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Musical Musings
February 18, 2019

Too Soon For Feedback?

Too Soon For Feedback? Feedback is incredibly valuable. From the right people. People who’s opinions you trust. They don’t have to be musical. Indeed a regular non musical civilian will…
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Musical Musing - Dare to Be Irreverent
Musical Musings
February 11, 2019

Dare to be Irreverent

Dare to be Irreverent | #MusicalMusings   Definition of Irreverent:  “not showing the expected respect for official, important, or holy things” A while ago I watched a talk by John Hegarty,…
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Mixing Can’t be Taught “Mixing can’t be taught but it can be learned.” Eric Sarafin Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin said this in his book Zen and The Art of Mixing. It is most informed discussion of mixing I have ever consumed… and I’ve watched a lot of tutorials on Youtube and Mix with The Masters. Imagine you’ve never played football (soccer) before (bare with me). I can sit you down and explain the techniques, tactics, strategy then send you out on to the pitch for a game but you would be as good as useless because you’ve never actually kicked a ball. The same can be said of mixing. Or indeed, producing, composing, writing etc. You can only truly learn by actually doing it. Over and over and over again. Why do I say this? Because the vast majority of learning resources focus on the technicalities of mixing. For example how to use EQ or a compressor. This is great but only hours of using a compressor and teaching your brain what to listen for will actually yield any real progress or understanding. I used a spend a lot of time looking at compressor settings on videos in order to copy them for my mixes. This demonstrated my lack of understanding about what a compressor does and how to use it… I should have been using my ears. What set’s ‘Zen and The Art of Mixing’ apart is it’s holistic approach. By this I mean it looks at the process as a whole. The kind of mindset you need to approach mixing. Only when you truly understand what you are trying to actually achieve with your mix, can you effectively implement it. Having also spent years mixing on the fly cannot speak highly enough of treating the mix as a completely independent process. So rather than writing, recording and mixing as you go, focus on the writing/recording. Then sit down with fresh ears and no plugins (other than specific creative effects) and mix from scratch. Learn what the tools do but then spend hours using them. But also, before you start, read “Zen and The Art of Mixing” and make sure you understand what you are trying to achieve. Recommended reading: Zen and The Art of Mixing
Musical Musings
February 4, 2019

Mixing Can’t Be Taught

Mixing Can’t be Taught   “Mixing can’t be taught, but it can be learned.” Eric Sarafin Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin said this in his book Zen and The Art of Mixing.…
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Music Producer London
FeaturedMusic Producer
June 11, 2018

Finding A Music Producer

Finding a Music Producer in London should be easy. Elsewhere in the country or across the globe they are perhaps less concentrated but there are many excellent producers who have…
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Game of Thrones Funk Jim Hustwit
FeaturedMusic Producer
August 19, 2017

Game of Thrones Funk Cover

What happens when you take one of the most iconic and inspiring TV themes of this decade and funk it up. The result is Game of Funk... or Funk of…
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Music Production Tutorial
August 16, 2017

Mix Automation – Adding Emotion With Dynamics

Mix Automation is an important part of the music making process for any music producer of mix engineer. In this music production tutorial I show you some examples of automation that…
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Music Production Tutorial
August 10, 2017

Trick for Bigger Musical Transitions – Drop The Bass

When producing music, the default approach to adding impact, is to add more sounds. This generally holds true. Your chorus will generally have more instrumentation for greater impact but there…
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