Episode 59, Big trick for awesome mastering.

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In todays episode I talk about a few things. Here are the links,

Mixing Drums“, from mixing engineer David Glenn

Mixing Acoustic Pop“, from mixing engineer David Glenn

The “UPLIFT Desk Dual Monitor Arm“, my ergonomic monitor product.

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The Human Solution“, makers of products that help people with pain issues become more productive.

“Mixing Drums”, from David Glenn, and The Pro Audio Files, a review.

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Drums are so darn important. Drums are the back bone of most genres of music. Shouldn’t there be a video series that details how professional mixing engineers treat only the drums? If you answered “Yes” to that question, then please, help me welcome “Mixing Drums“!

Drums are the most important element in my mixes. It is very important to get the drums right. I was told at the start to “build my musical house on a solid foundation”. Get the drums right and the rest will fall into place. I should say that it makes no difference weather your drums are “mic’d up”, multi-tracked real drums, midi drums from a V.I. drum program, or a hybrid of both drum approach. You need to know how to make drums come to life! David Glenn knows how to accomplish professional drums, and he is willing to share that with you!

Great sounding drums are actually many different mixing techniques all mixed in to a single mix routine. You must set up your template, tune the drums, EQ the drums, compress the drums, apply bus compression, use mix bus compression, use spatial effects like room reverb, trigger drum replacement samples when needed, and the list goes on and on.

Knowing when and how to apply all of these techniques is no easy task. This is the stuff that separates the pros from the amateurs. This is the stuff that takes years and years to learn. This is the “expensive stuff” that most mixing engineers do not like to share. Lucky for us, David Glenn is willing to share and explain it all! “Mixing Drums” is the best training video series that I have watched, dealing with the backbone of music that is drums!

Mixing Drums” is David’s “beginning-to-end” mixing training course detailing exactly how he mixes those powerful, well defined drums that he gets. But you probably knew that already. What you may not know is that David gives the viewer about everything he has learned about mixing drums, like saturation plugins, transient designers, compressors, filters, triggering samples, and so much more. You “virtually sit” with David as he explains each step of his amazing process. Inside “Mixing Drums“, David also includes a whole section (four videos in total) that he devoted to the important tasks associated with triggering replacement drum samples. I am excited to get a lesson in drum replacement for clients mix jobs.

The “keys to the kingdom” are up for grabs here, as you actually learn his thoughts and his hear his mindset for each of his processes.  You can hear what he is thinking when he does things like setting up a mix template, or following his explanations for bringing in plugins like EQ, compression, limiting, saturation, multi bus compression, bus tracks, and the mix bus, for just some examples. He teaches about triggering samples like the pros do. David also included three videos detailing how he adds his favorite reverb types to drums, in order to obtain realistic spaces. This is the stuff that will make you a much better mixing engineer.  This is how so many of the new “up and coming” mixing engineers are now turning in extremely good mixes these days. These folks are simply watching David’s’ training videos, like “Mixing Drums“, and replicating what David teaches.

Here are some of David Glenn’s other mixing training video titles:

The Mix Academy” is perhaps the fastest way to improve your mixing chops. Each month David supplies a rough multi-track session for members of “The Mix Academy” to mix, along with the training videos that demonstrate, step by step, how David mixed the same song to perfection. Each month you get insider information like how David approaches different genres, vocal editing and mixing tips and tricks, plug in training, and the list goes on and on. David is constantly improving the membership perks, and he is always doing things for members like hosting live webinars and reviewing members mixes.

  “Mixing Vocals“. Lets face it, mixing vocals is often times the most important task that there is when mixing a song. Like the drums, the vocals are just one very important part of a mix. Again, learning exactly what the mixing engineer is thinking, as he mixes vocals, is how we learn the most. Learning the ins and outs of how to mix vocals, using a professional mixing engineers mindset, the coolest mixing techniques, and todays most popular plugins is the name of the game inside of “Mixing Vocals“. This is one of the best mix training videos that I have watched, and watched over and over.

Mixing Acoustic Pop” is a steal. David Glenn brings everything to the table in “Mixing Acoustic Pop“. You will learn everything David Glenn does in order to hand in an amazing mix of acoustic Pop music. David mixes a song, from start to finish, using tactics that will complexly transform your mixes. If you are trying to learn how to make your mixes sound like todays mixes, polished and loud, then “Mixing Acoustic Pop” is what you are looking for. The sheer amount of insider thoughts, examples, and tricks found inside “Mixing Acoustic Pop” make it one of the best deals in training! This video series is jam packed full of amazing techniques that I have personally added to my mixing regiment.

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OK, hold on. Let me sweeten the pot just a tad, since you are looking to improve your mixing skills. If you are reading this review because you are still not sure if this video series is what you are looking for, then let me toss in a special gift, just for you.

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Learning how to mix like the pros can be the most rewarding thing we ever do. It can also be the most frustrating thing we ever do. Why does learning how to mix have to be so difficult?

The truth is there is a lot of information out there, broken up into ten minute video chunks, over here, and over there, and, well, in a lot of different places. Learning just one brand new mixing technique can take you to many different places that all seem to have somewhat competing information.

For this very reason, I have been hard at work, putting something rather special together that I call “The Pro Mixers Playbook“. I have made over 4.5 hours of training videos together, in one easy to download PDF file. I have listed, and then made corresponding videos for the most powerful, the most “mix-shaping” 15 Pro mixing plays that have had the most impact (hands down) with my own mixes. This is a mixing foundation just waiting to happen. There is something new and rewarding, for new mixers and pros alike, inside in the Pro Mixers Playbook.

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OK, back to the review at hand……

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Mixing Drums” consists of six downloadable folders, chock full of videos, plus the same exact multi-track session files that David mixes in the “Mixing Drums” series. There are a total of  23 separate video files, with over five hours of training! Everything that you ever wanted to know about how professional mixing engineers get those amazing sounding drums can be learned right here inside “Mixing Drums“.

