Rank #1: HSS Episode 016-Vocal Recording Tips
Nov 14 2015
Rank #2: HSS Episode 038-DIY for the Home Studio
Mar 25 2017
Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: HSS Episode 017-Room Acoustics and Budget Treatment
In this episode I discuss room acoustics and offer some advice on budget treatment as well as alternative solutions. Here are the links to some of the things I cover.
Thanks for listening! Please let me know how I can make the podcast better. Email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 26 2015
Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: HSS Episode 031-Interview with Ethan Winer
In this episode I interview Ethan Winer an audio expert with years of experience in recording, mixing, and audio in general.
Ethan is the Co-Owner of Real Traps, a company that produces high quality acoustic solutions for studios of all sizes.
He has wrote articles for several magazines over the years including Tape Op, EQ, and PC Magazine, to name a few. He has been active on forums for years, helping home studio, project studio, and large studio owners from all walks of life better understand their equipment as well as their acoustic issues.
I wanted to bring him on the show because he has a knack for explaining things in a simple and understandable way. He also is a champion of dispelling audio myths, which we talk about!
Here are some links to get a hold of Ethan:
Ethan's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EthanWiner
The Audio Expert Forum: http://the-audio-expert.freeforums.��net/
Also as mentioned, here is the link to A Cello Rondo! You gotta see this! A Cello Rondo
Aug 21 2016
Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: HSS Episode 030-Interview with Maor Appelbaum
On today's podcast, Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum gives some great insight into the mastering process from a Mastering Engineers point of view. His discography is huge and his knowledge about this topic is only preceded by his humbleness. There were several questions that were curated from podcast listeners, Facebook, and from my email subscribers, that we go in depth on.
Questions such as:
What is the main purpose of Mastering?
What are some common misconceptions of Mastering?
What does a Mastering Engineer “hone in” on when receiving a mix?
What are the major differences between a professional mix and an amateur mix? (The answer will amaze you!)
What can we as home studio owners do to provide better source material for Mastering?
And of course, every interview has to have this two part question...
What is your favorite color? What does it smell like?
A big thank you to Maor for taking time out of his day to come on the show! You can reach him here:
Jul 06 2016
Rank #14: HSS Episode 021-Updates and Extras
In this episode I talk about a whole slew of things! (EP Release, Free consultation, the recent video series Creating A Song: Step By Step, and some extras...hint listen all the way thru)
If you'd like to reach me by email and ask a question or have some input you can do that here: email@example.com
Please review the podcast when you get a chance, and thank you in advance!
Jan 28 2016
Rank #15: 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 #16: 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
Rank #17: HSS Episode 032-My Favorite SONAR features
I am not endorsed or paid by Cakewalk. I am not trying to sway anyone in any direction. My sole purpose of this podcast is simply to share my thoughts on my favorite DAW.
Also covered in this podcast quickly is some info on the Patreon page I recently launched. You can find out more about it here.
Oct 01 2016
Rank #18: HSS Episode 034-Thanksgiving
Not a lot of meat and potatoes in this episode, just sharing some thoughts and a plea for a change of mindset. Also, I am sharing the song that we created in the "My Songwriting Methods" series on YouTube. Hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving! Thanks for being a listener!
Nov 23 2016
Rank #19: HSS Episode 027-Justin Clark Sneak Peek
Today's podcast has to be a little shorter due to data limits.
If you would like to help me get out more podcasts (maybe one a
week) go here: http://www.homestudiosimplified.com/p/hss-podcast.html
There is now an option to donate weekly, monthly, or even yearly
to help defer the costs of data through the podcast hosting service
Over the weekend, I recorded some more tunes from the very
talented Justin Clark. Today we will check out one of those tunes.
An original song called "Without You".
*For a FREE printable info graphic that will give you a clear
step by step process to achieve a better mix click here:
Apr 21 2016
Rank #20: HSS Episode 013-Tips For A Better Mix
In this episode I give several tips to get you a better mix. I also drop some names of those who can help you along this journey as well. After some explanation I play the song that I recently recorded using the concepts covered in the podcast.
I apologize for mentioning that the Bob Katz book was free. After doing some research I found that it was no longer available as a free PDF download. I did however find it for under $40 on Amazon. A good read if you can afford it.
Sep 12 2015