Master Your Mix Podcast
Master Your Mix Podcast
Mike Indovina
Helping musicians, engineers and producers create professional recordings and mixes from home.
EP 51: Brian McTernan (Thrice, Circa Survive, Battery, Be Well)
Brian McTernan is a record producer most known for his work in the hardcore and punk scenes where he has worked with artists such as Thrice, Circa Survive, Hot Water Music, Bane, and many more out of his studio, Salad Days, in Baltimore. He’s also a guitar player and singer who has performed with his own bands, Battery and Be Well. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: How the process of trial and error will make you a better engineerWhy leaving things raw can create better results than perfectHow to find what makes a band special and taking their strengths to the next levelThe art of making a band’s vision come to lifeHow to avoid the “sophomore slump” of making recordsHis signal chain for achieving bass tones that cut through mixes and fit into the low-end sweet-spotHow to create meaningful lyrics that people connect withThe trick to editing tracks so they don’t sound stale and robotic To learn more about Brian McTernan, visit his website: saladdays.com To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  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!
Nov 10
1 hr 20 min
EP 50: Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Shania Twain)
Kevin Churko is a Canadian engineer, producer and song writer best known for his work with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Shania Twain, and countless others. Between growing up in a musical family and having had the opportunity to work under famed producer Mutt Lange, Kevin has dedicated his life to working in music and has emerged as one of the top producers/engineers in the world. He has been nominated for eight Juno Awards and has won four times. He currently lives in Las Vegas, where he works out of his studio, The Hideout. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: How to analyze your songs from a fan perspectiveCrafting music around vocalsKevin’s vocal chainHis go-to compression settings for vocalsEstablishing value to your clients To learn more about Kevin, visit: http://www.kevinchurko.com/ https://www.hideoutlv.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  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!
Oct 27
1 hr 13 min
EP 49: Fredrick Nordstrom (In Flames, At The Gates, Opeth)
Fredrik Nordstrom is a producer, engineer, and mixer based out of Sweden, where he owns and operates Studio Fredman. He has worked many of the leading melodic death metal and power metal bands, including At The Gates, Arch Enemy, In Flames, and Opeth. He is considered by many in the metal community to be one of the top producers in the genre as well as a central figure of the Gothenburg style. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: “Pro” gear vs “cheap” gear – How much of a difference does it really make?Building a listening room and understanding the impact it makes on monitoringUnderstanding who you are making music forWhy your first few takes are the most importantHow recording DI tracks can save your sessionsThe importance of taking breaks while mixingThe advantages of using one session per album vs one session per songThe famed Fredman technique for recording guitar tracks To learn more about Fredrick Nordstrom, visit: https://studiofredman.com/ https://fredmandigital.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  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!
Oct 20
1 hr
EP 48: Tim O’Sullivan (Leonard Cohen, Rayland Baxter, Billy Corgan)
Tim O’Sullivan is an engineer, producer who has worked with many amazing artists including Leonard Cohen, Karen O, Rayland Baxter, Billy Corgan, SWMRS, Fidlar and so many more. He has had quite the career in audio so far; having worked at Undertone Audio where he was responsible for wiring consoles and cables, to becoming the studio manager at Eric Valentine’s Barefoot Recording studio. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: The odd technique used to record drums with Queens Of The Stone AgeUsing saturation in your mixesWorking with Eric ValentineBreaking the “rules of audio”How a single cable drastically altered Slash’s signature guitar soundWhere to start when it comes to finding clients To learn more about Tim O’Sullivan, visit: http://osullivanaudio.com/ https://www.barefoot-recording.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  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!
Oct 13
58 min
Ep 47: Lance Prenc (Alpha Wolf, Polaris)
Lance Prenc is a producer and engineer from Australia who is known for his work in the metalcore genre. Having worked with bands like Alpha Wolf and Dealer, he has very quickly established himself in the scene as an engineer who pays great attention to detail in order to get amazing results. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: The importance of a good DI when recording guitarCreating consistency with your takesHow to mix low-tuned guitarsApplying live sound techniques to in-studio workUsing clipping to improve your tracksMaking your tracks sound more exciting with automation· Finding the sweet-spot when micing a guitar cabinet To learn more about Lance, visit: https://prencaudiosamples.bigcartel.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  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!