The video series begins with some quick discussion about some general good practices like using reference tracks and mix template set up. David has many videos devoted to these topics and he explains where the viewer can go to learn more about these topics, via his own video training.

David then begins the fun that is “Mixing Drums“.

Introduction Video, “Welcome to mixing drums”

David gives a quick chat about what you are about to take in. David does not teach “The way”, he teaches “his way”, which is good to know. Mixing music is art, and David is a professional artist. I have learned a lot from David Glenn, and I am sure that I am about to learn a lot more.

Video 1, “Crucial first steps”

David quickly details what you can expect to receive as a  mixing engineer. David explains the importance of listening to the files you get to mix, and how to know where to take those drum files as a mixer. He explains the sorts of drum recording types and styles that we can expect to receive as mixing engineers. He explains how it is that he figures out the direction in which he intends to mix the drums. He then explains the importance of using reference tracks. Let me tell you that David has taught me (via “Mixing Acoustic Pop” and “Mixing Vocals“) more than I ever learned on my own about how to properly use reference tracks when mixing. I know that I will be adding “Mixing Drums” to this list of training videos that have taught me the most.

Video 2, “Routing and set up”.

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David explains how he sets up, gain stages and then routes his drum tracks. Listen close because there is a lot of enlightening and inspiring stuff in here. David has a great way of separating the frequencies that make up drums into separate routing chains. His method is worth learning as it makes so much sense. I have learned a lot from watching David explain his routing before, and the same goes for “Mixing Drums“. There is a lot going on in his templates, with compression, saturation, and a stereo bus. Make sure you listen close and take notes.

Video 3, “Stereo buss master class update”.

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David “mixes into” a stereo bus. This is a mind blowing concept, and I am new to this. I am learning more and more, and David is the best that I have seen at this. David quickly gives the viewer an explanation of what has changed in his master bus set up. You see, David has a free video series titled “Stereo bus master class”, where he takes the viewer through his stereo bus step by step, plugin by plugin. If you work along using Davids stereo bus template idea, you will want to see what’s new here. David has a killer approach to his stereo bus, and it is well worth the time to watch the whole series.

David is great at explaining the features of his plugins of choice for the stereo bus. He gets into just enough detail so that I understand what he is saying, but he keeps it just that deep.  It was nice to learn what has changed, and why it has changed.

Video 4, “Console emulation”.

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David covers a few ways that he likes to add color, or character to his drum mixes. He explains how he likes to use and set up his favorite purchased plugins, and even some free plugins. As David goes through his favorite plugins, he not only explains how he loves to set up each of these the plugins, but he gives a lot of “before and after” listens. He teaches what it is that he is attempting to achieve first, and then he walks us through each step. This is high value learning, and this is what David Glenn is known for.

David works through the parts of the kit, starting with the kick, then the snare, and so on until he has a very good sounding drum kit. Keep in mind, he has yet to even start mixing things down!

Video 5, “Saturation”.

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David continues to show the viewer how he likes to add character to his drums. Let me tell you that David does something amazing here, right off the bat. He brings in a gate, on the kicks, and it quickly cleans things up, and makes them sound way better with saturation. This is one thing that I would have never thought of, but it is so simple and so great sounding that I will be doing this from now on. “Mixing Drums” has already paid for itself. David also adds this gate effect/trick to the snares too, a little bit later on in the mix tutorial. It works just as good there, too, FYI.

David continues to demonstrate some of the different plugins he loves to use (some free) in order to add saturation to his drums. I like that he gives multiple ways that we can use to accomplish the same effect. It is true that each plugin is slightly unique and they all operate differently, but David explains how to use them in order to get a great console-like sound for your mixes.

Davis goes even further with his console sound emulation training and demonstrates each of these plugins and each of these techniques in order to add rich “analogue console sound” to snare drums. Plugin by plugin he goes through them, knob by knob, and explains how he gets them to bring out the tones he is looking for.

David also constantly shares great nuggets of wisdom as he makes drums come alive. He is always saying wise things that should be written down by the viewer. He says so many things about keeping proper gain levels, watching out for the mix knob values, how to use effects on bus tracks, and the list just goes on and on. That is just one more way that David manages to add value to “Mixing Drums

 Video 6, “Tape emulations”.

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David takes the viewer through some of his favorite tape saturation plugins. It is no secret that tape and tube saturation can bring attack and an analogue feel to mixes. But each plugin brings different attributes to the table. David takes the viewer through the plugins little differences, and lets the viewer hear the subtle differences between three of his favorite tape/tube emulations. David gives some quick “before and after” listening’s as he works along.

Video7, “Save CPU”.

No big secret about what is in store here. David shares one spectacular trick he uses to save on CPU usage in a dense mix. I do this too, so it is nice to see a professional repeat the things I need to sometimes do. If you find yourself running out of CPU as you bring in tape emulations, saturations, and console emulations, this video will save your butt!

 Video 8, “Reductive EQ and Filtering”.

We are talking about high pass filtering here. Its all about getting rid of the stuff that you don’t need. This stuff will just mud up your drums, and you don’t want that. David details how he sets up his EQ’s on his tracks, and in his template. David sets things up a little bit differently for some of the pieces of the kit, and he gives audio “listens” so we can better understand why.

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David also goes into some detail about what we can do with over head microphones. Lets face it, this can be very confusing for a lot of people. Do we start with the overheads and bring in everything after it, or do we use them as “cymbal mics”. David shows the viewer exactly what he likes to do, and then goes into the EQ’ing moves that make his overheads sound killer! Using Davids method you can bet that your drums will sound way better!

