Greetings from 28,000 feet above the globe! ✈️ After a productive week of record-making at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, I’m chasing a magnificent 3-hour-long sunset, typing this from my window seat, as I hurtle westward toward my home timezone of The Pacific. Read on, Reader, for a video tour of my Echo Mountain setup, a discussion about parametric EQ plugins, and a sinister new streaming fraud scheme you’ll want to avoid!
🎛️ Are stock EQ plug-ins good enough?
Do some parametric EQ plugins sound better than others? Jesse Lewis asked this excellent question in our Mixing forum and I was happy to share my insights. Click the link below to read my full responses, see my favorite features I look for in a parametric EQ plugin, and -best of all- weigh in with your own thoughts on the topic!
What’s your favorite “surgical-style” EQ? Do you prefer it because it sounds the best, or has the best features, or something else? We’d all love to know!
🚨 New Music Piracy Scam
I’m sharing this free NYT link (no paywall) as a “heads up!” to the artists in our community who release music independently. This is a fascinating and frustrating story about fraudsters who will distribute YOUR music before you do, using bogus artist names and song titles, meaning you’re no longer able to distribute it youself, due to content ID flags.
My takeaway is: it may be safest to distribute to all platforms simultaneously. Check out the full article to learn how the duo Bad Dog got exposed to this type of fraud and how you can avoid it.
⛰️ Echo Mountain Studio Tour
Check out where I’ve been for the past week in this short video on the Mix Protégé Facebook page! I am the luckies S.O.B. in the world to work with such talented, creative, caring people in one of my favorite studios. Huge shoutout to Echo Mountain house engineer and fellow Mix Protégé, Kenny Harrington, for his incredible support, setup, and friendship. He even recalled (and augmented!) our ongoing gag from past sessions where we spell juvenile words with the unused console buss buttons. 🏆
Founder, Mix Protégé