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I Started a Tumblr to Answer All Your Stupid Recording Questions


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And the not-so-stupid ones, too. I get emails and messages on Facebook all the time asking me about every aspect of how we do things at Audiohammer. Obviously the real answer to these questions is to work your ass off for years and never stop building your network.  However, that’s easier said than done. I believe that one of the most important traditions in recording is that of mentorship and unfortunately with how the music industry is changing, mentorship is becoming less and less possible in the classic sense of the word.

In my years of recording/touring I’ve had the good fortune of either working alongside or being able to hire some of the very best out there. They’ve all been super cool about helping me improve. Now that I’m making metal records 24/7/365 it seemed like helping some up and comers would be the right thing to do. Hence the Tumblr page.

I’ll answer questions about anything related to recording and being in a band.

One of the biggest issues I have, as a producer is a musician not being adequately prepared. Lots of my answers are centered on the issue of prep…

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Obviously I’m happy to give gear recommendations as well. In my opinion though the most important pieces of recording equipment are your ears, your hands, and your voice (if you’re a vocalist). There’s no substitute for getting great at your craft and no piece of hardware/software is going to help you shortcut.

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Of course we can go over the technical aspects of recording too. Here’s a super detailed answer to a very important question:

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