This is the stuff that takes mixes from ok to amazing. David explains how he rids his drums of those cardboard frequencies, or “that boxy-ness” that bothers even the newest of mixers. Simply watching David use an EQ will help you if you are struggling with EQ. He constantly explains each move that he makes, and he also makes sure to play the tracks as he makes his EQ moves. This drives home the points that he is making. AWESOME! I know that I say this a lot, but “Mixing Drums” is packed full of very detailed, drum orientated information, and its’ extremely valuable information too. This stuff has taken David years and years to learn, and it can all be yours today! Click here to purchase “Mixing Drums” and get “The Pro Mixers Playbook” as a special (free) gift.

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The room mics are next to get the reductive EQ clean up treatment. David whips this track into shape, talking as he does so, and he explains what he likes to hear from room mics. Live room mics follow, in a quicker paced succession. Please note that most of us devote the most of our mixing time to overheads, rooms, and the close mics. The close mics are the kick mics, snare mics, the tom mics, and the brass mics.

David constantly reminds us that this is a drum mixing training video, and he gives many examples of what we might do to our drums, differently, in other genres. Please note that David Glenn hears things, frequency wise, that I do not hear right from the start. His ears are simply amazing. If you are like me you will want to come back time and time again to watch David mix drums. His ideas are brilliant and what he does with little effort takes mixers like me hours to replicate. Practice will pay off, and so will checking out “Mixing Drums“.

Video 9, “Drum buss”.

I am excited now. David is going to show me a couple of ways to process my drums with a bus track. Mixing with bus tracks can get confusing. David wants you to learn, and not to be confused what-so-ever. He takes the viewer through some fun examples of when and where we can compress things. Placing a compressor in “the right place” can make all of the difference in the world. There is no wrong way to compress, true, but David uses real drum tracks to teach us the way he best likes to add drum bus compression. He details what he likes to use for compressors, how he likes to set them up, and he explains why he likes to do things this way. Lastly, he uses stock compressors to do the exact same things.

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All too often I use bus compression on my drums. It is like second nature. What David has just taught me is that I have not ever done it to its best. David breaks down what he likes to listen for, when applying bus compression. He just hears things that I have not ever been able to hear. I can hear these things now, and I will be applying this to my personal mixes from now on. My mixes are going to rock from this day forward. How much would learning mix changing techniques be worth to you? “Mixing Drums” just paid for itself, one more time! This is for real.

David applies bus compression using four or five compressors, constantly explaining what he likes about each one as he does so. I am learning a lot about how David thinks about bus compression and drum buses. The things that he points out have always eluded me in the past. Forgive me for sounding so excited about what I am learning, but I am excited. I cant wait to start my nest mix job.

David tops off his bus compression part of the tutorial with adding in some of his favorite saturation plugins. The bus is a perfect place to add this stuff, since all of the “shells” go through the drum bus. It is quite amazing how nice things get with the most gentle application of saturation. David gets some great sounds, and he is sure to “A/B” things as he works along, and he constantly points out exactly what he is doing.

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Video 10, “Kick drum”.

David begins with a quick look at the gate on the kick drum. Gating is important to remove some of the mic bleed. The David gets into the EQ part of the chain. It is amazing to see how quickly David can get the kick to sound thumping and large with just EQ. The kick is sounding great, and so that means we are onto the sub kick.

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David shows how he sets up the gate for the sub kick and then EQ’s it to perfection. Next he brings in the new Revival tool from Slate Digital. Follow that up with a cool transient designer application and the sub sounds killer. Davis is a genius when it comes to using transient designers to add or remove attack and/or sustain. He does this so well that I recently obtained one. David also brings phase into the equation to get the most out of the kicks.

If you have trouble working with a sub kick track and a regular kick track, together in a mix, David can help. He shows how he separates the frequencies up and then gets each track to do its job. When things are all done the kick drums sound fantastic, but you probably already knew that, right?

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Compression is so important. When you are mixing kicks, you must use compression. Well, if you ask me anyway. David uses compression to bring the attack to a much more aggressive level, and to bring a much more precise sound to the hitting kick drum. Davis explains each step very well, so that those watching can totally understand what he is doing. If you need fatter, more pronounced kicks in your mixes, then “Mixing Drums” is what you are looking for!

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David wraps up with another gate and a transient designer. David explains why he uses multiple gates and transient designers, and after he does it just makes so much sense! Lastly, David uses a new plugin to bring in “multiple band tape saturation. I like it when I get a cool micro lesson like the lesson on tape saturation that David gives in “Mixing Drums“. I love it when I pick up new ideas that will certainly make my mixes so much better! David Glenn is a mixing ninja.

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Thanks to David Glenn,  and “Mixing Drums“, my drums are going to be as good as the pros from now on. I have always said as long as your drums are right, the rest of your song can be right. It goes back to that “building a house on a solid foundation” thing that we have all heard a thousand times. It is true, and it works in music. As long as you learn how to get the drums right (and David teaches you how in “Mixing Drums“) then you can make the rest of the mix sound absolutely brilliant!!! Get the drums right and the rest is a piece of cake, right?

Video 11, “Snare Drum”.

This is where I need the most help. Let me tell you that one million mixing engineers will tell you one million different ways to mix a snare. The problem with that is that all of them will not sound as good as the snares that David Glenn mixes. What the heck is going on? How does David get such slamming snare drums? Here is the best look you will ever get. David keeps nothing back here. David teaches the viewer everything he does in order to get such expressive, lively snare drums.

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David walks the viewer through his template, plug by plug. He teaches as he works along, which is what I love. He explains how he sets up the bus compression, track compression, EQ, transient designer, and so much more, for both the top snare mic and the bottom snare mic. Davis details the settings that he makes on the plugins that bring the attack of the snare to life. If you had anything to ask David about treating snare drums, it will be answered here. David is slow and steady as he teaches, explaining each move thoroughly. I am learning where I have been making all of my snare mixing mistakes, thanks to “Mixing Drums“.

