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Episode 20: Most Common Mistakes When Mixing Drums w/ Mike Avenaim PART TWO

Apr 22, 2020 | 0 comments


This is Part Deux of our conversation with Mike Avenaim. Make sure to check out Part One.             This episode is sponsored by Clearsound Baffles. Clearsound Baffles are a transparent, acoustic shielding product that dampens loud instruments and significantly improve live sound. Perhaps you’ve seen them at your church or on tour with artists like Khaleed, Zara Larsson, or Gladys Knight, just to name a few. They’re those clear, plexiglass circles that mount in front of cymbals and snares. They dampen harsh, high-end frequencies, eliminate a huge amount of bleed into the open mics on stage,...

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Episode 19: Most Common Mistakes When Mixing Drums w/ Mike Avenaim PART ONE

Apr 15, 2020 | 0 comments


Today’s guest/expert is Mike Avenaim…a Los Angeles-based musical director, drummer, producer, composer, and mixer. He really does it all…and does it all pretty damn well. He’s worked with Scott Weiland, Lil Nas X, Tori Kelly, Hailee Steinfield, Nick Lachey, Leslie Odom Jr. and tons more. We discuss the incorrect use of compression styles, misunderstanding routing, mono vs stereo, gain staging and much more. While I usually like to keep these short, Mike is a treasure trove of knowledge and I was happy to let him unload. Because of this, I am splitting our conversation into two episodes…so please enjoy part...

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Episode 18: *QUARANTINE EDITION* Tips To Still Improve as a Drummer When You Can't Get to Your Drums w/ Stephen Taylor

Apr 08, 2020 | 0 comments


Today’s guest is Stephen Taylor…a Nashville based drum educator/performer and owner of Stephen's Drum Shed. I’ve been following his online videos for years and am super stoked to have him on the show. With this pandemic essentially eliminating all live performances and keeping everyone home, a ton of drummers don’t have access to their drums. Sooooo I thought I’d talk with Stephen and brainstorm about ways we can still improve when we cant actually quote on quote “practice”. Of course, you can work on a drum pad and all that stuff…but we wanted to discuss the less obvious ways to still...

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Episode 17: 5 Myths About Mastering

Apr 04, 2020 | 0 comments


Today’s guest is Blake LaGrange…a mastering engineer and the owner of www.mastering.com...where he teaches students the skills to become his or her very own mastering engineer. I met Blake during a session for which he was the recording engineer and we bonded over our love of Jimmy Eat World’s production choices...sooooo shoutout to Zach Lind. Mastering is a very intimidating subject, but it doesn’t have to be. These days where you have a little more spare time on your hands, learning new skills can be a great way to come out of this whole mess on top. I wanted to...

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Episode 16: 5 Ways To Get and KEEP Your Drumming Gig

Apr 04, 2020 | 0 comments


Today’s guest is Mike Sleath…a Canadian-based drummer currently touring full-time with pop artist Shawn Mendes. Before getting the gig with Shawn, Mike hustled as a drummer for years in the Toronto scene and certainly paid his dues so I wanted to get him on the show to talk about “5 Ways to Get and Keep Your Drumming Gig”. Some of this stuff might be self-explanatory, but even the most obvious points have nuance and can always use a little re-enforcement. In addition to being an incredibly powerful drummer, Mike is one of the nicest dudes in the world and it...

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