One of the most important skills any musician, recording engineer, producer, sound designer, etc.., must have is the ability to listen critically. What do I mean by that? Not only must you be able to listen, you must be able to understand what you are hearing. I’ll give you an example. Let’s say you are … Read more Are You Really Listening?
Why does everything sound cool backwards? It doesn’t matter what it is, play it backwards and you have a brand new unique sound. The big change you notice when playing a sound backwards is that the envelope of the sound has changed. The transients and attacks are gone. The sound sort of swoops into itself. … Read more Hearing Backwards
One of the first things I do when I sit down to create some new sounds is grab a few I want to work with and start pitch shifting them. For some reason sounds almost always take on a completely different and exciting vibe when you push them out of their normal pitch range. I … Read more Do you Pitch Shift? If not, maybe you should.
What does an effective project studio have to to do with designing cool sounds and creating memorable music? Just about everything! You can’t be a prolific producer/musician/sound designer without having a comfortable workspace. This list was compiled over years of tweakin’ the various incarnations of my own project studio. I provide this list as a … Read more The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Project Studios