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I took the liberty of enlarging a screenshot of just one snare EQ setting found inside of “Mixing Drums“. I love that David is not scared to “mix with his ears” and “pay no attention to what his eyes tell him”. The way he uses EQ’s is like no other mixing engineer that I have ever met. He simply makes things sound perfect with EQ, no matter what the settings might look like. This stuff is not for the weak of heart. This is what professional mixing looks like, and this is how to get a killer snare drum! This is maybe my way of telling you that if you purchase “Mixing Drums” you will be learning to mix drums from the right guy!

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Video 12, “Toms”.

I used to think toms were simple and easy to mix. Then I woke up from watching “Mixing Acoustic Pop“, the training video series, also from David Glenn. David quickly showed how important toms can be in a song, and how he approaches mixing toms, albeit brief. After watching what David had to say about editing toms, and what he taught me about mixing toms, I work hard on toms now.

Toms are awesome, and need some attention in order to mix to the way the pros do it. You should learn how to tune your toms, and make them to be resonant and boomy. But your toms take up (or add) a lot of “woofiness” as they ring on with sustain. In “Mixing Drums“, David taught me to make my toms sound full and full of air, yet they “sound and then they go away”, as David says. The ideas and tricks that he teaches have brought my drum mixes over the top, and sound much more professional.

In this video David takes the much needed time to zoom in on the toms. David goes into great detail as he shares some amazing and cool tricks for getting great sounding toms. David shares his trusted tom tricks that will make your toms sound way better. David’s tom trick is actually a few techniques, all set up in a row. It is genius guys! This one trick paid for the whole training video series! But we are only about one third of the way through the “Toms” video. That means that there is so much more to come!

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Then Davis gets crazy. David yields multiband compression like no other mixing engineer that I have ever come across. He gets some amazing results, too, and in no time at all. Wait, multiband compression on toms? Yep, and it really works well.

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Like every other plugin that he uses, David is prepared to share how the plugin works in a short demo. He is constantly explaining a technique or how something does what it does. This really helps to get his points across. If you are the type of person that hates deep mixing conversations, with excellent dictation, and lots of “before and after” audio examples, “Mixing Drums” may not be your training video series of choice. For everyone else, it is simply perfect!

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David continue editing and mixing, fixing and fine tuning the toms as he goes. He demonstrates how he likes to use plugins like EQ to repair the unwanted tones in toms, and then tune tom drums for best effect. This is the gold guys! This is what decades of mixing bring to the table. This is the stuff that you just cant find elsewhere. David will blow your mind. If you believe that toms are not that important, David Glenn will make you a believer. His toms jump out of a mix and just sound killer! If you have toms that sound lackluster, David has what you need in “Mixing Drums“.

 Video 13, “Hats and overheads”.

Mixing the hats is important. I really enjoyed watching David as he sculpted the hats into shape. A little EQ here, transient designer there, and a little compression for taste, and wham, great sounding hi hats.

Removing highs from the hi hats may not sound like the right thing to do, but after watching (and listening to) David I have had a change of heart. What about automating a transient designer to add attack to a quiet hi hat part? I would have not ever thought about that detail, but David is about perfection and attention to detail. I am learning so dang much from “Mixing Drums” that I feel as if I will be mixing with a new mindset. This is the whole point I suppose, after all we watch these videos to learn, to grab new ideas, and to keep fresh, right? I am loving this series.

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The overheads get the treatment next. EQ, compression, more saturation, and Ocean Way Drums for that “room feel”. David is a genius and his approach for overheads is just as killer as the rest of his approach to drums. If I can add ten percent of these ideas to my next mix session I will have achieved something massive. No joke. It is not confusing, but there is a lot of work for me to do in order to mix even close to the way David can. I have a new “Touchstone” and it is “Mixing Drums“. I will be coming back to this series again and again.

Video 14, “Room mics”.

David goes through his settings for absolutely fun mono room mic. Creative juices drive what he does here, and I love it. He saturates this one and then gives them some stereo warmth with a reverb plugin. He details some finer things here, which resonate with me. David has some of the best ears in the business and what he hears really makes sense once he points it out. I would never had noticed that stuff but thank goodness David hears it. David has a very cool way to add a sense of space to the room mic. I will be stealing his ideas and using them in my own mixing. This might be the idea that I have been looking for!

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Room mics are next. David shows us a very cool trick here. He uses compression and transient designers in order to remove attack and add sustain, which makes the room sound much bigger. This is the coolest things that I have watched in a very long time! “Mixing Drums” continues to blow me away! Believe me, this is not just another series on how to use compression and EQ for better drums. There are some very hard core ideas flying around. This is the stuff that the pros keep from us amateurs.

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All through the series David shows multiple ways to accomplish the same types of techniques. This is where the gold really is. David makes sure to use his favorite plugins, plugins he also likes, and stock plugins that we all have access too. I love that he is looking out for all of us and not just showing what he can do. He really wants to help us, not show off.

Video 15, “Basic snare replacement”.

Video 15, 16, 17, and 18 are all about the art of drum replacement. This is an over the top over deliver from David Glenn. This is an amazing micro-series included within a series, and I am so thankful. “Mixing Drums” is just one of the most impressive mixing drum series that I have watched. The value continues to pile up and the amount of professional drum mixing techniques that David gives away is stupid. Stupid good, by the way.

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Drum replacement is something that we will come across and have to learn at some point in our mixing careers. At some point we will just have to replace a poorly recorded snare, kick, toms, or even a whole kit. This is fact. People like having professional grade mixes. If that means we have to either help a snare or replace a snare, that is what we will have to do.

David teaches the viewer his way of doing things. As you might have guessed, David has some cool tricks up his sleeves. He teaches everything he has learned after years and years of doing drum replacement. He is a mixing ninja, and it really is showing. “Mixing Drums” keeps giving.

