Session Tip: Hiring Session Players

So you’ve got a song written, you’re ready to bring it to life in the studio – but maybe you’re not the best drummer. You don’t have your own band, but you want your recording to be more than just a basic acoustic demo. What do you do now? It might be time to hire […]

Session Tip: Suppressing Sibilant Sounds

Hold your hand in front of your mouth, and read this sentence out loud: Peanut butter pancakes are the perfect breakfast. As you hit each P and B sound, you should have felt a blast of warm air on your hand. If you didn’t, press two fingers against your neck, right next to your windpipe, […]

Taking Care of Your Voice

When you play an instrument, you’ve got to take care of it. If you don’t, it’s going to start to sound awful. The same is true of your voice. Most of us have one, but the majority of us aren’t properly taking care them. Most people can probably get away with that, but if you’re […]

Songwriting Tip: Stream of Consciousness Album Writing

Just like any other creative skill, a lot of songwriting is just about keeping the gears greased. With the way modern music is made, this can be a difficult practice to enforce. There are few tried and true methods that have worked for me, and one of them is Stream of Consciousness Album writing. The […]

Pro Tools Lesson: Setting Up a Great Vocal Chain

It’s time to talk about how to get a professional vocal sound, using plug-ins in Pro Tools. With so many options, it’s hard to know what’s necessary, and what’s excess. It’s important to experiment and try new things when you’re recording a song, but there are a few basic tools you’ll want to get familiar with, […]