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The most important part of the mixing process

by Kim Lajoie on September 20, 2013

The most important part of the mixing process happens before you’ve opened any plugins, before you’ve touched any faders, before you’ve even loaded any tracks. The most important part of the mixing process might even happen before you walk into the studio. I’m referring, of course, to the discussions you have with the artist. Your […]

Not all hired help is the same – why ‘who you know’ really is so important

by Kim Lajoie on August 29, 2013

At some point in your travels, you’ll come across a situation that requires more than you can handle. Maybe you need a session guitarist. Maybe your project requires mixing or mastering at a higher standard than you can deliver. Maybe you need a great singer. Maybe you need to hire a bigger studio (and a […]

Artists have to believe in the process in order to believe in the results

by Kim Lajoie on July 7, 2013

People are interesting creatures. Often we don’t know something. That’s not so bad, because we can go look it up and educate ourselves. But it’s much worse when we don’t know that we don’t know something. The worst form of that is when we think we know something, but we actually don’t. That false confidence […]

Rock what you got

by Kim Lajoie on June 25, 2013

This post was originally published on The Pro Audio Files. A home studio begins innocently enough. A laptop, a basic audio interface, a mic and a MIDI keyboard. Boom! Home studio! You spend some time getting excited and try to record anything and everything. And you start reading online. And the gear lust starts to […]

Take charge of your creativity

by Kim Lajoie on June 22, 2013

Pick up a cheap guitar and learn a few chords. Figure out the notes on your keyboard and experiment with different combinations. Launch GarageBand and throw around some drum loops. Pick up a pen and pad and write some rhymes. They’ll be terrible, but you’ve got to start somewhere. You can’t fast-forward to competent and […]

Find your voice. Or: Are you publishing your first draft?

by Kim Lajoie on April 30, 2013

When you upload a track to SoundCloud or Bandcamp, when you play your track to a non-musician friend, when you share your sounds with the world… Ask yourself: is your track a mature and developed musical expression or a first draft? If you’re just starting out or you’re not too serious about your music, your […]

Yoda was right.

by Kim Lajoie on April 14, 2013

Believe it or not, in my line of work I get to meet a lot of artists. And I hear them say some funny things from time to time. Not ‘haha’ funny, either. And every now and then, I hear someone use a variation of ‘wait and see’. It’s usually followed by something like ‘see […]