Video 16, “Advanced snare replacement”, Video 17, “Kick replacement”, and Video 18, “Tom replacement”.

David explains the ins and outs of using “triggered samples” either as a replacement or as a supplement to the real drums. He completely and thoroughly goes over the trigger plugins and the template stuff that you will want to know. Everything comes out of the dark in these videos and becomes well lit. If you have any questions at all about how to perform this task, they will be well answered. I am telling you all, this part of the series is over the top. I will be coming back to study what David is teaching here, and thank goodness he decided to include this stuff!

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Video 19, “Snare plate”.

David does not get tired. David begins with explaining how he treats his snares with reverb. He uses room verbs on the whole kits, but he also uses many reverbs on snares. This is another of his secrets, many reverbs that all form one killer sound. He goes further than most and he shows you his compression, EQ, and even automation tricks that will help your snares jump out of the mix. AWESOME! If you still are not sure, “Mixing Drums” is an amazing series. The training found here is so expensive in value. Trust me, and get it right now. Go ahead, use the links that I have posted in this review. That way I can give you “The Pro Mixers Playbook” for free. That is value on top of value.

Video 20, “On the floor tip”.

David explains a cool drum automation trick here that simply blew my mind. It blew my mind because it has eluded me all these years. Man, just when you think you have learned a few things in my life, David smacks me with some truth. This is an easy trick to replicate, but it will make a very big impact in your mixes. This video is short, but powerful!

Video 21, “Add life to sampled drums”.

Here is another cool automation tip that will improve your mixes. This is an energy builder, designed for more impact, and it works! David has the skills, and so can you… Here is the link, “Mixing Drums“.

Video 22, “Drum bus automation”.

Drum bus automation is something that I had not ever heard about. Again, David Glenn and “Mixing Drums” is making my mixing career richer. My drums are going to be over the top, from this day forward. How much is all of this worth to you?

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 The bottom line is this…. I love to mix drums. I have learned a few things along the way, and I thought that I knew about how to mix drums that have an exciting, energetic feel. I am shocked at the amount of insane mixing ideas and cool tricks that I have just learned. To be honest with you, it is too much. I will come back and watch these videos again and again, just so that I can extract the goodness that lives in them. David is a mixing professional with a flare for teaching. Perhaps the most important thing that I can tell you about is the confidence that I have gained from watching “Mixing Drums“. I totally believe that I can pull this stuff off in my next mixing session. Confidence is a priceless commodity to possess. If you could use a boost, and a ton of ideas, check out “Mixing Drums” from David Glenn. You will be glad that you did.

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You probably have felt the consequences that come with a “poorly set up workstation”. I know that I have felt the neck and back pain that comes with long sessions at a poorly set up computer desk, but no more! I can also help you to overcome those aches and pains that simply ruin your sessions. If you are like I used to be, you (all too often) need to stop working due to pain and in you need to get up and walk, or lie down for a while. Thanks to “The Human Solution” and the “UPLIFT Desk Dual Monitor Arm” those days full of painful working conditions are over.

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I suffer from chronic pain. I am supplied with a never ending supply of pain, and major discomfort, thanks to a few injuries. I have herniated discs in my lower back and I was given neck troubles from a rear end collision that took place decades ago. Add to the equation the fact that I was not put together very well, spine wise, and you can see how pain and discomfort can run my day. When I had a poorly set up workstation my work days were always cut way short. I simply could not work for more than a couple of hours.

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I have learned all that I can about the things I can do to relive the pain, or keep the pain from even beginning in the first place.

I dove in, head first, and learned about the things that can help to lead a more pain-free life. There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle; like stress reduction, meditation, eating better, etc., and it all helps to rid ones body of session-ending pain. But the big one for me was learning about “Ergonomics”.

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 Ergonomics is a big deal for me. It should be a big deal for you, too. Long, uncomfortable days at the computer will come back to haunt you. That, I can promise! Learning how the human body is put together, and how we need to set up our workstations, in order to better fit our bodies requirements, is massive. Being more ergonomically correct means longer sessions with less pain. This means we can become more productive, we can take the time to explore our creative juices as the come, and we can put out much better art. A painful workstation puts out rushed, much worse products. Catch my drift guys?

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If the only thing that you can focus on is how much pain you are experiencing as you work, you will rush the job. When mixing in pain you will tell yourself “that sounds good to me”, even when it does not, just to get through the session. I know because I found myself doing these exact things. I was rushing through the steps that make up the process, when I should have been treating the session as art. If there is one thing I have learned about making proper art, it is that it requires time. If you are hurting, you will not take the needed time. Get ergonomic, get the “UPLIFT Desk Dual Monitor Arm“.

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Like I said, “Ergonomics is a big deal for me”. The Veterans Affairs has actually helped me out, ergonomically speaking, a couple of times. They helped me to obtain a special support bed that raises and lowers as needed.  Because I spend so much time at the computer, I was also supplied with a very nice ergonomic chair. I can’t tell you, in words, the difference that it made to my day to day work life. But something was still missing. I was still experiencing chronic pain in my lower back and neck.

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I had neglected to think about my monitors. This simple oversight was causing me a lot of troubles. I was still rushing through work sessions and closing down sessions early. I knew something was wrong. My art was still suffering. I figured it out one day, and I made two monitor stands out of wood.

This helped, but the monitors were stationary and not able to move. When a client came to my home studio, I had to try and move the desktop around so that we could all see the monitors. Plus, I learned that as I work through the day I like to turn the monitors some. Some parts of my work required the monitors to be up close, and some work needed the monitors to be pushed back. I was constantly trying to move the screens around my desktop without ever getting what I wanted. Who knew the solution to all of this madness was online the whole time? The “UPLIFT Desk Dual Monitor Arm“.

