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The Music Production Guide E-Zine, Issue #006 -- Home Recording Issue
November 11, 2012

The Music Production Guide

Issue# 006
Date: 11/10/12


The mission of The Music Production Guide E-Zine is a monthly (sometimes more often…) newsletter to discuss music production and engineering tips and techniques as well as career building advice to help you establish or enhance your music production career!

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In This Issue...

1. What's New at
2. Music Production Tip: Home Music Production
3. Engineering Tip: Home Studio Monitoring
4. Career Building Tip: Building a Business from Your Home Studio

1. What's New !!!

1. Home Recording Workshop

The Home Recording Workshop starts this Tuesday evening. If you are interested in joining up, now is the time!

The Home Recording Workshop is a bootcamp course for understanding your home recording studio and how to implement a professional approach to recording. This workshop includes 5 two hour live classes including additional resources available on the MPG Insider Membership website exclusively for Home Recording Workshop members.

The Home Recording Workshop does not require that you attend the live classes. All classes are recorded and posted on the website by the next day. Click HERE to get started.

2. Master Mixing Workshop Wrapping up

The final wrap up class for the Master Mixing Workshop is this Wednesday. Given the responses from the attendees to the workshop, I thought it was an amazing success. I will be packaging so that the can be taken without the live classes for a discounted price. Click on the link above for details...

3. Social Media Links

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and You Tube.

4. Online Music Production Classes

The next Live Online Music Production Class is scheduled for Wednesday, November 21st @ 7PM US/Eastern time. If you are interested in attending, make sure you have created a free membership profile on the MPGInsider Membership Site for the classes. If you have already created a user profile and received email announcements for the classes, there is no reason to do so a second time.

2. Music Production Tip

Home Music Production

One of the most difficult things to do in a home recording studio is to work without distractions. The beautiful part about working in a commercial recording studio is that the studio is designed for the client to work without distractions.

Because the booking is generally done by the hour it also helps to establish a hard timeline within which, the work should be finished. By contrast, the lack of such deadlines in the home recording environment can easily lead to projects that never get finished or drag on forever.

When working in your home recording studio, it is best to have a clearly defined purpose for your work that day. If you have more than one task for the day, prioritize what is most important and make sure you finish it before moving on to the next task.

Be relentless about finishing your work for the day and make sure that distractions such as emails, text messaging, social media networks and your browsers are turned off while you are working. If you can make a deal with yourself to not turn them on until you have finished a certain measure of work, then you have given yourself incentive to work more efficiently.

3. Music Engineering Tip

Home Studio Monitoring

The most valuable tool that an engineer has is a good set of accurate monitors. Unfortunately, a good pair of monitors in a bad room can still be a big problem. This is particularly true of the home recording studio environment

Professional recording studios are designed to minimize the amount of early reflections back to the mix position. The shape of a control room is carefully considered so that reflections from the side walls and ceiling can be directed away from the mix engineer and to a place where they can be absorbed or diffused.

Because the majority of home studios are in rectangular shaped rooms, this becomes a difficult issue to solve. Additionally, the parallel walls create all sorts of additional issues like room modes and flutter echoes.

In order to minimize these effects, acoustic treatments must be placed in such a way that they minimize the effect of early reflections from the side walls and ceiling. Depending on the size of the room, it may also be necessary to treat the wall directly behind you.

If this is not an immediate solution to your current situation, the easiest way to avoid problematic rooms is to monitor at low volume. This will minimize the effect of early reflections back to the mix position, thus avoiding the coloration of the direct sound from your speakers. The lower volume will also make the speakers more efficient and accurate.

4. Career Development Tip

Building a Business from Your Home Studio

Owning a home recording studio offers many advantages including the ability to work on your own schedule. No matter how well you design your studio though, it won't draw in clients. That work must be done outside of the studio.

Depending on where you are in your music production career, your approach to getting new clients will be different. If you are a veteran of the industry, you likely already have a client base that you have worked with. in this case, your work will be reconnecting with clients you have not seen in a while.

If you are working professionally in a recording studio, then your primary focus should be on establishing trust and confidence in the people you are working with. If you are an assistant engineer, for example, you should be a very attentive and productive member of all your sessions. Make yourself valuable in every way that you can. Once you have built a bond of trust, the extra work that always needs to be done on a lower budget than the studio will allow, can go back to your home studio.

If you are just starting out or trying to establish clients from home, you will have a bit more legwork to do. Be creative and reach out to musicians, artists, and songwriters anywhere you can find them. Go to clubs and seek out bands that catch your ear. Introduce yourself, express your feelings about their music, and offer advice or constructive ideas. If your ideas connect with them you may have established a new client

Remember that your investment with a client is always longterm. Never think of a client as a one and done just to make a quick buck. Always go out of your way to be helpful and supportive in their career development. If you keep your energies focussed on their best interests, you will in turn be taking care of your own.

Thanks for reading The Music Production Guide E-Zine! I look forward to hearing any comments or questions you may have regarding the content of this E-Zine and what you would like to see more of in future publications.

All The Best,

Michael White

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