How to Prepare for Your First Professional Recording Session
This week's featured FAQ Friday question is: I am going to be recording a band in a professional studio, using thousands of dollars of mics and hardware. It will be a live session with all of the musicians playing at…
Should you always de-noise your audio recordings?
Today's featured FAQ Friday question is: Should one always de-noise their audio recordings to make it sound professional? Is it worth it or that big of a difference? For those of us that have heard or have access to classic…
Is it Your Job to Educate Clients?
Today's featured FAQ Friday question is: What if my clients are not professional, and they're always late sending you missing audio files every week. I start having my first new clients, but the level of experience using DAWs is a…
The Secret to Writing Great Songs?
Today's featured FAQ Friday question is: What’s the best song structure for the music industry at the moment? This is a huge question! Song structure is a very broad term. This question made me think of all the knee-jerk reactions.…
How do mixing and mastering engineers get productions so loud?
Today's featured FAQ Friday question is: How do mixing and mastering engineers get productions so loud? When I first started mixing I felt the exact same way! I didn't know how people got their productions to sound loud without them…
When should you bring in other musicians? | FAQ Friday
Today's featured FAQ Friday question is: Do studios and producers ever play band match-maker? For instance, has an artist working alone ever sent you a DIY album that you though had good writing, was well-recorded, and was ready to mix,…
Dealing with Addiction in the Music Industry
Today's featured FAQ Friday question is: As a producer, engineer, or mixer, how do you handle sessions with people that are living in the edge? How do you keep control of the situations and still coax incredible performances of someone…
Should you leave any effects or equalizers on your master bus? | FAQ Friday
We're back for another marvellous FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is: What final volume limit is preferable when mixing before mastering? Should you leave any effects or equalizers on your master bus? Honestly, you don't want to be mastering when…
Is it ever too late to start a career in music? | FAQ Friday
We're with another FAQ Friday and another fantastic featured question! Today's question is: Can you start in this business at a late age? The short answer to this question is: Yes, of course! To me, this is an ageless business.…
Should you mix your own tracks? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is this: I'm a little confused about what is good enough when it comes to a final mix before mastering, when the mix is clean enough, or what to leave for…
Can a song be “too perfect?” | FAQ Friday
The featured question from today's FAQ Friday is this: Is there something known as being "too perfect"? I personally find that music that sounds flawless is a big turn off. I'm not interested in songs that sound fake. Classic artists…
Do you need a separate mic pre? | FAQ Friday
a Rafflecopter giveaway We’re back with another FAQ Friday! Today’s episode is sponsored by our good friends over at Austrian Audio! Today’s featured question is: “Do you need a separate mic pre along with an audio interface or can you…
Should you record to a click track? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another wonderful FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is: It seems like every producer records to a click track no matter what the genre of music. I feel like it hurts the song, like almost every song before…
How to Choose the Right Mic! | FAQ Friday
We're back with another FAQ Friday! I hope you have all had a marvellous week and are staying safe and healthy! Before we jump into our FAQ Friday questions, I just wanted to take a moment to focus on the…
How do you keep the overall feel and the play between musicians on a track? | FAQ Friday
Welcome back to another FAQ Friday! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy out there! Today's featured question is: What is the best way to keep the overall feel and the play between musicians while working on a…
What is the first thing you should learn in your DAW? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another FAQ Friday and some more great questions! Today's featured question is: What would you recommend for me to begin learning in my DAW so that I have a bit of fun but still get an acceptable…
Building a Career in Audio without a Degree
The featured question from today's video is: Will I ever get to a point where I can refer to myself as a recording/mixing engineer without a degree? How do I know when I’m skilled enough for that? This is a…
What are the best reference tracks for indie/alternative bands? | FAQ Friday
This week we have a little something extra to add to FAQ Friday! Just yesterday, Martin from Fender reached out to us and asked if we would like to try out the brand new Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster! And of course…
Does tinnitus affect your mixes? | FAQ Friday
Today's featured question is: Does tinnitus affect your mixes? For those of you who don't know what tinnitus is, it is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds, caused by prolonged exposure to loud sounds.…
How can you make your mix stand out? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another fabulous FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is: Besides width, what can I do to make my mix stand out in a mixing contest? I have participated in and judged quite a few mixing competitions in my…
What acoustic guitars would you recommend for a pop/rock mix? | FAQ Friday
Happy FAQ Friday everyone! We have some great questions in today's video! Before we get to those though, we have an exciting new plugin to share with you: The Pulsar Smasher! This plugin is a straightforward extreme compressor modeled after…
Working Outside Your Genres & Approach When Mixing Albums vs. Singles | FAQ Friday
Before we jump into the great questions we have for this week's FAQ Friday, we have another exciting giveaway for you! Other World Computing (OWC) has given us 2 wonderful OWC Envoy Pro EX 2TB hard drives to give away…
What should you upgrade first: Mic or Preamp? | FAQ Friday
It's Friday, which means we are back with a marvellous FAQ Friday! Before we jump into some questions, though, we have another exciting giveaway for you! Audient is back and is allowing us to give away 3 more of their…
FAQ Friday at Winter NAMM 2020 – Answering BIG Questions!
