100 episodes

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.

Master Your Mix Podcast Mike Indovina

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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.

    Bobby Owsinski: Using Analog Methods In The Digital Realm

    Bobby Owsinski: Using Analog Methods In The Digital Realm

    Producer/engineer Bobby Owsinski is one of the best-selling authors in the music industry with 23 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Social Media Promotion For Musicians, Music 4.0: A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age and more. He’s also a contributor to Forbes covering the new music business, his popular production and music industry blogs are nearing 8 million visits, and he’s appeared on CNN and ABC News as a music branding and audio expert. Bobby has worked on over a hundred 5.1 surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of legendary superstar acts including The Who, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Iron Maiden, The Ramones, and Chicago among many others.

     

    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

    The fastest way to learn any skill
    Using content marketing to attract clients
    Managing your time
    Perfecting your arrangements to make mixing easier
    Overcoming demo-itis
    Creating a rough mix without even listening to the song
    Why it’s important to use analog methods in the digital realm
    Making your song sound more energetic with compression

    To learn more about Bobby Owsinski, visit: https://bobbyowsinski.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 1 min
    Larry Crane: Balancing Creativity & Efficiency In The Studio

    Larry Crane: Balancing Creativity & Efficiency In The Studio

    Larry Crane is the editor and founder of Tape Op Magazine (est.1996), owner of Portland’s Jackpot! Recording Studio (est.1997), a freelance producer/engineer/mixer who has worked internationally, and archivist for the Estate of Elliott Smith.

     

    He's worked with artists like Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, The Go-Betweens, Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus, Wooden Shjips, Quasi, David J, She & Him, Richmond Fontaine, and more. 

     

    His music recording courses at Linkedin Learning feature over 12 hours of real recording tips and tricks. He's spoken on and moderated panels about recording for TapeOpCon, SXSW, NXNW, NARAS, AES, and CMJ. 

     

    He has worked in the past as a record label owner, radio station music director, DJ, record distributor sales, freelance music journalist, and bass player (in bands since 1984, including Elephant Factory, Vomit Launch, and the Sunbirds).

     

    In 2019 he was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. 

     

    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

    Adapting to new technologies
    Amp Sims vs real amps
    Creative ways of finding your unique sound
    Imitation vs originality: How they affect your productions
    Avoiding the trap of constantly wanting to experiment
    Why the simple approach is often best when recording and mixing
    Setting expectations for your sessions
    How to make your sessions faster

    To learn more about Larry Crane, visit: https://larry-crane.com/

     

    To learn more about Jackpot Recording, visit: http://jackpotrecording.com/

     

    To learn more about TapeOp, visit: https://tapeop.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 14 min
    Getting Pro Vocal Recordings (With J.J. Blair)

    Getting Pro Vocal Recordings (With J.J. Blair)

    JJ Blair is a producer and recording engineer based in Los Angeles, California. He has worked with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Weezer, P. Diddy, Rod Stewart, Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Joe Bonamassa, Body Count, Stephen Bishop, David Cassidy, Kelly Clarkson, Jonny Lang, Josh Kelley, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Eleven, Whiskeytown, Bird York, Unwritten Law, Black Eyed Peas, Vonda Shepard, Don Was, Ali Sudol, Jason Falkner, Mase, David Garfield, Tommy Stinson, Daniel Licht, Jon Brion, CBS Television Studios and many others.  

     

    He was an engineer on the #1 Billboard single "All About the Benjamins," by P. Diddy, and was the producer, engineer, and mixer on the Grammy-winning album "Press On," by June Carter Cash.  He was also an engineer on the Grammy-winning, #1 Billboard album "Great American Songbook, vol. 3," by Rod Stewart.  

     

    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

     

    - How to get a pro vocal sound

    - Why not to EQ when tracking

    - How compression affects your vocals

    - Using mics as EQs

    - The hierarchy of your vocal chain

    - Modeling mics: Are they worth the hype?

    - Running an efficient session

    - Recording snare drums with 3 mics

    - Why 421s aren’t always the best for micing toms with

    - How to compress your overhead tracks

    - Working with Johnny Cash





    To learn more about J.J. Blair, visit: https://www.jjblairrecording.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 4 min
    Mary Mazurek: Mixing Through Mic Placement

    Mary Mazurek: Mixing Through Mic Placement

    Mary Mazurek is a GRAMMY-nominated recording engineer. Her nomination was awarded at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in the category of Best Engineered Album, Classical. She is also a broadcaster and radio producer. Her work is regularly featured on WFMT Radio, WFMT.com, and through the European Broadcast Union. Her credits include Alec Baldwin, The Chicago Chorale, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Charles Earland, Michael Feinstein, International Music Foundation, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kronos Quartet, LA Guitar Quartet, Howard Levy, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The New York Philharmonic, Yo-Yo Ma, Johnnie Hammond Smith, Dr. Lonny Smith, and many others. Her recordings appear on the Bellissima, Cannonball, Çedille, Delmark, Lyon & Healy, MSR, Naxos, Random House, Sheridan, and Sounds True labels.

