Episode 21 – The Tutorial Makers


Mix Notes From Hell 1400The Tutorial Makers

We’ve decided to go in a different direction for this episode and Kenny and Phil are joined for a few of the best tutorial makers around. Jon Tidey (REAPER Blog) – David Glenn Kulp (David Glenn Recording) and Matthew Weiss (The Pro Audio Files) Thanks for the support. Enjoy!

 

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Jon Tidey – Jon’s Website

David Glenn Kulp – David’s Website

Matthew Weiss – Matthew’s Website

 

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Episode 20 – No Producer At The Wheel


Mix Notes From Hell 1400No Producer At The Wheel

After a brief discussion of the progress being made in the building of Matt Hennessy’s new Chi-town-based recording facility, Will, Kenny, Marc & Phil ponder the question “What happens when no one involved in the project, including the producer, seems to understand what a producer actually does?”. Then Marc wraps it up with a short studio horror story that…well…let’s just say “There Will Be Pee”. Enjoy!

 

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

 

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Episode 19 – Kurt Ballou & Jay Maas


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Kurt Ballou & Jay Maas

Phil sits down with two prolific and prominent producer/engineers in the hardcore, punk and metal space: Kurt Ballou of God City Recording Studio & Converge and Jay Maas of Getaway Recording Studio & Defeater.

For more info on Kurt Ballou, including a detailed discography, go to:

http://www.godcitystudio.com

For more info on Jay Maas, including a detailed discography, go to:

http://www.jaymaas.com

Phil Dubnick
http://www.phildubnick.com

 

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Will Sandalls – Will’s Website

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 18 – Bryan Cook


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Bryan Cook

Phil sits down for a conversation with engineer extraordinare and friend of the show Bryan Cook, whose credits include work with One Republic, Train, Cheap Trick, Beck, Richie Sambora, Jewel, QOTSA, American Idol, and many, many more.

For more info on Bryan Cook, including a detailed discography, go to:

http://www.juicemonster.net

 

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Will Sandalls – Will’s Website

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 17 – Will Sandalls


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Will Sandalls

Special guest Will Sandalls shares his experience working on American Idol and Will Kennedy (Producer, Mixer, Engineer) talks about his recent experience working on a similar weekly singing competition TV show based out of Kenya called Maisha Superstar.
We discuss the challenge of tracking vocalists of varying degrees of experience under severe time constraints and the challenge of having to mix super-fast. This leads to a more general discussion about the mixing process with some terrific insights from all. Enjoy and remember to like, subscribe and maybe throw us a review in iTunes!

 

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Will Sandalls – Will’s Website

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 16 – Marc and Phil talk Nashville


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Marc and Phil talk Nashville

In this Podcast, Marc & Phil go it alone to talk about a whole bunch of stuff that I (Kenny) haven’t listen to yet. LOL

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 15 – Kenny & Phil


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Kenny & Phil

In this Podcast, Kenny & Phil go it alone to talk about creating Mixing tutorials, Kenny’s new website and Mixing and ReMixing educational ideas along with Music and the Music Business in general.

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 14 – The Great Matt Wallace – Part III


Mix Notes From Hell 1400The Great Matt Wallace – Part III

We continue with Matt Wallace as he discusses his work with Maroon 5 and his more recent work with Live at the Redux and other exciting projects.

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 13 – The Great Matt Wallace – Part II


Mix Notes From Hell 1400The Great Matt Wallace Part II

We continue with Matt Wallace as he discusses his work with The Replacements, Train and Maroon 5.

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 12 – The Great Matt Wallace – Part I


Mix Notes From Hell 1400The Great Matt Wallace Part I

Matt Wallace joins the podcast and we discuss his early start, meeting and working with Faith No More leading up to his work with the Replacements.

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 11 – Piracy and Digital Consumption of Music


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Piracy and Digital Consumption of Music

We start off talking about the movie “Downloaded” which is the story of Napster and Kenny describes what he thinks piracy did to the business and how it cut out mid-level bands.

