When The DIY Becomes An Obstacle

I want to talk about DIY - that is, the do-it-yourself approach to making music. Some people have the desire to begin massive projects where they create everything themselves, from scratch. They hunt for samples, they record bits of this and that, they spend days...

What Izotope’s Ozone Series Doesn’t Consider

It was a great surprise to see the release of Izotope's new Ozone and Neutron update last week. Since I use both products, often I immediately got started looking for whats new. There will undoubtedly be a ton of new tutorial and youtube review videos posted...

The Modular Trap

The modular synthesis game is a big one right now, and for good reason. Sound designers and synth heads that want to take their sound design to the next level will find no shortage of fantastic modules to collect, and nothing is stopping you from...

Music Making Is Problem Solving

Every once and a while the excitement to launch into a session fully inspired, fully motivated, literally can’t-get-into-it-soon-enough hits me, and it’s amazing. Seriously, in my experience there really isn’t anything that gets me pumped like that because when you know your idea is that...

Self-Imposed Rules For Arrangements

When you're up against the wall, pushing forward to break through and get things down can be taxing. It's a mental game of will and strength against creative effort. What you need to know is this - waiting around for that very brief moment of...

How to filter your best ideas

I’m always looking for ways to improve upon what I do, and how I can better serve my clients. I’m not taking any breaks on becoming better and better every day. I read a lot and especially enjoy reading words from entrepreneurs to learn from,...

Creating Timeless Music

Recently my Facebook page was flooded in a fantastic way. This thread became overwhelmed with comments I was happy to read because it reminded me of how much music can drive and affect our emotions. We're talking about timeless music. I asked my FB followers to...

Goals You Set For Yourself

As many of you already know, I've been offering personal coaching services since 2016, and seen some amazing breakthroughs with my clients. In every case, it's best to get a conversation going to learn about what goals you set for yourself. In many cases, I...

Besides music, labels are searching for these traits

If your productions are tight and ready to go, and you have been looking for ways to get labels to sign your tracks, the natural next step would be to send out a ton of demos to labels and wait for them to call you...

PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI Review

I’m hearing lot’s of friends and readers super excited to start using the new gear they’ve recently bought for their studios, I certainly know the feeling. The thing is, learning to be confident and comfortable with new gear takes time, and it can often be...

My Music Doesn’t Sound Like Me

Does this happen to you? You start a project with an idea and a direction, “I’m going to make a techno track”, you fire up a drum machine, get a baseline going, start jamming, looking for sounds, creating a groove, and an hour later you...

Deleting all yours tracks and selling your gear.

Since the very beginning, I can remember many times I’ve questioned my abilities as a music producer. Feeling stuck on a project or coping with negative feedback from a track I was proud of left me wondering if I was starring down the path of...

Use a main project for organizing yourself

  Over the years I've talked with dozens and dozens of people from various backgrounds that would love to begin producing music but simply don't know how or where to start. On the other hand, if you've already been creating music but lately have become overwhelmed...

Background vs forefront to create dimension

Nearly every week I have a similar conversation with my clients. In good faith, and to save both my clients and myself time I'm writing this post to help answer the questions many producers keep wondering. The question of background vs. forefront to create dimension. My...

Templates As Seeds

As a producer, you're likely trying to balance several tasks all at once while working on your music. If you're spending time to look through four or five reverbs in search of the perfect sound, setting up buses and groups to pre-mix your tracks while...