     

    She began teaching in the Audio Arts and Acoustics Department of Columbia College in 1995 as an adjunct professor, and now also teaches at DePaul University. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Columbia College in 2011 and her PhD in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory from IDSVA in 2022 while maintaining an active recording career. Additionally, she is a sought-after educator and speaker who enjoys contributing in the classroom and on panels and committees within her industry and beyond. Dr. Mazurek serves as a role model and advocates for women in the recording industry, which presently is less than 5% female. She has served as a governor, and Classical Task Force Chairperson for the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy. She is currently the DEI Chairperson for the Audio Engineering Society. She loves sharing her sonic insights across disciplines.





    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

     

    - Finding your niche vs. it finding you

    - Recording classical music

    - Mixing through mic placement

    - Stereo micing techniques

    - Checking for phase issues with stereo micing

    - Using reverb to create depth vs. capturing the sound of the room

    - Mixing live-to-air performances

    - How to record a band with only two microphones

    - Creating a “meter-stick” mix through gainstaging

    - using parallel compression

     

    To learn more about Mary Mazurek, visit: https://www.marymazurek.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!

    • 49 min
    Jack Hartley: Mixing Metal & Making It A Career

    Jack Hartley: Mixing Metal & Making It A Career

    Jack Hartley is an Australian producer and audio engineer who works from Interim Recording Studios in the heart of the Adelaide CBD.

     

    With over 15 years of experience as a musician/songwriter, Jack’s toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Japan. On the audio front, Jack’s a chameleon of the many sub-genres of heavy music, having worked with a number of acts – including Truth Corroded, Hidden Intent, Relapse, Werewolves, Shatter Brain, and many more.

     

    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

     

    - Getting started with finding clients

    - How to make your audio skills feel second-nature to you

    - Branding your studio - Should you use your name or make up a business name?

    - The power of having mentors

    - The difference between running your studio as a business vs a hobby

    - EQing low-tunes guitars

    - Mixing screaming vocals: How to use compression to control your dynamics

    - How to track vocals without burning out a singer

    - Jack’s technique for tracking kick drums so that you end up with cleaner sounding room tracks and better sounding kicks

    - Using automation on drums

    - Dealing with egos in the studio

     

    To learn more about Jack Hartley, visit: https://www.jackhartleyaudio.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 12 min
    Steve Chadie: Working With Willie Nelson

    Steve Chadie: Working With Willie Nelson

    Steve Chadie, a 25+ year veteran of the recording industry, began his career as an intern at Willie Nelson's Pedernales recording studio in 1995, quickly working his way up to Assistant Engineer for Larry Greenhill.

     

    He stayed on at Pedernales until the doors closed commercially in 2012. He still records Willie Nelson at the facility, however, including vocals and guitar on “Last Man Standing”, “My Way” (for which he received a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album), “God’s Problem Child”, “Willie Nelson and The Boys”, and “Summertime -Willie Nelson sings Gershwin”. 

     

    Most recently, Steve co-produced “The Willie Nelson Family”, a collection of songs done with his band in March 2019 and with his immediate family at the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020.

     

    Other credits with Willie include tracking engineer on "Heroes”, "Let's Face The Music And Dance”, “Django And Jimmie” (Willie's collaboration with Merle Haggard in 2015) and mixing on "December Day", a collection of work he recorded with Willie and his sister Bobbie in between touring on impromptu sessions that date as far back as 2004. 

     

    Steve has been awarded a double platinum record for Los Lonely Boys "Heaven" and was nominated for a Grammy for the song "Heaven", as well. He has recorded and/or mixed five Los Lonely Boys records since their debut release. 

     

    Other accolades include a triple platinum record for work done on Sublime's "Sublime" and a platinum record for work on Hillary Duff's self titled recording "Hillary Duff". In addition, he has been awarded a gold record for work done on Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Live On" CD. 

     

    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

     

    - Working with Willie Nelson

    - Being reliable

    - How to get artists to keep hiring you

    - Why you should always be “rolling” when in the studio

    - Riding vocals as you record them

    - Recording brushes on a drum kit

    - How to record acoustic guitars

    - Mono vs stereo recording techniques on guitars: When and where to use them

    - Steve’s technique for creating wide-sounding acoustic guitars

    - Experimenting in the studio without slowing down a session

     

    To learn more about Steve Chadie, visit: https://stevechadie.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 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

BlindDude ,

Amazing podcast

Absolutely love this podcast just full of great information on mixing and recording I love the way that Mike doesn’t sit here and talk about the persons accomplishments and how amazing it must have been to record that or to have been there, he actually picks their brains to find out their strategies and their philosophies for mixing and recording just pick up incredibly useful tips every week from this podcast loving it

Stanwyse ,

Mike is the man!!

I am an avid listener of the podcast. I spend a lot of time driving as I often travel to the state my band is in to practice for shows. I listen whenever I can and the things I have taken away from the podcast have helped me immensely. The engineers that Mike gets on the show are absolutely incredible and the ideas and approach of some of these guys is just so inspiring and mind-blowing. 10/10 would recommend 🤙🏽

Caz Gaddis ,

Great podcast exploring the journey of Mastery!

Hearing Mike's podcast and how he interviews his guests to really explore their journey to become masterful, while also getting into actionable content is really fresh. Lots of takeaways!

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