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 Lets talk about desktop “real estate” for a minute. My desktop space is very important space. As well as the usual stuff like pend and pencils, I must put things like midi keyboards, headphones, PreSonus Faderport, sheet music, lyrics, monitor volume controls, monitor speakers, microphone stands, and video cameras on my desk. I used to have two computer monitors, on stands, that just took up way too much room. I needed the stands in order to elevate the monitors, again, to be as ergonomic as possible. I actually crammed my Faderport into one of the monitor stands, just because I just didn’t have the needed space for it. The “ergonomically needed” computer monitor stands were just taking up all of my available desktop real-estate. The stands had to go. Thanks to the “UPLIFT Desk Dual Monitor Arm” I have a much better desk top layout. Gone is the clutter and gone is the cramming of gear. Gone, too, is the stress-filled environment that comes with clutter, and not having the room to work properly.

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 Lastly, don’t you just love the “professional look” that having a “UPLIFT Desk Dual Monitor Arm” in your studio can bring? Let’s be honest for a minute. When we walk into a professional recording studio and we see things like an “”UPLIFT Desk Dual Monitor Arm” in use, it just looks great and it makes us realize that “these cats mean business”. That look of being a professional can translate into a much more professional work ethic. You can actual help clients to take you more seriously with a sleek, and a more professional looking workstation.

Episode 58, “Mixing tactics that have changed”

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Todays show is profound. It is strange how such massive rules (rules like “LCR panning” for example) can be made and then be broken. I suppose change is what makes us better at mixing, and hopefully “change is learning”, too.

In Episode 58, I mention the following training videos:

Mixing acoustic pop“, from David Glenn

Mixing EDM“, from Matt Weiss

Mixing with compression“, from Matt Weiss

Recording electric guitar“, Joe Gilder

Programing drums“, from Joe Gilder

Guide to rock mixing“, from The Mix Coach Kevin Ward

Thanks for listening, and I will continue to keep you all posted about the up and coming 2015 Home Recording Weekly Songwriting contest.

Transient Shaper from Softube, one amazing tool!

What I am about to tell you is 100 percent true. It all pertains to the life you can have after you purchase and begin to use the amazing Softube Transient Shaper.

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Let me begin…

If you mix music as a pro than you value your time. Time is money, right? If you could make (or find) a few more hours each week, you would be stoked about it, right? The only real question to ask here is “What would you do with the extra time, mix more music?” The answer to that question is “Yes”, because I know you.

This “saved time” is what we are all searching after. We do things like create mixing templates, all for the sake of saving just little bit of our time, right? We purchase faster machines in order to crunch numbers faster and faster too, eh?

So the question remains, what about saving time, perhaps lots of time, using plugins?

Let us say that if you could save (lets say maybe) several minutes each time you use a common plugin, like compression, then after a while those minutes would add up to hours. If you use compression, limiting, expansion, and gating to emphasize attack and/or sustain quite often, like a lot of us are doing, than this “saved time” would quickly build up. Transient designers like the Softube Transient Shaper can save us all a ton of time.

A lot of todays professional mixing engineers are using Transient Shapers all over the place. It is the fastest and the best way to make a track cut through a dense mix. But that is not all Transient Shapers can do. Transient Shapers are amazing at removing unwanted sustain from instruments too.

Think about ringing toms for a moment. We often times want to hear them in a mix, and then make them go away. A ringing tom is just low frequency noise that muds up a nice mix. Transient Shapers  can remove the mud in a second flat. A compressor or gate can do that too, but how long will you tweak the settings to get it right?

You can get the Softube Transient Shaper for a mere 99 bucks. If you think about the time and effort that you will start saving, this plugin will pay for itself in one or two mixes. The rest of the time that you save, for the rest of your life will be profit in the bank.

You are welcome.

Plus, the Softube Transient Shaper is the best sounding, best thought out dynamic shaping tool that I have ever come across.

Blackbird Studios Expansion pack, from Steven Slate Drums, demo/review

Steven Slate has teamed up with recording studio owner and recording/mixing engineer ninja John McBride to bring to you the new “Blackbird Studios Expansion pack” for Steven Slate drums. Blackbird Studios is located in Nashville, in the Southern United States, and it is one of the most well laid out spaces that I have ever learned about.

What you need to know is that there is nothing (what-so-freaking-ever) wrong with the samples found within “Steven Slate Drums” “SSD4“. The samples found in “SSD4” are simply amazing. They changed the recording industry when they came out, and are on all kinds of recordings all over the world.

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What can be found in the new “Blackbird Studios Expansion pack” are some cool new flavors of drums. That is what different genres of music require. Lets dive in deeper….

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Lets talk about why the samples found inside the new “Blackbird Studios Expansion pack” sound so massive and professional. Well, for starters, John McBride wouldn’t be who he is unless he used all kinds of special (vintage, tube, rare and one-off) microphones and some of the best gear to record these professionally set up, best sounding drums of all time,  recorded in the coolest recording studio that I have seen in a very, very long time. Add to the equation, the fact that John McBride uses some of the best recording techniques, and microphone spacing techniques for recording the “Blackbird Studios Expansion pack“, and you have some of the best sounding drum samples that I have ever heard. Imagine, these drums can actually be placed into my original songs, and the songs that I work on for others.

What a time in “home recording history” that we live in folks! Try out the Blackbird Studios Expansion Pack today.

Episode 57, interview with voiceover expert Bill Dewees

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Welcome to Home Recording Weekly. Please listen close to what todays guest has to say. He can actually help us all to generate revenue from our humble home recording studios with the (amazing) “Voiceover Playbook“.

Bill is currently making about $250,000 (US Dollars) each year being a full time voice over talent. He knows what the voiceover business is like.