Happy Friday everyone! This week we have a special edition of FAQ Friday, and are coming to you from NAMM! We are so excited to be back at The NAMM Show! It is always a wonderful experience where we get…
FAQ Friday: Tips & Tricks for Widening Electric Guitars
Happy FAQ Friday everyone! We have had quite an exciting week over here, with Graham Coxon joining us for Wednesday's video and talking all about Blur's "Song 2" and the making of that great track! I hope you enjoyed that…
Kali Audio Mountain View Bluetooth Demo & FAQ Friday
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a marvellous week! This FAQ Friday we will have our usual questions plus another fantastic giveaway! We have already had a bunch of giveaways this week, and today is no different! We are…
What kind of equipment do you need to be a mobile recording studio? | FAQ Friday
Hello everyone! We're back with another FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is: What kind of equipment would I need to be a mobile recording studio? The equipment you will need to set up a mobile recording studio will be pretty…
How can I achieve height in my mix? | FAQ Friday
The featured question for this week's FAQ Friday is: How can I achieve height in my mix? This is a great question! Mix height and depth are topics that come up very often as having parts of your mix that…
Waves MDMX Plugin Demo & FAQ Friday
This FAQ Friday we have another double-header in our video! I will be answering an FAQ Friday question, as well as doing a demo of yet another Waves saturation distortion plugin, the Waves MDMX. Before we get into all that…
Waves Berzerk Plugin Demo & FAQ Friday
Happy Friday everyone! In this week's video we have a double-header, with FAQ Friday and a review of the brand new Waves Berzerk Distortion plugin! Before we get to that though: today is Black Friday!! That means we have some…
How do you deal with self-doubt when recording and mixing? | FAQ Friday
This week's FAQ Friday is coming to you from Clay Blair's studio, Boulevard Recording! There have been some incredible records made here! We have actually been here this week filming a Beatles recording course, which I am very excited about,…
How would you allocate the money to start a semi-professional project studio? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another FAQ Friday for you! The featured question from today's video is this: If you were starting a semi-professional project studio, how would you allocate the money you have to spend? In order to answer this question,…
Should you be using a higher sample rate? | FAQ Friday

We’re back with another FAQ Friday for you! As always we have some great questions and I am going to answer them all for you! Before we get to that though, I am going to be involved in something very…

What’s the Role of an Audio Engineer? | FAQ Friday
As always we have a few fun questions for you today! One of them may start up a debate that could last months. - haha, gear up and get ready to leave a comment under today’s Youtube video. Today’s featured…
Are You Ready To Engineer Professionally? | FAQ Friday
As always we have a few great questions in this week's FAQ Friday Today’s featured question is “When you are first starting out how do you know you are ready to work professionally as an engineer?" I strongly believe there’s…
What’s an Acceptable Amount of Drum Mic Bleed | FAQ Friday
As always we have a few great questions in this week's FAQ Friday Today’s featured question is “What is an acceptable amount of bleed in drum mics and what is the best way to get the least bleed?" The rather…
Want to Mix Professionally? | FAQ Friday
a Rafflecopter giveaway As always we have a few great questions in this week's FAQ Friday and a giveaway from Tactical Headsets! The lovely people over at Tactical Headsets have sent us 3 pairs of earbuds to giveaway. They aren’t…
Create Clarity with Overlapping Vocals | FAQ Friday
As always we have some great questions in this week's FAQ Friday. there is a question about backing up and storing your work, one about recording live, and a room treatment question. Let’s jump right into today’s featured question! “What…
Dealing with Self Doubt in Music | FAQ Friday
As always we have some great questions in this week's FAQ Friday. There are some technical ones, but the one we’re going to start with came from our academy. We’ve touched upon this questions a few times in other discussions.…
At What Point Does the Engineer Become the Producer? | FAQ Friday
As always we have a bunch of marvellous questions in today’s episode! So let’s jump right into today’s featured question! “At what point does the engineer become the producer?” This is a really big question, because I think everyone who…
Optimizing your workflow | FAQ Friday
As always we have a bunch of marvellous questions in today's episode! So let’s jump right into today’s featured question! "What are some tips for organizing the home studios for improving workflow? Are there any lessons from professional studios that…
Microphone or Interface: What’s More Important?| FAQ Friday
As always we have a bunch of marvellous questions in today's episode! So let’s jump right into today’s featured question! "When it comes to recording quality, Is a good audio interface or microphone more important to get that radio-ready sound?”…
In phase vs out of phase | FAQ Friday
We’re back – actually back! As you know I’ve been away for 3 1/2 weeks on a very long family holiday! I want to thank you ever so much for being patient with the last few FAQ Fridays. I’ve been…
In the Box or Hybrid: How do I prefer to mix? | FAQ Friday
Happy Friday! Hope your week has been marvellous! As always, we have a couple wonderful questions to answer for you today. And we have an exclusive clip from our Berlin Masterclass! So, let’s get into today’s featured question! “I see…
Should Your Studio Be Climate Controlled? | FAQ Friday
In this week’s FAQ Friday we have a lot of very very wonderful questions including, “How much can climate control in your room affect your recording?” The reality is, you don’t want to be in an incredibly dry room, obviously,…
Should You Be Hybrid Mixing? | FAQ Friday
We’re big we’re bad and we’re back for another Frequently Asked Questions Friday! Today’s featured question is "Given the choice, would you rather mix through a console, summing or in the box? Why would you choose any one of those…
How to get better vocal sound- Summer NAMM 2019
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! We are going to do a slightly different FAQ Friday today since we're at day 1 of Summer NAMM, We’re going to walk around and talk to a whole bunch of manufacturers,…
How do you protect your gear? | FAQ Friday
We’re back, I’m in black for another FAQ Friday! It’s 9 or 10 pm on Thursday and before we get into today’s featured question, I want to go over this brand new plugin from Waves! I’ve been in London since…
How to deal with a creative block in the studio | FAQ Friday
We’re back, I’m in black for another FAQ Friday! As always we have a bunch of marvellous questions so let get stuck in! Today’s featured question is "How do you deal with creative Blocks? How do you manage to keep…
Open or Closed Back Headphones? | FAQ Friday
In this episode of FAQ Friday we’re going to talk about a lot of things, one of which is open or closed back headphones… I get asked this question a lot, "what is the difference between open and closed back…