Will adds on to the same theme where budgets were dropped and how the audience doesn’t see any value in music and especially downloaded music and the rationalizations that go with it.

Phil also brings up the same idea that bands need to reach out to the fans and let them know what’s happening and how we’ve spiraled down.

Thanks for listening!!!!


 

Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 10 – Major Market vs Big Fish – Little Pond


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Major Market vs Big Fish – Little Pond

 

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 9 – Producing vs. Songwriting – Turning in Masters


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Producing vs. Songwriting Turning in Masters

We start by taking a reader’s question regarding producing a record and going over to the side of songwriting and how to deal with the discussion of taking that credit and figuring out splits.

Kenny talks about splitting everything equally when doing songwriting sessions.

Will brings up the Wrecking Crew movie http://www.wreckingcrewfilm.com and how session players can sometimes write parts that could be considered songwriting.

Richard brings up how musicians are hired to come up with parts as well and how to deal with that.

Matt explains that in general, this is work for hire.

Will brings up the concept of bands sharing songwriting even when it’s not the way the writing happens. For the sake and success of the band.

Matt brings up the importance of pre-production and that’s the time to be writing.

We then shift gears and discuss handing in Masters to labels and artists and whether or not to share your settings and plugins.

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 8 – Spec Mixes – Working for Free


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Spec Mixes or Working for Free

We start by bringing up the idea of doing spec mixes or spec anything and what that means.

Marc talks about not doing alot of these because he was taught early on to always be paid for doing gigs.

Matt goes on to talk about working at a studio where he couldn’t do spec work. Later on when he got his own studio, he was able to start getting spec work where he takes a piece of the artist.

Kenny goes on to describe shootouts by major labels and the issues with them.

Richard joins us from his German submarine and points out how politics become a bigger issue with shootouts more so than the actual mix.

Marc talks about how to adjust his invoices to allow discounts for clients.

Matt goes on to discuss contracts for spec work.

Kenny discusses a few more horror stories.

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Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 7 – Risk Management – Great Music vs. Getting Paid


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Risk Management       Great Music vs. Getting Paid

We start by reading a question involving the balance of dealing with choosing the music we work with based on budget vs. how good the music is and what are the repercussions of each.

Kenny brings up how hard it is to build a career recording music that just isn’t very good. Even if the money is there.

We then talk about how much to charge and the positives and negatives that go with being expensive vs. being the “budget guy”.

Matt brings up “vanity” projects that never seem to end. And cost you more in the long run.

Kenny brings up the idea that if you’re stuck in a rut of recording bad music, you can’t expect to keep moving forward.

Kenny talks about production costs and being able to charge a flat fee vs. a day rate.

Thanks for listening!!!!


 

Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 6 – Signal to Noise Ratio on Forums and FB Groups


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Signal to Noise Ratio on Forums and FB Groups

We start by talking about the not so informed discussions on gear forums and facebook groups and the echo chamber created.

Kenny brings up the idea that room treatment has become a lot more important to novices than most professional.

Will brings up the idea that people are getting focused on small things and completely missing some big ones.

Then Kenny brings up the over-importance of Mastering Engineers and how mixing is taking a back seat. And how Mastering engineers are being required to fix bad mixes.

Kenny then also brings up what a Mastering engineer is supposed to be.

Matt also brings up how much more sense it makes to make a 3 or 4 song EP instead of making full records. That’s all folks.


 

Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 5 – Mixer’s Job – Create the Vision or Take Direction


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Mixer’s Job                 Create the Vision              or Take Direction

We start by reading a listener’s comment:

“This whole obsession with you guys having to match what is on the radio to me means you have bought in to this arbitrary standard that usually sounds worse. Why not set the parameters and standards for what is actually good? Because people under 21 only listen to stuff in a crappy format that sounds like shit, why not nudge them in another direction instead of accepting what sounds bad?”

Matt explains that this is a service business and that we can only do what the client wants. Our job is to make a great mix that the client is looking for.

