May 7, 2020

Doubling Down on Strengths

At Continuum Music Studio, we encourage doubling down on strengths because it is the best thing you can do for your future. The Outlier theory claims it takes 10,000 hours of practice for someone to master a skill. Yes, doing anything for 10,000 hours is daunting, but you don’t need exactly 10,000 hours of practice to become a professional. The 10,000-hour rule is merely an exceptional goal for those who want to be an “Outlier”. The first 20 hours of learning a new skill are the most important and 20 hours is proven to be enough time to get over a learning curve. So if you are a guitar player who wants to learn how to play the piano, you can prioritize your guitar practice while allotting time to get a basic understanding of another instrument.  Why double down on strengths? The underdog story of Rudy shows people that with enough hard work, anyone can beat the odds. Rudy displayed […]
October 23, 2017
Continuum Music Studio Poolside Chats

Poolside Chats Podcast (Episode 20)

Poolside Chats Podcast: Episode 20 “An Interview with Maag Audio” Episode 20 is a very special, we could even go as far as to say monumental, episode of the podcast! Dom and I are proud to announce that our first guest on the show is none other than the Maag Audio family! This episode is packed with a ton of laughs, quality information, ideas for tracking, mixing, and mastering and a bunch of excellent stories from Cliff Maag Sr. about his journey in the audio engineer world. Hold onto your hats everyone; you are in for a real treat! As many of you know (from following the show, reading the blog, and staying connected with us via social media), we are HUGE fans of Maag Audio in both the digital and analog domain. The Continuum Music Studio has with every Maag Audio product (minus the preamps) on tap! To learn more about Maag Audio check out the extensive blog article […]
December 22, 2016

Kick Drum Mixing

Kick drum mixing is one of the most complicated aspects of the mixing process. To be frank, mixing the low end in itself is the greatest challenge all engineers face because low frequencies move slower than mid range and top end frequencies. This problem expands when most engineers and producers are mixing in “less than ideal” rooms. Believe it or not, most home and project studios owners are hearing more of the room than the actual representation of the mix from the monitors. While room acoustics and design is an important topic, this is not the discussion for today. Mixing kick drums is all about the low end, or is it? Most music producers think that because the fundamental of most kick drums is between 88 and 100 Hz low-end adjustments, compression, and EQ is essential. While low-end focus and attention are imperative, it is also equally vital to focus mixing attention on the low mid range and mid range. […]
September 24, 2016

Common EQ Mistakes (Part 1 – EQ in Context)

When it comes to EQ, there are two rules of thumb all music producers and audio engineers should welcome into the mixing workflow. 1. Carve in Context 2. When in doubt, leave the EQ out! The ways to apply EQ (equalization) to individual tracks, subgroups, and full mixes is a highly subjective concept. The use of EQ has hundreds of variables and should always be done “in context” or while listening to the entire mix as a whole. What Does Using EQ “In Context” Mean? The option to solo tracks while in the mix is both a blessing and a curse. When new to mixing it is common to click the solo bottom ad nauseam. While it can be “helpful” to isolate an element of the mix to hear it more clearly, so clearly that nothing else is playing (Laughter)! This is not the best approach for making “big picture” EQ decisions. Mixing in context is all about mixing individual […]