Tag Archives: Hard

Hard Truths: You’re Going to Make Mistakes

Managing a big session or a busy mix is tough. You have to keep a lot of different factors in mind to make it a success. Even just tracking a single vocal can result in a confusing mess of incomplete takes if you don’t pay close attention. Trying to stay creative while balancing these practical … Continue reading Hard Truths: You’re Going to Make Mistakes

How Hard is it to Establish Business Credit in a Recession?

Do you know? How hard is it to Establish Business Credit in a Recession? It’s a brilliant question. How hard is it to establish business credit in a recession? Is business credit building impossible? Or is it just some nightmare? And what happens in an economic downturn? I assure you it is not only possible, … Continue reading How Hard is it to Establish Business Credit in a Recession?

Hard Truths: Your Ideas Aren’t as New as You Think

Innovation is impossible to generate on command. Even when a new development seems obvious in hindsight, connecting the dots for the first time is always a struggle. Truly new ideas are so rare that skeptics are resigned to the attitude that everything worth doing has already been done. And in a sense, they’re right. We’re … Continue reading Hard Truths: Your Ideas Aren’t as New as You Think

Hard Truths: You Don’t Need a Record Deal

Getting a record deal used to be the holy grail for aspiring musicians. Once your deal was signed, you’d made it. All that was left to do is sit back and let the label bring your music to market–or so it was promised. With so many changes to the way people listen to music, do … Continue reading Hard Truths: You Don’t Need a Record Deal

Hard Truths: Music Has a Samples Problem

Sampling revolutionized music production. It’s a powerful technique that helped create modern music’s most vital genres. But today, samples are everywhere. They’re one of the most popular ways to create music. Along the way, sampling workflows have changed a lot. What used to be a simple production technique is now a huge industry bogged down … Continue reading Hard Truths: Music Has a Samples Problem

Hard Truths: Mixing is Making Small Changes

It’s easy to think of mixing as a magic process that turns raw tracks into slick productions. Complicated tutorials and racks of rare gear in pro studios can make it seem like mixing tools completely transform the sound of the basic tracks in a session. It is possible to totally reshape a sound with audio … Continue reading Hard Truths: Mixing is Making Small Changes

How a Good D&B Business Credit File Can Help In Hard Economic Times

No one realized when the year started that a crushing recession would follow a global pandemic.  And yet, here we are living in this post COVID-19 world.  Here’s how a good D&B business credit file can help you survive. Everything you Need to Know about Your D&B Business Credit File and the Other Business Credit … Continue reading How a Good D&B Business Credit File Can Help In Hard Economic Times

Hard Truths: Technical Standards Matter in Mastering

Everyone knows mastering is an essential phase in the life cycle of a song. When the mix is finally complete, mastering is the step that puts the final touches on a track for release. But mastering goes far beyond just giving your tracks a fancy coat of varnish. In fact, proper mastering takes care of … Continue reading Hard Truths: Technical Standards Matter in Mastering

Hard Truths: You Need Collaborators To Do Your Best Work

A great song can seem like it’s own little musical world. When everything falls into place, a tightly produced track feels as if it must have come from a single artist’s imagination. But the reality is much more complex. Most music you hear is the result of many collaborators working together at different stages in … Continue reading Hard Truths: You Need Collaborators To Do Your Best Work

Hard Truths: It’s Better to Finish Your Release Then Play a Show

Welcome to Hard Truths, the series on the LANDR Blog where we cut through the noise and take on a harsh reality from the world of music production. This is the advice you might not want to hear—but will make you a better producer. There’s nothing more exciting than the feeling of playing music in … Continue reading Hard Truths: It’s Better to Finish Your Release Then Play a Show