We discuss the days where taste makers decided what music should sound like. As opposed to today where it’s about creating what the listener wants. The fans create the demand.

Next we talk about smashing masters again and where in the process this should take place and whether it should or not.

Phil then fights with everyone over the idea that people can hear a 1 dB difference.

Kenny then brings it back to content. Smashed or not. People like loud music but it’s still about the song.

We then say ByE!!!!


 

Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 4 – Recording Schools – To go, or not?


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Recording Schools          To go, or not?

We start by mentioning we have a Facebook page and group. Please sign up.

We then start talking about recording schools with Matt talking about how import mentoring and internships are.

Will talks about having less studios with less upward mobility.

Kenny brings up the inflated curriculums of recording schools to appeal to students or parents to entice enrollment.

We then bring up Berklee and the famous Berklee “bell” that becomes a staple of this episode.

Kenny discusses the importance of you vs. your gear.

We then discuss our studios and whether they are personal or open to the pubic.

Somewhere in the middle we begin our unpaid advertisement for Berklee School of Music. LOL.

We then talk about how to get from being an assistant or a runner into becoming a recording engineer.

Kenny brings up the importance of being able to get clients by putting yourself in a scene and bring artists to recording studios so you can learn how to produce by making those recordings with the studio. Creating a position in the process.


 

Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 3 – Expensive Thrifty-ness – Cutting Corners – Studio Musicians


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Expensive Thrifty-ness Cutting Corners        Studio Musicians

We start off discussing expensive thrift-ness or cutting corners to save money and having it hurt you in the end. Will tells us a story of why you need a producer.

Kenny tells stories of working with great (studio) musicians and how important that is and how easy it is to record and produce records using them. Plus all the time it saves.

We then talk about how novices might not know how a great record sounds without being there to see it happen.

Will tells a story of how important pre-production is.

The discussion moves on to discussing different types of producers and how to make sure everyone gets their ideas heard and when to have patience in the studio and when to move it along.

We move on to discussing Mixing again and how we want our tracks to arrive from engineers.

Finally we discuss getting tracks with FX printed vs getting everything dry.


 

Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 2 – Self Producing as the Artist


Mix Notes From Hell 1400Self Producing                 as the Artist

We start off this episode by introducing ourselves again adding Grammy Winning/Multi-Platinum Mixer Richard Furch to the mix or group.

We then discuss more and more music being self produced by the artist and the positives and negatives of this situation. And the possibility of being able to record yourself becoming a part of the skill set in the future for artists.

The discussion changes again towards discussing changing the tracks of the artists we mix without getting their permission.

We then discuss the benefit of mixing as we go in the production process and how important the producer is.

We also talk about having to produce and engineer at the same time.


 

Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website

Episode 1 – Notes for the Mixer


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Notes for the Mixer

We start off this episode by introducing ourselves and noting that Kenny doesn’t have a website (at the time) and giving him a hard time for it.

We move on to discussing “Mix Notes” and what’s the best way for engineers to communicate with their mixing engineer and vice versa to get the most out of this relationship.

The discussion moves towards “Mastering” and how important that is with a great mix and how much to squash it and how much to leave it til that stage.

Phil brings up the importance of having a mix sound good or translate on all systems.

Next we discuss chasing the rough or having to match elements of the rough mix that the client loved.

We move on to discussing how long it takes to mix and when you start to really “get it”.

The discussion moves on with Kenny describing his childhood and how he built a studio with no knowledge of how to do it.

Next we bring up the idea of Pro Tools rigs as a separate source of income and a Pro Tools operator or editor being a different job than a recording engineer.

We all then describe how we all moved from recording engineers on real consoles and tape machines to using DAWs as our main workstation.


Kenny Gioia – Kenny’s Website – Kenny’s Facebook

Matt Hennessy – Matt’s Website

Will Kennedy – Will’s Website – Will’s Facebook

Marc Lacuesta – Marc’s Website

Richard Furch – Richard’s Website

Phil Dubnick – Phil’s Website