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A Recording Studio Cleaning Checklist

A checklist to keep your recording studio clean

One of my (many) pet peeves is a filthy studio. It seems to kind of go with the trade. Creatives are typically messy, disorganized people. That's okay to an extent, but we can all agree it can be a little much, no? When you have to dig your mixing board out from a mound of magazines and you have weeks-old food laying around, it's time to clean. Why should I clean my studio? My clients[...]


Music Stems: How to Send and Receive the Right Files for Your Music Project

How to send the right stems, files or tracks between musicians

When sending files between musicians, songwriters, producers and mixers, there can be a lot of confusion over what is being sent. For starters, some people call them completely different things (stems, files, tracks, exports, etc). Then there are people who are not sure what type of stem to send (.wav, .mp3, .m4a, etc). For the sake of simplicity for this post, I'll be calling them Stems t[...]


Working with Reverb for Vocals

How to use reverb to enhance your vocals

Reverb is a tricky mixing topic. There are multiple plugins, techniques, and endless articles to read about the topic. What is the best way to use Reverb for vocals?   If you came here for one simple answer, I'm sorry to disappoint but it really is a matter of taste. You can find articles that tell you a range to fall within or advice on the best plugins, but these are all[...]


The Coda: A Breakdown of a (Sometimes Tricky) Musical Symbol

What is a coda in sheet music?

The coda is another sheet music term, which again you don’t need to know if you’re a writer or musician who doesn’t read/write sheet music. If you do want to know though, the coda is an important part of letting the performer know where the song is going. When do I need to know about the coda? Sheet music is confusing enough, but then you add a bunch of weird symbols at the top[...]