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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:
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.
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.
Today we interview Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner! Joe has been another one of my long distance mentors and has helped thousands within the space of a Home Studio make better sounding music. We talk some methods, get philosophical, and even talk a little business as well.
Here are some links to find Joe:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/joegildermusic/
The Simply Recording Podcast: http://simplyrecordingpodcast.com/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/HomeStudioCorner
Here are some more links to find me:
The YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/homestudiosimplified
Show some love, win some gear: https://www.patreon.com/homestudiosimplified
My Music/Portfolio: https://www.reverbnation.com/1sounddoctrine
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/homestudiosimplified/
In this episode I discuss some of the benefits of DIY for the Home Studio. Below are some links to my recent projects. Enjoy!
The DIY Studio: https://youtu.be/dvlthaNNeTA
The DIY Pedal Board: https://youtu.be/vMmM91abGPs
The DIY Desk and Recording Light: https://youtu.be/9rPSbOj3Hcw
On today's show we have Brain Wampler the President of Wampler Pedals. We discuss some of the mindsets that go into his pedals and also where the ideas come from. If you have not checked out his YouTube channel, you owe it to yourself to watch some of his gear reviews as well as his great guitar playing. This was the most laid back of all the interviews thus far and one that I honestly have to say was the most fun. Below are all the links you need to find Brian and to join in Chasing Tone with him, as well as some of his other products discussed in the podcast.
Wampler Pedals Website: http://wamplerpedals.com/
The Wampler FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wamplerfanpage/
The Wampler YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/wampcat
Wampler on Twiiter: @WamplerPedals
Wampler on Instagram: @wamplerpedals
Wampler on SnapChat: @brianwampler
Chasing Tone Podcast: http://bit.ly/Chasing_Tone_Podcast
DIY Pedals book: http://amzn.to/2lrG6h8
*The Rock'em Sock'em Robots Vid: Low Blow Teaser
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-
Happy New Year's to all! May your next year be better than ever! In this episode I share some moments that only collaboration can bring and would encourage each of you to find someone to collaborate with next year! It's not only fun but rewarding!
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!
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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:
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 I use.
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: http://bit.ly/1RIiLVL
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
*Bus or Aux Channels
*Set up preparations
If you would like to sponsor the HSS podcast you can do so here: http://bit.ly/Patronize_Me
Free Mixing Videos here: http://bit.ly/The_Youtube_Channel
For a FREE infographic that will help you get a better mix go here: http://bit.ly/1RIiLVL
If you have any questions, show ideas, songs, or even a mix you'd like to share, you can email me: email@example.com
If you are more of a visual person you can visit the YouTube Channel for Free informative videos on tips, tricks, & gear reviews:
Today's Topic: Forward Motion
It took Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" a total of 64 weeks - a year and three months - to go from entering the Billboard 200 to reaching No. 1
Records that took a loooong time to record and release: Portishead - Third (11 years), Guns n Roses - Chinese Democracy (17 years), Brian Wilson - Smile: (40 years)
Whether its “glacier speed” or “Bugatti speed” it's forward motion that matters
Major setbacks to Home Studio Hobbyists and Freelance Audio Engineers alike include:
Lack of self confidence
Losing sight of what really matters most
Thinking in terms of money more than music
Find That Frequency:
Song: Peace In The Storm
Artist: Robert McClellan
Album: Unreleased Single as of now
Style: Acoustic Instrumental
Difficulty Level: Easy
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.
If you'd like to join me on Hangwith.com sometime for live Q&A or just general randomness you can do so here: Hangwith HSS here
During tax time we all get tempted to buy that shiny new thing that we want but may not truly need. In this episode I talk about two things that you can buy that will dramatically improve the sound quality of your recordings.
In this episode I give several tips to get that vocal to "set on top" of the mix.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please review the podcast when you get a chance, and thank you in advance!
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!
Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/The_Youtube_Channel
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!