Rank #1: HSS Episode 029-Debunking EQ Myths
One of the Mixing Engineers best friends is the trusty EQ. It is one of those mysterious elements that can't immediately be heard, whether it is right or wrong, that is unless it is horribly wrong, or incredibly right. It also is one of the areas of Mixing that requires the most patience and training. However, there are a lot of myths surrounding EQ that I would like to dispel.
Jun 19 2016
Rank #2: HSS Episode 016-Vocal Recording Tips
Nov 14 2015
Rank #3: HSS Episode 038-DIY for the Home Studio
Mar 25 2017
Rank #4: HSS Episode 026-Time Saving Tips
In today's episode we're going to cover various ways to save time in the studio. As a musician and freelance audio engineer, father of two, and one who has full-time job outside of the studio, I know the importance of time in respect to our passion.On the one hand, we would like to spend hours tweaking knobs and laying down great tracks. On the other hand, we have a job, a family, church, friends,and even pets that we don't want to feel less than important to us. It can be frustrating when you feel like these things are holding you back from productivity and fulfillment.So today I want to give you a few different approaches on how you can turn the few moments you're given to work on your passion into a highly productive and musically profitable moment in time.Whether you are recording yourself, mixing, recording others, practicing, or all of the above, I would like to leave you with just a few tips that I have learned over the years that have dramatically improved the productivity and efficiency of the musical moments of my life.Today we have our first "sponsor" as well! It is a unique perfume company that helps to alleviate some awkward situations in life.The back story for our "sponsor":"Pathetica" was founded by Shloogle Flam, a hypothetical company in a city you've never heard of, from a country that doesn't exist, at a moment in time that never happened, and specializes in ambiguous products that aren't sold anywhere.Okay, so in remembrance of the now passed April Fool's Day, from Home Studio Simplified's team (a team of one, right now)... "April Fools!!"Now to get serious. In today's episode we will cover various ways to save time and be more productive with the time we are given within the realm of the studio. Listed below are bullet points of some of the topics were going to cover. Enjoy!*Productive vs busy*Presets*Templates*Bus or Aux Channels*Big Wins*Mobile Mixing*Set up preparations
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Apr 10 2016
Rank #5: HSS Episode 007-Adding Feeling to Your Songs
In a recent post over at Home $tudio $implified I covered some tips on how to add feeling and emphasis to your songs. In this episode I use an actual song from my upcoming album (In Pursuit) to demonstrate those same tips.
Also covered in this episode is the unveiling of some new existing products as well as some that are in the making!
May 30 2015
Rank #6: HSS Episode 043-The Audio Video Parallel
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Apr 12 2019
Rank #7: HSS Episode 009-Taming The Bass Beast
Recently, over at Home Studio Simplified, I have been on a bit of a Bass kick. In fact, I wrote an article with the same title as this podcast that deals with them dreadful low end frequencies. (Click here to read it!)
I even recorded a screencast that gave a little trick to add to the bag when it comes to a mix with a lot of low end information. This podcast is another extension of those various resources. Enjoy!
Jul 02 2015
Rank #8: HSS Episode 024-Do Expensive Cables Really Matter?
HSS Episode 24-Do Expensive Cables Really Matter?
In this episode I discuss some results I got when I did some A/B testing on some high end cables. Also, I recently installed a Furman PL-8 Series Power Conditioner. Was it worth it?
New to the arsenal is a Nady RSM-4 Ribbon Mic, I cover briefly my thoughts on this new mic I just acquired for $75 on eBay. Full review of the mic soon to come. By the way, I actually used this mic to record the episode you're listening to!
A link to the PSN Podcast episode with Slau, where he gives some great audio examples of ribbon mics.
A New Segment: Find That Frequency
Listen to this short snippet of audio and try to figure out what the offending frequency is that's causing problems in the audio.
