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The Cymbal Crashing Monkey

We've all seen things on the road, some of these things need not to be mentioned, but we all have stories about girls, dives we've played in, terrible sound, and crappy gear! I wanted to talk to you about a few things I've always pondered when encountering "so called" musicians whose gear is far less than adequate, even for that cymbal crashing monkey you see on T.V.! The most obvious of these devastating circumstances is the beat up and mangled drum set. At the time, I was working at a club in downtown Tulsa as the FOH engineer, thinking I was all that cuz' I was the one behind the console. This was before I realized no one really cares who's behind the mixer, unless their boyfriends band i

Listening Environment

The first thing you should consider before diving into home recording, is to verify your listening environment. If your control or referencing room isn't adequate for referencing purposes, your judgements of good recordings maybe skewed. This in turn, will affect your final mix, however, there are a few basic rules when developing your control room. Have quality reference monitors, speaker placement, room shape and size, and acoustic treatment. When deciding how to build your control room you must always have a budget. Be sure to spend 1/3 of your budget on your reference monitors, as these are essential to good recordings. A reference speaker's job is to present the listener with an accura

The Best Seat and Fastest Way to the Circus

The other day, I was introduced to another engineer by a mutual friend here in Houston, I won’t mention either parties name, however, I felt sorry for my friend as she was embarrassed by the actions of her friend. As she introduced us, this young man wouldn’t look me in the eyes, nor did he acknowledge my presence. As if it wasn't already awkward enough, I reached out and shook his hand. After our exchange of gesture, he immediately retreated turning his back to me while starting another conversation with her. Needless to say, I was astonished! Afterwards she apologized for her friend’s actions. Nevertheless, this incident reminded me of a story my former mentor told me. My mentor, let’s

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