Oct 6
1 hr 14 min
EP 46: Dan Korneff (Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Breaking Benjamin)
Dan Korneff is a ultra-talented producer, mixer, and engineer who has worked with many prominent rock bands including Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Lamb Of God, and so many more. In addition to engineering, Dan also has a plugin company, Korneff Audio, that produces amazing tools for engineers to use in their mixes. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: The importance of writing a great bridgeThe inexpensive condenser microphone responsible for his massive guitar soundsBlending multiple drum samples together to create huge sounding snaresHis strategic approach to using compression to shape soundsUsing extreme compression in a mixThe importance of understanding analog signal flow in order to manipulate sounds To Learn more about Dan Korneff, visit: http://www.dankorneff.com/ https://korneffaudio.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  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!
Sep 29
1 hr 5 min
EP 45: Zakk Cervini (Blink-182, All Time Low, 5 Seconds Of Summer)
Zakk Cervini is a Grammy-nominated producer and mixing engineer who has worked with artists like Blink-182, All Time Low, Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds Of Summer, and many more. He is well known for being a very versatile engineer in the studio. His persistence and eagerness to constantly learn and adapt to the changing musical landscape is one of his big strengths that keeps him high in-demand. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Mixing on headphonesHow to make templates work in multiple genresProgramming drums vs using real kitsHow to serve the songUsing rough mixes as inspirationCreating an inspiring studio environment Follow Zakk on Instagram: @zakkcervini Sign up for my FREE Recording Studio Workshop (taking place Sept 14-20, 2020): http://recordingstudioworkshop.com To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  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!
Sep 8
58 min
EP 44: Lij Shaw (Recording Studio Rockstars)
Recently, I was a guest on episode 193 of the Recording Studio Rockstars podcast with Lij Shaw. In this episode we covered a lot of ground about the process of recording and mixing music. I also shared some of my story and background, which I haven’t previously discussed on the Master Your Mix Podcast. Thankfully, Lij was gracious enough to let me share this replay with you today so you can hear for yourself. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: The six important stages of every mixSwitching from hardware to pluginsReverb vs delayThe problem with looking for problems in your mixHow to EQ vocalsGetting the low end right in your mixHow strumming techniques can make a big impact on your guitar tone Sign up for my FREE Recording Studio Workshop (taking place Sept 14-20, 2020): http://recordingstudioworkshop.com Check out and follow the Recording Studio Rockstars Podcast: RecordingStudioRockstars.com Rsrockstars.com/FB RecordingStudioRockstars.com/YT IG & Twitter: @RSROCKSTARS To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  Get your copy of The Mixing Mindset: the Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: http://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/ 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!
Aug 25
1 hr 42 min
EP 43: Jay Maas (Bane, State Champs, Title Fight)
Jay Maas is a producer and engineer based out of Boston known for his work with many artists in the hardcore and punk genres. He has worked with bands such as Bane, State Champs, Citizen, Title Fight, Defeater and more. In addition to his audio skills, Jay also has a background in computer science. This has led to him creating technology aimed at helping musicians and engineers. His newest project is an online, AI-based mastering service called Maastr. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Surviving when getting startedJuggling many goals at onceJay’s new AI based mastering platform (Maastr)The role of AI in modern music productionHow AI can help us become better mixing engineers To try out Maastr for free, visit: https://masteryourmix.com/maastr/ Save 15% when you sign up by using the coupon code: MYMPOD To learn more about Jay, visit https://www.jaymaas.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  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!
Jul 7
1 hr 29 min
EP 42: Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me)
Jamie King is a producer, mixing and mastering engineer who’s production style has helped to define some of the biggest prog-metal bands of today. Having worked with artists like Between The Buried And Me and the Contortionist, Jamie has firmly established his footprint in the genre. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT: Working with programmed drums vs. real onesWorking on arrangements with panning mindHow to market your music as a prog bandHow simplifying your setup can lead to better recordingsRecording tight guitarsJamie’s secret weapon for shaping guitar tonesUsing automation to get separation between partsControlling low end when working with double kick/blast beats To learn more about Jamie, visit: https://www.jamiekingaudio.com/ To learn more tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://www.masteryourmix.com/  Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://www.masteryourmix.com/blueprint  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!
Jun 16
1 hr 37 min
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