Artist: Robert McClellan
Album: Unreleased Single as of now
Style: Electric Instrumental
Big thank you to Segoviashu who left an honest review in the iTunes store for the podcast!
Thanks to Justin Clark who left a great review on my Thumbtack profile for the Studio work we did together.
Another big thank you to Shi from sunny California for the kind words regarding the Youtube channel and the podcast, as well as John-Paul Ortega who found the episode on Room Acoustics very useful for getting better acoustics in his basement, and in turn he left some kind words in an email.
Mar 05 2016
Rank #9: HSS Episode 006-Defeating "Riff Block"
In this episode of the Home $tudio $implified Podcast, Robert covers some practical ways to break out of the dreaded "riff block". Much like writers block for guitarists, it will hinder your growth and slow down your song writing process.
Also, the story behind the introduction music and a full clip of the song.If you would like to receive a free PDF entitled "10 Complex Issues, 10 Simple Answers" (for the Home Studio), head on over to www.facebook.com/homestudiosimplified and sign up for the newsletter. This will ensure you get updates on recent blogs and podcasts as well as exclusive content that will only be available to my subscribers!
May 09 2015
Rank #10: HSS Episode 014-Song Arrangement
In this episode I cover 8 different arrangement strategies and go through an example of nearly all of them.
I also mention a video in which I talk about widening your tracks. That video is located here: http://www.homestudiosimplified.com/2015/10/mixing-for-stereo-width.html
Oct 08 2015
Rank #11: HSS Episode 042-Which Microphone Is Best For My Home Studio
Feb 08 2019
Rank #12: HSS Episode 040-Recollection and Free Stuff
On April 13th, in the year 2015, the very first episode of Home Studio Simplified was released.
Since then I have had the amazing opportunity to interview a myriad of great people:
- Justin Clark Singer/Songwriter
- Don Cherry Founder of "Strings With Wings"
- John Hehman Mix Engineer from Chesterton Indiana
- Maor Appelbaum Mastering Engineer
- Ethan Winer CEO of Real Traps
- Warren Huart CEO of Produce Like A Pro/Producer/Mix Engineer
- Graham Cochrane CEO of The Recording Revolution
- Brian Wampler CEO of Wampler Pedals
- Joe Gilder CEO of Home Studio Corner
All of this has taken a lot of work. But it's been fun! No, it's not always easy to manage the time that it takes to put together podcasts, videos, upkeep a Facebook Page, and run a blog, as well as work a full time job. However, I continue to do so with the hope that someone out there may find something that is said or done informative and useful.
I will admit that there have been times I've been wrong, there have been times that I have not covered things the best, or given enough information. There have been time that I have fell short of providing you with the best value, in order to promote an idea or a product that I thought would help to further my own interests. For those times I apologize and would ask your forgiveness.
I will continue to be a goofball, this is a given, I will continue to post things that are humorous, I may even provide another fake commercial here and there as I did in Episode 026, but I will try my best to always provide something of worth. This is my promise to you. If I should begin to waiver in this area please let me know. I really want to help you. If there are topics that I could cover that I have not, then please let me know.
This months episode we are celebrating with some offers that you may not know about.
- Focusrite is giving away some more goodies
- Dave Pensado is doing another Mix Contest with some awesome prizes
- Sweetwaters Huge Mic Giveaway
- Softube and Focusrite are teaming up to giveaway a Console 1
- Track SparK is giving away a free Reverb "Manchester"
If you'd like to support the podcast you can join me on Patreon. A mere $5 a month could allow me to release better quality shows more often, and will help to put instruments into the hands of individuals who cant afford them.
May 31 2017
Rank #13: HSS Episode 020-Recording With Purpose
I recently wrote about this over on the website, but there is only so much you can cover without making someone read a book. So, I decided to devote an entire episode to it here on the podcast. If you can get these principles down that are covered here, you will get a noticeably better mix time and time again.
