Are You Really Listening?

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 […]

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Hearing Backwards

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. […]

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Do you Pitch Shift? If not, maybe you should.

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 […]

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Project Studios

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 […]

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