How to transfer photos from a camera to your iPhone in 36 easy steps

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As you may already know, I’ve been getting into photography this year, and I’m also pretty active on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I share a photo most days and if I want better than iPhone 4 quality, and more control over lighting, aperture etc. then I use my real camera. Getting the photos from the camera to Instagram is a daily struggle.

  1. Remove SD card from camera and insert into Mac
  2. Open iPhoto and import photos, this might take a while
  3. Select a photo, go to the share option and send email
  4. Email the photo to yourself as an attachment
  5. Unlock your iPhone and open the Mail app
  6. Sync your email and open the email with the attached photo
  7. Tap and hold on the image, then choose save image from the menu that appears
  8. You can now share your photo

OK so that’s not 36 steps, but its more than a few and doesn’t that seem needlessly complicated?
Does someone have a better way? Do the cameras or SD cards with WIFI actually simplify this?

Let’s make this music related with a photo I took at Desert Fish Studios in Toronto. Synth porn!


Mastodon Making of Once More ‘Round the Sun

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Mastodon has published four short videos documenting the process of recording their latest album Once More ‘Round the Sun. There’s not a lot to learn from these videos – they’re not tutorials of course – but you might get a kick out of seeing all the sweet guitars and other gear.
One thing I found particularly interesting was how guitarist Brent Hinds does a lot of his single-note picking parts right at the bridge. This is something I can steal for my recordings!


. This one with the drummer you might want to skip


Better or just louder? Ian Shepherd’s Perception Plugin

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Ya know what’s a pain? A/B comparing a mix or master you’re working on to reference tracks. How loud should you push the level? How much is too much?

Level matching by ear and comparing meters is just guess work. As you probably know, even a half decibel volume difference can skew your perception of audio. Mastering Engineer Ian Shepherd has come up with a better way and teamed up with MeterPlugs to build the Perception plugin.


Perception is more than a meter, it will automatically level match your project to your reference files so you can make totally impartial decisions about your mix or master processing.

Check out this video to see it in action and exactly why this is so important.

also this

Perception is on sale now with a $50 discount until this Friday. The price goes up to $149 on Saturday.

Home Mastering Masterclass Online Course

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Another round of Ian Shepherd’s excellent Home Mastering Masterclass is starting on June 6th.

The course is 8 weeks covering all aspects of audio mastering using various DAWs and plugin suites. You also get access to the exclusive Facebook group for HMM alumni.

HMM is one of the most well made and effective audio mastering training products on the market and I thoroughly recommend. I took part in the first round of the class and it’s pretty incredible. If you’re doing audio mastering from your home or project studio, you’re going to want to get in on this masterclass course. You will learn a ton guaranteed.

Click here to find out more and sign up now.

Sound Technician Woman Stock Photo Fail

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Here’s a nice photo of a young woman working in a recording studio.

Can you spot the problem?

Sound-technicianDid you get it?

She’s not talking into the talkback, that’s a lamp!

It’s great that schools are trying to get more women into the industry but it’s really unfortunate they need to use such obviously staged and incorrect photos.

I found this image used here, but it came from Shutterstock originally.

Studio Pass w/ Steve Evetts and Ben Weinman LIVE 2-Day class starts today

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picture-641356Hey guys, just a heads up that the CreativeLive Studio Pass with Steve Evetts class is about to start.

Learn how to get perfect guitar tones in the studio during this 10-hour class on tracking guitars. In this course, Steve Evetts (Saves The Day, Suicide Silence) and special guest Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan) dive deep on everything you need to know about creating and capturing perfect guitar tones.

Getting great guitar tones is all about the details. Steve and Ben cover how to select the right guitar, strings and picks, how to choose the right head and cabinet combo, and how to get a great tone. From there, they go through the process of selecting and placing mics. Finally, they show you how to track guitars the professional way (no cutting corners— ever!) and edit the tracks so you’ve got everything you need for a flawless mix.

Steve Evetts is a producer, engineer and mixer who has worked with some of the most defining bands in this generation of punk, hardcore, metal, and alternative. His credits include Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence, Lifetime, Saves The Day, Hatebreed, Sepultura, The Cure, Every Time I Die, Alesana, and The Wonder Years.

If you miss it you can watch it on the rebroadcasts on the CreativeLive site or buy anytime access for $79 (price goes up to $99 in 3 days)

#HitIt The Ultimate Guide To Drum Programming

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Hit it#HitIt is a new e-book on drum programming from Chris Nothdurfter.

This 150+ page guide to is packed with practical tips, tricks and advice to get your programmed drums sounding realistic and professional.


The book starts out with a brief explanation of the drum kit, MIDI mapping, note values, tempo and time signature, then right into programming the first beat less than 30 pages in. The book covers programming beats for pop, rock, and metal, humanizing and working in odd time signatures. The last bonus chapter covers mixing because programming is only half of how a drum kit sounds.

Here’s a look inside the book

No matter which DAW you use, or which drum sampler you use, you’re going to get a lot out of this e-book. Chris does a great job at explaining everything without getting overly technical. Even complex topics like music theory are explained simply. Find out more and buy #HitIt today