Mixing … any “Good” yet? Part I

Dave Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Engineering, Music/Audio, Opinions, Personal, Tech 8 Comments

An old Hometracked blog entry recently surfaced via the Off Topic Area in the Zoomforum entitled “10 Hallmarks of Amateur Recordings“.  It’s a good read and I can say that I have been, at one time or another (perhaps still am), guilty of all of these Hallmarks. Here’s a quick run-down of the list: Too much bass Poor drum levels …

IHR #81 is Up!

Dave Business, Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Engineering, Music/Audio, Teaching, Tech Leave a Comment

Inside Home Recording Episode #81 is up and ready for your consumption. Episode #81 synopsis: On IHR #81, listener Paul Hogue reports on the Moog Lab at Big Ears 2010, Dave and Ryan (from the Home Recording Show) discuss audio phase, and Derek praises small guitar amps. Plus news, and a question: is mastering a scam? With Derek K. Miller …

Vancouver Home Recording Meetup

Dave Business, Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Engineering, Music/Audio, Tech Leave a Comment

Jon Tidy from AudioGeekZine and the Home Recording Show and I met for lunch today at Vera’s Burger Shack and had a great conversation about a whole bunch of things.  One of the things that we’re (obviously) mutually interested in and passionate about is Home Recording, so we decided to try out putting together a Vancouver-based Meetup group through Meetup.com. …

It’s Free!!!

Dave Business, Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Music/Audio, Opinions, Personal Leave a Comment

If you’ve been following Joe Gilder over at Home Studio Corner the past few months, then you’re aware that he has just finished mixing his latest album.  He’s been documenting the production on his blog and on his podcast.  He’s been quite the resource for those who are interested in mixing as he’s been quite transparent and generous about what …

{sigh} Sarah, You ALMOST Had Me…

Dave Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Music/Audio, Opinions, Personal 1 Comment

Some of you may remember back in IHR #72 Derek and I talked a bit about the “suckage” factor in new music and then, a few shows later (can’t seem to determine which one) we chatted a bit about established artists getting into a comfortable “rut”. Tony and Dave over at the Home Made Hitshow have recently been eluding to …

Rejection – doesn’t have to be all that bad does it?

Dave Business, Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Engineering, Music/Audio Leave a Comment

Thought I’d share something that got me thinking. I know, I know, it’s yet another infrequent post by me. I dunno, but blogging is this fickle thing for me for some reason – feast or famine… Anyhoo, just got a message from a client that I submitted a demo for that they are deciding to pass on me for the …

Synth Memory Lane…

Dave Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Music/Audio, Tech Leave a Comment

Ahhh… Nothing better than a little trip down gear-from-the-past memory lane. This latest episode was brought to you by my upcoming segment for Inside Home Reocording. I’m planning to do a “Synthesizers 101” bit – getting into some basics on theory and practice behind subtractive synthesis. I’ll probably be touching on other kinds of synthesis (granular, wavetable, additive, physical modeling…), …

Modern Music Making Tools = Increased Suckage Factor?

Dave Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Engineering, Music/Audio, Opinions, Personal, Tech 6 Comments

I was just listening to the latest Electronic Musician podcast which contained an interview with Joe Chiccarelli – Producer / Engineer who’s worked with The Shins, U2, My Morning Jacket, Tori Amos, Beck… Mike Levine asked what his opinion was of the impact of recording technologies available out there now for everyone have on recordings these days. He had some …