This stuff really works.
And you know how I know it works ?
Well, partly because people tell me (see the video above) – but also this week I just heard it working for myself.
Let me explain.
This month I did an exclusive mastering tutorial video for Joe Gilder & Graham Cochrane’s Duelling Mixes membership site.
I’ve probably told you about Duelling Mixes before – it’s a great idea, I wish I’d had it !
Every month Joe & Graham both seperately mix a new song, and make a video sharing exactly how (and why) they did what they did. And you get to compare and contrast, and take notes.
Not only that, but you also get access to the raw files so you can mix the song yourself.
And you get to vote on whose mix you think is best, which is where the “duelling” part comes in, and where a lot of the fun happens.
It’s a great way to practise mixing, pick up mixing tips and strategies and learn how other people work – and steal all the good stuff for your own music !
But this month they did something a little different. Enter…
Just recently I mastered Joe’s new album. And this month, the Duelling Mixes members got the chance to mix one of the songs from that album, as well as comparing Joe and Graham’s mixes. And as a piece of bonus content, I made a “mini masterclass” video for them, showing how I mastered it.
But here’s the catch.
Joe and Graham also mastered Joe’s mix of the song, and we put the three versions head-to-head for a “Duelling Masters” competition.
(Loudness-matched, of course.)
So who won ?
Well, the votes are still rolling in, but after a slightly shaky start, let’s just say I’m not giving up the day job quite yet :-p
But smugness isn’t my point – honest.
Here’s the point:
ALL the masters sounded great
Joe and Graham will be the first to tell you they’re not mastering engineers.
But the differences between the different versions ? They were pretty subtle, after loudness-matching.
One was louder, more compressed. One was more dynamic than the other two. Two of them had a little more top end than the other, one had more deep bass.
But they all sounded great, and that’s because…
This stuff really works
First off, Joe made a great recording, and a great mix. He’s really skilled at doing what he does, in a home studio just like the one you might have.
(Which is why being part of Duelling Mixes is such a great way to learn. Graham even just released a series of YouTube videos on how to record a song in a studio costing only $300 !)
And that means, they really can get great results recording, mixing and mastering their own music – and so can you.
The stuff REALLY works.
So what are you waiting for ?!?