50 Things I Have Learned in 10 Years.

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the first recording session here.  To commemorate that achievement, here are 50 things I have learned along the way. No two recording sessions present the same opportunities / challenges / snack options / inside jokes. Everyone loves talking about food. Most people don’t give a shit about compression thresholds, […]

Producer v. Engineer: You may care, I sure don’t.

One of the most common questions I get is, “Do I produce records?”.  Super fair question.  I actually think its a better question to gauge personality on the response more than anything else.  (musical rorschach test?) Anyways, my stock answer used to be “No, you do. I’ll help.” – but I’m starting to think it either […]

Mastering Misconceptions.

I have been mastering a fair amount of audio here as of late and wanted to take a moment to post about it.  The misconceptions about the process are starting to become apparent and, judging by the relief I sense in the wake of some initial conversations, this post might be of some use to […]


Dear Diary, Exercising restraint is often one of the most difficult challenges in putting together recordings.  The opportunities we have in building sound from silence are endless- and we can easily fall in to the trap of associating “more” with “better”.  We can always add another layer to our arrangements- but does it make an […]


Thanks for taking the time to check out the newest portion of the site- and this post- my maiden voyage into the abyss of the blogosphere. At best, I’m hoping this page can provide an entertaining glimpse into my brain as it makes sense of the noises being made both inside and outside of Handwritten. […]