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Gear Reviews

Using the ART Pro MPA II to Warm Up DI Guitars

My go-to preamp for DI guitar. Plenty of people love guitar amp sims, and plenty hate them.  This video doesn't get into that; it is simply a demonstration of how you can use the ART Pro MPA II to introduce real tube saturation into your signal before processing it...

Apollo Twin Solo Review | The Little Red Light

Maybe more of an overview than a review... I love this piece.  The Apollo series offers professional quality, it's built like a brick, it is very portable (allowing me to use it on a few different computers), and it is STABLE.  I've never had anything resembling an...

How to use 1176 Compressor Plugins – Compression for Beginners

Waves' CLA-76 and UAD's 1176ln In a previous piece, I talked about how Cubase's Vintage Compressor worked (an 1176 emulation).  In this video, I walk you through the various controls of Waves' CLA-76 and Universal Audio's 1176ln plugins....

1969 Bandmaster Reverb Combo Conversion and “Blackfacing”

Blackfacing a Silverface Amp What does it mean, and why do we "blackface" our amps? When CBS bought out Fender in 1965, it was originally hailed as a good thing.  Everyone thought that CBS would bring capital into Fender, increasing production and maybe even lower...

OktavaMod Tube Mic Modification Review

When I decided to mod my MXL 990, this video was a factor in deciding to try it out. Michael Joly OktavaMods Michael has been modding mics for about a decade now.  The stuff that he puts out rivals mics 10x more expensive, as our friends at the Deli Magazine show us...

Using the ART Pro MPA II to Warm Up DI Guitars

My go-to preamp for DI guitar. Plenty of people love guitar amp sims, and plenty hate them.  This video doesn't get into that; it is simply a demonstration of how you can use the ART Pro MPA II to introduce real tube saturation into your signal before processing it...

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Apollo Twin Solo Review | The Little Red Light

Maybe more of an overview than a review... I love this piece.  The Apollo series offers professional quality, it's built like a brick, it is very portable (allowing me to use it on a few different computers), and it is STABLE.  I've never had anything resembling an...

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Mixing Tutorials

How To Get The Springsteen Slapback Vocal on Glory Days

A vintage sound that has been popping up again... You can get a similar sound using stock plugins in your DAW.  Here we discuss how. Phosphorescent, Arcade Fire, and loads of modern acts have been using this effect that has been around for decades.  Slapback delays...

Chris Carter’s Tips for Setting Volume While Mixing

What are those pieces of tape on my monitor controller you ask?!??!??? Well, let me explain. I spend almost all of my mix time monitoring at one volume. It’s roughly 83-84ish dB. I don’t use the “dot” on the knob of the controller. Instead I use the right dot that is...

Chris Carter’s settings for “The Voice” finalists Bec & Sebastian’s lead vocal

Chris Carter's settings for The Voice finalists Bec & Sebastian’s lead vocal (sung by Bec) for their new single “Tables Turning” which has been added to rotation on Joy 94.9 radio. You can hear it here on soundcloud:...

Save Every Version of Your Track, You’ll Thank Yourself Later

Mistakes happen, and they can be hard to find afterwards... I learned this lesson from my mentor, Roberto Percuoco.  We had a session that we were working on for a client, and he wanted us to add in another track that he had recorded.  At some point, one of us...

How I Use $10 Speakers to Get My Bass Right

These things can't handle anything, and that's why I love them I can hear any problems with my mix immediately when I listen to it on these puppies.  They can handle only the bare minimum of bass, they accentuate any honk or boxiness that any instrument may have, and...

How To Get The Springsteen Slapback Vocal on Glory Days

A vintage sound that has been popping up again... You can get a similar sound using stock plugins in your DAW.  Here we discuss how. Phosphorescent, Arcade Fire, and loads of modern acts have been using this effect that has been around for decades.  Slapback delays...

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Chris Carter’s Tips for Setting Volume While Mixing

What are those pieces of tape on my monitor controller you ask?!??!??? Well, let me explain. I spend almost all of my mix time monitoring at one volume. It’s roughly 83-84ish dB. I don’t use the “dot” on the knob of the controller. Instead I use the right dot that is...

read more