Taming the Clucks in the Incubator

I’ve neglected updating my blog AND getting IHR 101 out. Life has taken over my … well, life lately and between dealing with work, family and building out the Incubator, I haven’t had much time to pay attention to tossing up a post. Needless to say, I’ve got a lot of fodder to throw your way and here’s the first picture blog of building sound treatment panels (some call them traps) for my studio. Background I researched a lot through various “DIY sound treatment” search variations on Google and found a LOT of different designs. Gary Cable has a very...

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Three Reasons Music Theory Could Help Your Mix

You’ve heard of all the pre-mix “rituals” and administrative things that you’re supposed to do before you mix … haven’t you? You know, all those things about organizing your tracks, editing your tracks, putting in markers, colouring things, loading templates… all that stuff. Well, of course, that’s golden advice! Anything that’ll help you work more efficiently and effectively is going to be a plus. I like to include creating chord charts (and possibly lead sheets) of the track I’m mixing as one of those key pre-mixing essentials. I...

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Tethering the “Incubator”

Yeah, yeah… I haven’t been posting for the past little while. And I’ll skip the excuses, but please head on over to the IHR site to get a hint about what’s been taking so long… In Vancouver, the sun was out and Spring seems to have arrived. I took the break in weather as an opportunity to tackle one of the most important projects on my list to bring the Incubator into reality. For those who don’t know, the “Incubator” is what I’m calling the shed on our property – I blogged about it back in the fall with my plans to convert it into...

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Say “No” to Stock Responses

Over the past few days, I’ve been able to kind of sit on the proverbial “other side” of the boss’s desk. Instead of me pounding the pavement and knocking on doors offering my wares, I’ve been (the “boss”) entertaining requests from around the world to consider the merits of others’ creations. It’s been enlightening to see the variety of approaches folks take to “market” themselves. Some tactics seem to be in line with my own marketing techniques: there has been some research and familiarization done to try and focus the...

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Silence Can Be Creative

When mixing tracks, I don’t always take the view that I HAVE to use every track I’m given. A lot of times, the impact of the song is strengthened by making (sometimes liberal) use of the Mute button.

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Stop Hiding Under Covers!

Alright, what is going on? I’ve been noticing an annoying “trend” happening the past few months. Artists and labels are starting to re-hash old material and releasing albums of cover songs more and more frequently. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a great cover song at all. An artist who records a cover of a well known song has skipped over the majority of the work – they’ve got a tune that’s already proven to be popular. It’s probably one of the oldest ways an artist or band can get listened to. I don’t know whether it’s all...

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