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Secret Sonics

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    #208 - Overcoming the Curse of Perfectionism

    20 MAY. 2024 · Are you constantly chasing the elusive "perfect" mix or agonizing over every tiny detail in your productions? In this episode, Ben and Carl share their hard-won insights on overcoming perfectionist tendencies that can stifle creativity and slow progress to a crawl. They share practical strategies for breaking free from the perfectionist's curse, trusting your instincts, and embracing the imperfections that make music magic.  Topics we discuss: - Why striving for perfection can be the biggest obstacle to finishing strong mixes - How to recognize when perfectionism is masquerading as procrastination - The surprising upsides of working with imperfect audio in the early stages of your career - Why imposing strict deadlines could be the secret to banishing perfectionist paralysis for good - The liberating power of the "80% mix" mindset for nailing vibe and avoiding overthinking Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts Listen to our Ultimate Mix Reference Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3KNQgSPwNoRaNadSYvc65E?si=d2876096fe7141ae This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    33m 23s
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    #207 - Our Go-To Reference Mixes (and Why We Chose Them)

    13 MAY. 2024 · Ben and Carl delve into their go-to songs for mix references across various aspects of sound including bottom end, top end, mid-range, depth, stereo field, dynamic range, and transients. They explore a wide range of music from artists like Radiohead, Adele, Daft Punk, and Billie Eilish, to name a few, providing insights into why these tracks serve as the perfect benchmarks for assessing and achieving the desired sound quality in their own mixes.  Topics we discuss: - The Art of Selecting Reference Tracks - Analyzing Room Acoustics and Speaker Quality - The Pensado's Place Inspired Challenge: Analyzing Music Characteristics - Reference Mixes for Individual Instruments - The Wow Factor Mix - Our Benchmark Personal Mixes Listen to our Ultimate Mix Reference Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3KNQgSPwNoRaNadSYvc65E?si=d2876096fe7141ae Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    35m 19s
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    #206 - Using Music Theory to Conquer Common Mixing Challenges

    6 MAY. 2024 · Does music theory belong in the mixing engineer's toolbox? In this rapid-fire episode, Ben and Carl explore the surprising ways a solid grasp of music theory can elevate your mixes from amateur to awesome. Discover how to wield the power of harmony, melody, and chord progressions to troubleshoot tricky mix issues, enhance arrangements, and take your productions to the next level! Topics we discuss: - The #1 mix element that most often requires music theory intervention - How to use your theory chops to create complimentary arrangements that solve masking and clutter - The simple music theory move that can add instant harmonic interest and sophistication to basic progressions - Why experimenting with keys and tempos is a critical (but often overlooked) part of the production process - How to leverage your knowledge of scales and intervals to melodically Melodyne your way out of any mix disaster Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    16m 51s
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    #205 - Consistency Hacks for Reliably Radio-Ready Mixes

    29 ABR. 2024 · Want to know how to create release-ready mixes with confidence every single time? In this episode, Ben and Carl reveal their approaches for achieving reliable mix consistency no matter the song. Discover the mindset shifts, little-known technical tricks, and proven workflow strategies that will help you nail your mix vision faster, with fewer frustrating detours and do-overs. Get ready to level up your consistency and mix with confidence! Topics we discuss: - The simple monitoring move that will jumpstart your ability to make confident mix decisions - How your mix bus processing chain could be sabotaging your consistency - A counterintuitive mix approach that ensures your choruses always deliver the right emotional impact - Why your favorite mix engineers never mix a song from start to finish - The critical mix buss metering insights that take the guesswork out of gain staging and balancing Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    44m 24s
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    #204 - Masking Mayhem: How to Tame the Chaos and Clarify Your Mixes

    22 ABR. 2024 · In this week's episode, Ben and Carl unmask the mystery of masking (pun very much intended). They talk about frequency masking, rhythmic masking, transient masking, and more. There are plenty of "aha!" moments that will change the way you approach mixing, so tune in now and elevate your mixes from cluttered to crystal-clear! Topics we discuss: - The little-known mixing villain that's sabotaging your mixes (hint: it's not just frequency masking!) - How to diagnose and eliminate "rhythmic masking" to unlock airtight grooves - The #1 rookie mixing mistake that's holding your mixes back - and how to break the habit for good - Why muting is the most underrated weapon in your mixing arsenal (and how to wield it like a pro) - The simple stereo field trick that can eliminate muddiness and clutter in seconds flat Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    20m 18s
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    #203 - Embracing Your Inner Weird: Turning Quirks into Career Superpowers

