The official website showcasing the music of Yellowgold, produced by Jason Howell.

One more source of inspiration!

I'm not sure how I forgot to list this, but it donned on me halfway through yesterday and I had to give myself a big headslap as a result. I've gleaned SO MUCH valuable insight from the following source. And if you are a regular listener/viewer of podcasts, this should fit nicely into your weekly playlist:


Pensado's Place: Grammy Award winning mixing engineer Dave Pensado KILLS IT each and every week with a 1+ hour podcast dedicated to the art of mixing music. Dave brings on guests from all over the music industry, and asks specific questions about how each and every one of them approaches the art of recording, mixing, mastering and song writing. It's not your typical "who are your influences" kind of Q&A but specifically geared towards the questions an up and coming engineer might ask about the tools they use, the technical approaches they execute, and the theory the hold that enhances their work.

On top of this, Dave devotes time each week so a segment called Into the Lair, where he focuses on a single piece of the engineering puzzle. In recent weeks, he's focused on topics like How to Use Reference Mixes, Sidechain Compression Techniques, and Mixing Background Vocals. This segment is also a wondering reference library as each one is posted as its own video, along with being included in the full Pensado's Place episode each week.

Finally, Dave dedicates a portion of each show to what he calls Batter's Box. He asks the guest to answer a stream of questions with the first plugin or process that pops in their head. Things like "Kick drum", "Mic for recording vocals", and "compression settings for acoustic guitar." It is INCREDIBLY insightful to know how the industry vets approach these topics in their own productions, and gives the amateur producer a good idea of places to start on their own.

I can't recommend Pensado's Place enough. If you are passionate about these topics, this is a weekly FREE podcast that is guaranteed to pique your interest and motivate you to make better mixes.