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Helping musicians, engineers and producers create professional recordings and mixes from home so you can showcase your talents in the best way possible and grow your career.

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Helping musicians, engineers and producers create professional recordings and mixes from home so you can showcase your talents in the best way possible and grow your career.

    Matthew Weiss: Producing Vocals With Feeling

    Matthew Weiss: Producing Vocals With Feeling

    Born in Philadelphia, 1984; Matthew was raised by his mother, a doll sculptor, and his step-father, a jazz pianist. He studied clarinet, piano, drums, guitar and voice, but his favourite instrument was a Roland Groovebox 303 his step-father bought for him as a birthday gift.

 Matthew attended Sarah Lawrence College for Musical Composition and Theory, where, as a freshman, he became the head sound technician. His job required recording and rendering all the concerts held on campus. While Matthew loved writing music, he soon discovered he loved recording music even more.
 In 2005, Matthew left school to pursue his interests as a recording engineer. In 2007 he took up a job at Studio E in Philadelphia, where he recorded overdubs for the Grammy Nominated album “The Othello Syndrome” by Uri Caine. Matthew worked as an in house engineer until 2010 when he decided to begin freelancing. From that point his focus shifted from recording work to mixing.

    Between 2010 to 2016 he worked with high profile clientele such as Ronnie Spector, Arrested Development, SisQo’, Sonny Digital, and Dizzee Rascal. In 2013, Matthew mixed the album “Rosso” by King Midas which won the Norwegian Spellemann Award for Best Rock Album: 2013.

    Matthew moved to Los Angeles in 2016 where he partnered with Kanye West’s engineer Andrew Dawson running a commercial recording studio. A year later, Weiss became a technical consultant for the construction of a recording studio owned by multi-platinum recording artist Akon. Recognizing Matthew’s talent, Akon asked him to be his personal recordist and mixing engineer. In 2019, Matthew received a Platinum plaque for engineering “Comentale” by Ozuna and Akon.


    Matthew has recorded and mixed four albums and hundreds of B-sides with Akon. He has also mixed for artists Swae Lee, Jeremih, Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Nicky Minaj, Becky G, Anitta, Rick Ross, Farruko, and Ozuna.
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
    Transitioning from live sound to in studio
    How to stand out as a studio intern
    Getting great vocals
    Getting vocals to feel locked in rhythmically
    Using Autotune
    How to use headphone cues to help capture better performances
    Setting up your room to hear accurate low-end
    Working with pre-processed samples
    Analyzing your processes and learning to simplify
    To learn more about Matthew Weiss, visit: http://weiss-sound.com/
    To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/
    Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/
    Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/
    Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community
    To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android.
    Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com
    Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!

    • 57 min
    Mat Leffler-Schulman: Focusing On The Big Picture With Audio

    Mat Leffler-Schulman: Focusing On The Big Picture With Audio

    Mat Leffler-Schulman is a mastering engineer based out of Baltimore, MD.
    He's mastered countless records for an eclectic range of artists from Maine to Spain to Ukraine. Projects include Billboard #1 & Top 10 charting songs, GRAMMY® Award-winning artists, and many records with multi-million spins on Spotify.
    Artists he's worked with include Jon Batiste, Beach House, Mon Laferte, will.i.am, Blondie, Gipsy Kings, The National Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Dean, Lesane, Future Islands, Waka Flocka Flame, Dan Deacon, Wye Oak, Lower Dens, and Ice Cube. 
     
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
    Using analog vs digital gear for mastering
    How working with limitations will improve your audio skills
    Mixing and mastering on headphones
    The secret to mixes that translate
    What to listen for with reference tracks
    Battling imposter syndrome
    Avoiding debt while starting a studio
    Niching down your services and genres
    Creating intake forms to help give you direction and to reduce revisions
    Knowing when to take a minimalist approach with your work
    Mastering software vs traditional DAWs
    Mastering to specific levels: Does it matter how loud your masters are?
    Do you need expensive monitors/cables to hear mixes properly?
    To learn more about Mat Leffler-Schulman, visit: https://matlefflerschulman.com/
    To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/
    Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/
    Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/
    Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community
    To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android.
    Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com
    Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    John Congleton: Making Records That Feel Authentic

    John Congleton: Making Records That Feel Authentic

    John Congleton is an American Grammy Award-winning record producer, engineer, mixer, writer and musician who has worked with artists such as St. Vincent, Wallows, Everything Everything, Bully, Angel Olsen, Future Islands, The Decemberists, Goldfrapp, Sharon Van Etten and many, many more.
    In addition to his production work, Congleton has fronted the alternative rock band the Paper Chase, and writes music for a newer project entitled the Nighty Nite. He has also written music for various other projects, including MTV's Jackass, the Discovery Channel, Friday Night Lights, Evil Lives Here, and several Halloween sound effects/music CDs.
     
