The aim of this site is to help you get better, more professional results from your recordings and mixes.
Affordable digital technology has brought about a revolution in the way music is recorded and produced. It’s now possible for anyone to indulge their passion for recording on a limited budget and make a recording to a similar standard as most professional studios of the 80s or 90s.
This only applies to the technical aspects, though.
Equipment can’t guarantee a good recording, or a good mix. As well as the technology, a session in a professional studio also includes an engineer or producer, with the wealth of efficiency, expertise, and creativity that only experience can bring. They can offer advice, opinions and guidance throughout a project. This leaves the artists free to concentrate on composition and performance, while the producer watches over the “bigger picture”.
However not everyone can afford the luxury of a full-time producer these days, especially if they are recording and mixing themselves.
Luckily, another aspect to the digital revolution comes to the rescue – the internet. There are countless sites and forums now where anyone can upload an mp3 and get the opinion of other users, and benefit from their experience and advice.
But how do you know you’re getting the best advice ?
The anonymity of the internet gives you no way of knowing if the advice you are being given is good, reliable, or appropriate for your material.
Even on the same forum, one day you may be given great advice by a genuine expert – exactly what you needed to know. Another day, that same expert may be busy working on a project of their own and you are left high and dry – or worse, reading the opinions of someone who knows much less than you !
Time and again I see threads on forums where someone is offered advice that is just plain wrong. Or so many people reply that it’s impossible to sift through the conflicting opinions. Or someone is given “rules of thumb” that don’t apply to their track. At best this can be confusing, and at worst you may waste precious time trying something that just isn’t right for your material.
My aim is to cut through this confusion by offering clear, targeted advice on the most important areas of your mix.
There’s something here to help anyone, so please take a look around, and let me know what you think in the comments. I’m always interested to hear what you think !