    15 ABR. 2024 · Leaning into your authentic self, flaws and all, can become your greatest asset in building a standout career. In this offbeat episode, Ben and Carl dive deep into the quirky traits and tendencies that make them unique as music professionals. Topics we discuss: - Why your quirks are more than just personality traits - they shape your artistic identity - How to harness your quirky strengths to attract your ideal clients and collaborators - Why facing your fears (even the irrational ones) can lead to creative breakthroughs - The underrated power of post-project follow-up in building lasting artist relationships Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    32m 4s
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    #202 - AI in Music: Salvation or Doom for Creatives?

    8 ABR. 2024 · In this thought-provoking episode, Ben and Carl dive headfirst into the complex world of artificial intelligence and its impending impact on the music industry. Discover how AI is already transforming music creation and production, and explore the philosophical quandaries that arise as technology blurs the line between human artistry and machine-generated content. Buckle up for a mind-bending journey that will leave you pondering the very nature of creativity in the digital age. Topics we discuss: - The ways AI is already being used in songwriting and music production - How AI could revolutionize the creative process by handling menial tasks - The ethical dilemmas posed by AI-generated music: when does it cross the line? - Why the human element of emotional connection may be the key to artistic survival - The importance of staying informed about AI to adapt and thrive in an uncertain future Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    38m 57s
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    #201 - Minimalism: How Audio Engineers Can Create Big Results With Less

    1 ABR. 2024 · What if the secret to standout mixes was doing less, not more? In this episode, Ben and Carl dive deep into the art of minimalism in audio engineering. Discover how applying minimalist principles, from streamlined plugin chains to intentional gear choices, can elevate your sound and simplify your workflow. Learn why sometimes the biggest results come from stripping away the excess. Topics we discuss: - The surprising power of constraint and how it fuels creativity - Why some hits sound massive despite having fewer elements - Practical tips to achieve clearer, bigger mixes using less processing - How to build a lean, mean studio setup that empowers your best work - The game-changing mindset shift that sets pro engineers apart Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    33m 59s
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    #200 - Mastering: A Mixer's Perspective

    25 MAR. 2024 · In this episode, mixing engineers Ben and Carl dive into the vital yet often misunderstood role of mastering in the music production process. Topics we discuss: - The single biggest reason mastering can make or break your mix (it's not what you think) - How to harness the power of objectivity to hear your mix with fresh ears - The little-known trick for using mastering to diagnose and fix mix problems - The surprising truth about what really matters when choosing a mastering engineer - Why trying to "fix it in the mastering" is the fastest way to sabotage your mix Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    39m 5s
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    #199 - How to Confidently Raise Your Rates

    18 MAR. 2024 · Ready to start earning what you're really worth as an audio professional? In this eye-opening episode, Ben and Carl talk about proven strategies for tactfully raising your rates with both new and existing clients. Discover how to showcase your unique value, frame your pricing in a compelling way, and confidently ask for the rates you deserve. Topics we discuss: - Why regularly raising rates is crucial to account for inflation and increasing expenses - How to position a rate increase as a loyalty discount for existing clients - The importance of enthusiastically selling an amazing client experience before presenting your price - Simple ways to practice incrementally raising your rates to build confidence Connect with us: Secret Sonics - https://www.instagram.com/secretsonics Ben - https://www.instagram.com/benwallickmusic/ Carl - https://www.instagram.com/carlbahner/ Thanks to our sponsors! Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen Learn more: https://www.benwallick.com/ https://www.carlbahner.com/ 370 Social Media Ideas for Studio Pros - https://branding.carlbahner.com/free-social-media-prompts This episode with edited by Gavi Kutliroff - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/
    52m 58s

Join mix engineers Ben Wallick and Carl Bahner as they team up to discuss the real-world trials and triumphs of music production. Tactical advice on skill development, mixing mindsets, personal...

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Join mix engineers Ben Wallick and Carl Bahner as they team up to discuss the real-world trials and triumphs of music production. Tactical advice on skill development, mixing mindsets, personal branding, and achieving work-life rhythm in an evolving industry. The motivation and strategic insights you need to build your dream creative career in music and audio. Fresh episodes every week.
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