Upcoming Release- "The Wondering Jew My Journey Into Judaism" by Ellen Brazer

Hello Everybody, 

I would like to share with you an audiobook that I had the pleasure to record at Empty Road Audio. The Book is entitled "The Wondering Jew My Journey Into Judaism" and it was written by Ellen Brazer. I had a blast recording this with Ellen, she was such a delight. The audiobook is available on Amazon as well as Audible

It all began with a promise: a promise I made to my father, a promise that led me on a journey into the heart and soul of Judaism. The result is this book, filled with intensely personal stories that helped me unlock some of the complicated teachings that make Judaism such a difficult religion to understand. The listener will learn, in a very unique way, the basics of the Jewish religion: Torah, Hebrew Bible, the holidays and the traditions. You will laugh, you will cry, you will question as you are challenged to contemplate the mysteries of Judaism: angels and reincarnation, reward and punishment, good and evil. I hope you will join me on this journey of discovery and wonder.
©2016 Ellen Brazer (P)2016 Ellen Brazer

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On the Road: Barbra: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic! Tour 2016

Empty Road Audio Owner/Engineer Victor Goizueta (4th from the left) with the audio crew, backline, band, and Barbra Streisand.

Hello Everybody,

I thought I would share some photos of the run I did with Barbra Streisand. I had so much fun touring the United States and Canada with an extremely professional and talent crew and band. 

The show was a huge success. You can read one review from The New York Times‘ Wesley Morris

Below you can see some photos I took while I was on the road.

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Berklee Online: Mixing and Mastering with Protools review

Hello Everybody,

For today's blog post I would like to share my thoughts so far on the Berklee online music production degree experience. I just finished taking a course called Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools  (OMPRD-380) and I can easily say that taking that class was the best thing I could have done to help improve my mixing and mastering techniques.

How the class worked was every week we learned about a new technique. Like one week we learned about EQ, then next week we learned about dynamics, then about parallel compression, so on and so fourth.  Then we spent the last three weeks working on mastering. 

Having someone personally critique what you do to your mix is a really great help and my professor was very thorough with his critique of my mixing and mastering. Another great thing was, my professor was not "pushy" about his critiques. He would focus on giving me suggestions to try out, and only critique on genuine errors. That being said, I would consistently receive A's on my assignments but yet he would write a one page response to my mixing and mastering, giving me plenty of tips to try and improve the mix. He was impressively thorough in his analysis.

Now the big question is, would I recommended this to someone who wants to improve their mixing and mastering techniques? The answer is definitely YES. I can easily say that everything I learned I will use in in my recording studio and especially in my Online Mixing and Mastering services. So, if you're serious about improving your mixing and mastering techniques, I say, without a doubt, look into this Berklee online class.

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What is Mixing and Mastering?

Hello Everybody,

When you go to a recording studio, there are 3 important phases in making your album: tracking, mixing, and mastering. We all know what tracking is; It is the process of recording all of the instruments, but not a lot of bands and/or artists know what goes on during the other 2 phases of the music production process. So I wrote this post to describe what the mixing and mastering processes are about.

First, let's talk about mixing. Mixing happens right after you finish the tracking phase and this is when what you recorded finally starts to sound like an actual record.  During this phase, the mixing engineer starts to add EQ, panning, dynamic processors, reverbs, delays, or what ever else seems fit to make your song sound how you want it. This is why bringing in reference materials for the kind of music you want your sound to be like is always a help for the mixing engineer.

Mastering is both the last step in the creative process and the first step in the distribution process. It is the collecting of all the songs that already have been mixed and making them sound like they belong on the same album. Unifying their sound in other words. On the creative side, it is where you make all the final adjustments that you need to make to your music. On the technical side, it is preparing the the audio to sound good and be distributed by which ever means, whether CDs or MP3s.

Hopefully this blog was able to help you understand more about the process behind Mixing and Mastering! If you'd like to get a preview of what mixing and mastering can do for your own track, get a free sample from Empty Road Audio!


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Dueling Mixes-6 Months in

Hello everybody,

In a recent blog post I talked about the best additions to my recording studio in 2015. I thought I would share my impressions and go a bit deeper on one of them:  DuelingMixes.com.

If you do not know what Dueling Mixes is, it’s basically a website where two guys mix a song and they provide the individual tracks for the song so you could mix it yourself. On top of that, they provide videos on what they did to their own version of the mixed song.

It is run by Graham from the TheRecordingRevolution.com and Joe from HomeStudioCorner.com. What they have done is something truly special; Not only do you get multi-tracks to practice on and use in your portfolio, but you also see what they did to their songs while they were mixing them. Also the tracks they provide are not some low quality cheap recordings: you can tell all of these songs where recorded at a professional recording studio.

During their videos they go though the most important parts of their mixes and then, most importantly, they tell you why they decided to do that. So in the end you have two different people mixing the same song and using different techniques to get different sounds. I think this is the most important part because you can develop your own mixing technique based on what you like about the different sounds achieved. On top of that, you can vote on which mix you like most on the website, so it adds a little sense of community and feedback.

Going further into this, the forum is awesome because you can have other professionals critic your mixes, further improving your audio mixing skills and discussing mixing techniques. Personally I have felt that after joining Dueling Mixes, my mixing has improved and my audio mastering techniques have changed for the better. Now I can take the tracks I mixed and practice my mastering skills on it.

Although there is a membership fee, with everything that you get from Dueling Mixes, I think that it is well worth the $27 per month. If you are serious about mastering your skills, this is a great way to do it. 

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