It really does not matter weather you are looking to make a little extra cash, saving up for a major gear purchase, or looking to one day quit your day job, Bill Dewees has the keys to your new voiceover business. He says a lot of very smart things in todays episode. I asked Bill the questions that all of us home studio owners might ask Bill Dewees. Enjoy the voice that is Bill Dewees as you listen in to todays show.

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I reviewed the awesome “Voiceover Playbook“, by Bill Dewees. The link will take you to my review. Included inside the “Voiceover Playbook” are seminars, webinars, classes, and video training modules. There really is an amazing amount of quality content, all packed inside this product.

To email Bill Dewees for more information about his coaching or obtaining help with your voiceover demo, please use this address: “voiceoverexpert@gmail.com“.

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Thanks so much for your time, and for enjoying todays show.

The “Voiceover Playbook”, from Voiceover expert, Bill Dewees.

Are you ready to make some money with your home studio, in the voiceover industry?

If the answer is “Yes”, then you must think and act like a business owner.  The “Voice Over Playbook“, from voiceover expert Bill Dewees, can be thought of as a “Comprehensive marketing plan” for your venture into the exciting world of voiceover. Bill makes no effort to hide the fact that he is a six figure a year voiceover artist/expert, and he wants to help you join in the ranks. Most importantly, Bill Dewees is a man that has a plan, a working plan for all of us wanting to earn some cash with the gear we already have, a plan that he has proven, a plan that you can be assured really works. What else do you need to know?

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Most of us begin building our home recording studios with the passion of music driving us. We become home studio owners due to that initial love of making that music that lives in our hearts a real, tangible object.

But at some point, for whatever reasons, we think about making some (perhaps much needed) extra cash with our personal home studios. Lets just say perhaps its a major gear purchase that we are dreaming about, or maybe its just for fun, you know, just to see if generating income with our studio is even possible. Whatever the reason we find ourselves coming to this point. Voiceover work is what most of us begin to think about. But how do we even get started?

Believe it or not, we home studio owners all have a potential to make a lot of money. Heck, we have put together small recording set ups with our favorite pieces of gear, so why not make it pay? We have spent countless hours learning how to record properly, how to edit things like breaths, plosives, and sibilance. Lets face it, voiceover work sounds perfect for us! The question is where do we start?

What you will learn in the “Voice Over Playbook” ……

**Where to find paying jobs now!

**How to set up a basic home studio, without breaking the bank.

**Attracting and keeping paying voiceover clients

**How to become a much better, more aggressive voiceover business person.

** Plus, so many of your questions about the voiceover business will be answered.

Enter voiceover expert Bill Dewees, the “Voice Over Playbook“, and some of his other amazing helpful products. Bill has what we are looking for. Bill Dewees is a voiceover talent expert with years and years of professionalism that has made him rise above the noise. Bill knows how to get paying clients, how to deliver quality content, and how to keep clients happy and keep them coming back for more. But that is not all.

Bill gives us the “juicy insider stuff” that has taken Bill a very long time to learn and put into action. Bill Dewees has quality insider content to share, and the “Voice Over Playbook”  is chock full of it. Bill has the powerful insider knowledge that we are all looking for. He has worked as a voiceover talent for a ton of cooperate fortune 500 companies, like “Pizza Hut, Microsoft, Google, Frito Lay, Lowes, Sears, Whirlpool, and the list goes on and on.

Bill knows how to raise above the noise and get those top paying clients, but he does not stop there. He goes past all of that to explain what corporate level clients want, what they are looking for, and how to make them happy once you have their attention. Bill Dewees not only takes the viewer through many examples of his proven methods for finding work, but he explains his practices, and he actually allows us to see the details, like the actual emails that he sends to perspective clients. If you want find voiceover work, and how to get that work before others do, the “Voice Over Playbook” is for you.

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The “Voice Over Playbook” consists of 13 modules, most of which are videos, with such titles as “Building your brand”, “Writing compelling copy”, “Finding companies with voice over rosters”, and “Editing tips”, just to name a few. Bill packs value on top of value here, and he makes sure to include audio and video webinars that he has recorded, and he also has included expensive seminars that he has produced. Bill takes the viewer/listener through everything they will need to do in order to be successful in the world of voiceover. Really, if you want to be successful in the voiceover industry, it is all in the “Voice Over Playbook“.

Bills’ views as a professional voiceover artist are extremely valuable. Most folks with his expertise would try to hide this sort of information from others that wish to break into the industry. Not Bill Dewees. He wants to help those that are new to the business, as to avoid becoming frustrated. On top of all of that, Bill has a comforting way about him, and listening to him discuss what you can expect from clients, and the voiceover business at large, is very reassuring.

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OK, hold on. Let me sweeten the pot just a tad.  If you are reading this review because you are still not sure if this video series is what you are looking for, then let me toss in a special gift for you.

If you use any of the links supplied in this review, I will receive a small piece of the sale. I want to give you back something, just for using these links to purchase. As my way of saying thank you, if you use any of these links to purchase… then I will give you a free, special gift.

Let me tell you about “The Pro Mixers Playbook”.

Learning how to mix like the pros can be the most rewarding thing we ever do. It can also be the most frustrating thing we ever do. Why does learning how to mix have to be so difficult?

The truth is there is a lot of information out there, broken up into ten minute video chunks, over here, and over there, and, well, in a lot of different places. Learning just one brand new mixing technique can take you to many different places that all seem to have somewhat competing information.

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For this very reason, I have been hard at work, putting something rather special together that I call “The Pro Mixers Playbook”. I have made over 4.5 hours of training videos together, in one easy to download PDF file. I have listed, and then made corresponding videos for the most powerful, the most “mix-shaping” 15 Pro mixing plays that have had the most impact (hands down) with my own mixes. This is a mixing foundation just waiting to happen. There is something new and rewarding, for new mixers and pros alike, inside in the Pro Mixers Playbook.