I also talk about the video series where I am going to be demonstrating these things as I create a song, from idea to finished product, step by step. Subscribe to the channel to follow along with me on this!
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Jan 14 2016
Rank #14: HSS Episode 008-It's Not The Gear
In this episode I offer encouragement to the listener to place their stock in their abilities and not their gear. Leave me a review to receive an incentive as well!
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Jun 13 2015
Rank #15: HSS Episode 033-Interview with Warren Huart
On today's show we have Warren Huart, Mulit-Platinum Producer, Songwriter, and Mixing Engineer.
His credits are vast, his love for music is obvious, and his knowledge of all things recording seems limitless.
Yet some of his greatest traits are his humility and willingness to keep learning. Those wonderful traits are expounded upon daily in his blog posts, YouTube videos, and his involvement in the community that he has created on the Produce Like A Pro website.
Oct 22 2016
Rank #16: HSS Episode 036-Interview with Graham Cochrane
On today's show we have Graham Cochrane. Graham is the CEO of The Recording Revolution, a Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Mixing Engineer, and an audio mentor to thousands.
Graham has been featured on Pensado's Place, has taught alongside some of the music industries best and brightest, and has had some awesome interviews with the greats as well on his channel. In spite of all this he is a humble man with great intentions, a willingness to learn, and a passion to help others to learn as well.
Here are some links to learn more about Graham and The Recording Revolution-
Jan 25 2017
Rank #17: HSS Episode 015-Purchase Priorities
In this quick episode I talk about getting the the core of better sound of n your mix. Before buying a ton of gear to make your mix sound better, why not make the gear you have sound better. One way to achieve this is to start with the fundamentals of room treatment, loudspeakers, and then you can start worrying about the rest. This will save you time, money, and sanity. Unless you're me... Then you're hopeless in the sanity department.
Oct 23 2015
Rank #18: HSS Episode 044-10 Ways To Overcome Creative Blocks
- Patreon Page
- Gear Giveaway (Donner Alpha FX Guitar Pedal)
- Cakewalk by BandLab Tutorials
- Forthcoming Interviews
- Ear To The Ground
- MIDI 2.0
- 3 FREE PLUGS - Blindfold EQ, Caelum Tape Cassette, Beatskills Slam PUP
- Main Thought
- Get it down on paper. Write your main ideas down in columns, and list absolutely everything that comes to mind.
- Don't be afraid to step away.
- Always carry a notepad.
- Put some fun in your studio.
- Don't retread your steps.
- Broaden your horizons.
- Get a fresh perspective.
- Explore other creative disciplines.
- Go against the flow.
- Sleep on it, when you can.
Jan 31 2020
Rank #19: HSS Episode 019-Interview with Don Cherry
To start out the new year, I have a special guest on the show, a man by the name of Don Cherry. Don founded the ministry "Strings With Wings", and in this episode he gives the back story of how it all got started. I also tell my story about how I met Don and how I eventually became a help to him. For some visuals that correspond with this podcast head on over to Home Studio Simplified.
Hope you had an awesome New Year's! God Bless!
Jan 01 2016
Rank #20: HSS Episode 028-Interview with John Hehman
John and I go wayyyy back. Over the years we both have been music lovers and have even been in a band together at one time. As most of you know I am working in Christian music predominantly and sometimes some Pop sounding stuff. John on the other hand has been working with Metal bands for a long time. So, I thought I'd invite him on the show to share some tips with you that I couldn't provide. Man alive, did he deliver!
In this episode we talk about:
Recording/Mixing heavy guitars
Recording/Mixing scream vocals
Getting Metal drums to set in a mix
Tape vs Digital
Adding analogue sound in a digital world
Deciphering taste terms (Muddy, bright, tinny, piercing, etc.)
Enjoy! If you'd like to reach John here are some links that he has provided:www.facebook.com/brokentoestudiowww.facebook.com/bangrecordingwww.soundcloud.com/jhehman
May 16 2016