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
    Working with Steve Albini
    Making recordings sound exactly how it sounds in the room
    Getting sounds at the source vs. fixing/manipulating them in post
    Using headphone mixes to help guide musicians to get the right performances
    What to do when you can’t get the sound you’re after
    Balancing the needs of a producer vs. the artist
    Recording fat snare sounds
    Reamping drums
    Analog vs digital recording
    Fighting the urge to be a control freak while recording vs keeping things simple
    Getting punchy kick drums without relying on top-end
    To learn more about John Congleton, visit: https://www.nextwavemanagement.com/john-congleton/
    To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/
    Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/
    Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/
    Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community
    To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android.
    Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com
    Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Frederic Archambault: Succeeding In The Music Business

    Frederic Archambault: Succeeding In The Music Business

    Frederic Archambault is a Producer, Mixer, Songwriter, Musician and Engineer from Los Angeles, CA. He is best known for his work with Avenged Sevenfold lending his hand to production on their albums City Of Evil and Waking The Fallen. He has also worked with the likes of Atreyu, Deftones, Panic At The Disco. He produces most of his projects at his home studio in Los Angeles called Studio 5A.  
    Most recently, Fred has completed production and mixing the music for the NBC TV Broadcast Last Call with Carson Daly. In the 7 years at Carson Daly he has worked on 100’s of artists from Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, M-83 and Weezer to name a few.  In that span of time it is estimated that he has mixed over 1500 songs for network broadcast. At the 2015 Pensado Awards, Fred won two awards: Excellence In Live or Front Of House Sound and Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Visual Medium for Last Call with Carson Daly. 
    Currently, Fred is the Manager for Audio Mastering operations for the Content Management Team at NBCUniversal. He oversees and supports a team responsible for global audio operations for all things TV and film.
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
    Collecting hard vs. soft assets as an engineer: What they are and why you need them
    The importance of consistency
    Diversifying your skills
    The future of immersive audio for music
    Is audio fidelity really important?
    How to set up a guitar to capture the perfect tone
    Tuning tricks that ensure you have tight sounding tracks
    Micing tips for guitars
    Fred’s white noise trick for achieving perfect phase
    Combining multiple amps
    How to use a DI to help make editing easier
    The importance of the headphone mix
    Getting polished vocals
    How to create awesome vocal stacks
    Working on broadcast productions
    Mixing live performances
    To learn more about Frederic Archambault, visit: https://www.fredarchambault.com/
    To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/
    Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/
    Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/
    Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community
    To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android.
    Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com
    Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Taylor Larson: Creating energetic rock drums

    Taylor Larson: Creating energetic rock drums

    Taylor Larson is a record producer, mixer, and audio engineer who has worked with artists such as Asking Alexandria, Periphery, From First to Last, I See Stars, Veil of Maya, Within Temptation, The Dangerous Summer, Conditions, and Sky Eats Airplane. He is also the guitarist of The Evening.
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
    Making sacrifices to work in audio
    Using reference tracks to make you a better engineer
    How to create energy in a mix
    Recording drums that hit hard
    The secret tip John Feldmann uses for recording drums that sound big
    Breaking the “rules” of audio
    Creating sustain for your drums
    A simple trick for getting ghost notes to be clearly heard
    Why dynamics aren’t always important
    To learn more about Taylor Larson’s company, MixWave, visit: https://www.mixwave.net/
    To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/
    Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/
    Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/
    Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community
    To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android.
    Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com
    Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Mike Kalajian: Building Systems To Improve Your Audio Skills

    Mike Kalajian: Building Systems To Improve Your Audio Skills

    Mike Kalajian is the owner and chief engineer of Rogue Planet Mastering in New York’s Hudson Valley, where he’s worked with artists including All Time Low, Saosin, The Devil Wears Prada, Saves The Day and Emmure among many others.
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
    Balancing your focus between the big picture and little details
    Determining the value of your time
    Transitioning from being a mixer to mastering
    The importance of having consistency in your process
    Optimizing your systems to work faster
    Mike’s go-to tool for project management
    Incorporating social impact into your business
    Building a mastering studio
    Picking monitors for mastering
    Using speaker calibration software
    To learn more about Mike Kalajian, visit: https://www.rogueplanetmastering.com/
    To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/
    Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/
    Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/
    Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community
    To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android.
    Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com
    Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

oli.bndrs ,

Daily source of inspiration

I recently got into recording and mixing wanting to take my band to the next level. I found this podcast right at the same time and listened to pretty much every episodes. It’s been a daily source of inspiration and knowledge and always gets me hyped to work on my own music. Keep em coming!

jon.guitarpenter ,

Please don’t stop!

This is by far one of the most informative podcasts to help audio enthusiasts and professionals! They take the time to get into the details that can really make a difference in your mixes. Keep up the excellent content please!

Mr. Mozy ,

Awesome podcast!!

This podcast is absolutely great! Full of awesome content and interviews! I have learned so much useful techniques that are currently being applied at my studio. So worth the listen!!

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