This is just my way of saying thank you for using any one of my links to purchase any one of the training videos that I have reviewed for you, here on Home Recording Weekly. Please click on the product images to learn more about “The Pro Mixers Playbook”.

So, if you are interested in learning the best of the best mixing techniques, over 4.5 hours worth, in video training form that will totally transform your mixes, then let me help you get your own copy of the Pro Mixers Playbook. When you use any of the links that I have provided for you to purchase, I will allow you a download code for “The Pro Mixers Playbook”, absolutely free.

All you need to do is send me an email (kern@homerecordingweekly.com ) with “free pro mixers playbook” in the subject line. Tell me the product that you have purchased, using my link, and I will send you a free copy.

I hope you all enjoy the Pro Mixers Playbook. I put it together in hopes of showing mixers (new and old) something true, something real, and something helpful. These are the best 15 mixing plays that have taken my mixing over the top, and rocketed my mixing skills to the best it has ever been.

If you are thinking about purchasing any of the training video products that I have reviewed, and have links to, than now is the time to make that purchase!

OK, back to the review at hand……

The “Voice Over Playbook”  is full of valuable information that you just will not find anyplace else. Bill dives into the important ideals that we must make sure are in place, like “branding” your voiceover business,  how to write effective “compelling copy”, how to find paying work with todays online resources, and how to get paid for the work we complete. The “Voice Over Playbook” video series is extremely easy to follow and enjoyable to digest. My confidence has been raised to a whole new level. Thanks to Bill Dewees and the “Voice Over Playbook“, I know I can do this.

Bill simply gives away everything he knows about “the business” that is voice over. Bill shares a lot of the large things that obviously matter, like pro level advice that has taken him years to learn, strategies that work and have taken him decades to develop, what companies are looking for in voiceover talents, and how to speak to those people that wish to hire you. He details exactly what to say, who to say it to, and word for word. He even lets the viewer listen in on some of his “cold calls”! Bill shares the exact methods and the exact “keyword phrases” that he uses to find new voiceover work on a daily basis. This is all awesome, read close: most often very expensive, insider information! It is all inside the “Voice Over Playbook“.

Bill knows we all have questions. For example, “What about editing things that you will record?” I am talking about breaths, lip smacks, pops, and everything that makes you cringe. Bill has actually included a video module titled, “Editing tips”, that tackles these things. You might think its funny for me to talk about taking editing tips from a voice over expert, since editing is what home studio owners deal with each time they work, but guess what? I picked up a solid, crazy useful tip right at the start of this video.

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With about 60 episodes of my podcast behind me, I have a lot of spoken work out there. I record first and edit last. I must go back and listen for my mistakes in order to edit them out. I learned so much in the “Editing tips” video that I will save myself hours of editing time. I cant even begin to imagine how much this one single tip must be worth in money, but I assume it is a massive figure. Bill Dewees is the man, and the “Voice Over Playbook”  just paid for itself!

Bill continues showing exactly how he treats artifacts like breaths, plosives, and sibilance, and perhaps more importantly, when to edit them and when to leave them be. Bill also demonstrates things like how he trims audio down from a long time frame to the required time frame that it needs to be. He takes over thirty seconds of talk and reduces it down to a 30 second spot. He continues showing how he makes pesky breaths can become “not so noticeable” breaks from audio that sound very good.

This is the insider information that I need to learn. I am new to the business side of things, and the actual workings of exactly what clients expect from the voiceover talent. Once again, Bill holds nothing back. If you wish to become a professional voiceover talent, Bill Dewees gives you the “virtual keys” to your new business in the “Voice Over Playbook“. Bill is sure to supply the viewer with confidence, and we all know how much that is worth.

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Let me give you yet another glimpse into the quality that you will receive inside of the “Voice Over Playbook“. Bill explains yet another personal method that he uses for finding work using the simple and effective “cold call”. He details his four step process that really works and earns him cash. Then, he actually makes some of these calls, as we listen in! It is quite amazing to hear Bill explain his process and then put it to work, on real cold calls. Let me just tell you that Bill makes the scary process of cold calling not only easy, but effective! Call after call Bill talks his way into finding the right folks that are eager to get his information. Bill hits it out of the park in this part of the “Voice Over Playbook“. This is simple awesome! I really needed to hear Bill go through all of this important stuff.

Bill includes a few bonuses  inside of the “Voice Over Playbook“. One of these bonuses is a webinar that takes the viewer through his methods to collect 99 percent of what you make with voiceover work. He has some strategies that not only make a lot of sense, but they really work. Bill walks the listener through his simple yet effective processes that he uses to keep the clients happy and willing to pay. Bill explains the reasons why clients most often do not pay voiceover talent, and how to avoid letting it happen to you. Bill uses some of his exact language, too, and he explains why he uses the words that he does. I learned more than I ever assumed there was to know about this sort of thing. I have noticed a lot of what Bill brought up, too, in the webinar, but I never knew the reasons behind why these things happen. Now I do. How powerful it was to learn the “behind the scenes” of what companies tend to do, and how to keep them happy as you communicate with them.

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I love the fact that Bill includes his “Midwest Conference” seminar, the “Marketing discussion” audio segment, and the “Voiceover Playbook Workshop”, which is six sections in length! Each of these modules are worth the asking price all by themselves. I got a ton of great, useful information out of each of these sections. The value that Bill gives in the “Voice Over Playbook” is simply over the top.

Look, here is the bottom line. You are reading this because you are either thinking about entering the voiceover industry, or you are trying to become more successful with your own voiceover business. It really does not matter which you are, the “Voice Over Playbook” is what you are looking for. All of your questions will be answered, and answered using honest facts and real figures. Bill makes sure to give the viewer everything he has, and in one fun to digest package. You owe it to yourself to learn from the best of the best, and Bill Dewees is the best!

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