In today’s Songwriting Tip Series video, I give some advice on what to do if you find yourself struggling with a song, or struggling with starting a song. I hope you find it helpful!
If you are new to mixing, you may never have heard of routing a bunch of selected tracks to a single bus, and how incredibly helpful and powerful for mixing it is. If this describes you, then today’s video in my Mixing Tips Series is for YOU!
I hope you find it helpful!
While clicking through some audio-related videos on YouTube, I came across the following video of a song recording session, that took place, NOT in an expensive studio, NOT with expensive gear, but in the least likely place……a car! This guy recorded his song using a USB mic into a 7 year old laptop into a free DAW called Audacity. He videoed each session and edited it together to make the video. He mixed the song using stock or free plugins in a cheap $60 DAW (Reaper) in the basement of his house.
The results are astounding! The lyrics hilariously describe the process and reasons for recording the song in the car.
So what does this prove?
It proves, once again, that it is NOT about the gear, it is NOT about the space; it IS about a great song, and it IS about great performances captured well with the gear you have!! You don’t need expensive gear, or an expensive studio space to make a great sounding record. All you need is a GREAT song, GREAT performances and YOUR skills and dexterity in capturing and mixing! NOTHING MORE!
Enjoy the video! GO check out the creator’s you tube channel. He has LOADS of good audio stuff there!
This event is going to be AWESOME! I am involved in it, along side the guys from Studio One Expert and the leader of the Development Team of Studio One, Mr Arnd Kaiser. If you are in Edinburgh, or can get to Edinburgh and are interested in, or a user of, Studio One, bag yourself a free ticket and even a free drink on the day! It would be great to meet some other UK Studio One folks!
Here is the next installment in our Mixing Tips Series
In this video we take a look at the first EQ move I make on a track, which is to apply an EQ plugin and set up a high pass filter (AKA low cut filter) in order to remove unneeded and unwanted low end. Allowing too much low end build up in your tracks can create a cumulative build up of bass frequencies, which can muddy up your mix and mask any high frequencies you wish to bring out. Low frequencies produce a lot of energy, which can drastically reduce your headroom, which can lead to clipping of your master bus, and/or overloading plugins.
I show how to get started in scooping out what is not needed in the low end, while preserving the goodness of a rich and warm low end of your mix.
Last night, Johnny Geib and I shot the next installment of our regular podcast. In this episode, we each break down a song of our own and discuss how we wrote them and compare and contrast our different approaches and styles of writing.
My song is “Counting The Days” from my EP Belonging To Tomorrow, and Johnny’s is his recently released “Feeling The Shame” single.
Enjoy the podcast!
Just a few weeks ago, my good friend and partner in audio crime, Johnny Geib interviewed me for our Songwriting Simplified Podcast over at www.lipshamandgieb.com
We discussed my EP Belonging To Tomorrow at length. Enjoy!
By the way, once you’ve watched our podcast, please go check out Johnny’s site, www.homestudiotrainer.com
Hey, folks! After a wee hiatus from video making due to making my EP taking up most of my time, here’s a new one!
I hope this one helps you all. Please feel free to ask any questions you have or issues raised in the video you’d like to discuss further, post a wee comment below. Let’s get a good discussion going!
This Sunday just past, I released a brand new EP, called “Belonging To Tomorrow”.
You can get the EP from my new online store HERE!
The EP comprises of five brand new songs centred around the theme of tension. Each song explores a different kind of tension
and a different scenario in which the characters I have created for the songs have to learn to cope with, or resolve, the tensions.
My usual blend of jazz, rock, pop and humour are very much on display on this record.
For this EP, I created two versions. A standard edition – this comprises of the 5 songs plus a PDF liner notes package that allows you to create your own inserts;
a Deluxe edition – this comprises of all you get in the standard edition, PLUS: a 24 minute “making of….” video and a selection of photos from the recording and mixing phases of production.
Here is a video that explains more:
Coming up next……… New video tutorial series!
PreSonus launched their latest update to Studio One 3 today. For an x.x update, it contains a HUGE number of really rather major features, the biggest of which are the addition of VCA faders to the mixer and a new console emulation concept embedded deep into the audio engine.
We’ll have a video exploring some of the major new features and developments very soon. In the meantime, here is the official trailer ad for Studio One 3.2: