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DIY Musicians: The Balance Between Just Doing It, and Doing It Right

This article is adapted from a piece I posted two years ago at The Developing Artist. DIY musicians face an ongoing dilemma between spending huge amounts of money (which they may not be able to afford) on their recordings, or cutting corners just to get  their music out there. I discuss these issues in the post below. Enjoy!   Despite that fact that modern technology has made it easier for […]


Is It Necessary to Master Your Recording Project? [2012 In Review]

This month, we’re reviewing some of our favorite MIMO posts from 2012. This post, originally published last September, contains some sound advice (get it?) for DIY musicians on the question of whether it’s necessary to master your recording project. Enjoy! -Ed So, you’re an indie band or artist, and you’ve just finished tracking your latest recording project. You’ve got the overdubs done, and you’ve done a final mixdown, and you’re […]


Journal Of an Audio Student–Lesson Two: Acoustics

Continuing my video diary series as a student of the Recording Connection audio engineering training program…Lesson 2 dealt with acoustics, particularly as it relates to studio design. It was very interesting to take an in-depth tour of the studio, not just looking at the aesthetics of the different rooms, but also the materials used to build it. My mentor/instructor explained what materials were behind the walls to help them control […]


In the Mix: Why You Shouldn’t Cut Corners With Recording

Who would have thought a few years ago that the digital revolution would be able to turn just about any laptop into a mini recording studio? For an investment of just a few hundred dollars, DIY musicians the world over can now have a recording rig on their home computers with a seemingly unlimited number of tracks, plus drum loops and libraries of virtual instruments that would have made most […]


Is It Necessary to Master Your Recording Project?

So, you’re an indie band or artist, and you’ve just finished tracking your latest recording project. You’ve got the overdubs done, and you’ve done a final mixdown, and you’re happy with the results. Now—is it necessary to master your recording project? What is mastering, exactly? Mastering is essentially the fine-tuning of your mix—not just song by song, but the entire project in context. A mastering engineer will effectively go over […]


Brian Eno Lectures on Art and Music in the 20th Century

In music industry circles, Brian Eno is perhaps best known as a record producer for bands like U2 (he’s produced seven of their albums so far), as well as Coldplay, Sinead O’Connor, Devo, David Bowie and Talking Heads, among others. But Brian Eno is also very much an artist; he is a visual artist, a musician, and a composer, one of the originators of what is now referred to as […]