Category Archives: Sound Design

The Number The Knob’s Pointing Toward Doesn’t Matter

“Hey, Man. It’s a touch loud in the house. Can I trade you some amp volume for monitor gain?” “But my amp’s only on, like, two!” Have you been part of a conversation like this? I have. It rarely ends well, because somebody is always frustrated or disappointed at the end. Oftentimes, there are at…

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Communicating With The Sound Engineer (Another Letter)

Dear Musicians, Over the years that I’ve worked with you, many things have become apparent. One of those concepts is that, quite often, you need me to make some sort of change in the middle of a show. Often, that change is necessary to make your life on stage more comfortable, such that you can…

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I seem to be on a bit of a theme lately. The last time around, I talked about how most bands don’t need more or better gear to solve their problems. Mostly, they need to work as a team. That idea closely ties in with equipment used to reproduce the sound of the band and…

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Actually, Your Equipment Is Probably Fine

I don’t think I’ve ever been a fan of any “Battle of the Bands” setup, but I’ve been a judge for a couple of them. People asked, and it was something to do. After one such outing, a band that didn’t win was curious as to what had prevented them from reaching the top of…

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Sounding “Good” Everywhere

I got into this business thinking I would be an engineer in a studio. That’s not how it worked out. Live-sound got a hold of me, and that was pretty much it. Even so, I do some occasional studio-style mixing, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. One of the major…

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Bring ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

“Should I bring my amp?” the musician asks in the show-planning email thread.


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Treatment VS Soundproofing

A lot of my musician friends are discovering just how viable it is to produce their own material in the spaces available to them regularly. Under the right circumstances, doing so allows for leaner budgeting, and even a much steadier release cycle. (You can work with and release tunes on, say, a monthly basis, rather…

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Top 10 Studio Tips I Wish I’d Have Known

These days, from the indie artists to the major labels, recording budgets are shrinking. This does not mean that we no longer need professionally recorded material, we as musicians, have to find ways to get the best sounding recordings, while trimming down the investment. Here is my list of tips for you and your band…

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