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In The Studio: Getting It Right At The Source: The Song & Pre-Production

Regardless of creativity in the mix, it's going nowhere without a solid basis

By Joe Gilder July 8, 2013

These videos are provided by Home Studio Corner.

To celebrate his 800th post on his website, Joe Gilder is kicking off a series of 46 new videos for the month of July.

Why 46? The month of July has 23 weekdays, so Joe is committing to two videos each of those days—one in the morning and the other in the evening.

“Frankly, I just want to do MORE,” he notes. “The more stuff I put out there, the more chances I get to help people.”

To kick things off, he’s doing a series on one of his absolute favorite topics, and something that must make your mantra in your studio: Get it right at the source.

In the first video, Joe notes that rather than rushing to be creative in the studio, it all starts with the song. There’s no point to the mix unless it rests upon a a solid, viable (or better) music. There’s room for creativity in working with the track, of course, but there has to be a good basis to start with.

In the second video, he moves on to a related topic—the arrangement (sometimes called pre-production) of the material. What possibilities exist to enhance the structure of the song? They should be considered and laid out ahead of time to help ease the process and lead to reaching full potential.






Be sure to check out Joe’s site for more videos.


Joe Gilder is a Nashville-based engineer, musician, and producer who also provides training and advice at the Home Studio Corner. Note that Joe also offers highly effective training courses, including Understanding Compression and Understanding EQ.

About Joe

Joe Gilder
Joe Gilder

Sound Engineer
Joe Gilder is a Nashville based engineer, musician, and producer who also provides training and advice at the Home Studio Corner.


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