We all get it. We all hate it to some degree. Who is this fucker saying I am not the greatest thing since sliced cheese!?! Blah, blah, blah. Boo hoo. Firstly let's make sure that the criticism is genuine criticism and not a Troll. You may feel aggrieved but it doesn't make it Trolling. Trolling… Continue reading Handling Criticism or Advice
Problems we all have. The problem is not actually the problem itself but that we can't see anything but the problem based on our existing assumptions about how the world works with regards to that thing. Here's a Tweet Jane made on her Twitter (without my prior permission - what was she thinking!!!). The core… Continue reading Thinking Outside the Box – or Outsourcing Your Problems
This article is really a holder for a series of YouTube videos that discuss the waveforms you work with in a synthesizer. Basic Analog Shapes This video covers the four common shapes used in pretty well all Analog (and VA) synths: Sine, Triangle, Saw & Square (incl Pulse). https://youtu.be/RZxjsS8K2rw the video graphic Digital Synthesis Digital… Continue reading Synth Oscillator Waveforms – from simple Analog Shapes to complex Digital Synthesis
All day, every day, we are getting offers. If I misspelled that word it would be offal. Many offers feel like that so we get very used to saying No really fast. Is that wise though? I see quite a few situations where people seem to have said no before they thought it through. I… Continue reading Life hands you an offer – what do you do with it?
Everyone hates an arrogant person. Being called arrogant is like a sort of social killer-punch. But I think we are a bit turned-around on what constitutes Arrogance vs Professionalism. I grew up in the 80s when we really started to see this sort of cult of personality thing come through to the masses. I remember… Continue reading Opening a Door or Closing it – a look at a pair of business pitches?
Here's a message that just appeared this morning in a group of freelance Mix Engineers: What’s the best way for virtual networking with the musical community? I am looking for mixing and mastering engineers to weigh out my options in order to find a dedicated, fair priced, passionate engineer to help me finalize a list… Continue reading Do It Your Fucking Self – how not to establish a successful business relationship – and some “how to” as well.
This is the first post of what I hope to become a series to sit alongside my Artist Development & Marketing articles series. The Proposal (sadly doesn't include Sandra Bullock) I am offering my Record Producer Services to one Act to produce one (1) Song (or Instrumental) from Demo to completion, incl. Mixed & Mastered.… Continue reading Get a Song Produced
By the late-80's people had started to use "MIDI Music" as a derogatory term. I understand because there was an ever-increasing amount of highly programmed or quantized material out there. I don't entirely blame composers as it was a new frontier where we could have all our parts perfectly in time, with no distortion. And… Continue reading Making Organic Instruments in a DAW
This article may seem a personal situation. And it is. A very hurtful personal situation. But if you read it you can learn what sort of damage you do if you give in to ego and allow yourself to act unprofessionally when dealing with someone trying to act professionally. And the opposite too, when trying… Continue reading How to Reduce Credibility Really Fast?
We all win, far more than any downside from compromise, when we really work together on building something. If you don't like to read and want to skip to the cheery positive bit and don't mind missing all the reasoning (and potential pitfalls), then scroll to "We've Only Just Begun". See ya down there. Yesterday… Continue reading On Working Together