Music Producers & Recording Studios in Coronavirus (Covid-19) Days

I will keep this blog post short and to the point.
These are confusing times for all of us, no one really knows how tomorrow’s going to look like, but one thing us musicians know for sure – nothing will stop us from creating music.

In times like these, recording studios and music producers, like a lot of other businesses out there,  are getting less and less work, not only because of the fear of the Corona-virus, but also because a lot of us feel uncertainty about our financial future.

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Artists producing music in their home recording studio.

How To Work With A Music Producer In The Studio As A New Artist

New artists in particular often come into my recording studio without an established sound. They haven’t identified the vibe they want to achieve for themselves as artists and will sometimes reference other artists that have an unrealistically different style than what would work for their particular voice. Because of that, I tend to suggest a different workflow for those artists than I would for artists with a viable sound.  With these newer, more inexperienced artists, generally he/she or their manager will reach out inquiring about pricing per track. They want to either work on a song they previous wrote, or they want to write to a beat either by themselves, or together with me and/or another songwriter.
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Vintage metronome

How BPM and Key Changes Can Save Your Track’s Music Production

The title says it all. I’ll start with a short story, 10 years ago I was asked to create a song for a TV show in Tel Aviv. After sending the song back to the network the response
I got back was “we like it, but something doesn’t feel right.” There’s not a lot you can do with comment like that, but I had the same feeling before I sent the song and couldn’t put my finger on the issue.

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popular DJ working in radio broadcasting studio or music producer working in recording studio

The Difference Between a Music Producer, Recording Engineer, and a Mix Engineer

I’m writing on this topic because often when new artists come into a studio setting for the first time, they’re confused about the differences between music producers and engineers. It’s essential that artists know the difference between the two so that they can manage expectations and know the right questions to ask when calling a studio or producer. Artists also don’t want to be in the position to waste time or money, or worse, not get the result they are after.

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Child Music Producer

How to Avoid Scam Music Producers and Mix Engineers

It seems like everyone and their husband are music producers these days. Since there’s no accrediting bodies for music producers, mix engineers, or recordings studios (which means certificates of training are not required), unfortunately for all of us, it’s perfectly okay to go around claiming you are one even when you lack the expertise and experience. Unlike other professional fields (e.g. lawyers or doctors) that need to be accredited and certified, working in the music industry requires nothing of that sort. The challenge is figuring out where to invest your money.

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Recording Studio Mixer

Attention Newbie Mix Engineers & Producers

This  is a short post,  but  it’s  important enough that  I  wanted  to  write  about it because  I  get  quite a few  mix  students  that  cut out  too  much  low  end. When  you’re new to mixing  music, there’s one thing  I  see  in  almost  every  tutorial:  cut  the  low  end  out  of  anything  in your  bass  or  kick.  Is  it  necessary?  The  answer  is  overwhelmingly in most cases no! Continue reading →