueling Mixes is an excellent membership site where monthly you’ll receive new tracks to mix, guided mixing tutorials of each song from Joe and Graham, a webinar and a community area to present and discuss the content.

I’ve been a member for a little over a year, it’s fantastic way to continually sharpen your mixing skills, and complete mixes, which is how you will get better.                                 Joe and Graham offer insight each month in their video tutorials of each of their mixes and discuss the techniques and problems encountered in each song.

I asked Joe and Graham if they wanted to do a state of interview on Dueling Mixes. It takes a look behind the scenes of Dueling Mixes from the creators themselves.

Dueling Mixes Interview

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