A few years ago I found myself sitting down to begin a mix in a studio I had never worked in before. Earlier that day I had forgotten the session hard drive and thus drove a two hour return trip to retrieve the damn thing, which left me absolutely flustered and unfocused. A combination of these two things had my confidence levels lower than they should have been, thus the following few hours were riddled with stress, doubt and second guessing. None of which, funnily enough, are helpful when mixing. The day got better and I finally found my feet, but man that was a shit time.
Since then it has become apparent to me that confidence is a crucial part of ones mental preparation leading into a mixing session (or any professional situation for that matter). Something that is often completely overlooked in most "How To" guides to mixing found either online or in print. So when I find articles that talk about confidence then I feel obliged to share them.
The writer of this article (Cocky Asshole Mixers And Why You Must Be One) is in the right ballpark, just replace the word "cocky" with "confident" and you'll be on the right track.
For further reading check out Mixerman's Zen And The Art Of Mixing. By far one of the best explanations on what goes on inside the mind of a A-List Mixer.
Now go forth and MIX!
We've been hard at work helping to put the finishing touches on Todd Proctors new EDM project. Think Bonobo meets Underworld on a tropical island and you'll be in the ballpark.
The music needed to live "outside the box" and have a bit of grit and warmth rinsed through it. So we ran it into some 1/4" tape for phatness, sent that to our API 2500 mix buss compressor for focus and more phatness then shot that out to our Scintillator to put some of the sparkle back into the mixes. And guess what? It worked a bloody treat! Solid, full mixes that leap out of the speakers. Zing!
We'll be putting the finishing touches on these beautiful tunes later this week and, with any luck, they should see the light of day sometime in March. We'll post a link when it's all done and dusted.
Vintage Physics out
Check out Part 1 of "How to get your band ready for the studio" and laugh you pants straight off!
Peterson Goodwyn discusses the pros and cons of maintaining an Open Source ethos in the DIY Audio Community.
As one commenter said "The more we share, the better we all become. It’s really that simple."
I'm inclined to agree. The notion of sharing ideas freely for the betterment of humanity is of paramount importance for a world trying to reinvent itself away from the greed of corporations.
Check out the link!
DIY Recording Equipment - Podcast 5: Open Source DIY Audio
*This is an excerpt. For the full statement checkout the link below*
“There was one moment in the crash that cut me deeply. For one heartbeat and one tiny sliver of time, I became disconnected entirely. It was, specifically, the moment I impacted with the glass. In that barest heartbeat of a moment, I came face to face with the infinite. I didn’t see a light, or the tunnel or hear any music. Nor did I get a “best-of” montage of my life. Instead, I felt the tip of my nose brush up against the very same fate I had accepted moments before. I looked into a cold, unreflective mirror. It was the dark, silent, dispassionate logic of the end. I realized in that moment that life can be seen as a light switch: “on” or “off”. When the moment passed and I heard the screaming, felt the pain, and tasted my own blood, I was overcome with joy. I was ecstatic to be back amidst all that chaos and horror because it was alive and real. I finally glimpsed the relative importance of all things. The support of our fans, our friends and our families has real meaning to me now. I say that now honestly, without false humility. Thank you. Everyone.”
Written by frontman John Baizley.
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So here it is kids!
Our promotional posters are finally back from the printers and ready to be plastered onto every nook and cranny around Melbourne. Keep an eye out for them around rehearsal rooms, record stores and music instrument shops!
Many thanks to Hamish McDonald and Impress Media for their work on the posters.
Mention the posters when you contact us for your next project and we'll give you A-Whole-Lotta-Love.
The Vintage Physics Team.
Audio Nerds of the world unite!