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In this episode of Sound Design Live I talk with producer and course instructor Steve Knots about getting great bass with your Ableton Live mixes. We also discuss:
- Going to school in NYC.
- How to get your clients and colleagues to care about sound system tuning.
- The most important things he learned at music school.
- The benefits of education.
- The nuts and bolts of living and working in Prague as a US expat.
- Steve’s number one tip for travelers.
- Why getting out of NYC was the best decision Steve made for his career.
- The biggest mistakes new Ableton producers make with their bass tracks.
- How to find the best teachers.
- All music in this episode by Steve Knots.
- You can find all of Steve’s courses here.
- Expert Audio Repair and Services in NYC
- Making a Living as a Sound Engineer: Be observant of what your client needs and how to solve the problem for them.
- City College of NY Sonic Arts Center
- Top mistakes new Ableton producers make with bass:
- Leaving all of your channel volumes too high and running out of headroom.
- Trying to fix that by strapping a compressor onto the mix buss.
- Not knowing the words gain staging or headroom.
- It’s really hard to find out on your own how much there is to know, what’s important, and how to solve my problem.
- One of the biggest values you get from an online course or university education is that someone else is organizing the information in a sequence so you go through it in the right order.
- Do all of your planning up front so that your trip doesn’t get interrupted.
- Turn all of your Ableton channels down and your studio monitors up.
- You can’t put two feet in the same shoe.