#4 Geartip for Budding Engineers: Listen Everywhere

Continuing our series of tips for budding engineers we bring you #4:  Listen to your mix everywhere!mixer-49351_640

Often, home studios are located in bedrooms, basements, living rooms and other spaces that were not acoustically designed for sound monitoring.  We can treat the room with products such as Auralex, but that doesn’t solve some of the inherent room modes and other issues that may occur.  So what is an engineer to do?  Take your mix, and listen to it in the car, on your home stereo, your iPod, at your friend’s house on his home theater system.  Listen anywhere and everywhere you can so that you can make an informed judgement of your mix.  On top of that, your consumers will be listening on these devices, so why shouldn’t you?

What do you do so that your mixes sound as good as they can?  Leave a comment below and let us know!

#5 Gear Tip for Budding Engineers

acoustic-15643_640This week will feature a short series of tips for 2013 so that you can succeed at the beginning of your audio career. Inevitably, we all make mistakes so learn from others! Leave a comment below if you have an idea to share.

Today’s tip: Don’t get caught up with gear envy. Gear does not make your sound, you do. A $100 mic can sound just as good as a $2500 mic if you have a good placement, a good instrument and a good performance. Learn to experiment with what you have.