Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Love is In the Air...and so is TONE

Hey all. Valentine's day has come and gone...what a waste of a holiday. I guess it DOES stimulate the economy, bringing in something like 12 billion dollars per year on this ONE day, but still, give me a break. All guys around the world are told to buy stuff for their girls, take them out to dinner, get necklaces, bracelets, cards, chocolate, flowers, whatever. What do women have to do? Look pretty. That's it! Don't get me wrong, I love my girlfriend, but this holiday is very expensive!

Anyway. New podcasts are coming this month. Hopefully two. I'm not sure what they are going to be about, but I've got a few options to choose from:

1. Drum Tuning
2. Drum Mixing (could easily take many episodes)
3. Electric Guitar Mixing
4. Compression

These are topics that have been on my mind a lot lately, and most all of you have struggled with them at one point or another, Especially compression. It seems like compression is a taboo subject for many people...they have this idea that it just "makes stuff louder" or it "turns up quiet parts and turns down loud parts." Yeah, those are both true, but it's kind of like saying "Preamps make stuff louder." There are so many things involved with compression; it has so many uses and applications, you can go CRAZY with infinitely changing settings. I'm leaning more towards this episode, but I also don't want it to be too overwhelming too fast. I don't have a large listener base yet, so maybe I'll wait until that happens.

More soon.



  1. I vote for tuning!
    I use a lot of drum samples (electronic and acoustic) and instead of wildly adjusting their pitch to whatever I'm feeling that day, I definitely could use some theory.....

    Tom N

  2. Thanks for your comment, Tom!

    The good news is, I'll most likely do ALL of these episodes, it's just a matter of when. I'd love to include recordings of me tuning the drums from scratch, so people can really hear the difference between a poorly tuned drum and a well tuned drum.

    I will also mention relative pitch, so that I can mention samples and overall kit tuning, so that you can have a better idea of how to tune 5 toms in relation to each other. Thanks for the idea!